History Timeline

1912

On May 12 Margaret J. Anderson and her son, Stanley Anderson, opened The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows for $500,000 with architect Elmer Grey. The opening lists the hotels address as “halfway between the Los Angeles and the sea.” What is now known as The Polo Lounge was El Jardin at the time.

1913

Arrival at The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows by trolley on Sunset Blvd.

1914

Beverly Hills had had attracted enough residents to become incorporated as a city. Prior to this a post office and a primary school were located at the hotel.

1920

Beverly Hills had started to become one of the world’s toniest neighborhoods when Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks built their country home in the nearby hills. Many silver screen stars also built their homes there, transforming the bean fields surrounding the hotel into prime real estate.

1923

Shooting the movie, “A Sailor- Made Man,” with Harold Lloyd on the front lawn.

1930

The Great Depression forces the hotel to close its doors. The bungalows, however, continue to be occupied under individual leases.

1932

Bank of America reopens The Beverly Hills Hotel.

1938

The Sand and Pool Club in 1938 was enormously popular both with hotel guests and people in the community. Imported from Arizona, the sparkling white sand settled an ongoing dispute among sun-worshippers: the beach tan versus the poolside tan.

1939

The pool was the stage for weekly fashion shows sponsored by local department stores including Bullock’s Wilshire. Here, a bevy of beauties parade popular fashions, around 1939.

1940

Marlene Dietrich, a frequent hotel guest and one-time resident forced a change to the Polo Lounge "no slacks for women" dress code by refusing to wear a skirt at the time.

1941

The original entrance sign at Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Drive was green with neon accents.

1948

Elizabeth Taylor in front of her father’s gallery shop, now the fitness center on the promenade level.

1950

Red carpet arrival in style under the newly expanded striped porte cochere.

1954

The new Crescent wing was built and lanterns replaced the round white lights on the flagstone entry gates. Extensive and mature plantings adorned the balconies of the Crescent wing and hid the service parking area.

1955

Receiving a phone call at the pool has always been a hallmark of exclusivity at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Some celebrities had themselves paged even when not in residence - just to keep up appearances.

1956

Scene from “Designing Woman” with Gregory Peck filmed at The BHH pool in 1956.

1960

Marilyn Monroe outside her favorite bungalow, Bungalow 7.

1963

The cast of “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed” pictured poolside at The BHH, Starring Dean Martin with Elizabeth Montgomery, Jill St. John and Carol Burnett.

1974

A renovated Polo Lounge with its softened and streamlined look including flowers and table lamps.

1976

After winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in Network, Faye Dunaway took this famous photo at the pool the next day after winning her award.

1990

The Beverly Hills Hotel builds a private swimming pool and Jacuzzi at Bungalow 5 for business magnate Walter Annenberg.

1992

The hotel closed for a three year restoration.

1995

The hotel reopens June 3rd to worldwide fanfare.

2007

A large suite is converted to a chic new bar, Bar Nineteen12

2011

The Presidential Bungalows are unveiled and are the largest Presidential Suites in Los Angeles. Each bungalow features three bedrooms, a private swimming pool, and private outdoor shower.

2012

The Beverly Hills Hotel celebrates its 100 year centennial celebration! Happy Anniversary!