Updated on December 5, 2017
Hotel Review: The Beverly Hilton
There are a few hotel reviews from random trips which I (and Joe) have been meaning to do and one of them is a hotel that I really enjoyed in Beverly Hills, California over a year ago: The Beverly Hilton!
This is an iconic Los Angeles hotel that I stayed at for a conference last year. It’s an old hotel that’s been updated, but does a great job of keeping the old southern California feel while also being modern and luxurious.
It is located right on Wilshire Blvd and in the heart of Beverly Hills, just a short walk to the main shopping and dining area.
I took an Uber from the airport on arrival and upon check-in the attendant thanked me for being a Diamond member and gave me a little invitation card for full breakfast in the restaurant (I saw that Gold members got cards that said “Continental Breakfast”).
I headed directly to my room to drop off my luggage before checking out the rest of the hotel.
I was given a King Deluxe room which goes for about $380 a night during the time I was staying (luckily I didn’t have to pay this). For points, standard rooms here start at 60K Hilton points.
The room had a nice view, as well as mini bar, a great bathroom and overall a lot of space for just 1 person. As you walk into the room there is a closet directly in front with a large bathroom to your left. The room then opens up with your bed, chair, TV and desk.
After getting settled it was time to check out the hotel, starting with the outside and working my way into the first floor lobby.
As you can see, the outside is older looking and very much old LA, while the inside is beautiful and luxurious (there is more of this contrast around the hotel). The first floor has check in, a bar/restaurant, shopping and several meeting rooms, some of which are very large. One of the reasons you might have heard of the Beverly Hilton is because of one of these rooms. The International room is where the Golden Globes are held every year and where I had my conference!
In the center of the hotel there is also this kind of weird open area with fake grass. Not sure what the deal with that was – it seemed out of place.
Continuing down a floor you will find the Spa and gym as well as Trader Vic’s lounge and Circa 55 restaurant, which is where you have breakfast in the morning.
The breakfast buffet was very good and pretty extensive. They even had macaroons which my wife would have loved if she were there.
Outside you will find the pool, the Trader Vic’s Lounge and more vintage features with the white walls of the area as well as old beachy movies projected on the large wall over the pool at night.
For an event in the evening I was even able to go up on the roof where there is an event area. There are some great views from up there!
How to get there?
I took an Uber which was about a 15 min ride from the airport but with traffic in LA it can easily take twice as long as that. There are also private cars which can be arranged with the hotel to pick you up.
Any restaurant suggestions?
I had several good meals while I was in the area but the meal I had at Mastro’s Steakhouse might have been one the best meals I have ever had! The steak was PERFECT and everything else was outstanding. It’s expensive but everything I had was excellent.
What does it cost?
As I mentioned before, the price for a deluxe room when I was there ran about $380, but you can get slightly cheaper with smaller rooms and different times a year. A night there with points would run you 60K.
Overall I really liked the combination of old and new at this hotel. The service was excellent and it’s also kind of cool to stay in a hotel where a big event like the Golden Globes is held. The surrounding area is very nice and I took several runs through the neighborhoods right across the street as well as the shopping area close by. As I mentioned, I didn’t pay for the stay but 60K Hilton points seems reasonable for a high season stay, although I am not one to pay a lot of cash for hotel so this might be a bit out of my range if I had to.