I have wanted to go to The Beverly Hills Hotel ever since I first learned what it was. It has been on my bucket list forever! The Beverly Hills Hotel is to Angelenos as The Plaza is to New Yorkers. The reason being because The Beverly Hills Hotel is a vintage LA landmark. It was first opened in 1912 before Beverly Hills was even a city. It's also located on one of the coolest streets in LA, Sunset Blvd! Anyone who is anyone has been to The Beverly Hills Hotel at some point. Many celebrities even lived in the hotel long term! Some notables include the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Howard Hughes, and the day before we were there, Robert Pattinson was there (for all of my Twilight fans). It's fun to be in the same place as so many famous people throughout Hollywood's history. The hotel's slogan is "Take a step back and repeat Hollywood's golden age", and that could not be more accurate!
So when my birthday came around I knew where I wanted to go - to the Polo Lounge! The Polo Lounge is a restaurant and bar located in the main hotel. The lounge is a popular spot for brunch, and we love brunch, so it was a match made in heaven. It's rare that we make it out to a meal this early, because we are always out late at night watching some band. On this occasion, the night prior we were at my birthday party at the Tonga Hut. Therefore, we were pretty hungover on tiki drinks, but we managed to get there in one piece and on time. I chose to wear one of my favorite sun dresses with a veiled flowered hat, spring-o-lators, and a lucite purse- all vintage.
The Polo Lounge is beautiful. I had been stalking photos online and never could get enough. So while I was there I made sure to take a ton of photos. I actually based my own patio design off of the Polo Lounge, so it was great to finally experience it in person. I was happy that the place was not very crowded, so it was perfect for a long intimate breakfast.
I love the peach color of the walls and the midcentury breeze blocks. There was so much greenery around the hotel, even on the patio! The dining sets are all vintage style white iron with dark green cushions. The linens were cream colored with simple silver, monogrammed napkins and white china. The center pieces were small glass vases with orchids. I made sure to take note of everything so I can use it as inspiration for my next brunch.
Of course, we weren't there just to "creep out" on the design- we actually ate breakfast too. The food was very good, but that was to be expected at this price range. I got the macadamia nut challah bread french toast and it was delightful. It came with vanilla bean butter which tasted like heaven to me because I don't normally eat real butter. The portions were large too so I got leftovers to take home in the cutest pink take out box. The staff was attentive without being overbearing and they looked neat in their white sport coats.
After breakfast we stopped by the bar to check it out. The staff showed us vintage photos of the bar and had us pose just like the stars in the photos. It was really fun! Of course, it was before noon, so no one was actually drinking in the bar. I know that may surprise you as we are in LA and all, but all of the alcoholics were still asleep from the night before.
We also toured the hotel lobby. I think their bathroom was the nicest bathroom I have ever been in. It was kind of amazing. The decor was all modern and tasteful, with lots of potted plants and fresh orchids. Of course I had to take a picture of the iconic 1940's palm leaf wallpaper located in the cafe. I intend to recreate this somewhere in my house, someday.
We also had to tour the extensive grounds that include acres of gardens. I think we walked around for an hour and still didn't see it all. I took so many photos, I wish I could share them all!
I am pretty sure that this is the best landscaping in LA. They must use a ton of water to keep this oasis alive in the desert that is CA.
Before we left I wanted to visit the gift shop. You know I had to take a little piece of The Beverly Hills Hotel with me. They had so many cute things! I loved the silk scarves, makeup bags, robes and slippers. I ended up getting a super cute luggage tag and some postcards. Now I can take a little piece of Beverly Hills with me wherever I travel.
All in all this was one of the best birthdays ever! Thank you so much to my husband for making this dream a reality! If you are ever in the LA area, I recommend you have brunch at the Polo Lounge, you wont regret it!