If you’ve seen the wildly popular movie Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, then you’d have heard of the Beverly Wilshire. The posh Beverly Hills hotel was showcased throughout the 1990 movie in all of its luxurious glory – leaving most of us drooling and daydreaming.
Today, that hotel, owned by the Four Seasons, remains as glamorous as ever and is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie that secured its spot in many people’s hearts and minds. The property, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, just steps from Rodeo Drive, offers easy access to fine dining, shopping, sightseeing, and provides many onsite indulgences such as a chic spa, pool and elegant accommodations. For all of these reasons and more, the Beverly Wilshire remains a popular hotel choice when visiting the area.
Visitors come to the Beverly Wilshire for many reasons – its luxurious allure and mystique, its prime location in one of America’s wealthiest and most famous communities, and its proximity to downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, are just a few of the highlights. And while the glamour and excitement of its location are substantial, just lounging around in the hotel itself, its pool, many restaurants, and amazing suites and rooms, is also a wonderful treat.
The Beverly Wilshire is home to the Michelin-starred restaurant Cut, a trendy seafood and steak establishment by Wolfgang Puck (who is regularly spotted onsite either dining or supervising). The hotel’s other popular dining option is THE Blvd, which offers prime outdoor seating, allowing guests to sit and people watch in one of America’s most star studded neighborhoods. The food at THE Blvd is also worth a mention – its innovative, seasonal California offerings being both healthy and delicious.
Southern California being the land of sunshine and palm trees, the Beverly Wilshire allows you to indulge in the area’s famous climate with its stylish Mediterranean style pool and poolside cabanas. At one end of the pool, there’s a two-story fitness center with floor to ceiling glass walls overlooking the swimmers and sunbathers. And if you’re hungry, The Pool Bar & Café, is perched on the pool’s opposite edge, with seating for 28 outdoors, and a small bar. The entire scene is typical, Southern California glam.
The Spa at Beverly Wilshire
The cutting edge and uber luxurious spa at Beverly Wilshire really deserves its own article. Its setting is cool and serene, dimly lit and decorated in soothing shades of aqua blue, and dark browns, complimented by white marble. But more importantly, the Beverly Wilshire’s spa is a place where you’ll find one of the most exclusive skin care lines in the world, Natura Bisse, regularly testing its latest facials and products before rolling them out nationwide. So, if being one of the first in the country (or the world) to try the latest anti-aging treatments is important to you, be sure to book a treatment. It’s a purely relaxing experience that will leave you feeling amazing from head to toe. Some of their best facials include the exclusive Diamond Collection treatments by Natura Bisse. But the spa also offers two other product lines and organic focused facials for those seeking something slightly different. Prices for facial treatments range from around 215 USD to 395 USD.
Additional spa offerings worth trying include the many body treatments and massages, among them a Moroccan Ritual Scrub and a Tahitian Ritual Scrub. And one last note – there is also a chic nail bar, where you can get manicures and pedicures while watching the movie Pretty Woman play on a television screen and sipping on a fabulous Pretty Woman themed cocktail - or whatever happens to be your drink of choice. Prices for manicures and pedicures range from 60 USD to 125 USD.
The Accommodations: Spacious and traditionally elegant
The hotel, built in a decadent Italian Renaissance style, with French neo-classic influences, has 254 guest rooms and 141 suites spread throughout two wings. The accommodations are divided between the 14-story Beverly Wing, which provide views of residential Beverly Hills and the 10-floor Wilshire Wing, overlooking the fashionable corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. There is no substantial difference however, between the interiors of the two wings. Both feature stylish, contemporary furnishings and are decorated in a palette of soft creams tones.
The room categories vary from the 400-square-feet Signature Rooms, to the 600-square-feet Rodeo View Studios, and many categories of one-bedroom suites, which range in size. There are also the many specialty suites that the hotel is famous for including the Wilshire Presidential Suite and the Beverly Presidential Suite, among others. The Beverly Wilshire’s Penthouse Suite meanwhile, is said to be one of the most impressive in Los Angeles, with a record 5,000 square feet, three bedrooms, four bathrooms and panoramic views from its terrace.
What you will find throughout all of the rooms is stylish décor, spacious rooms and modern, glam bathrooms with marble fixtures and glass showers. The Beverly Wilshire is by no means a budget hotel, so those interested in staying should be prepared to spend a substantial amount of money. Prices vary by season and availability, but even the hotel’s smallest room can cost about 825 USD.
The Beverly Wilshire – A place to indulge
Whether you choose to spend your time pampering yourself at the hotel, its spa, pool and restaurants, or shopping on nearby Rodeo Drive, which is just 25 steps away from the property, the Beverly Wilshire is an experience that is all about Southern California style, indulgence and luxury. It’s about looking good, fabulous dining, over-the-top shopping and people watching at its finest. The hotel also offers unique themed packages for those with the resources, including being “Pretty Woman for a Day,” a getaway for two that involves staying at the hotel’s Presidential Suite and being taken on a personal, guided shopping tour on Rodeo Drive – as if you were the star of your own movie.