For its first build on the West Coast, Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts left little to chance in making sure its Beverly Hills outpost makes its mark in town. There is the location of the hotel, of course, right at the intersection of the Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, in the luxury hotel wonderland of 90210, but step inside, and you’ll forget all about that.
And that’s exactly how French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon intends his hotels to be….only that his work at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills might be just be his most subversive yet. For a start, there is that voluminous Art Deco lobby- double-height and three-tiered- with Italian marble floors polished to a sheen, show-stopping chandeliers and bespoke art carefully arranged around the space. It’s a place where the spirit of Southern California seems infused with Old Hollywood glamour, and the crowd adds to the vibe- think out-of-towners dressed in artfully ripped jeans, hot shot business moguls in suits, and ladies in head-to-toe Chanel.
At the Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, the same light-filled Art Deco design takes center stage with Italian marbles, French crystal and furnishings in cream and celadon tones.Anyone else getting serious Four Seasons George V and The Savoy vibes? You would not be wrong. The same man is behind the timeless, jewel-like interiors of all three hotels, managing the feat of creating hotel spaces that feel at once grand and intimate.
The hotel exterior
Arriving at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, towering 12 stories on the low-rise Wilshire Boulevard, is an experience in itself. Is this hotel shaped like the bow of an elegant yacht? The facade, consisting of a series of semi-oval forms stacked on one another, sure gives that impression?
But nothing really prepares you for that Art Deco lobby with its triple-height ceiling, marble floors and fresh scent, one that, we for one thought, must be coming from the spa, but we could not be more wrong. That’s just the scent of ultimate L.A. luxury, or maybe it’s the Bijan boutique on one side, but one thing’s for sure: One deep breath, and you’re in vacation mode.
Beyond the lobby, the rooms, each with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies that open to sweeping views of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, are the stuff of travel dreams. They are done in muted celadon, taupe and cream tones, with the smallest ones starting at 630 square feet, they are spacious to say the least…
The Presidential Suite
For guests with really deep pockets, the Presidential Suite is where they stay, and it comes with its own concierge, fully-stocked kitchen, dining room, gym and movie theatre. There is also a grand piano and a massive terrace with panoramic views. When they a room fit for royalty, this is what they must mean…
Jean-Georges at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
For his first outpost on the west coast, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten didn’t leave anything to chance either. There is the design of the restaurant, which is a highlight in itself- think geometric forms, plenty of Italian marble and glossy cherry wood wherever your eyes fall.
The Rooftop by JG
Elsewhere, the al fresco Rooftop by JG is where the celebrity chef offers a pool menu, something unheard of, yet a reality here…and the atmosphere is as relaxed as you’d think with its sun-lit dining room, lots of greenery and that avocado pizza we think is just California on a plate.
From here, you can also see all the way to downtown Beverly Hills on a clear day. For more hotel showcases, stay tuned.