What do Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe all have in common? They all used to stay overnight frequently at the Beverly Hills Hotel for a length of time.
After a multi-million dollar renovation on the “Pink Palace” hotel, Christopher Cowdray, Chief Executive Officer and his team started revitalizing the unique bungalows.
With two units completed, I was invited to tour – The Elizabeth Taylor Bungalow #5 and the Frank Sinatra Bungalow #22.
Talking with the charming V.P. Sales Marketing Helen Smith and Director of Communications Julia Record, I learned that the Beverly Hills Hotel offers 22 private bungalows with gardens, and two Presidential units. Three have separate swimming pools, including the newly redone pool in Taylor’s Bungalow #5.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is known for its elegance with each bungalow having its own personality and uniqueness. They range from two to four bedrooms. The two Presidential bungalows #23 and #24 have three bedrooms.
I first arrived at Bungalow #5 and walked by an exquisite flower arrangement and book opened to beautiful photos of Taylor. Inside the modern California style with Hollywood chic decor I strolled through the separate living room and bedroom, in addition to a minibar, full luxury marble bathroom and powder room. The patio has a private upgraded swimming pool and garden with a large entertaining area.
I learned that Elizabeth Taylor’s father had an art gallery inside the hotel. When he passed away, she held the reception for him out on the patio of Bungalow No. 5.
Taylor also spent her honeymoon here with six of her eight husbands. Stories have been shared that she enjoyed vodka with her room service breakfast and vodka with her lunch, especially when she was staying in the bungalow with Richard Burton in the 1970s.
While the Taylor bungalow offered an air of femininity, the Frank Sinatra bungalow is decorated with a masculine touch. There are beautiful leather panels on the back door of the dramatic powder bath with a marble sink and shiny silver sparkling walls.
This two bedroom unit is located in the former tea room near the Polo Lounge gardens. It’s unique design offers a grand entrance with a Palm Spring vibe. Large columns separate the entry from the grand living room with a cozy outdoor patio featuring Saltillo tiles and a blazing fireplace beyond two French doors.
There is a butler’s pantry for those seeking a small kitchen with a sink, microwave and coffee service.
The Master bedroom features a king-size bed with luxury sheets, enormous wood-paneled closet and a large window marble shower viewing the bungalow’s garden. It’s spectacular.
The next bungalow the Beverly Hills Hotel will tackle is Marilyn Monroe’s favorite Bungalow #1. I’ve been told it is the most secluded of the bungalows. Another bungalow she used to stay in was #7, now known as “the “Norma Jean.” That will be completed also in the near future.
Put an overnight at one of the Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalows on your Bucket List. It’s a night you will never forget.
To learn more and make a reservation, go to: https://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/los-angeles/the-beverly-hills-hotel/. 9641 Sunset Boulevard, 90210 (310) 276-2251.