2018 Star and Diamond Rated Hotels and Restaurants in Beverly Hills
With a rich history of luxury and elegance, Beverly Hills has one of the largest concentrations of Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond properties in the United States. In addition to hotels in Beverly Hills, many spas and restaurants in the city received star ratings as well. Browse Beverly Hills’ list of 2018 Star and Diamond rated properties and learn how Forbes Travel Guide and AAA inspect and rate each property.
AAA Diamond System: One of the most well-known ratings system in the U.S. is the AAA Diamond Rating. Properties who request an inspection must meet a 33-point qualification checklist just to be considered for a rating and will be evaluated based on member feedback and the experiences of AAA’s professional evaluators, who arrive to the hotel unannounced. The inspection is broken into five categories: Cleanliness & Condition, Management Style of Operations, Exterior and Public Areas, Guest Rooms and Guest Bathrooms.
Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards: With the most stringent hospitality standards in the industry, and up to 900 criteria judged for each property, Forbes Travel Guide only awards the most luxurious hotels, spas and restaurants with a Five, Four or Recommended Rating. Properties that are nominated or request to be rated are vetted by Forbes Travel Guide’s Ratings department to determine if the hotel is a qualified Star Rating candidate. From there, a Forbes Travel Guide inspector will make an anonymous visit to the hotel and perform an up to 900 point service standards inspection. Like the AAA Inspectors, Forbes inspectors do not reveal their identity or the reason for their visit to the hotel staff or guests.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the brand’s first West Coast property and one of the tallest buildings in Beverly Hills, opened its doors in June 2017 and has earned its first Forbes Five-Star hotel award. The hotel features 119 deluxe guest rooms and 51 suites, each with stunning views of the city and a dining program curated by renowned Michelin-starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose first West Coast restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, earned a Forbes Four-Star award. The hotel's La Prairie Spa also received a Forbes Four-Star rating.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Five-Star
- Spa Rating: Forbes Four-Star (La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills)
- Restaurant Rating: Forbes Four-Star Restaurant (Jean-Georges Beverly Hills)
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Welcoming each guest with a red carpet arrival, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been operating since 1912 and is one of the most sought-after places to visit in Beverly Hills. With 208 guest rooms and suites and the iconic Polo Lounge restaurant, this hotel scored top ratings from both AAA and Forbes, with The Polo Lounge receiving a Recommended Rating from Forbes Travel Guide.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond
- Restaurant Rating: Forbes Recommended Restaurant (The Polo Lounge)
Montage Beverly Hills
Classic, Mediterranean décor meets modern-day luxury at Montage Beverly Hills which earned Forbes’ coveted Five-Star award and AAA’s Four-Diamond rating. Here, guests can sip rare Macallan scotch at the hotel’s own speakeasy bar, £10 (Ten Pound), enjoy dinner at the hotel's restaurant, soak in the sun at the stunning rooftop pool and relax inside the Forbes Five-Star rated Spa Montage. Approximately 20,000 square feet, Spa Montage features a spacious co-ed mineral pool, Turkish steam rooms, a couple’s suite and exclusive skincare products by L.RAPHAEL.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Five-Star and AAA Four-Diamondfo
- Spa Rating: Forbes Five-Star (Spa Montage Beverly Hills)
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
The Peninsula Beverly Hills is the only hotel in Beverly Hills to earn top ratings from both systems for over 25 consecutive years. The hotel offers 195 guest rooms, including 38 suites and 17 private villas, a rooftop pool surrounded by private cabanas, a tranquil spa, two full-service restaurants and a fleet of customized Mini Cooper S Clubman house cars. Tucked away on the hotel’s top floor, the Forbes Four-Star rated Peninsula Spa offers innovative treatments, such as gemstone massages and facials using LED light therapy, as well as better-known experiences, including hot stone massages and reflexology. Having recently undergone a massive renovation, the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Belvedere, has once again earned the AAA Five-Diamond rating.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond
- Spa Rating: Forbes Four-Star (The Peninsula Spa)
- Restaurant Rating: AAA Five-Diamond Restaurant and Forbes-Four Star Restaurant (The Belvedere)
Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
A Forbes Travel Guide Inspector calls Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills a “celebrity magnet,” likely due to the amount of privacy the hotel offers its guests. From an underground garage with a red carpet entrance to the hotel, guest room doorways tucked into corridors instead of the main hallways and the option to be escorted directly to their room, bypassing the front desk, guests seeking privacy have come to the right place. Perfectly situated near the city’s Golden Triangle, this Forbes Five-Star and AAA Four-Diamond hotel features the largest guest rooms in Beverly Hills, ranging from 650 to 3,700 square feet, and a heated rooftop pool which offers private cabanas and breathtaking views of the Hollywood sign and surrounding area.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Five-Star and AAA Four-Diamond
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
Located at the base of Rodeo Drive sits the historic Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel. This Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond hotel was once home to Warren Beatty and Elvis, whose adoring fans would release balloons containing love notes up toward his terrace. The Spa at Beverly Wilshire received its second consecutive Forbes Five Star rating this year, as a result of in its unique services, such as the Tension Reliever, which uses golf balls as a massage tool to soothe tension. Wolfgang Puck’s CUT Beverly Hills is located inside the hotel, which earned Four Diamonds with AAA and Four Stars with Forbes, while THE Blvd, serving local California fare with Mediterranean influences, earned a AAA Four-Diamond rating.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond
- Spa Rating: Forbes Five-Star (The Spa at Beverly Wilshire)
- Restaurant Rating: AAA Four-Diamond (CUT Beverly Hills and THE Blvd) and Forbes Four-Star Restaurant (CUT Beverly Hills)
The Beverly Hilton
Since 1961, Hollywood’s elite have gathered inside the Forbes Four-Star Beverly Hilton hotel for the annual Golden Globe awards. Of the hotel’s 569 guest rooms, 101 are suites which range from 500 to 1,100 square feet and feature a Bose Wave Music System. The hotel also boasts the largest heated hotel pool in Beverly Hills, which Angelina Jolie once jumped in to celebrate her Golden Globe win, while still wearing her Randolph Duke gown.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Four-Star
Spago Beverly Hills
A restaurant favorite for celebrities and locals alike, Spago Beverly Hills has been awarded a AAA Four-Diamond rating and is the flagship restaurant of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Whether seated in the dining room, or on the romantic patio, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the restaurant’s a la carte menus with dishes such as Squid Ink Garganelli with Maine Lobster, A-5 Japanese Wagyu New York Steak and Pizza with House Cured Smoked Salmon. For fans of chef tasting menus, Spago’s California Tasting Menu changes seasonally and comes with the option to add a wine pairing to each course. Spago’s award winning wine program consists of 3,000 bottles, with The Los Angeles Times calling it the most important, most comprehensive and most extravagant wine list in Southern California.
- Restaurant Rating: AAA Four-Diamond
Published: February 21, 2018