It’s not easy to steal the spotlight in La La Land, but the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — a glamorous new build that opened a few weeks ago at a reported cost of $200 million — has done just that.
The city’s movie stars, models, NBA giants, agents and Rolls Royce-driving ladies who seriously lunch are flocking to its 12th-floor rooftop lounge and pool, where the panoramic views (from Downtown skyscrapers to the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific Ocean) are nearly as jaw-dropping as the people-watching.
The space is so buzzy that locals who drop by on busy nights have been known to book a pricey guest room on the spot — just for the chance for a rooftop rezzy. The Waldorf is also poised to be white-hot for award-season junkets and after-parties; here’s what makes it an instant classic.
Art Deco interiors from Pierre-Yves Rochon — including a double-height statement lobby framed by white marble columns, a grand brass chandelier and gilded geometric details — harken back to Hollywood’s golden age.
The hotel further ensures its It-spot status by offering only 170 rooms and suites (intimate by LA “big brand” standards), all of which come with floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, marble bathrooms (furnished with swoon-worthy deco vanities and amenities by Ferragamo or Diptyque), along with posh perks like complimentary pressing and shoe shining.
Those at the tip-top of the A-list will want to snag the presidential suite: a 3,200-square-foot veritable Shangri-La that boasts a baby grand piano, screening room, private gym, fireplace, dining room for 12, chef’s kitchen and a 1,500-square-foot wraparound terrace. (All you need to bring is your entourage.)
Renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (whose NYC restaurants include ABC Kitchen, ABCV and three-Michelin-starred Jean-Georges) makes his California debut with an eponymous indoor-outdoor destination on the hotel’s main floor, serving everything from a mouth-watering caviar-and-Meyer lemon gelée and heirloom tomato-and-berry salad to sumptuous black cod and Wagyu tenderloin. (Head upstairs to that already sizzling Rooftop by JG for more casual bites like spring-pea guacamole and lobster burgers.)
“We are bringing our best dishes from New York, but with a California flair,” he tells The Post. “We worked on the design from top to bottom, from the kitchen to the curtains. To be here in Beverly Hills, in this spectacular space, it’s amazing — you want to be a part of it.”
Indeed, the hotel is already hosting glittering events like last week’s Taste of Waldorf Astoria, a culinary competition (emceed by “Top Chef” star Padma Lakshmi and co-judged by Vongerichten) that pairs chefs from Waldorfs around the globe with James Beard Foundation Rising Star-designated ones, such as Miami-based Bradley Kilgore (Altar) and winners Michael Zachman (Waldorf Astoria Park City) and Alex Bois (Lost Bread Co., Philadelphia).
Ultraluxe skincare brand La Prairie unveiled its first spa in Southern California here, a 5,000-square-foot retreat offering caviar facials and massages (locker rooms are stocked with its highly coveted products — shockingly unguarded — for post-treatment slathering).
Celebrity hair colorist Tracey Cunningham (whose clients include J.Lo, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Garner) helms a discreet salon, while a 1,000-square-foot gym keeps Hollywood bods red-carpet ready.
But it’s that sceney rooftop (one of the highest in Beverly Hills) — decked out with a promenade of wild flowers, vertical wall gardens, velvety mint-green chairs, leaf-print pillows, a dazzling pool and those sweeping views — that truly steals the show.
The hotel is still ironing out a few technical kinks — in-room iPads never managed to connect with the front desk as promised, a light-up housekeeping call button didn’t summon anyone for six hours and because of its tucked-away location, Uber drivers still can’t seem to find the joint (hint: it’s next door to the Beverly Hilton).
Along with a welcome dose of California sunshine, the hotel delivers impeccable service paired with a friendly and unpretentious vibe — a rare (and very welcome) combo in haughty BH.
Rooms start from $875.
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