Historical photo of Beverly Hills Hotel crescent wing

The Beverly Hills Hotel

History of The Beverly Hills Hotel

The city of Beverly Hills was built up around our hotel. It’s where the entire area’s history began. Hear how it all started and discover our other milestone moments.

Take a trip back in time with us to share some of our favourite historic highlights.
The Beverly Hills Hotel 1912 in Black and White
This photo is courtesy of “The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows – The First 100 Years” by Robert S. Anderson, available at www.thebeverlyhillscollection.com.

The Beverly Hills Hotel opened on May 12, 1912 before the city even existed. The idea was to create a hotel for people to stay at while looking at property to buy in the area. The original owner and founder of The Beverly Hills Hotel was Margaret Anderson and her motto for the hotel was, “Guests are entitled to the best of everything regardless of cost!”

Polo Lounge of The Beverly Hills Hotel in 1974
This photo is courtesy of “The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows – The First 100 Years” by Robert S. Anderson, available at www.thebeverlyhillscollection.com.

The Polo Lounge has been known as the epicentre of power dining in LA and the preferred place to be for legendary stars and Hollywood deal-makers. It was established in the 1930s and was named after the polo fields on which it was built.

Our legendary pool opened in 1938 as ‘The Sand and Pool Club’, complete with sand to make it feel like a true beach club.

banana palm leaf prints Beverly Hills Hotel

Our famous Martinique® banana leaf wallpaper was created in 1942 by heritage Southern California textile brand CW Stockwell, and selected by famed designer Don Loper in 1949 to adorn the walls of the newly renovated and redesigned hotel. It now enjoys iconic status as one of the most recognisable wallpapers in the world and has starred in several films.

The Beverly Hills Hotel Exteriors Tower

The hotel was first painted its distinctive pink back in 1948, to complement the sunset and popular country style of the time. The hotel has been known as the ‘Pink Palace’ ever since.

View of Crescent Street signage for The Beverly Hills Hotel
Courtesy of “The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows – The First 100 Years” by Robert S. Anderson, available at www.thebeverlyhillscollection.com.

The Crescent Wing was built in 1949 and designed by renowned architect Paul R. Williams, along with the reimagined Polo Lounge, Fountain Coffee Room and the lobby.

Living room of Paul R. William Suite The Beverly Hills Hotel

Paul R. Williams created our famous logo in the 1950s, developing a bespoke font which has since been trademarked to protect its distinctive style. In his honour, we also have a suite named after him.

Pool with lounge chairs and pink building in background

The hotel closed for refurbishment in 1992, and in 1993 it officially became a Dorchester Collection hotel. Following a major restoration, it successfully reopened in 1995.

Hotel exterior, red carpet and green striped ceiling

The hotel celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 and was officially named the first historic landmark in the city of Beverly Hills. There’s so much history surrounding the hotel that author Robbie Anderson wrote a huge coffee table book about it called The Beverly Hills Hotel – The First 100 Years.

2016 – 2019
Inside the private bungalows at The Beverley Hills Hotel

Steeped in history, our popular bungalows are the favoured choice of many guests. During these years, we completely restored them, whilst preserving their nostalgic ‘home away from home’ appeal. Several standout signature bungalows are now dedicated to their most notable guests, including Marilyn Monroe, Howard Hughes and Elizabeth Taylor.

2020 – 2021
White spa reception at Beverly Hills Hotel

Inspired by the flora and fauna of California, our spa was relaunched for a new era of exquisite relaxation, thanks to the creative vision of Champalimaud Design. From bespoke banana leaf wallcoverings to shades of deep lapis lazuli blue, our spa now features a soothing nature theme running through the entire experience.

Custom stationery to celebrate 110 years of The Beverly Hills Hotel

This was a big year for us as we celebrated our 110th anniversary and the arrival of our new general manager, John Scanlon. The hotel was built on a pioneering spirit, carving out a unique place in history and continues to evolve and delight. Watch this space for the next chapter in our legendary story.

Quarter Century Club

Champagne toast to team members celebrating over 25 years of service

Our star employees

The Beverly Hills Hotel Quarter Century Club was established to honour the commitment, passion and service of employees who have dedicated over 25 years of their lives to the hotel. We felt it only fitting that we recognise these individuals because they’ve been an invaluable part of our legacy, and they represent the heart and soul of the hotel. Without them, The Beverly Hills Hotel wouldn’t be what it is today.