Stay in an Italian Renaissance masterpiece, one of the most famous hotels in America.
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Who hasn’t dreamt of staying at the Beverly Wilshire? Built in 1928, the hotel is as iconic as the films that were shot here (Clueless, Sex in the City, Pretty Woman) and the guests that have called it home (Steve McQueen and Warren Beatty join the list with Mr Presley). It’s also at the epicentre of Rodeo Drive, at 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, so is perfect for visiting the sites of LA, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios to Venice Beach and the Griffith Park Observatory.
The 1920s building is divided into two wings: the Beverly Wing looks out at the residents of Beverly Hills, while the Wilshire Wing commands ideal views of the fashionable corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. Together they offer 395 beautifully appointed guest rooms, including 137 suites, the largest of which is the Penthouse – still LA’s most spacious hotel suite. Hues of amber, cornflower blue, soft cream and moss green create a light, soothing feel to the rooms – the perfect antidote to Hollywood’s glitz and glamour.
Topping the bill of most carnivore’s wishlist will be Wolfgang Puck’s Michelin-starred steak restaurant, CUT, which owes its all-white design and staggering skylight to the architect Richard Meier, whose CV also includes the Getty Museum. More casual dining options include the all-day dining spot, Blvd – perfect for people-watching on Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard – and the Pool Bar & Café. Nearby favourites include Nobu LA; the celebrity favourite, The Ivy on Robertson; another Wolfgang Puck showstopper, Spago (try the five-course tasting menu); and the famous Mr Chow, whose Beijing noodles draw diners from miles around.
It’s all about detail at a hotel of this calibre. Even the pool is modelled after Sophia Loren’s at her private villa in Italy, while overlooking the pool deck is a split-level fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment. A huge array of customised adventures is also available, aimed at families, younger guests, girl groups and guys. One of the most popular is the ‘Pretty Woman for a Day’ experience, where couples get to recreate their favourite moments from the film, including a personal shopping consultation on Rodeo Drive, a barefoot picnic in a park, a ride in a Rolls-Royce and an evening at the opera. Piano not included!
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