Beverly Hills Hotel, LOS ANGELES

Marilyn Monroe

Bungalow No. 7 (the Norma Jean), the Beverly hills hotel,


It may be as old as Hollywood itself (built before many of the town’s flm studios, it has just celebrated its centenary), but this grand dame is still every bit as gorgeous as the iconic screen goddesses who’ve stayed here. Te Beverly Hills Hotel has seen them all – Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned here for six of her eight marriages; Katharine Hepburn backfipped into the main pool in full tennis gear; and Rita Hayworth liked to lunch at its famous Polo Lounge.

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However, the biggest fan of the ‘Pink Palace’ was Marilyn Monroe. It was here that she rendezvoused with President Kennedy, learnt flm scripts, lunched and gossiped in the cofee shop, and swam in the pool. Te accommodation is spread across a mixture of lavish suites and rooms, and 23 secluded yet stunning bungalows – No. 7 was given the afectionate title ‘Te Norma Jean’ (Monroe’s real name) by staf afer the actress lived there while shooting Let’s Make Love. Each is beautifully decorated and individual – whether you’re looking for a grand piano or a private plunge pool, they’ve got it covered. Outside, LA awaits: hit Sunset Boulevard for a classic diner dinner at Mel’s. But if you prefer to just relax, head to the hotel’s pampering La Prairie Spa or even your own marble bathroom, which is stocked with fabulous Natura products.

Marlene Dietrichthe marlene Dietrich Suite, hotel lancaster, PariSTe German-born flm star called the chic Parisian house, now a hotel, her home for three years in the ’30s and a luxe suite now bears her name. It’s defnitely a honeymoon haven – and it’s huge. Peaceful and secluded (rare for Paris), the suite is decorated in shades of muted lilac, which was Marlene’s favourite colour. Fling open the French windows leading to its balcony and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back to the chicest of classic movies. Tere are all the little luxuries you’d expect, including lovely Clarins products in the marble bathroom and super-sof bathrobes to lounge in.

But there are some brilliant extras, too, including your very own grand piano (why not?) and rose petals sprinkled on to your pillow at turndown. Te rest of the Lancaster is as opulent – with a cosy bar and Michelin-starred restaurant, its location just of the Champs-Élysées also makes it perfect for exploring. Step outside, and you’re returned to the21st-century bustle of the world’s most romantic city. Wander the designer stores lining the nearby rue Saint-Honoré, watch the world go by with a hot chocolate at the famous Café de la Paix by L’Opéra (so pricey – but so chic!) or take a day trip: just a half-hour train ride away is the epic, awe-inspiring Versailles Palace, home to the glammest girl of them all, Marie Antoinette.

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