No matter where on Earth you may be, all eyes will be on Oscar and Hollywood’s biggest stars during the 87th annual Academy Awards. With a record 83 countries submitting films for consideration, this year’s ceremony is an international affair. On Feb. 22, several hundred million global fans are expected to tune into the awards show to watch as Oscar statues are awarded in 24 categories. Where will you celebrate? From free-flowing champagne to themed Oscar cocktails, discover how high-end hotels around the world are honoring Tinseltown’s most festive night.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Hollywood’s biggest night actually happens over mid-morning on the other side of the world. Mark all of the moviemaking magic at a special brunch soiree at M bar at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. The live telecast viewing party kicks off at 9 a.m. with a red carpet entrance leading into a dramatic setting with sweeping views 25 floors above the city. Enjoy brunch canapés, housemade popcorn, free-flowing Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne and Oscar-themed cocktails inspired by best picture nominees American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Dress your best for the occasion and win your own chocolate Oscar prize.
Where do some of your favorite celebrities get their beauty sleep before the most important awards ceremony of the year? The Four-Star Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) plays host to many familiar faces all through awards season. Now you can get in on the action first-hand with Oscar viewing parties at The BLVD, and also party like an A-lister in the restaurant’s pop-up Dom Pérignon Tasting Lounge. Toast your favorite flicks during a Pre-Oscars Club Night Celebration (February 21, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.) and at the official Oscar viewing party (February 22, 4 p.m.), where you can sip Moët and watch the telecast over salmon ceviche, crab and zucchini flower tempura, and seafood saffron bouillabaisse. If your champagne wishes skew more toward Dom, taste through featured varietals — think Dom Pérignon vintage 2004 and rosé vintage 2003 — at the lounge, or go all out with the Dom Pérignon Rosé P2 vintage 1995.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Forbes Travel Guide Recommended The Polo Lounge inside the Five-Star Beverly Hills Hotel has been serving Academy Award winners since 1941. Get in on the Oscars action with specialty cocktails celebrating each of the 2015 Best Picture nominations. Sip a Dysfunctional Family (Boyhood) with rum, single-malt scotch, bourbon, sherry and Angostura bitters; Boy with Apple (The Grand Budapest Hotel) with Evan Williams Bourbon, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, honey syrup, lemon and apple cider; and a Rare Eagle (in) Manhattan (Birdman) with 10-Year Eagle Rare Bourbon, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and barrel-aged bitters.
Loews Hollywood Hotel
You won’t get any closer to the Oscar action than at Loews Hollywood Hotel. The Dolby Theatre-adjacent property honors this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees with eight special cocktails inspired by the films themselves. Get into the awards-season spirit at H2 Kitchen & Bar while sipping on potions like the Long Shot (American Sniper) with Maker’s Mark, Canton ginger liqueur and orange bitters, or Drum Punch (Whiplash) with Absolut Citron, lemonade, lavender syrup, soda and muddled mint.
45 Park Lane
At contemporary Five-Star 45 Park Lane, celebrate in true Academy Awards fashion with a VIP evening or your very own Oscar party. With the Oscars Night package, dine on a bespoke menu created by none other than Wolfgang Puck, who will serve 1,500 of Hollywood’s elite at the post-ceremony Governors Ball. The deal also includes luxury accommodations and breakfast the following day. For those who travel with an entourage, indulge in the Oscars Party promotion, where you and up to 10 of your most stylish friends will nosh on a sampling from the Oscars menu, enjoy a private screening of the ceremony and unwind with an overnight stay.