Stay in Bungalows Inspired by Marilyn Monroe and Howard Hughes at The Beverly Hills Hotel
Since opening in 1912, The Beverly Hills Hotel has remained the destination of choice for generations of celebrities and Hollywood royalty. From weekend getaways to long-term stays, many notable guests have stayed at the historic bungalows, which are currently undergoing a comprehensive restoration and thoughtful redesign led by internationally renowned Champalimaud Design. 21 bungalows in total will have been redesigned as part of the restoration program, with many completed over the past five years.
“The proud legacy and grand tradition of The Beverly Hills Hotel served as the basis for my design,” says Alexandra Champalimaud. “This classically rich heritage was the perfect foundation upon which I layered a contemporary and current point of view.”
There are five distinct legendary bungalows featuring design elements that are inspired by select guests who have frequented the hotel over the past century. In the summer of 2016, Bungalow 5 (inspired by Elizabeth Taylor) and Bungalow 22 (inspired by Frank Sinatra) were unveiled. The newest bungalows to join that list include Bungalow 1 (inspired by Marilyn Monroe) and Bungalow 3 (inspired by Howard Hughes).
Bungalow 1 incorporates aspects of the Hollywood starlet’s life by including whimsical elements reflective of her most celebrated movie roles. With a glamorous and youthful aesthetic, the bungalow reflects the southern California lifestyle that Monroe enjoyed. Curvy furniture, bright and abstract floor coverings, colorful travertine stones, and gold-leafed ceilings are among the unique style details that can be found in Bungalow 1, along with strong Jean Michel Frank influences that pay homage to her use of his designs in her own home.
Guests staying in Bungalow 1A will enjoy an array of Marilyn Monroe-themed services and amenities, such as a CHANEL N°5 fragrance bar and bath amenities, a library featuring Monroe’s classic films and books, a special in-dining menu, bubble bath experience, and much more.
Bungalow 3 is inspired by billionaire Howard Hughes, one of the hotel’s most famous residents who lived on-and-off for 30 years in the bungalows. The bungalow’s theme features stormy bold colors, dark stones, rich exotic woods, Art Deco references, and tailored shapes throughout. Guests who stay in the bungalow will enjoy numerous Hughes-themed amenities, including an Aviation Cocktail Kit, collection of model airplanes, and Hughes’ favorite roast beef sandwich.
“We look forward to providing our guests with an enhanced experience that will lovingly highlight the bungalows’ unique features and legendary history with Hollywood and the Beverly Hills community,” says Edward A. Mady, regional director, West Coast, USA and general manager. “Great care is being taken to maintain their beloved features, which include their residential style and privacy, while also allowing us to stay internationally relevant with the next generation of luxury travelers.”
The entire bungalow restoration will be completed in July 2019, and will conclude with the debut of the Charlie Chaplin Bungalow. For further details, visit dorchestercollection.com or, for reservations, call 310-276-2251.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is located at 9641 Sunset Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
[Images courtesy of The Beverly Hills Hotel]
Kamala Kirk is a University of Southern California graduate and has been an editor/writer for more than a decade. She has written for E! Online, Total Beauty, TravelAge West, Malibu Times Magazine, and many more. She resides in Los Angeles and is a proud pug mom. Follow her on Instagram: @kamalakirk