Glamorous hotel dating from 1912, set amid 12 acres of tranquil gardens at the corner of North Crescent Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Meticulously maintained public areas are done in a palette of pink, apricot, yellow and green; the 208 accommodations are similarly immaculate. One comfortable Deluxe Room offered a charming balcony and spacious marble bath with a sizable soaking tub. The 23 bungalows feature kitchens and living and dining rooms; some have pianos and private garden patios. The most opulent is the four-bedroom Bungalow 5, which has a lap pool. Dining options include the eccentric Fountain Coffee Room, legendary Polo Lounge and delightful Cabana Cafe adjacent to the celebrated pool. Expansive La Prairie spa with six treatment rooms, gym and hair salon.
Although we recommend several prominent hotels that are part of the Dorchester Collection, members should be aware that the group is owned by the Sultan of Brunei, whose policies in his Southeast Asian nation have aroused much controversy and outrage. Specifically, in Brunei, those convicted of engaging in gay relations may be subject to the rigors of sharia law, which can include such punishments as stoning to death.
Recently, due to “misperceptions,” the Sultan announced a “de facto moratorium” on capital punishment, which will provide “a wider scope for remission” in such cases.
Clearly, the actions of the Brunei administration are not the responsibility of the Dorchester Collection’s management and employees. The company’s employment policies are enlightened and free from discrimination. However, we feel that it is our responsibility to remind members that the draconian laws in Brunei are only in abeyance and have not so far been rescinded.
Lowest Rate: Superior Room, $640; Editor’s Choice: Deluxe Balcony Room, $990.
In order to offer you the highest level of service, online booking is currently not available. Please call Andrew Harper Travel at (800) 375-4685, or contact the hotel directly, for reservations.
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