2020 Star Awards and Diamond Ratings in Beverly Hills
Each year, Forbes Travel Guide and AAA identify the top hospitality establishments around the world with the Forbes Star Awards and AAA Diamond Rating. Browse Beverly Hills’ list of 2020 Star and Diamond rated properties and learn how Forbes Travel Guide and AAA inspect and rate each property.
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 they are 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.
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 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. The fabled hotel scored top ratings from both Forbes and AAA, with The Polo Lounge receiving a Recommended Rating from Forbes Travel Guide. The Beverly Hills Hotel continues to welcome celebrities, royalty and leaders from around the world with luxurious accommodations, exemplary service and unrivaled beauty. Frequented by generations of film industry icons from Marilyn Monroe to Elizabeth Taylor, the hotel offers 210 guest rooms and suites, including the 23 famous bungalows inspired by the legendary guests that once stayed there.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond
- Restaurant Rating: Forbes Recommended (The Polo Lounge)
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 welcomed the city's first biohacking gym, Upgrade Labs, a futuristic health haven offering over 15 customized high-tech experiences for the brain and body and 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
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 fourth consecutive Forbes Five-Star rating this year, as a result of 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, located inside the hotel, has earned Four Diamonds with AAA and a Recommended Restaurant rating by 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: Forbes Recommended (CUT Beverly Hills) and AAA Four-Diamond (CUT Beverly Hills and THE Blvd)
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 Rolls Royce and BMW house cars. The Forbes Four-Star rated Peninsula Spa offers innovative treatments, such as gemstone massages and facials that use LED light therapy, as well as better-known experiences, including hot stone massages and reflexology. The hotel’s signature restaurant, The Belvedere, has continued its streak of being the only AAA Five-Diamond rated restaurant in Los Angeles since 1995.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond
- Spa Rating: Forbes Four-Star (The Peninsula Spa)
- Restaurant Rating: Forbes Four-Star and AAA Five-Diamond (The Belvedere)
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
Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
With 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 will find all that they need at Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. 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
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the brand’s first West Coast property and one of the tallest buildings in Beverly Hills, has earned its second AAA Four-Diamond rating and third consecutive 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, has earned a Forbes Four-Star award. The hotel's La Prairie Spa also received its inaugural Forbes Five-Star award for its luxurious treatments that incorporate caviar into facials and massages.
- Hotel Rating: Forbes Five-Star and AAA Four-Diamond
- Spa Rating: Forbes Five Star (La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills)
- Restaurant Rating: Forbes Four-Star Restaurant (Jean-Georges Beverly Hills)