The Beverly Hilton Hotel - A Beverly Hills Classic
The Bottom Line
The Beverly Hilton Hotel is a classic Mid-Century hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills within walking distance of Rodeo Drive and other Beverly Hills and Century City shopping and dining options. It combines elegant public areas with casual dining options and the biggest hotel pool in the area. While even standard rooms are quite pricey, it's midrange for Beverly Hills.
Note: Through some time in 2017, there will be construction going on next door as Hilton owner Alagem Capital Group puts in the new 12-story Waldorf Astoria next door.
- Attentive service
- Biggest hotel pool in LA
- Courtesy car within 3 miles
- Rich with Hollywood history
- Convenient to Rodeo Drive
- Self parking is available
- Sometimes long lines at check in/check out
- Despite its central location, Beverly Hills is particularly slow to get in and out of, especially during rush hour, so the location is not optimal for exploring other parts of LA
- Address: 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
- Phone: 1-855-271-3621
- Neighborhood: Beverly Hills/Century City
- Room Rates: $$$-$$$$
- Website: www.beverlyhilton.com
- Property Amenities: pool, restaurant, bar, business center, fitness center, spa, salon, currency exchange, dry cleaning & laundry
- Room Amenities: Wi-Fi or wired internet (not free), 47" flat screen TV, Bose Wave Music System, 13-inch LCD screen TV in bathroom, In-room safe with internal power outlets, iPad with Intelity guest service technology, power outlet on bedside lamp. Wilshire Tower rooms have balconies.
- Parking: Valet or self
- Discounts: AAA, AARP, Senior Citizen, Government and Military, Travel Agent
- Bonus: Beverly Hilton has a Best Rate Guarantee for booking through them, with an additional $50 discount if you find a lower rate, so do your research and then book through Hilton. The best rates can be found on weekend nights.
Guide Review – Beverly Hilton Hotel
The glamorous photos of Hollywood stars that grace the walls of the Beverly Hilton Hotel reflect just a tiny bit of the hotels history as a playground for the rich and famous and the home of the annual Golden Globe awards.
Unless you're attending an event in the main banquet hall, you'll probably miss the elaborate pink Italian marble ladies room designed by then Mrs. Conrad Hilton AKA Eva Gabor with 360 degrees of mirrors.
There are lots of things I love about the Beverly Hilton, starting with the Aqua Star Pool, the biggest in Los Angeles, which truly was pleasantly heated in April, during my visit. It was inaugurated by none other than Esther Williams when the hotel opening in 1955. She brought along the children from her swimming school and they swam through a sea of white gardenias. Another famous pool moment was when Angelina Jolie jumped in after winning the Golden Globe for her role in Gia, still in her Randolph Duke gown. Get down there early if you're looking for a sunny spot; lounge chairs in the sun fill up fast. Cabanas are available for rent.
The lobby of the hotel is beautiful and elegant, with a full wall of golden waves by artist Nancy Lorentz. The furnishings are present day interpretations of mid-Century design that add softer edges and an element of extra comfort.
The restaurant, Circa 55, maintains that combination of updated modernist elegance. I only got to try the breakfast buffet, which had a nice selection of hot and cold, healthy and less healthy options, but was a little past its prime when we got there 15 minutes before the buffet closed. The made to order egg station made up for it.
The original Trader Vic's Restaurant, which was part of the hotel when it opened in 1955, closed in 2007 when the hotel was renovated, but the re-imagined poolside Trader Vic's Lounge brought back most of the signature cocktails and some of the original menu along with the Polynesian tiki theme.
The Beverly Hilton has a large, well-equipped fitness center, a full service Aqua Star Spa and the Bellezza Salon to get you relaxed and red-carpet ready. I didn't get to try them out or even go inside the latter two, since they were both closed when I went by before 10 am.
Because of its extensive meeting facilities and amenities, and its proximity to the business-dense Century City, the Beverly Hilton is a popular business hotel, so hotel rates are often lower on less-busy weekends.
The Beverly Hilton is a large hotel at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards at the western edge of Beverly Hills, bordering on Century City and adjacent to the (members only) Los Angeles Country Club. The way these big streets and the Country Club surround the hotel, it feels kind of isolated compared to hotels where you walk out into a bustling scene, but there are a number of restaurants, bars and shops within an easy walk.
Nearby: It's about a 10 minute walk east on Santa Monica to the top of Rodeo Drive and the Paley Center for Media, and a 15 minute walk back along Santa Monica Blvd from the south end of Rodeo Drive, which is only 3 blocks long. The surrounding streets are full of cute boutiques and restaurants, you just have to get beyond the immediate hotel vicinity. It's also a 15-20 minute walk out the Santa Monica side of the hotel to the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City, along a route of high-rise office complexes
The hotel provides complimentary car service in a three mile radius based on availability. There is bus service along Santa Monica and Wilshire, but it is not convenient to any Metro trains.
The majority of rooms in the Beverly Hilton are in the three-wing nine-story Wilshire Tower. All these rooms have balconies. The immediate views are over parking, banquet and conference room rooftops and the pool, but the broader views are the towers of Century City, the golf course, the LA Basin and the Hollywood Hills.
Lower rooms around the pool are identified as Cabana Rooms. These rooms have a more playful décor than the rooms in the rest of the hotel, which are comfortably conservative without a lot of personality. The Cabana Rooms are near the restaurant and bar in addition to the pool, so if you're planning on sleeping late or going to bed early, this might not be the best area for you since conversations carry.
There is a separate three-story building, called the Oasis Courtyard, with a connecting corridor to the rest of the hotel. The rooms on the courtyard side are probably the quietest in the hotel. The opposite (south) side is on the driveway, so gets a bit more street noise. Rooms in the Oasis Courtyard building do not have balconies or much of a view, although there's a fountain in the courtyard.
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The Lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel
A glimpse of the lobby, with Nancy Lorentz's golden painting, Studies of Water, covering most of one wall, and strategically placed orchids on this particular day.
The Lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel
The lobby of the Beverly Hilton has a lot of open space with a number of conversation clusters.
The Pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel
If you want a sunny spot by the pool at the Beverly Hilton, be sure to stake your spot early. Competition for prime real estate is steep.
Trader Vic's Lounge and Circa 55 at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Both Trader Vic's Lounge and Circa 55 front onto the pool, so you can choose your poolside table based on which menu you want to order from.
The Lounge Inside Circa 55 at the Beverly Hilton
Inside Circa 55 there is a nice piano lounge.
Trader Vic's Lounge at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
When the Beverly Hilton opened in 1955, it housed the third branch of Trader Vic's restaurant, a Polynesian-themed chain that began in 1934 in Oakland, CA. That original version of the restaurant closed in 2007, but the hotel kept the tiki concept in the new Trader Vic's Lounge.
A Public Area at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
The furnishings of the Beverly Hilton still have a Mid-Century feel.
The Ladies Powder Room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
Eva Gabor, who was married to Conrad Hilton at the time, designed the ladies room in the Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, which is tiled in pink marble from Italy.
Pink Marble in the Beverly Hilton Ladies Room
When Christine Lahti won a Golden Globe in 1998 for her role in Chicago Hope, she admitted to being in the restroom flushing the toilet when her name was called. When the same fate happened to Renee Zellwegger in 2001, when she won for Nurse Betty.
The 360 Degree Mirror in the Ladies Room
The 360 degrees of mirrors in the ladies room are designed to show every view of the gowns of Golden Globe nominees who take powder breaks here.
The Fitness Center at the Beverly Hilton
The Beverly Hilton has a large, well-equipped fitness center, commensurate with the size of the hotel.
Rooftop at the Beverly Hilton
The Rooftop at the Beverly Hilton is a popular space for special events, with views over the Hollywood Hills and the city.
A Guest Room at the Beverly Hilton
A Double Deluxe Balcony Room in the Wilshire Tower at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills is the lowest class of rooms in the Tower. The balcony-free Standard rooms are in the Oasis Courtyard building.
The Bathroom in a Deluxe Room at the Beverly Hilton
The bathrooms at the Beverly Hilton are large, with a 13-inch TV attached to the mirror.