Inspired by an Icon
The Beverly Hills Hotel’s private bungalows are a living part of Hollywood history. Bungalow 1 was a personal favourite of Marilyn Monroe and, today, offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in her style and spirit.
As part of a comprehensive restoration of its iconic private bungalows, Bungalow 1 at The Beverly Hills Hotel is as luminous and alluring as the feminine icon that inspires it. Touches of Marilyn Monroe’s life and career are everywhere – from the CHANEL N°5 fragrance bar to whimsical elements reflective of her most celebrated movie roles.
Glamorous and youthful in its aura and style, Bungalow 1 reflects the southern California lifestyle that Monroe so enjoyed and loved, especially as a frequent guest of the bungalow. The thoughtful redesign, led by internationally renowned Champalimaud Design, includes curvy furniture, bright and abstract floor coverings, colourful travertine stones, and gold-leafed ceilings. Strong Jean-Michel Frank influences pay homage to her use of his designs in her own home, including extensive use of parchment to envelop aspects of each room. It is a feminine space that is at once playful and sophisticated. Guests can indulge themselves in their love of everything Marilyn – Bungalow 1’s library features a fine selection of classic Marilyn Monroe films and books. A custom Marilyn Monroe Champagne Bath Bubble Experience offers a ‘Some Like it Hot’ bubble bath comprised of Ceara pure Atlantic sea salt from the coast of Brazil scented with Sweet Orange and Grapefruit Oils, a bath pillow, wood back brush, bath mitt, and a bottle of Dom Perignon.
What to wear to bed? Nothing but a few drops of CHANEL N°5, of course – this famous quote of hers is referenced in the Bungalow 1’s CHANEL N°5 Fragrance Bar and bath amenities. There is even Marilyn’s Menu for in-room dining, inspired by an interview that appeared in the 1952 issue of Pageant Magazine in which she revealed the following: ‘’My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat and that is all.’’ She also admitted that she occasionally treated herself to an ice cream sundae, hence the items on Marilyn’s Menu: Prawn Cocktail, Heirloom Carrot Salad, DiMaggio’s Spaghetti and Meatballs, Grilled New York Steak, and Marilyn’s Ice Cream Sundae.
Norma Jean, best known as Marilyn Monroe, had a charisma, talent and captivating mix of sweetness and intelligence that make her an enduring American icon. This luxuriously light-filled temple to her is a fine living tribute.
© Yaffa Assouline for Collect magazine N°25
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