Luxury Hotels


From the moment one arrives at The Peninsula Beverly Hills one knows that one – you – are in charge. The hotel is there for you, not vice versa. Arrive when you want, leave when you want.

Walk back from the check-in and concierge desks and a polished table, perhaps mahogany, is what your grandparents had, and cherished. Pre-noon, the table has fruits and drinks, see above. Later in the day the table acts as foil for a charmingly beautiful harpist.

It’s a little bit of a time warp but it’s all the better for that. The five-floor building opened in 1991 and honestly who cares if it has not completely changed since then?   It is immaculately kept, not a scratch or dent. Girlahead has stayed, before, in one of the 16 villas that make up the keycount of a total of 194 rooms and suites, looked after by 400 really super staff. This visit was timed for the Henry Mancini concert at the Hollywood Bowl – see yesterday’s Girlahead episode. Hotel #401 was a perfect base, an end suite with two Juliet balconies. All the better to look over the residential areas of Beverly Hills.

The hotel is owned by the Belvedere Partnership, in which The Peninsula’s Kadoorie family has a minimal stake. By far the majority is held by the Zarnegin brothers. It honestly feels like a privately owned hotel as they are in and out, constantly.  For the shops in the arcade leading off the first (ground) floor they have chosen subtle-luxury retail, say fashion arbiter Marie France van Damme. There’s strategic art, say a two-metre tall LOVE sculpture by pop artist Robert Indiani 1928-2018….