The WALDORF ASTORIA in Beverly Hills brings a sense of Middle Eastern hospitality to the glamour of Hollywood. Central to where the action is, the hotel embodies that California good life
Hollywood hospitality that makes you feel right at home
WITH THE UPMARKET SURROUNDINGS, luxury finishes and general LA vibes, you could be mistaken for forgetting you have left the Middle at all. These traits makes the property lean towards accommodating more of a luxury business trip or a couple’s romantic week away, than a family holiday spot.
Its 12 storeys accommodate 119 Deluxe Rooms and 51 Suites, including 3 Villa Suites and a grand Presidential Suite. Conceived by interior design legend Pierre-yves Rochon, the large guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. The bathrooms are pretty impressive, too… like we needed an excuse to lounge around in the huge bath for a few hours while on holiday. Luckily, the hotel realised they need to make the effort to get us out of these comfortable rooms, so they created the rooftop pool deck. The largest rooftop destination of its kind in the area, it boasts impressive 360-degree views of Beverly Hills and special little poolside VIP cabanas that offer service at your beck and call. You are guaranteed to return on your next trip, even if you’re staying at a different hotel.
The location is great for shopping, with Rodeo Drive within walking distance. It’s also a good base from which to explore the tourist hot spots you think you’re too cool for until you land and Hollywood fever takes over. A short taxi ride from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the J. Paul Getty Museum and Hollywood sign, you could easily spend the day ticking these off the bucket list before returning to your poolside cabana.
The highlight of the hotel has to be the food. The Jean-georges restaurant from renowned Chef Jean-georges Vongerichten is the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Steve Benjamin. The menu centres around Jean-georges’ famed French-american cuisine, with a soupcon of South American and European flavours thrown in to the organic, and seasonal farm-totable fare. Breakfast offers updates on traditional American staples, featuring buttermilk pancakes, fluffy omelettes, coconut and chia seed pudding, and acai bowls. Enjoy lunch and dinner in a sunlit space surrounded by a sprawling passionfruit-vine-covered terrace. The seven-course tasting menu is a must try. Dishes include the Golden Ossetra caviar, with chives panna cotta and tangy tomato coulis and the ahi tuna tartare lettuce cups
with avocado and cracking rice each teamed with a carefully curated grape selection, resulting in the ultimate fine-dining experience.
The service, location, pool deck and food offering, conspire to give the Waldorf Astoria a rather glamorous edge over its competitors — when the hills come calling, where else is there to stay when so far from home than somewhere that is just as suave?
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills CA 90210, 1 800 774 1500 waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com Emirates now flies direct to LA, with a 16-hour flight departing every day at 8.55am
California love: the ideal base for a gentleman to unwind in, or from which to explore Tinseltown.
Chef Jean-georges Vongerichten’s dishes are sufficient enticement alone.
Above: the pool deck. Below: the Presidential Suite’s bedroom