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Attention PRICELINE and HOTWIRE Users!
If you have arranged to stay at the Beverly Hilton from winning a bid using Priceline or Hotwire don't panic. The hotel aint that bad, providing you did pay more than 80-90 bucks a night. Beyond that, your out of luck. THe hotel's location is beyond excellent, the lobby is great, but the rooms....average. When I read the reviews for this hotel, I was horrified, however when I got there, it wasn't that bad at all. So if you paid 90 bucks or so a night for this hotel, good job you will be pleased, more than that, then you got shafted. Sorry!
Hotel A' La Carte
The Beverly Hilton is not what I would call a five star hotel. A more fitting label would be "Hotel A' La Carte". The price you pay for a room gets you just that, a room. You pay a $21 a day for self-parking.
Phone calls within a five mile radius are $1.25 for the first 60 minutes. They also charge for use of the coffee maker. Emergency bag of M&M's for my diabetic sister? $3.25
The hotel itself is seriously showing its age. I was the only one of our party who posessed the strength to open and close the sliding door to our balcony.
That said, the staff was friendly and the location was good. On a generous day however, I would not give the hotel more than 2 1/2 - 3 stars.
Great location, ok hotel
Because of circumstances out of my control, I've stayed at the Beverly Hilton at least three times in the last 12 months. The common areas are nicely decorated and appear to be well kept. The rooms however are a different story. The decor and furniture are terribly outdated and showing signs of aging (stains on carpet, scrapes on walls, dents and dings on furniture, mold and mildew on showers). If I remember correctly the color combination is emerald green and mauve. Very early 1990s/late 80s. If the guest rooms were given a face lift I'd definitely stay here because the location can't be beat. The hotel is considered a 4 star but I say it's more like a 3 or 3.5. Service was good, like a true 4 star.
Great hotel for the price! Can't wait for the overhual!
I recently spent a night at the Beverly Hilton and got an AWESOME rate of $70 (which came to about $90 + parking). Believe me, for this area and this hotel it is a great deal, even though the rooms are very 2-3 star. These cheap rates won't be much longer after the new owners renovate the hotel. They plan major renovations to the whole property, spending about $200,000 per room, I believe. In a way, I hope they don't change the hotel too much! Anyway, the hotel is in an almost unbeatable location at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvds and set on nine acres in BH. The location is good in that it is very easy to get anywhere in the area (you can walk into downtown BH using the great pathway along santa monica blvd.), and at the same time it borders a very quiet residential area. While the Beverly Hills Hotel is located in a great residential area, it is quite a ways to downtown BH. The lobby of the hotel is very nice, albiet with cheap furnishings and out of place hanging things (I found them a little bizarre). The rooms, I will say, are very worn around the edges. I was given a room on the 5th floor with a great view to the north. While the rooms are not 4 star, they are not that bad at all, and are accually quite comfortable, and keep in mind, the prices are not 4 star at all. I would try to get a cabana room, which I hear are great, unless you would rather have a city view. The grounds are fabulous and very fun to explore. The pool is great. The hotel has an amazing history and it is truly very, very fun to go exploring and imagine the people who have walked these same grounds "if the walls could speak...". On that subject, you always run the chance of staying on the same night of some event or charity, as they are very often hosted at the Beverly Hilton, and often draw celeberties. This happened to me the night I was staying there, and it was awesome! I lived in LA for awhile (I'm from about 3 hrs north) and never saw this many so up close (there are usually huge crowds around). I saw Kelsey Grammer, Eric McCormic, Keren McCully, Wayne Brady, etc. all right in front of me with only about 2 other people watching! Eric McCormic walked right passed me several times and smiled at me. What was so cool was that there wasnt a crowd of people watching, there werent even any press or popperzzi (exept for a couple, but they got thrown out by the hotel security). There was just me and my friend and these celeberties walking right past us alone, waiting for their cars, going up in the elevators, etc. Some of them were staying in the hotel. So that was very cool and as those events happen often at the beverly hilton, you just might be there the same night.
That experience was priceless to us and I just couldnt believe I only paid $90 for everything. Yes, parking is $21 self, but it is LA and there are in and outs. I only gave it 4 stars because of the subpar rooms, but I will be staying there every time I am in west LA, I assure you. The location, again, is surpurb. I'm sure I missed something, so if you have any questions please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Hotel is great is many ways, but smells like an animal shelter!
Two separate two-week stays, once in the summer, once in the winter.
Loved it in the summer, hated it in the winter. Floors 6 and 7 are best: more updated, newer carpet and mattresses, more elegant furnishings. Smoking allowed, supposedly, on floor 2 only, but many still smoke on balconies and bathrooms, infiltrating other floors through antiquated ventilation system. Our room on the 5th floor reeked of smoke for the entire stay. On floor 7, we were quite satisfied, and odors were less offensive.
Generally, this hotel is unique, a worthwhile experience... Location is amazing, history fascinating, service outstanding; Merv Griffin should be commended for his creation of a lovely respite in the epicenter of Beverly Hills. However, recently, certain odors are so horrendous you must wonder if, perhaps, sections of the hotel are used as animal shelters!! Thankfully, Mr. Griffin has created a high service standard, the best in L.A., I believe, as he seems to hand-pick his always smiling, consistently polite, staff. (All of whom, conveniently, cannot seem to smell any odors and seem perplexed by the number of complaints...Hmmm...). Apparently, since Mr. Griffin is getting ready to sell, he is not investing money in updating the rooms. Our concrete-like mattress tag read "1995"... a little old for a $229.00/night room in 2003! Alas, in the summer, the gorgeous pool, poolside service and huge balconies make it all worthwhile. Balconies so large and private that you could, probably, sun bathe nude.
Unfortunately, in winter, I suggest finding another expensive hotel.
Also, around awards season, or holiday time, you must fight with non-guest, party-goers for a parking space... Took almost ONE hour to get out of the parking ramp at 6:00 p.m. on a Friday. The food is usually good, but, between service charges of $3.00, or 15%, and 18% gratuity, one sandwich and beverage can run $25.00! They allow carry-out from the restaurant, but still charge the service fees! (Is this legal?) The parking, evidently, is designed to keep out non-guests and maintain control... $21.00 self-parking, $24.00 valet! So, even if you get a great internet rate, add $21.00 minimum, plus mandatory 18% gratuities and extra fees. Also, the tax rate in Beverly Hills is 14.25%... A shock to out-of-towners.
If you are interested in Hollywood history, designer shopping, or an occasional "B" star-sighting... than make a point of staying here before the new owners modernize and reduce the building to, yet another, predictable, cash-cow, corporate entity. Just make sure you request an upper floor, if you have allergies, or need a good night's sleep.
Stayed here for three days over New Year 2003. Good location but badly in need of an overhaul. Rooms were large by American standards but aged. Breakfast by the pool was very good. There is much better available in the area but I guess good value for the rate.
not bad for a Priceline win
I bid $75 on Priceline and surprisingly, I got this one. Then a sense of dread overcame me as I read about the numerous unfavorable reviews.
Actually, if you ask for a remodeled room, it's not that bad. Sure, there's a few old stains on the thin carpet, but otherwise, the room was rather plush. Bathroom needs an upgrade. But for the price, and if you want to spend a shopping day in Beverly Hills, this hotel is adequate.
A nice hotel
We stayed the night after the Golden Globe's just to see where the stars had been. We were given a room on the 6th floor, which was nice, with a balcony overlooking the pool. The high speed internet connection was not working in our room, so they moved us to the 7th floor. It was also nice and clean. Since we did not have a reservation, the rate was a bit higher than the internet rate. We ate at Trader Vic's. The drinks are fabulous. The food is a bit overpriced for the quality. But we did enjoy dinner. Overall, I would recommend this hotel.
Does not live up to its name.
The service is absolutely outstanding. They go above and beyond of what is found in the best luxury hotels. The Rooms are dirty and outdated. Trash was found in the basket upon check in, crumbs along the floor. Also had broken lamps, plumbing, holes in sheets, and the patio door locks didn't work. Was informed that a $200 million renovation is planned - and it won't be a minute too soon. Merv no longer owns it and the staff insists it is "not" a Hilton...go figure since HH points are offered. Until the renovation is completed, I wouldn't recommend for business or pleasure, only as a last resort if you need to stay at Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd immediate area. One wonderful plus is they offer complimentary limo drop off with 3 miles of the hotel - taxi needed for a return. Hotel food was good, but there are many close restaurants that offer outstanding entrees with larger portions.
I got a last minute Saturday night stay for $89 on Priceline. Plus the parking, put the bill over 100 bucks, which is way more than a night in this hotel is worth. We were put on the 4th floor with a lovely (not) balcony on the the roof! The only view we had was of the ugly roof and venting. The room quite large, and had obviously been two rooms at one time because of the layout with two bathrooms and two closets and two doors accessing the "balcony". I'm not sure if had been "renovated" or not, the carpet was worn slightly, but the bedding and curtains seemed fairly new. The building is hideous. When seen from a distance it looks like a worn down old motel. Granted, the entrance is grand, but for the price of valet parking, it should be. I was expecting a lot more. The only nice thing I can say is that the valet service leaves chilled evian in the car when you pick it up. Classy touch for such a tacky place.
I'll be in Beverly Hills next month for 5 days. Can anyone give me any helpful tips on what to expect. Are there any reasonably-priced places around to buy souvenirs, & how about food - any recommendations? (My hotel is on Wilshire Blvd. - is that a good spot?) What's the best way to get to Venice & Santa Monica beaches? I know it's a lot of Q's, but any other help before I get there would be appreciated.
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No, we won't have a car. I've heard public transport isn't really a good option.
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Great, thanks v. much for your help guys. The hotel is The Beverly Hilton. It was recommended to us but I'm a little worried that we've booked the wrong spot because I've since been reading that there isn't much in Bev. Hills. Please tell me about the hiiking amidst a forest and canyons with wildlife. Thanks. :)