One of my major bucket list items since moving to LA was to stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Thanks to a wonderful paternal benefactor that dream became a reality and now I’m blessed to be able to report back on my fabulous experience!
Here is my guide to being Rich and Famous for a day—the old Hollywood Way :)
Check in Early
I got there at 2 PM with the hopes that my charms would get me checked in quicker. While it was not immediate I did get a call before 3 PM AND my luggage was all ready put away for me! I was given a brief history of the hotel as I was escorted down that iconic green hallway, and by the time I reached my room I felt like Elizabeth Taylor—just with less husbands.
A champagne promptly followed in order to preserve my new-found celebrity.
See the Sights
Head down to Rodeo Drive for some shopping, be it via window or currency. After you’ve traveled as far as your Manolo’s can take you, stop by The Luxe Hotel which offers a happy hour even on the weekends! It’s the only bar with seating right on Rodeo! I had a pretty good view :)
Have dinner in Town
Dinner was at Il Pastio on Canon Drive and in lieu of appetizers and desert, we just ordered 3 pastas. After all, the Drago brothers designed the entire menu around the dish!
Garganelli with Squid Ink
Cacio e Pepe
Brunch then Bon Voyage
Brunch at The Polo Lounge is an experience not to be missed. There is Jazz on Sundays and you can almost guarantee a celeb sighting to go with your bloody mary. Mine was Warren Beatty :). I had the Pink Palace breakfast which includes coffee, fresh juice, Smoked Salmon Soft Scrambled eggs, lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and a side of Sliced Fruit. Perhaps a little too much but I thought I should enter a food coma to soften the blow of having to check out.
As I waited at the Valet I ran into a bumbling Janice Dickenson getting out of her car with a garbage bag full of laundry. As I read she was bankrupt I can only assume she also has a benefactor of sorts who allows her to check into the pink paradise.
No better place to be broke though than Beverly Hills :)