Rebirth Beyond Reproach

Behold the opening of the luxurious and modern Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills hotel—a bold new 90210 landmark

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of William Rust

The Beverly Hilton’s iconic Trader Vic’s has paved the way for a new upscale hotel. Now open in its place, the art deco-inspired Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills adds a touch of sophisticated flair to the spot that once housed the retro Tiki bar—complete with panoramic views of the city from the rooftop deck, award-winning chef Jéan-Georges Vongerichten’s first West Coast restaurant and the tranquil Swiss spa La Prairie. The hotel is the brand’s first new build on the West Coast and second California property, joining the Waldorf Astoria portfolio of 26 hotels and resorts.

“This has been a dream of Owner Beny Alagem (who also owns The Beverly Hilton, which sits adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria) for years,” says Luc Delafosse, managing director of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, a collaboration between architect and master planner Gensler, Perkins+Will, Oasis West Realty, Hilton and Pierre Yves Rochon Inc.

“The [9]-acre property is a one-of-a-kind hospitality destination, with lushly landscaped grounds and gardens, approximately 6,300 square feet of indoor meeting and special events space, state-of-the-art technology offerings, and a ground-level outdoor dining terrace.”

Situated at 9850 Wilshire Blvd.—at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, near other newcomers such as the Gratitude Beverly Hills restaurant—the 12-story hotel features 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites priced from $815 per night.

Expect oversized accommodations featuring floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto private balconies, along with villa suites boasting manicured individual terraces and breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills and urban canyon of Century City.

The hotel’s public spaces mesh legendary Hollywood glamour with the Streamline Moderne style of the 1930s and ’40s. Chic touches throughout include the triple-height lobby with a contemporized art-deco design, hand-painted murals, custom crystal chandeliers and elegant Lalique installations. Richly upholstered furniture in soothing tones of celadon, taupe and white is accented by alluring artwork.

Look for a trio of world-class dining venues helmed by legendary French Michelin-starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and his hand-picked team of culinary experts: signature restaurant Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, as well as The Rooftop by JG and Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Bar. Among the most popular items on the menus (which showcase locally sourced ingredients) is the ahi tuna tartare with crushed avocado, radish and ginger dressing; avocado carpaccio pizza with serrano chili, cilantro and lime; beef tenderloin; and tasty cocktails, like the ginger margarita.

Rounding out this property are special amenities and services. Think a private Rolls Royce house car offering complimentary drop-off service within a two-mile radius; private cabanas at the rooftop pool; deluxe spa treatments using products from white caviar to pure gold at the La Prairie Spa; and makeovers at the Tracey Cunningham Salon, with services by celebrity hair colorist Tracey Cunningham. (Not to mention a personal concierge assigned to every guest.)

“The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills offers guests an opportunity to encounter unmatched luxury, world-class design and exclusive services in a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience that is unlike any in Los Angeles,” says Delafosse.




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