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LUXURY HOTELS: The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, USA 

Happy Birthday to The Beverly Hills Hotel. The Dorchester Collection hotel has reached its landmark centenary and the grand old luxury lady she still looks as glamorous as ever.

The 'PInk Palace'  celebrated its 100th birthday on May 12th and the hotel has a number of events to celebrate including;

   -   The "These Walls Are Talking" Cocktail Menu at The Polo Lounge and Bar Nineteen12, includes a 100-year cocktail priced at $100 and served in an engraved collectible keepsake glass coupe with 100-year design. Cocktail favourites include The Rebel, inspired by the pants-wearing Marlene Dietrich; The Recluse, a nod to Bungalow long-timer Howard Hughes, who left his Cadillac parked next to the hotel for two years - long enough for the tires to go flat and for plants to begin growing in and out of the car; and The Norma Jean, featuring Dom Perignon by the glass presented in loving memory of Bungalow resident Marilyn Monroe.

    -  The hotel Spa menu has launched 'Celebration Spa Services', each priced at $100, including The Pink Palace Manicure and Pedicure, Diamond Anniversary Facial, and the Caviar Express Massage. 

     -  The hotel was opened on May 12 1912 by Margaret Anderson. In May her great grandson, Robert S. Anderson will release "The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows - The First 100 Years".   As the official historian for the hotel, Anderson had access to 'images, historical documents and colourful anecdotes related to the hotel's fabled history'. The book will showcase never-seen-before images of many of the hotel's illustrious guests and will   available via the hotel's website and in the Logo Shop, and will also be placed in hotel guest rooms. For further information, visit TheBeverlyHillsCollection.com

Throughout her history the hotel has been internationally renowned for its glamour and Hollywood celebrities have lounged by the pool, sipped cocktails and generally looked pretty fabulous. As the hotel looks forward to the next 100 years, The Luxury Travel Bible looks back at some of its most iconic guests.
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe outside her favourite bungalow, Bungalow 7
Frequent hotel guest and one-time resident, Marlene Dietrich, (picutred at the Polo Lounge Bar in 1940) forced a change to the Polo Lounge 'no slacks for women' dress code by refusing to wear a skirt
faye dunaway
In 1976, after winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in Network, Fay Dunaway took this famous photo at the pool the day after the awards ceremony
rita hayworth
Rita Hayworth poses in front of the hotel swimming pool.
Luxury Hotels Link:  To view a fascinating timeline of the hotel's history visit www.beverlyhillshotel.com/history
Sarah Bryans, 14/5/12
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