From the moment guests enter the dramatic Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills foyer, it’s clear they’re in a town known for Hollywood glamour.
Co-designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon with Gensler and Perkins+Will, the hotel is a modern interpretation of Art Deco inspired by the Streamline Moderne style of the ’30s and ’40s. In fact, even before entering the hotel, visitors are given Hollywood-style treatment. Arriving at the front door via the large circular driveway reveals a Rolls-Royce house car waiting to chauffeur guests around the neighborhood. Doormen are posed, ready to open the elegant front doors with Lalique handles and unveil the triple-height lobby with a massive chandelier. Hand-painted murals, subtle hues of champagne and jewel greens, and a tall fireplace in the lobby are flanked by olive trees.
During check in, each guest is assigned a round-the-clock personal concierge team. A welcome text message means guests can SMS the staff at any time. Each message in return is punctuated with exclamation points and signed with the name of the concierge responding. Somehow it feels more natural communicating by text with the ease of asking questions or making requests for something. A staff member checks the texts and responds quickly and coordinates the request, finding the answer, or tracking down the item.
The 12-story building features guest-rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies, and stunning views of Beverly Hills. The grandeur of the lobby is echoed in the rooms with luxurious fabrics and art books. On the tech-side, an iPad is rigged with hotel information as well as the capability to make various room service requests.
The hotel’s pet friendly policy means it’s likely for there to be a pup or two trotting through the lobby. The enthusiastic staff seems to enjoy having canine guests too. The property location—close to shopping, cafes, and pretty residential streets—makes it an ideal location to stay with a dog.
The 5,000 square foot spa at the Waldorf Astoria has six rooms offering innovative treatments originally developed by Dr Paul Niehans of La Prairie, who believed science is the key to unlocking eternal youth. This sleek and relaxing haven offers skin treatments from a brightening facial that plumps and firms skin to a caviar massage. Additional offerings include oxygen infusion therapy, LED light therapy, and micro-current therapy. For those wanting a longer treatment, the three-hour Swiss Bliss experience includes a facial, scrub, massage, and scalp shiatsu. Or the Diamond Day treatment (a 5.5-hour odyssey) includes a facial and Perfection Body Treatment, champagne lunch, manicure, pedicure and make-up consultation.
For yet another reason to stay inside the hotel, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten helms the culinary offerings with Jean-Georges on the first-floor (for all-day dining and bar), the Lobby Lounge, and The Rooftop by JG for spectacular views of the city with lunch, dinner and cocktails. While on the roof, we suggest trying a passionfruit fizz and snacking on spring pea guacamole and tacos.
Continuing with a moonlit after-party by the rooftop pool, guests enjoyed 360-degree views of the Hollywood Hills, Century City, and the rooftops of Beverly Hills. With incredible fare, luxury services and immense attention to detail, the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills really offers Hollywood opulence.