About Beverly Hills It’s known as the playground to the rich, the famous, and the glamorous—the home of some of Southern California’s most lavish homes, hotels, and celebrity personalities. Surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, the 90210 district is the area’s biggest icon, offering all sorts of wealth, drama, excess, and star power, as well as the beloved cinematic allure of classic Hollywood itself. You can either love it or hate it, but as one of the world’s most sought-after locales, Beverly Hills is a premier vacation and business travel destination, featuring not only beautiful warm weather year-round, but acclaimed full-service and boutique accommodations, sumptuous dining options, and incomparable shopping. From grand mansions lining oak tree-filled neighborhood streets to chic shops dotting every corner of Rodeo Drive, there are tons of art and architectural wonders to check out as well, not to mention plenty of spas and salons to unwind at—all within a short distance of each other. It’s truly a must-see for any L.A. vacationer. And though it just might possibly part you and your wallet with a substantial stack of bills, it’s all worth it in the end to live like the rich and the famous for a day or two! Fall in love with luxury at its best within this 5.7 square mile city. With its strong ties to the entertainment industry, over a thousand retailers serving as emporiums to the stars, and its annual rolling out of more than 30,000 square feet of red carpet during the Golden Globe Awards each January at the infamous Beverly Hilton, this elite one-of-a-kind hotspot is the place to go for any unforgettable five-star adventure.
Things to Do in Beverly Hills It may be known around the globe for its unparalleled luxury and five-star accommodations and activities, but there’s truly something in this city for travelers on every budget to enjoy! For those who don’t want to swipe up some credit card bills, why not capture a perfect souvenir by snapping a picture in front of the famed Beverly Hills sign or by grooving to the sounds of live music - from rockabilly to jazz - in Beverly Canon Gardens during the summertime Concerts on Canon series? If you’re looking to splurge a bit, go window shopping ''til you drop on Rodeo Drive. There are three full blocks of unique luxury boutiques as well as bustling cafes all along North and South Beverly Drive to explore, not to mention the famed Beverly Hills Farmers'' Market every Sunday, which features farm fresh produce, artisanal packaged foods, and flowers alongside live music and activities for kids-- a feast for the senses indeed! Guests seeking a little Hollywood movie magic can check out The Paley Center for Media. Designed by renowned architect Richard Meier of Getty Center fame, the center''s contemporary facade boasts floor to ceiling windows and sleek, modern lines. Inside, visitors can experience an unparalleled library of classic radio and television programming, screening events, and panel discussions. Foodie fanatics should definitely mosey on over to the "Mecca for cheese aficionados," also known as The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Don’t miss the rich sights, smells, and boatload of free samples offered by the knowledgeable staff. Craving something sweet? Go see the world''s first 24-hour Cupcake ATM at Sprinkles Cupcakes and bite into one of their signature Red Velvet treats. Or satisfy that sweet tooth at Edelweiss Chocolates, one of the oldest confectionaries in America that still makes its chocolates by hand. You can even take a tour of their chocolate factory! Be sure also to stop at renowned fish house Crustacean, which has a koi pond embedded in the floor of the restaurant, and to perk up with a visit to American Tea Room. The shop features hundreds of hand-selected international green, black, and white teas—not to mention plenty of samples.
Beverly Hills Day Trips Easily explore the rest of lovely L to the A by traveling east on Santa Monica Boulevard to West Hollywood or west on Santa Monica Boulevard to Century City or the beautiful beaches at the Santa Monica Pier. South on Robertson Boulevard will lead you to Culver City, which has got a plethora of hot nightclubs and bars, and venture deep into downtown to check out a gaggle of galleries, museums, and cultural wonders to gawk at, such as the LACMA, which boasts a world-class collection, or the newly opened Broad Museum. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are also quite a few exciting excursions in and around the area to make for the perfect adventure: ride the Marvin Braude Bike Trial, or stroll through Abbott Kinney First Fridays. For the ultimate local experience, make sure to do a Barnsdall Wine Tasting in Silver Lake, to sample some culinary delights at Grand Central Market, and to picnic while taking in a free Cinespia outdoor movie screening. What’s more is that there’s also a diverse patchwork of international neighborhoods offering unique experiences as well. Koreatown draws hipsters eager to savor some classic Korean BBQ. There’s Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and Little Armenia as well! Plus, DTLA is no longer a shabby industrial district, but a cultural haven with spots like the lavish Standard and Ace, or the buzzy Perch to grab a creative cocktail at. And for fashionistas looking for something other than the big labels and brands of Beverly Hills, saunter on over to boutique outfits like Wittmore for smart menswear and accessories, or pick up iconic tableware from Heath Ceramics.
Beverly Hills Accommodations From grand historic palaces to design-forward boutique properties, the variety of stay options in the 90210 can offer a pillow perfect for every kind of person, no matter what their taste. Given the glam and glory of the city, it’s always nice to consider iconic favorites like the Beverly Wilshire or the Beverly Hills Hotel. For something smaller and less buzzy, try out Maison 140 Beverly Hills, Mosaic Hotel, or Sirtaj Hotel which is just steps away from Rodeo Drive. There’s also the Philippe Starck-designed SLS Beverly which offers a classic sense of luxury, as well as other more wallet-friendly options such as green hotels, quaint B&Bs, or a large selection of local rentals or bungalows.
Beverly Hills Transportation Access into and around Beverly Hills could not be more easy, as it is centrally located and convenient to all major airports— as well as to Union Station train station in downtown Los Angeles. Taxis and airport passenger vans are immediately accessible just outside the baggage claim areas at LAX or Bob Hope Airport and limousine services are also readily available for service. Travelers who wish to rent a car (from a fuel-efficient hybrid to a high-end luxury sports mobile), have several options including Midway Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Budget Beverly Hills. You can also just go the simple route and take the easiest, most efficient, and most recommended method of transportation – walking. BH is compact, easily walkable, and best experienced on foot! The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority also provides public rail transit into Beverly Hills with rapid 720 runs all along Wilshire Boulevard to get to the Fairfax district, Koreatown, and Downtown Los Angeles to the east, and Westwood and Santa Monica to the west. Plus Beverly Hills Bike Share has also introduced a new system promoting transportation on two wheels instead of four. Cyclists should definitely check it out!