If I owned a Hotel I would make it mandatory for my employees to spend a couple of days at the Peninsula. If they were able to pick up even a little of the magic that makes the Peninsula so great then the cost of the visit would be money well spent.
My wife and I spent 4 nights in a "deluxe" room on the third floor. We had booked a room one grade down but the front desk upgraded us at check in. We arrived late on a Thursday night in our rented Kia and were greeted by a friendly valet who was waiting out front among the Ferraris, Lambos and a Buggati Veyron. A young man checked us in, told us about the upgrade and escorted us to the room. He asked if we would like a complimentary cocktail and truly seemed interested in making sure everything was right and that we were comfortable. The room was beautifully decorated and there was a fruit and tart tray with two nice place settings waiting for us. And it was really good. The bathroom was large and elegant.
We had breakfast at the restaurant downstairs and it was very good. . . it was also the most expensive breakfast I've ever paid for. The food at the hotel is great but the price is not for the budget minded. Upstairs is a rooftop pool and a small dining area that really takes advantage of the wonderful LA evenings. I had a "Tuna Chop Chop" dish that was one of the best things I've ever eaten while spending the evening upstairs.
A real stand out was the head concierge David who helped us select a restaurant to entertain my boss. His advice was spot on and even though the restaurant was an easy walk from the hotel, he arranged for the house Rolls Royce to take us to dinner with the boss. Really fun and silly. The next day another young Lady at the concierge desk sent us to another great restaurant just down the street.
My wife and I each made an appointment at the Spa upstairs, she had a manicure and I had a massage. We both loved the people and the service. So first class.
We very rarely stay at 5 star hotels so maybe there are other places as good as the Peninsula, I don't know. But I do know that some places that cater to the very wealthy can be a little uncomfortable to "normal" middle class folks like us who were on a very rare "splurge" staying there. Not the Peninsula. Every single person on the staff treated us like we were the most important customers in the hotel.
I sure hope we can afford to visit The Peninsula again some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As Los Angeles' most exclusive and elegant hotel, The Peninsula Beverly Hills resembles a gracious private residence built in the classic Renaissance style. The hotel is tucked amid lush gardens in a quiet corner of the city, offering luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, a tranquil spa, extraordinary dining and legendary Peninsula service. Our 194 guest rooms, suites and private villas were all elegantly refurbished in 2011, featuring new furniture and upgraded technology. Conveniently located near Beverly Hills' most important business, shopping and entertainment areas, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is the ideal destination for business executives, leisure travelers and families alike. Unique to the hotel is our 24-hour check-in/check-out experience, meaning you may arrive and depart at your leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Peninsula Beverly Hills
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