Hotel Review: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (The Telegraph)
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills truly — and unabashedly — makes its mark known, towering 12 stories high in a low-rise area. It's bold, classy and uber-posh, merging timeless Art Deco elegance with 21st-century sensibility, and even the most discerning, affluent of guests will feel impressed here.
Location - 9 / 10
On famed Wilshire Boulevard. The hotel is in the heart of Beverly Hills, in the same lot as iconic Hilton Beverly Hills, though they do not share any amenities and have separate driveways and addresses. Rodeo Drive is half a mile away (seven-minute walk). The hotel provides a Rolls Royce house car for short distances.
Style & character - 9 / 10
The elegance is effortless, though the design is carefully crafted with geometric forms and plenty of glossy cherry wood, 22-carat gold leaf, Italian marble and sparkly Lalique crystal for an upscale approach. The double-height, three-tiered lobby with precious, bespoke art makes a grand entrance. I loved the hidden nooks in the lobby and roof deck, and I’m sure high-profile guests also appreciate the privacy factor.
Service & facilities - 9 / 10
There’s a high level of expectation at a Waldorf Astoria property, and pleasant, professional and intuitive staff went above and beyond here. I was offered unpacking services, shoe shine and garment press (all complimentary) right away. The sunny and posh roof deck — with restaurant, al fresco bar, a saltwater pool and large hot tub tucked away in the back — is surrounded by sweeping, 360-degree LA views, contrasted with the dimly lit La Prairie Spa.
Rooms - 9 / 10
I spent little time checking in, so was surprised to find my luggage already waiting in my walk-in closet when I arrived to my room. All 170 rooms and suites have terraces, and my Deluxe Two Queen was enormous for a standard room (the walk-in closet was impressively huge), designed to feel stately with a warm color palette and gold metallic accents. Not one thing was overlooked.
The spacious terrace (separated by sliding glass doors) had a large potted plant and cushioned chairs, while everything in the room (shades, temperature, lights, in-room dining) was iPad-controlled. The sparkly bathroom included a rain shower, separate tub, double vanity and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries.
Food & drink - 9 / 10
World renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten helms the food and beverage, and it’s his first venture on the west coast. Guests can dine at upscale Jean-Georges Beverly Hills (indoor and outdoor seating), al fresco The Rooftop by JG or poolside. Having a celebrity chef curate a pool menu is unheard of, yet a reality here. Breakfast was exceptional, though very expensive. I ordered the smoked salmon ($25/£19). The bagel was freshly baked, the lox was cured in-house and even the tomatoes were heirloom, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.
Up on the roof, the kale salad ($18/£14) was remarkably fresh, unarguably plucked from a garden that morning, embellished with poached egg and green chili mint dressing. The spring pea guacamole ($16/£12) was an excellent dip with warm tortilla chips.
Value for money - 8 / 10
Double rooms from $800 (£615) in low season; and from $1,005 (£773) in high. Breakfast excluded. Free (very fast) Wi-Fi. Overnight valet parking is expensive ($50/£38).
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are ramps, accessible rooms and accessibility at the pool.
Children receive a gift basket at check-in and babysitting is available, but amenities are very limited.
This review was originally published inThe Telegraph.