S TAY I NG power

The iconic Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel in Los An­ge­les con­tin­ues to at­tract the glit­terati, es­pe­cially to its newly re­vamped bun­ga­lows.

Belle - - Chic Nomad - Words CARLI PHILIPS

If these walls could talk they would spill se­crets of Hol­ly­wood’s Golden Age. Of affairs and ac­tors, he­do­nism and hand­shake deals, movie stars and mag­nates, riches and ro­mance. Lin­ing its hal­lowed halls, the iconic 1940s Don Loper-de­signed ba­nana leaf ‘Mar­tinique’ wall­pa­per is as recog­nis­able as its fa­mous court­yard, where the en­ter­tain­ment elite come, as they have for decades, to wine and dine. It’s the stuff of leg­end and lore.

In a city where pop stars can turn a reg­u­lar venue into a hotspot with a sin­gle pa­parazzi shot, not many have had stay­ing power quite like the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel. Built in 1912, the sprawl­ing Mis­sion Re­vival ho­tel and lush es­tate pre­ceded even the city it­self, and by the 1920s it was con­sid­ered prime real es­tate. In the late 40s the prop­erty was painted in its fa­mous flamingo colour where­upon it be­came af­fec­tion­ately known as The Pink Palace.

There have been up­dates over the years, most re­cently by Adam Ti­hany who re­freshed the lobby, palm-tree-lined pool ca­banas and sa­cred Polo Lounge, the orig­i­nal es­tab­lish­ment for so­cialites and Rat Pack de­bauch­ery. It’s been called the ‘epi­cen­tre of power din­ing in Los An­ge­les’ and be­cause time-hon­oured guests were sen­si­tive to any ma­jor changes, the curved quilted booths, dark green walls and round ta­bles re­mained.

The mild weather is per­fect for din­ing al­fresco, and the pa­tio blooms with aza­leas, bougainvil­lea, camel­lias and star jas­mine. Ex­ec­u­tive chef and Hawai­ian na­tive Ka­leo Adams uses pro­duce from farm­ers mar­kets and the on­site herb gar­den to en­sure healthy

op­tions are avail­able, but it’s all about jazz and Sun­day brunch. It might be Old Hol­ly­wood, but to­day’s ‘It’ kids still flock.

In­tro­duced in the early days to ac­com­mo­date guests want­ing more space and pri­vacy, the ho­tel’s orig­i­nal se­cluded bun­ga­lows are be­ing reimag­ined by New York-based de­signer Alexan­dra Cham­pal­i­maud of Cham­pal­i­maud De­sign. Tai­lored 40s French and Hol­ly­wood Re­gency de­signs com­ple­ment dec­o­ra­tive wall­pa­pers, in­tri­cate f loor in­lays, hand-sten­cilled pat­terns and cus­tomem­broi­dered pan­els that are lux­u­ri­ous with­out be­ing stuffy. It’s a nod to the past with an ef­fort­less, Cal­i­for­nian moder­nity.

The re­fit is in­spired by some of the ho­tel’s leg­endary reg­u­lars, in­clud­ing Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe who stayed with Joe Dimag­gio in num­ber seven, Mar­lene Di­et­rich who re­garded num­ber 11 as her own, Yoko Ono and John Len­non who holed up for a week, and reclu­sive bil­lion­aire Howard Hughes who lived in num­ber four in­ter­mit­tently for more than three decades. With four bed­rooms and a pri­vate pool, num­ber five was de­signed with El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor in mind and in­cor­po­rates glam­our re­flec­tive of her most cel­e­brated movie roles. Just as in her own home, blue reigns, and jewel-coloured Arnold Scaasi-es­que draperies are paired with ro­man­tic flo­ral mo­saics, Egyp­tian-pat­terned cab­i­netry and plush Euro­pean fur­ni­ture.

Ear­lier this year Parisian artist Marc Ange ex­hib­ited his lim­it­ededi­tion ‘Le Refuge’ daybed with its canopied per­fo­rated steel eaves in the citrus gar­den. The most in­sta­grammed piece at Mi­lan De­sign Week, his fol­low-up will be un­veiled at Art Basel Mi­ami in De­cem­ber. A more per­ma­nent sanc­tu­ary, the ho­tel’s pool is re­laxed and chic, its sig­na­ture green and white chaises shaded by para­sols.

Safely hid­den from view, the bun­ga­lows are the per­fect hide­out. “Ev­ery mem­ory I have of the ho­tel that I want to share,” said for­mer Para­mount Pic­tures film pro­ducer and re­sort reg­u­lar Robert Evans, “I wouldn’t want to see in print.” dorch­ester­col­lec­tion.com

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