Gold List 2009
The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, California
9882 S. Santa Monica Boulevard
Tel: 866 382 8388 (toll-free)
Tel: 310 551 2888
Doormen in "traditional uniforms, complete with pillbox caps, seem to remember even first-time guests." Halls, which have "a distinct smell of lavender," lead to tranquil rooms; Garden Suite patios make one "feel insulated from the city," though the rooftop pool and bar are "definitely cool." At the Belvedere, "a destination even for locals," try the foie gras on rhubarb brioche. The spa offers a crystal facial.
Also featured on the: Gold List for 2005, Gold List for 2006, Gold List for 2007, Gold List for 2008, Gold List for 2010, Gold List for 2011
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