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Beautiful Beverly Hills: Find glamour, grandeur and elegance in this star-studded city

For a truly glamorous American vacation, the A-list allure of Beverly Hills’ attractions is hard to beat. | By Paul Oswell | June 28, 2023

Is there any neighborhood in the United States more evocative of a jet-set lifestyle than Beverly Hills? With its Hollywood elan and storied mystique, this famous city promises a cultural getaway filled with high art, gorgeous gardens, upscale boutiques and, of course, a renowned restaurant scene. Here are our suggestions for a legendary time in Beverly Hills:

  • Cutting-edge culture: Trendy art galleries show off hot new talents while elegant historic gardens offer serene havens

  • Glorious gastronomy: Some of the world’s best culinary talents reside in Beverly Hills

  • Unsurpassed shopping: Rodeo Drive is the shopping mecca of the world, especially if you love designer labels

Man and woman lying on sun loungers by the pool
Relax in style at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills' glamorous rooftop pool.

For the culture

Wealth and glamour aren’t a recent development in Beverly Hills, and it has historically been an enclave where people with money come to live and play.

Take a peek into the lives of some of the first one-percenters to settle here at the historic Greystone Mansion. Built in 1929, Greystone Mansion was originally valued at nearly $3 million, making it the most expensive private home of the day. Today, you can take a tour of the spectacular 55-room Tudor estate, with its slate-clad facade and sprawling gardens.

Another grand estate worth touring is the Virginia Robinson Gardens, a lavish green space with impeccably landscaped lawns, and the location for many star-studded parties throughout the decades.

The American art boom of the 1980s had a home in California at the Gagosian Beverly Hills. To this day, the gallery is considered the gold standard of Los Angeles art galleries. It specializes in modern and contemporary art, and it regularly hosts cultural programming and exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists.

After a day on your feet exploring the city’s cultural highlights, slip into a wellness cabana at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — an idyllic way to decompress. Choose from a menu of state-of-the-art treatments, including percussive massage, cupping and heat healing treatments — all of which can be experienced in complete privacy and tranquility.

Mother's Day ballroom
Savor sensational dining at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.

Fine dining

There are plenty of famous chefs and renowned restaurants in Beverly Hills. If you’re looking for an exquisite and endlessly memorable meal, then there’s no shortage of palatial dining rooms to explore.

For the last word in fashionable food, Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura has a Michelin star and designer label-clad servers. They serve arguably the most polished Italian food in town, highlighting seasonal ingredients with creativity and passion, and look great doing it. Sushi fans should have the concierge reserve a seat for them at the intimate Nozawa Bar, where acclaimed chef Osamu Fujita prepares the highest-grade fish from local Los Angeles fish markets to delight diners with a tradition-based omakase sushi experience.

Esplette is the flagship restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. They serve wood-grilled Wagyu beef and sophisticated Southern European cuisine that will whisk you away to the Mediterranean coast. You can also dine alfresco amid styled garden greenery on the beautiful terrace at The Rooftop by JG, looking out over those rolling Californian hills.

Women shopping on rodeo drive
Distinguished boutiques along famed Rodeo Drive offer upscale shopping in the heart of Beverly Hills.


Beverly Hills is home to one of the most famous stretches of high-end shopping in the world: Rodeo Drive.

With more than 100 leading international brands represented along its distinguished palm tree-lined sidewalks, Rodeo Drive is a prominent destination for retail, art and architecture.

Located at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, don’t miss Two Rodeo, a $200-million European-inspired, faux-cobbled walkway, known as the gateway to Rodeo Drive and lined with 24 iconic haute fashion boutiques.

If you need to formulate a retail strategy, then the concierge at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will give you the lay of the land, set up appointments or connect you with a personal shopper. Oh, and don’t worry about how many shopping bags you accumulate, the hotel is only a short walk from the action.

With a getaway in Beverly Hills, you can enjoy the glitz and glamour of an A-list lifestyle without the unwanted attention. Head to the West Coast, and balance gourmet meals and high-end shopping trips with tranquil afternoons in lush gardens and cutting-edge art galleries — all underneath that famous Californian sun.

Paul Oswell is a British award-winning journalist and published travel author based in New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States. His books include Bucket List North America and The Great American Road Trip, as well as New Orleans' Historic Hotels. He has also been an editor of and contributor to several guide books/editions published by Dorling Kindersley (owned by Penguin), including New Orleans, Florida, Orlando, Los Angeles, California and The United States. His work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure (both of which he has written multiple online travel guides for) and The Guardian, as well as dozens of international newspaper and magazine titles, and inflight magazines for major airlines.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills 

An unforgettable experience awaits you in one of the world's most glamorous cities, where Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards meet. Discover Beverly Hills luxury and elegance, indulge in the cuisine of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and live the high life with the sights and sounds of Hollywood just moments away.