The Beverly Hills Hotel Has Restored its Iconic Bungalows
The Beverly Hills Hotel has been a legendary institution since it opened in 1912, providing a discreetly glamorous hideaway for the Hollywood elite. With the construction of its bungalows in 1915, celebrities could enjoy even greater levels of privacy.
Marilyn Monroe preferred Bungalow 1 for its ultra-secluded location, while Frank Sinatra often called #22 home and John Lennon and Yoko Ono liked #10 (so did Donald Trump). Gloria Swanson holed out in a bungalow after one of her divorces (she had five of them), while Elizabeth Taylor loved them so much she spent 6 (out of 8) honeymoons there, usually in #5. Howard Hughes, who lived in a bungalow on-and-off for 30 years, never wanted anyone to know which one he was in so he booked several others under his name. The only person always privy to his real location was the hotel chef, who was often woken in the middle of the night to fix Hughes a late-night snack.
Over the last few years, the hotel has undergone an extensive project, courtesy of T&C master of design Alexandra Champalimaud, to renovate and redesign these iconic bungalows to pay homage to their respective guests. Sinatra’s Bungalow 22, for example, has a midcentury Palm Springs-esque interior (the singer had an estate there) furnished with a grand piano (naturally) and outdoor fireplace.
The bathroom of Monroe’s Bungalow 1 is stocked with Chanel No. 5 toiletries (since we know that’s supposedly all she wore to bed) while the library has her films. Bungalow 5, where Elizabeth Taylor spent a lot of time with Richard Burton, is one of the most luxuriously appointed of the bunch, with its own jacuzzi and pool, plus chandeliers and other touches made to mimic the many magnificent jewels Burton bought for her.
The latest to join the party is Bungalow 9, which has been inspired by Charlie Chaplin. Among the themed amenities are a library of his books, a cocktail kit (a drink in his honor was created around 1920 at the Waldorf Astoria that called for sloe gin, apricot brandy, and lemon juice served in a highball with club soda), and a welcome chocolate dessert inspired by his movies.
The two bedroom space is done up in clean lines and beige tones with subtle hints at the silent movie star’s quirky personality through eclectic prints, paintings, and objets.
As with all of the Beverly Hills Hotel’s bungalows, the perks of spending upwards of $7,000 a night include state-of-the-art appliances, private airport chauffeur service, fresh flower deliveries, and enough privacy to make you feel like a very important Hollywood star.
To book, visit dorchestercollection.com
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