5 "Time Machine" Hotels to Visit This Year

Julia Millay Walsh
To celebrate the Beverly Hills Centennial, the city's CVB enlisted the talents of interior designer and branding expert Susan Manrao to envision a "time machine" concept that would celebrate the city's long history and legendary hotels, aptly named Suite 100. Hoping to create a more personal (rather than product-driven) campaign for travelers to enjoy, the designer called on five celebrated interior designers to create one-of-a-kind suites at local hotels, with each room harkening back to one of the city's golden eras, from the '40s through modern day. In addition, Manrao and the designers dreamed up interactive experiences like "a Press for Champagne," room service button and an interactive iPad photo booth inspired by Andy Warhol to take each experience to the next level. The celebration will run throughout the year. Curious where these fabulous designer suites are? Read on below.
master bedroom_laura hull HOTEL: The Montage Beverly Hills DESIGNER: Nina Petronzio ERA: 1940s VIBE: The suite captures the sultry sophistication and mystique of the jaded detectives, femme fatales, and smoky jazz clubs of Film Noir with art-deco-inspired furniture, geometric shapes, and gold and silver leaf and mirrored finishes. $1,914 per night.
beverly hills hotel HOTEL: The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows DESIGNER: Tihany Design ERA: 1950s VIBE: The suite draws on the understated elegance of celebrated architect Paul Williams, who designed the hotel's iconic Polo Lounge and pink-and-green color scheme, as well as the lifestyle of frequent guest Marilyn Monroe with curved ceilings and walls, black lacquer finishes, shag carpets, and other modernist influences. From $3,795 per night.
The Beverly Hilton HOTEL: The Beverly Hilton DESIGNER: Tom Ford Design ERA: 1960s VIBE: The suite epitomizes the sophisticated yet rebellious attitude of the Sixties, taking inspiration from Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Tippi Hedren in The Birds, with bold colors, a mix of antiques and modern furniture, and influences from famed interior designer David Hicks. Inquire, (310) 887-6002.
l'ermitage_fulk_330-2 HOTEL: L'Ermitage Beverly Hills DESIGNER: Ken Fulk ERA: 1970s VIBE: An homage to Andy Warhol's Factory, the days of disco, and leading American fashion designers of the time, the suite is outfitted with high-gloss lacquer, Ultrasuede, vintage fashions, Warhol silkscreens, and vintage Interview magazine covers (which wallpaper a powder room). From $1,914 per night.
suite100_1 high res HOTEL: The Peninsula Beverly Hills DESIGNER: Forchielli Glynn ERA: Modern Day VIBE: Embodying modern Hollywood glamour, the suite is inspired by the style and excitement of the Golden Globes, the rammys, and the Oscars, and features photographic murals of red carpet galas, sumptuous sofas, and mirrored walls. Inquire.
Photographs: Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau, Peter Vitale and The Beverly Hills Hotel, Ryan Forbes, John Ellis Photography, The Beverly Hilton

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