"There hasn't been a celebrity in Hollywood for the past 50 years that hasn't been to The Beverly Hilton at least several times...it is the gathering place of the stars." ~Dale Olson, legendary Hollywood publicist
*Update on February 11, 2012*-The hotel's Hollywood history added a tragic chapter today when Whitney Houston's body was discovered in Room 434 at The Beverly Hilton. She was 48.
In honor of the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards last night, I thought I'd write about my visit to the star-studded Beverly Hilton, which has hosted the Globes since 1961 in its International Ballroom. The Beverly Hilton has stood watch over Beverly Hills for decades and has major Hollywood panache. And even better--room rates are more accessible than nearby hotels because there are nearly 600 rooms to fill.
The exterior is a step back in time, to the 1950s when it was first opened by Conrad Hilton. But you'd never know by the interior--rooms are plush and comfortable with great work space and flat-screen TV's. There's still old glamour, like the famed outdoor swimming pool next to Trader Vic's, home to the original Mai Tai invented by Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron.
The Aqua-Star Pool is the largest in Beverly Hills, and it was the favorite of famous swimmer and actress Esther Williams. In 1999, Angelina Jolie jumped in the pool wearing her Randolph Duke gown after winning for her role in Gia.
Some rooms have expansive views over downtown and the hills of L.A.
When's the best time to stay at the Beverly Hilton? Well if you want to experience the Golden Globes red carpet arrivals firsthand, YOU CAN! A package the weekend of the show includes a two-night minimum stay, breakfast, a gourmet box lunch, and most importantly--RED CARPET seating so you can see who is wearing what. Start planning for next year!
And don't miss Le Chateau, the wine and chocolate boutique run by sommelier Georges Serna in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton. Beautiful!