Despite it’s small size, California’s Beverly Hills has a big reputation for all things luxurious. Fine dining, high-end Rodeo Drive stores, A-list celebrity villas and spectacular designer hotels all add to the mystique. Have you ever opened up a popular lifestyle magazine that didn’t have a reference to someone or something in Beverly Hills? Probably not.
However, central proximity to many of L.A.’s attractions makes Beverly Hills an excellent choice when deciding where to stay.
Bring your kids. For my daughter’s fifth birthday, we took a mother-daughter trip to the newly renovated Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. And, what a celebration it was!
● It’s Beverly Hills. Whether it’s along the tree-lined, trendy Robertson Boulevard or from behind a magazine at the pool, admit it, you’ll be looking for celebrities, too.
● Located halfway between downtown L.A. and the ocean, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is in a central location that’s perfect for exploring the area.
● Between theme parks, museums, studio visits, shopping and restaurants, there is plenty for all ages to enjoy in Beverly Hills and the greater Los Angeles area.
● Nothing beats year-round Southern California sun and a heated pool with an elevated city view.
● Your daughter asks to visit the only American Girl store in California for her birthday, conveniently located just a few miles from the hotel.
● Four Seasons is nestled in a quiet residential area. Until you look out the window, it’s easy to forget where you are.
● Though there are 285 rooms, the hotel has an intimate feel. Staff knew us by name. The pool is family-friendly, but relatively quiet. We just felt “at home.”
● The noodles and kickboards available for use in the swimming pool, along with tray-passed poolside treats to sample.
● The deliciously diverse kids’ menu: traditional favorites and more sophisticated choices in the Young Hollywood section, including vegetable quesadillas and baked salmon. My daughter specifically requested that I mention how much she loved the cute kiddie plates and cutlery.
● A trip tailored to them. Do you have an artist, scientist, entertainment enthusiast or a shopper? No problem. Let the concierge work up an itinerary.
● Movies. This is as close to the action as you can get, without actually being on camera.
● Shopping ‘til you drop. You’ll have a difficult decision between Rodeo, Robertson, Melrose, Beverly Center and The Grove. If you’re not in a buying mood, go anyway—you never know whom you might see…
● Being transported in-style to nearby destinations in the hotel Mercedes (based on availability).
● Re-energizing with signature spa treatments, such as the Swe-Thai (combination of Swedish and Thai) massage, exclusive to Four Seasons Los Angeles. Opt for a poolside or in-room massage. Side-by-side mother-daughter manicures work, too.
● Burning calories at the open-air fitness center overlooking the pool.
● Ordering everything from room service to luggage assistance via an in-room iPad.
● Date time. Have the concierge arrange a babysitter. See a show or visit the J. Paul Getty Museum. Then, dine out at one of L.A.’s It spots.
Creative landscaping. All around the hotel, you and the kids will spot eye-catching, whimsical horticultural art. Succulents in the same pot as a lemon tree? Yes, and it’s gorgeously practical.
Fresh pasta at Culina, Four Seasons’ award-winning modern Italian restaurant. Sit inside or on the patio with the fire-and-water fountain. Admire the giant succulent wall. Or, park yourself at the Mediterranean crudo bar, an Italian take on the sushi bar. Most popular entrée: homemade spaghetti. Do let the staff recommend a glass of wine to pair with your order and treat yourself to homemade gelato or the dessert pizza. (Herbs used in hotel dishes are harvested from gardens around the property.)
Dine poolside at Cabana, in one of the six pool cabañas or your lounge chair. It’s such an easy option with the kids. For lighter fare, try the tuna and edamame salad. Do sneak a bite of the kids’ macaroni and cheese.
1. Movie time. Put on the PJs and snuggle back in the room after a day at the pool. Or, head out to one of the many nearby theaters. Hollywood is just around the corner, too. Take a quick stroll down the Walk of Fame. See Grauman’s Chinese Theater (formerly Mann’s Chinese Theater). Look for your favorites characters at Madame Tussaud’s.
2. Pick a theme park. Spend an action-packed day at Universal Studios Hollywood. See how movies are made, enjoy movie-themed rides and then dine out at City Walk, where some of L.A.’s best restaurants and shops are located. Take a little road trip. Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain are all about an hour away.
3. Get outside. Visit city parks within walking distance or hop in the car to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the 1,100 animals and 7,400 individual plants.
4. Relax by the hotel pool. Pick shade or sun, grab some magazines and park the family. Forgot the sunscreen? Not to worry, the hotel has you covered.
5. Learn. Exposition Park is home to the Natural History Museum. See the rare display of three T-Rex dinosaur fossils in different stages of life. Walk next door to the California Science Center for some hands-on fun.
Regardless of your itinerary, you’ll live like a celebrity at Four Seasons Los Angeles. My daughter certainly did. Thanks to the hotel, there seemed to be a birthday cake waiting for her at every turn.
Babies: A leisurely stroll around the posh neighborhood. Splashing around in the warm pool.
Toddlers: Running around the nearby parks (plenty of indoor options, if the weather is not cooperating). A quick outing to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world’s most famous fossil localities, to have a look at prehistoric animals unearthed in L.A.
Kids 5-10: Fancy afternoon tea and dolls galore at American Girl Place. Rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Tweens & teens: A Warner Brothers VIP Studio cart tour (arranged by the concierge) while actual filming and production is taking place. Santa Monica Pier for shopping, dining out and, of course, the beach. Thrilling rides at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Read more about Los Angeles/Beverly Hills in Four Seasons Magazine.
Read more about Los Angeles-area Four Seasons hotels: The Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) and Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California.
Katie Dillon writes La Jolla Mom, a lifestyle site covering parenting, travel, cooking with kids, home management and local happenings. After seven years of expat life in London and Hong Kong (Four Seasons Place in Hong Kong was her home for four years), she is now grounded in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA with her husband and preschool aged daughter. You'll also find Katie active on Twitter and Facebook.
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