This Waldorf is one of the newest ultra-luxe hotel in Los Angeles. Like many of you guys know, it’s a city I love and absolutely sometimes hate. The friendly people and the perfect coastline weather all adds up to a scene where everyone desires to be. That said, there’s one thing I hate with a passion…. the traffic.
Staying here a couple times, we realize hoteliers like the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills knows this frustration the best and does a great job transforming our traffic nerve into something we love.
The hotel sits in the heart of Beverly Hills along Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard. Due to its prestige and its prime real estate location, room rates here tends to be astronomically high at $600-$900 per night.
Luckily, if you have a wealth of Hilton points to splurge, you can also stay here for free starting at 95,000 Hilton points / night.
The valet courteously assisted us upon arrival. Impressively, they proactively took our luggage and graciously helped Miki’s luggage (she does not travel light) all the way to check-in. We do not see this type of service professionalism and friendliness in the states that often, so it was very refreshing to see.
We got checked-in to the corner room and I feel like the room is designed specifically for ladies with its focus on an insane oversized walk-in closet upon entrance.
The bedroom has a sofa in front of the king size bed. At the time, I felt a little bougie, so I decided to wear sunglasses while taking a quick nap…
Our window has a view of the Beverly Hills neighborhood and mountains. The terrace size spans about 200+ extra in square feet.
The bathroom is understated luxury that’s decked out in marble decor. The only thing I didn’t like is its lack of roof shower amenities.
After my quick nap, we decided to shop & venture out around Rodeo Drive. We made a call down to the concierge to request the house car and the following conversation happened…
Rodeo Drive? Of course, we have two cars available right now. Do you prefer our Rolls Royce or Maybach?
Say um.. what? That’s something I never imagine I hear. My immediate thought was that I hope there be a ton of traffic! Oh the irony…
As soon as our Rolls arrived, the two valet staffs graciously opens the door again to escort us out. Get ready for the most awesome chauffeur perk in North America.
Are you someone famous? Can I have your autograph?
Nope… it’s just the Chai Bear World entourage using 95,000+ Hilton points/night for this complimentary stay 😉
What makes it even more awesome is that the hotel offers to pick you up too! With a simple phone call, our chauffeur informs us his ETA. After an early sushi dinner, the baller ride arrives curbside at the restaurant to pick us up. People at the restaurant gazes at us curiously… I admit, it’s a wonderful feeling
Yep. Bougie level 9000
Back at the hotel, there’s a rooftop pool that’s especially pretty during sunset.
The Rooftop by Jean George is a great dining option too with 360 degrees view of Los Angeles.
The prices are quite astronomical though… so I recommend to skip that option and just wait for breakfast in the morning.
In fact if you’re Hilton Diamond, you’ll have a $50 dollar spending credit every morning (per room) at Jean George, which is a lot more worth it!
On Sunday mornings, the Waldorf also offers complimentary private yoga sessions for all hotel guests staying for the weekend.
And once in awhile, we’ll take the Maybach around town to change it up 😉
But in the end, our “traffic nerve” preference is still the Rolls Royce Phantom 😉
Overall, the Waldorf Astoria was a sumptuous experience. Its unprecedented luxury and genuine hospitality matches the prestige of what the Waldorf should be.
It successfully changes our perception in what we normally hate about Los Angeles into something we want. Rush hour? Traffic? We love it!
And that’s what a hotel should be… a transformative journey regardless of its destination.