Courtesy of Waldorf-Astoria
Save the date, and maybe a few thousand dollars, too: June 1, 2017, will mark the grand opening of the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the most exciting thing that’s happened to hospitality in the wealthy hamlet for decades.
There’s no shortage of luxury and ultra-luxury hotels within the city’s few square miles, but the Waldorf Astoria aims to raise the luxury standard with “modern elegance” throughout, from the three-story lobby featuring hand-painted murals and a custom bronze chandelier to a collection of unique Lalique crystal installations and what the hotel promises will be “significant artworks.”
Located at the gateway to the shopping and dining center of Beverly Hills, directly next to the venerable Beverly Hilton, the 12-story Waldorf Astoria will house just 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites, including three Villa Suites (opening onto manicured private garden terraces) and one grand Presidential Suite. The hotel will also feature a 5,000-square-foot La Prairie Spa, the new Tracey Cunningham Salon, a rooftop pool with VIP cabanas, and 6,300 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for private events. The cherry on top will be two hot-ticket dining spaces by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the star behind the three-star Jean-Georges in New York City, one of the five finest French restaurants in the Americas.
Interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon — which decorated the stunning Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris — was in charge of dressing the public areas and private guestrooms. Inspired by Art Deco and Californian “streamline moderne,” Rochon used “richly upholstered furniture in soothing tones of celadon, taupe and white, accented by … bespoke art.”
Every room offers city or mountain views, with floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto oversized private balconies described as “classic lanais.” Room amenities include a Crestron smarthome system to control the entire room environment, fully-stocked minibars, espresso machines, DVR TV, marble bathrooms outfitted with Bluetooth-enabled speakers, and Diptyque toiletries.
VIP services included dedicated personal concierge attention, exclusive wine tastings, special access to select restaurants and events, and luxury driving experiences. For $1,000 per night, the first 100 guests to book receive an upgrade to a Century & Wilshire Superior suite, two spa treatments, personal concierge services, and a private culinary experience for two with chef Jean-Georges, one of The Daily Meal’s most successful chefs of the year