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
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
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