Bungalow entrance with greenery surrounding
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The Beverly Hills Hotel on the silver screen

July 10, 2019

Throughout the hotel’s history, we’ve had plenty of starring roles in classic movies. Join us for a slice of history and a Hollywood movie tour of the famous Pink Palace.

The place to be

For over a century, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been the place for Hollywood’s brightest lights to socialise by the pool or relax in cosy private bungalows, while studio moguls and financiers complete deals in the Polo Lounge.  It’s fair to say that Beverly Hills was literally built around the hotel, and quickly attracted Hollywood A-listers from the moment we opened back in 1912.

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.
Wide view of the pool and the pink facade of the Beverly Hills Hotel

Making a splash

Steeped in Hollywood history, the legendary pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel has always been home to glamorous starlets, movie icons, and the location for many classic films. From Rita Hayworth posing poolside, to Kathryn Hepburn jumping in fully-clothed and The Beatles sneaking in after midnight, the pool’s allure is known the world over.

Starring roles

The pool and our popular cabanas were the setting for Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall in the 1956 romantic comedy Designing Woman. We hit the silver screen again in 1963 with Doris Day and James Garner standing by the hotel pool in the comedy movie Move Over, Darling. Today people still like to reminisce about these famous moments.

Celebrities and legends Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall
Courtesy of “The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows – The First 100 Years” by Robert S. Anderson
Polo lounge dining room preparation for dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Polo Lounge popularity

For over 75 years, the iconic Polo Lounge has been considered ‘Hollywood’s commissary’ and is known as ‘the epicentre of power dining in Los Angeles’. It’s where Hollywood’s greatest stars, from Charlie Chaplin to Marlene Dietrich have held court from their favourite tables. To dine at the Polo Lounge is to be connected with Hollywood’s earliest days, its golden era, and today’s welcoming ambiance and ever-enticing appeal.

Hollywood glamour

Designed exclusively to reflect the feeling of effortless Californian style, our bungalows and suites are known for their relaxed residential feel. The interiors draw inspiration from Hollywood glamour and their lush surroundings. We’ve been fortunate to take care of many famous guests over the years, and have even named some of our legendary bungalows after their most well-known residents.

Full Exterior of Bungalow at The Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge Patio

In the spotlight

In the 1975 movie Funny Girl, Omar Sharif is seen kissing Barbra Streisand while the couple are at the Polo Lounge. And in a famous scene in the 1996 cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro drink Singapore Slings on the Polo Lounge terrace. We also have a wonderful tradition of celebrities and locals gathering at the restaurant to celebrate the annual Academy Awards, some even bring their Oscars with them.

Movie moments

The 1978 movie California Suite, starring Jane Fonda, Michael Caine and Maggie Smith, was filmed in several of our suites and you’ll also spot our famous banana leaf wallpaper making an appearance. This movie was awarded an Oscar for Maggie Smith as best supporting actress. In 1989, Shelly Long starred in the comedy movie Troop Beverly Hills, where a group of girl scouts take shelter at the hotel during a storm. Warren Beatty also starred in Rules Don’t Apply in 2016, in which he is seen in Bungalow 5, Bungalow 22 and the Polo Lounge.

Banana Leaf Hallway at The Beverly Hills Hotel

To learn more about the hotel’s Hollywood history, join us for our popular ‘If These Walls Could Talk Historical Tour’ where our historian shares colourful stories about our legendary hotel. Trust us you won’t want to miss it.

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