Arrival/Check-In: This past December I traveled to California for Global Traveler’s 13th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards gala, hosted by The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Having been to the city only once before and hearing great things about the hotel, I was excited for my first stay and looked forward to the firsthand experience.
The property exceeded my high expectations from the start. Upon arrival I was immediately greeted and guided inside to the elegantly decorated reception area, all ready for the holidays. I sat comfortably in the lobby waiting for my room to be ready, enjoying a homemade hot apple cider complete with a cinnamon stick garnish. After just 10 minutes I was escorted upstairs where my bag was already waiting.
Guest Quarters: The French doors of my deluxe room looked out over the gardens, filling the room with natural light. The floral-patterned curtains and accents throughout the room provided a vintage, classic charm to the room while remaining bright and airy.
I must mention the monogrammed pillowcase proudly positioned atop my king-sized bed. Seeing my initials embroidered on my pillow was a unique and special touch.
The spacious bathroom boasted a beautiful tub with separate walk-in shower and ample counter space surrounding the large sink. With bright lighting and full-length mirrors along the wall, the large bathroom served perfectly as a dressing room.
Services/Amenities: After a lovely rooftop lunch with my co-workers, I made my way to the fitness center. The room, though of modest size, was high-tech. Each machine seemed new and had its own television screen in an area a bit separated from the open weight section. I exited the fitness center through the spa and enjoyed a refreshing fruit-infused water on my way out.
The Peninsula provides a wide variety of services and amenities, but unfortunately I didn’t have much time to take advantage of them all.
◆ On top of the personal touches, amenities and the hotel’s beautiful Christmas décor, the service and staff at the hotel all impressed.
◆ I was running late for my return flight and, assuming I would miss it, I briefly mentioned the issue to the concierge while I was checking out. Mid-sentence, another staff member was already dialing the doorman and had a cab ready for me in seconds. I made it to my flight just as it was boarding and appreciated the swift service of The Peninsula staff.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
tel 310 551 2888
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