I recently made my way to the infamous Beverly Hills, California. Arriving to the city for the first time, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I mean, really? Who wants to be in a place so vain? I’m all for self preservation, but I was a little uneasy on the trip. Even though I love to see the women of the Real Housewives “duke it out”….was I really ready to be in that type of setting? Being a girl from the south, I felt worlds apart from a stereotypical Beverly Hills groupie would be. Yet the second my driver pulled through the airport tunnel, it was abundantly clear. I had arrived to a city of no compare.
From the lane ways to the landscape the city was immaculately manicured. Passing palm tree after palm tree the city streets had me in complete awe. I couldn’t contain my excitement. Let’s face it, a little glamour goes a long way for a girl from the south. Completely enamored with the city setting I was to my hotel in no time. Arriving at my destination within 15 minutes, the SLS-Beverly Hills immediately exuded luxury. Aside from the celebrities casually strolling down the long rich red carpet bracing the entry hall, the low but base filled sounds of house music filled the grounds. While over sized and accessorized patio decor created an chic ambiance.
As a complete hotel snob, I was ready to pick apart every non-manicured and unprepared thing. But to my surprise, the SLS-Beverly Hills didn’t miss a beat. Probably due to their long “hush-hush” list of 5 star guests. They knew how to truly create an experience for its short term guests. Although the name under my reservation didn’t come with a few Grammy’s attached. Their staff treated me no different than those who do… or they made me think that at least.
Being a small party, I just wanted a cozy room with enough space to crash at the end of my eventful days. However, when I walked into my room pure joy filled my body! Freshly pressed white linens covered the two king beds as lavish faux fur blankets graced the bedding. All while the bathroom was filled with large luxe products, prepared for me to use! Taking a moment to soak in the down bedding and sample the goodies in the bar, I was refreshed and ready to hit the scene.
Over my three day stay I scoped out the best of Beverly Hills and am happy to share for you! Here are my top 3 Beverly Hills recommendations for the first time visitors:
Aside from my above details the hotel is constantly filled with the latest and greatest for you to experience. From luxurious ambiance, spacious suites and a popping roof top pool- guests of the hotel receive a complimentary BMW (with driver). As a first timer, this MADE the trip. All in all, a MUST STAY for the total California experience.
Lunch-Villa Blanca on Brighton Way will meet your Beverly Hills expectations. French glamour sets the tone with elaborate floral arrangements greeting you at the entry. While white linens glow by candle light, fresh flowers scent the room and the LA air blows through the patio. Reasonably price food, with over the top glamour… Yes, that’s my kind of scene.
*Meal of Choice: Pandora’s salad. The salad has a nice blend of spicy and sweet flavoring; with a price of only $15.00 go ahead and buy a bottle of the Villa Blanca wine.
Dinner-The Beverly Hills staple, Mr. CHOW is the definition of exquisite dinning. From the moment you walk in, the extraordinary vibe will strike you. While dining on fine silver and china, the Asian cuisine cannot be topped. The presentation of your dinner will leave you speechless… just as the food. However, be prepared to “splurge” as dinner will cost you a pretty penny, but well worth it!
*Note from a Notable: “Mr. Chow is an establishment that cannot be defined by customary standards but be appreciated by its sheer fabulousness”-Alan Richmand, GQ Magazine
Thank you Lisa Vanderpump for the exceptional service and evening at Villa Blanca.