Dream Weavers: The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Updates their Historic BungalowsAuthor:Abigail Stone
Like many legends in Los Angeles, two of the Dorchester Collection’s Beverly Hills Hotels exclusive bungalows — Bungalows one and three A — have recently received a transformative facelift. In this case, the results are spectacular. The first is inspired by Marilyn Monroe; the second by billionaire Howard Hughes.
Led by Champalimaud, the bungalows have been designed to enhance their legacy of easy Southern Californian style with color palettes inspired by the warm tones of the landscape, from the rusts of the mountains, to the green of the lawns to the pinks and golds of the sunsets. Furniture styles, which feature a mix of tailored 40’s French and Hollywood Regency, are complemented by exclusive finishes including intriguing wallpapers, custom embroidered panels, hand-stenciled patterns, intricate floor inlays, and silk accent pillows. State-of-the-art technological upgrades, such as light and temperature control panels and premier Bang Olufsen TVs, amplify the aura of unparalleled luxury.
Five of them were singled out and graced with themes inspired by notable guests who have frequented the hotel over the past century: Bungalow 5, inspired by Elizabeth Taylor; and Bungalow 22, inspired by Frank Sinatra, were unveiled in the summer of 2016; Bungalow 9, inspired by Charlie Chaplin, will debut this July.
“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.
Marilyn Monroe’s preferred Bungalow 1 nods to aspects of the glamorous actress’ life — like the Chanel No. 5 scent bar and bath products that celebrates her partnership with the fashion and fragrance house — and includes whimsical elements reflective of her most celebrated movie roles. Feminine, playful and and sophisticated, the curvy furniture, bright and abstract floor coverings, colorful travertine stones, and gold-leafed ceilings, are washed with Jean Michel Frank influences that pay homage to her use of his designs in her own home, including extensive use of parchment to envelop aspects of each room. The library features films and books, including “Norman Mailer Marilyn Monroe Bert Stern and Andre de Dieme,” Some like it Hot, and Gentleman Prefer Blondes. There’s even a special menu, available for in-room dining, with dishes inspired by her favorite bites. A Champagne Bath Bubble Experience and a bottle of Dom Perignon make the toast to the iconic blonde immersive.
Inspired by the famously reclusive Howard Hughes, who lived in the bungalows on and off for over three decades, Bungalow 3A channels his passions and obsessions (his love of flying inspired the Aviation Cocktail kit and a collection of model airplane; a menu featuring roast beef sandwiches channels his nightly requests to the hotel’s kitchen). Stormy bold colors, dark stones, and rich exotic woods, reverberate with his mysterious and moody personality. Art- deco references include geometrics and rich sheens, convey masculine glamour through the use of glossy leathers, tailored shapes, and blue bedroom walls.
“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.”
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