What do Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, and Elizabeth Taylor have in common? Aside from being some of Hollywood’s most celebrated icons, they were all fond of a certain rose-colored retreat on Sunset Boulevard.
With its gently swaying palms and legendary pink and green motif, The Beverly Hills Hotel—affectionately known as the “Pink Palace”—has been a refuge for Hollywood elite since it first opened in 1912. Now, its beloved bungalows are getting a multimillion-dollar makeover with interiors that pay tribute to the stars who called them home away from home.
Helmed by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud (mastermind behind the much-touted Hotel Bel-Air revamp), renovations include a handful of modern upgrades—from light and temperature control panels and new furniture to Bang & Olufsen TVs—all keeping with the hotel’s classic Golden Age vibe.
Bungalow #5, inspired by the late Elizabeth Taylor (who spent six of her eight honeymoons at the hotel), has been furnished with French and Hollywood-regency style decor, including leather, mohair, and gilded accents. A giant portrait of the late actress presides over the entry, and interiors include a full kitchen, grand living room and dining area, powder room, and a private patio with a pool and spa. Meanwhile, the decidedly more masculine #22, with its vaulted ceiling, leather-wrapped beams, and sleek, midcentury-style interior pays tribute to Frank Sinatra, boasting a spacious living room with a dining area, two fireplaces, two private terraces, and an open parlor with a wet bar and grand piano.
While only three of the hotel’s renovated bungalows have been unveiled thus far (there are a total of 23 on the property), we can’t help but wonder which Hollywood stars will get a nod next. After all, Marilyn Monroe is said to have whiled away many a day between Bungalow #1 and #7, and let’s not forget Howard Hughes, who lived off and on in Bungalow #4 for 30 years, leaving his Cadillac parked outside the hotel for so long it sprouted weeds.
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