Beverly Hills, the wealthiest and most glamorous part of Los Angeles, is world-renowned for its fine hotels.
Some visitors check into Beverly Hills hotels to shop on Rodeo Drive, others to rub elbows with Hollywood glitterati, and still others to re-live a scene from "Pretty Woman."
The best reason of all to visit one of these Beverly Hills hotels is to experience the ultimate in pampering and live like a celebrity in an atmosphere of wealth and privilege... if only for a few days.
Legendary among Beverly Hills hotels, this eponymous retreat overlooking famed Sunset Boulevard has welcomed royalty and stars since its 1912 opening. To accommodate dealmakers and those who want to act like them, the pink palace's pool is surrounded by private cabanas that contain a TV, phone, and fax machine. Indoors, the Polo Lounge remains a favorite with Hollywood luminaries. The less formal, retro-style Fountain Coffee Shop serves '50s specialities. La Prairie operates the hotel spa.
One of the poshest hotels in Beverly Hills, the Regent Beverly Wilshire is designed in Italian Renaissance style with French neoclassic accents. Ultra-spacious guest rooms are a blend of luxury and 21st-century technology. Scenes from the film "Pretty Woman" were filmed at The Regent.
The Raffles brand has long been associated with Asian luxury. At the hotels Beverly Hills outpost which has been honored with both Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards -- guests enjoy the blend of high-tech amenities with Zen-like tranquility. Quarters feature a 40" screen TV, Bose speakers, CD and DVD players with complimentary library, Web TV, plain paper copier-printer-scanner-fax machine, and four multi-line telephones including a direct-dial private number.
The Beverly Hilton Hotel recently completed a $60 million renovation. Its legendary Aqua Star Pool remains the largest in Beverly Hills. Three-quarters of the guest rooms feature a private terrace. While the Beverly Hilton is in walking distance of Rodeo Drive, it's one of the hotels that offers free town car service to destinations within three miles (which can help when you're carrying all those packages back to your room).
Favored by the really rich and famous (who don't necessarily need to be in the spotlight full time) the Peninsula is one of the most elegant hotels in Beverly Hills. Thanks to its sophisticated atmosphere and superior service, the Peninsula has earned both AAA Five-Diamond and Mobil Five-Star distinctions.
The only hotel inside the world's most famous shopping district, Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive features 88 guest rooms, all with wi-fi. Private sundecks, lush bathrobes, and valet service make a stay at this Beverly Hills hotel even more pleasant.
A fusion of French- and Chinese-inspired design, Maison 140 represents affordable luxury in Beverly Hills hotels. Before retiring to your one-of-a-kind Mandarin or Parisian-style room, sip pomegranate martinis by the hotel's vintage, hourglass-shaped pool. You may decide it's worth paying a little more to sleep in one of the more spacious Mandarin rooms' custom-made king-size beds.
Avalon Hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills was originally built in 1949 and refurbished in 1999, keeping its mid-century modern appeal. Condé Nast Traveler
called the Avalon "one of the 36 best new hotels in the world" and Food & Wine
recognized its Blue on Blue as one of American's 50 best hotel restaurants.
Costing less that most Beverly Hills hotels without sacrificing style, the Mosaic is a 49-room boutique hotel steps away from Rodeo Drive. All rooms and suites provide free DSL, two phones, a CD player, full-size body pillow, Bulgari bath products, and Frette robes.
Designed to resemble a mod hideway, The Crescent is a favorite spot for the younger Rodeo Drive crowd. Minimalist rooms offer maximum entertainment, including an iPod music minibar, still-wrapped CDs that no one else has heard yet, obscure magazines that no one has read before, and a flat-screen TV. Each room is decorated differently yet conforms to the requisite hipness of all Beverly Hills hotels. Tops in romance: Dining by the outdoor fireplace at Boé restaurant.