HOL­LY­WOOD GRANDE DAME

A fam­ily of four checks in to the fa­mous Pink Palace in Los An­ge­les for a taste of movie-star glam­our.

Five Star Kids - - USA - Words Snezana Belevska-Ben­nell

Set on hectares of trop­i­cal jun­gle and palms, The Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel is one of the world’s most fa­bled ho­tels, and cer­tainly one of the most glam­orous in Los An­ge­les. Its guest list in­cludes the likes of Au­drey Hep­burn, Sophia Loren, Humphrey Bog­art and El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor. Also known as The Pink Palace, it’s a land­mark not only for lo­cals but also for vis­i­tors seek­ing a slice of the high life.

As we pulled up to the ho­tel’s grand en­try we were greeted by a group of friendly and im­mac­u­lately dressed bell­boys. As I stood on the red car­pet un­der the fa­mous striped por­tico, I felt swept up in the beauty of this very spe­cial place. I could feel the aura of Golden Hol­ly­wood, of clas­sic stars, in­trigue, style and piz­zazz. This place may not have launched a thou­sand stars, but it sure en­ter­tained them.

Although check- in went quickly and smoothly, I was im­pa­tient to see the fa­mous Mar­tinique Ba­nana Leaf wall­pa­per. It was cre­ated es­pe­cially for the ho­tel in 1942 by de­signer Don Loper and is one of the most recog­nis­able wall­pa­pers in the world. I have al­ways been a huge fan.

While our Ju­nior Suite didn’t fea­ture the yearned-for wall­pa­per, it didn’t dis­ap­point. It was clas­si­cally beau­ti­ful and my eye was im­me­di­ately drawn to the grey vel­vet chaise and stun­ning view out­side of palms, trop­i­cal plants and sun­shine.

As David and I en­joyed a glass of the com­pli­men­tary cham­pagne, the boys, Luka (8) and Saachi (5), in­dulged in choco­late VOL­UME 8 2017

It may be el­e­gant, but The Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel is also heav­enly for chil­dren.

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