By Norah Bradford
The Beverly Hilton is a perfect blend of the excitement of Hollywood coupled with the exclusivity and prestige of Beverly Hills. Opened in 1955 by the famed hotelier Conrad Hilton, the hotel is nestled in a location both instantly convenient and iconic at the crossroads of the Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. The Beverly Hilton features 569 guest rooms, including 101 suites with panoramic city views and comfortable, stylish indoor-outdoor living spaces, as well as nine Penthouse Collection luxury suites. Accommodation options include Penthouse Collection luxury suites, Wilshire Tower executive suites, Cabana Rooms and Oasis Rooms.
The hotel’s celebrated Aqua Star Pool- Beverly Hills’ largest pool- is sure to be a glamorous, relaxing and fun part of your stay. The adjacent Aqua Star BABOR Beauty Spa is the perfect place to get red-carpet ready or simply unwind and rejuvenate. The hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring Precor equipment, is the ideal place to maintain your fitness regimen and keep up with the West Coast’s emphasis on the ‘body beautiful’. For guests needing additional motivation one-on-one personal training sessions are available.
Tempting dining options abound at The Beverly Hilton. At the Circa 55 restaurant, you can dine poolside on locally-sourced cuisine. Named for the year in which the hotel was founded, the sweeping glass walls and chic décor lend the restaurant a glamour that perfectly complements its cuisine. The menu features reinterpretations of California classics and emphasizes locally sourced ingredients.
Trader Vic’s Lounge, a longtime Hollywood staple, offers a buzzing nightlife scene with a Polynesian theme. Island-themed appetizers and an eclectic beverage menu including over seventy-five exotic drinks have made Trader Vic’s a Beverly Hills must-visit. Trader Vic himself invented the Mai Tai, and there’s no better place to enjoy one than at this bar and lounge.
The hotel could be mistaken as being the headquarters of the Entertainment industry’s annual award season: The International Ballroom hosts the annual Golden Globe Awards Show, which has been held at The Beverly Hilton for over fifty years in early January. The headline industry act in February at The Beverly Hilton is Clive Davis’s annual Pre-Grammy Awards Gala which bringing together the best talent in the music world to perform privately for a select audience.
Ahead of the March Academy Awards, the Oscar Nominee Luncheon, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors, is a further annual fixture at The Beverly Hilton. At the 2014 luncheon, actors and actresses such as Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep left with gift bags that included sweatshirts emblazoned with the playful phrase “Oscar Nominee” in acknowledgment of their recognition. In addition, the BATFA LA Britannia Awards in November each year. At the 2013 BAFTA LA Britannia Awards, celebrity guests included the likes of Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, and Sigourney Weaver. The Academy Award Nominees Luncheon and the Hollywood Awards are both held at The Beverly Hilton.
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