On May 12, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, a favorite of celebrities, Beverly Hills brides, and couples looking for a romantic getaway, will turn 100. The "pink palace"—208 rooms and 23 bungalows over 12 palm-tree studded acres—is about as old-school fabulous as it gets. Marilyn Monroe was a regular in the 50s; Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned here with six of her eight husbands; and modern-day A-listers like Jennifer Aniston and Katie Holmes are always popping by for business lunches. (P.S., when we checked in, Alicia Keys was checking out!)
For a couple that's honeymooning in Tahiti or Fiji, this is a great place to break up the trip for a one or two night stay—you'll have to connect in LAX anyway. Also, if you're planning a California road trip up picturesque Highway 1, starting in Beverly Hills is fantastic because you'll actually get some rest and downtime, as opposed to starting in a really active city like San Francisco.
Your honeymoon schedule at the Beverly Hills Hotel is as follows. Breakfast in the The Fountain Coffee Room (think 1950s soda fountain serving homemade ice cream), which still has the original stools from 1949, as well as the hotel's signature banana-leaf-print wallpaper. (The waffles are amazing.) Next up: Lunch and pool time. Pack a pair of over-size shades and get ready to people-watch. Later, enjoy dinner at the elegant Polo Lounge. You can get all the fancy stuff, like steak tartare and homemade papardelle pasta, but it's really all about the kobe burger with truffle provolone. And we loved that the attentive waiters have mastered the art of the club pour, basically two glasses of wine in one. Room wise, if you're feeling flush, you can splurge on one of the new presidential bungalows—almost 5,000 square feet—complete with a pool, kitchen, library, and outdoor shower (yes, in L.A.!). From $505.
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