I am not much for Los Angeles. But I like Beverly Hills a lot. That said, some years ago when I first stayed at the Beverly Hilton I admit that I was in awe. The famous hotel in Beverly Hills, California was iconic in every way. I was acutely aware of the inexpensive rental car I was driving when I pulled up to the valet stand. Immediately, however, the hospitality and professionalism of the staff removed any self consciousness on my part. Every guest is treated like someone special. Like a movie star. I have found this to be the case at truly great hotels and restaurants wherever they are located. That first visit to the Beverly Hilton was during the holiday season and the stunning lobby was capped off with a huge tinsel Christmas tree sparkling with lights and a gingerbread mansion created by the hotel restaurant staff.
Since that first visit, I make the Beverly Hilton my home whenever I find myself in Southern California. The last time I was a guest there, I finally gave in to the temptation to buy one of the superb robes that the hotel places in guest rooms. This is without a doubt the best robe I have ever worn. It is a sateen cotton on the outside and a luxurious, absorbent cotton terry on the inside. And those shawl lapels!! And the classic hotel logo!! The word "swanky" does not begin to do it justice. When you put this robe on you feel like Bogart. No, like Douglas Fairbanks.
The vicissitudes of business and personal time have kept me away from Beverly Hills of late. But whenever I put on this fantastic robe, I am right back there. Pampered. Surrounded by graceful luxury. A movie star.