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 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!”
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.
Our famous Martinique banana leaf wallpaper was created in 1942 exclusively for the hotel by decorator Don Loper. It now enjoys iconic status as one of the most recognisable wallpapers in the world and has starred in several films.
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.
The Crescent Wing was built in 1949 and designed by renowned architect Paul Williams, along with the reimagined Polo Lounge, Fountain Coffee Room and the lobby.
Paul 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.
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.
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.
Quarter Century Club
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.
Celebrations and beyond
Last year we had a fun party to welcome the newest members of the Quarter Century Club. Greeted with champagne, the honorees passed by their walk of fame stars hanging proudly in the halls and made their way to the Crystal Garden for a grand celebration. From bagpipers and ice sculptures to chef’s seafood tower and tantalizing desserts all employees joined to honour the club’s long standing service and passion. 2020 brings over 50 new members, and we anticipate even greater festivities.