There’s a new star in Tinseltown, and she is a stunner reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. Meet Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, a 12-story, new-build hotel in the heart of 90210. The gleaming property that opened on June 1 is the brand’s first West Coast address.
As they say in show business, the hotel appears to be an overnight success.
It almost seems as if in one day, a Trader Vic’s restaurant that occupied Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards for 62 years, was transformed into a soaring art deco-inspired, limestone building.
But in truth, this $200 million beauty was almost a decade in the making. Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and architects Perkins+Will and Gensler left no detail askew. From the ground floor to rooftop pool, the property makes it clear that every side is its good side.
Inside the two-story lobby, for instance, an impressive bronze chandelier with Lalique crystal panels greets you. In the intimate lobby lounge, enjoy fine champagne and caviar pairings. The 5,000-square-foot La Prairie Spa features six treatment rooms, experience showers and a breathtaking chandelier made of glass orbs.
Here are a few of the other A-list perks we love:
As one of the tallest buildings in Beverly Hills, the hotel offers unique views of the city that you won’t get anywhere else. Luckily, the architects seized on this asset — every one of the 170 rooms has a spacious private balcony. (Some suites’ balconies almost double the living space.)
Plus, the rooftop, home to the pool on one side and outdoor The Rooftop by JG lounge on the other, offers 360-degree cityscapes.
For non-guests, make sure to reserve a place on the rooftop before stopping by —especially on the weekend. It’s already become a who’s-who hot spot in L.A.
Jean-George Vongerichten finally makes his L.A. debut. The world-class French chef, who spearheads more 30 restaurants around the world, runs all three of the hotel’s culinary programs. From the room service menu and The Rooftop by JG to the elegant, all-day restaurant Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, the chef’s signature French-American cuisine captivates.
At the rooftop bar, sample a lobster burger with green chili dressing and yuzu pickles. Or splurge on a multi-course meal with wine pairings at the indoor-outdoor Jean-Georges, an eatery helmed by executive chef Steve Benjamin (of Las Vegas’ Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon). Here, you can start with the egg caviar and Santa Barbara spot prawn salad before finishing with the veal Milanese, wagyu beef tenderloin or black cod in a sweet and sour jus.
Every high-end hotel has a concierge, but not many offer at-your-beck-and-call, highly personalized service. Before you arrive, your very own concierge will be in touch to ensure all your wishes and special requests are granted.
And these staffers are available anytime, conveniently via text. Want a bath drawn with rose petals, a champagne tasting with the restaurant’s sommelier, tickets to a sold-out Hollywood Bowl show or a candlelight private dinner at sunset in your room? These are but a few examples of what a Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills concierge can facilitate to make your experience truly one of a kind.