The Stars came out to greet us in Beverly Hills recently to celebrate this esteemed city's 100th anniversary. In honor of the 2014 Centennial, the city's five most luxurious hotels joined together to create “Suite 100” whereby each hotel included their own specially themed suite to represent five different decades encompassing the last 100 years.
Participants included: The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, Montage Beverly Hills, The Beverly Hilton, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills and The Peninsula Beverly Hills
But it's not too late. You too can still experience this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see where the likes of Marilyn Monroe bathed with her favorite bottle of champagne, complete with Erno Laszlo soap! And if you can't afford to stay there, at least you can buy the soap? It's as close as I'll ever be to Marilyn?
Enter The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows aptly themed “ The Golden Age Inspired by Marilyn Monroe”. Miss Monroe's doppelganger was ever present to welcome us as well. Designer Adam Tihany's suite also showcases original artifacts from Marilyn's estate, along with a library featuring books and videos of this charismatic star. We were welcomed with a “Norma Jean Cocktail” ; a bubbly creation of Pavan liqueur, honey and lemon juice. Delectable goodies on silver trays with welcoming smiles circulated the room, including deviled eggs of course, a '50's favorite, and other cannapes representing the “Golden Age.” And who could resist a spritz of Marilyn's favorite Chanel No. 5 prominently displayed in her boudoir. I know I couldn't!
We then hopped our Beverly Hills Trolley and headed back to where the 1940's was in full swing at the Montage Beverly Hills “Forties Film Noir”. This opulent suite reflects an era designed by Nini Petronzio filled with Lalique crystal, and menus reflecting favorite foods from the '40's. Thirsty? Simply press the “champagne button” and you'll be promptly greeted by this handsome gentleman bearing the bubbly!
Several minutes later we were transported in time again to the 1960's where The Beverly Hilton embodied “Stylish, Sophisticated Sixties: A Re-Imagined Revolution”. Designer Tom Ford employed bold colors and a working television from the Grammy Museum along with all the Oscar winning DVD's from this decade. Best of all I got to meet the charming and gracious star of ”The Birds” Tippi Hedren, who worked alongside world renowned director Alfred Hitchcock. I was able to get a picture of her and one of her costars....
Our next stop was the L'Ermitage where “The Era of Studio 54 – Fashion & Art Collide”. Designer Ken Fulk brought the 70's to life with his photo booth where I could dress as a celeb and sashay along my own private catwalk framing a corner of the dining room. The closet featured select vintage inspired Halston Heritage clothing, along with a bottle of his famed perfume on the vanity bath shelf (which I sampled on the side not sporting the earlier “No. 5” remember?), while the walls displayed unique Andy Warhol original prints.
Our final ascent through this starlit town was our wind up to experience Hollywood glamour at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, featuring “The Birth of Modern Luxury”. Designed by Forchielli Glynn, their specially themed suite accentuates the excitement associated with the world renowned Oscars, Golden Globes and Grammys where you too can have your picture taken by the “paparazzi”. (Well, at least in front of the red carpet pictured with a little imagination), or simply choose to sip champagne and enjoy the view while you enjoy your “private pool cabana”. The Peninsula has been welcoming esteemed guests since its opening in '91 and continues to provide one of the best experiences in luxury service and amenities in the world.
Contact these hotels and maybe you'll be lucky enough to get a gander, but hurry, 'cause it all goes away by the end of 2014 and the suites return to present day glamour, albeit still spectacular.
“I'm ready for my close up Mr. DeMille!”