Hotel review: The Beverly Hilton & a photogenic fish

I was childishly psyched about the opportunity to travel to LA this week.

While looking at the list of available hotels near my employer’s LA office, I was surprised to see what one of the cheapest, closest options was — The Beverly Hilton.

This historic hotel is famous for hosting the annual Golden Globes Awards, and sadly, as the place where Whitney Houston was found deceased in her room’s bathtub in 2012.

This is a category 7 hotel, and it costs 60K HHonors points per night this time of year.

Here’s my experience:

Check-In

The hotel complex is currently under renovation and construction, with its attached partner hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, set to open in 2017.

While the exterior isn’t much to look at, the entrance and lobby is pretty swank, and there is almost always a Lamborghini or two parked in front. Lots of fancy accents, gold chains and flashy outfits. Even the kids wear loafers.

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Though I had already checked in online, I had to go to the desk to get my room key, and the breakfast voucher and room upgrade that comes with Hilton Gold status. No room upgrades were available.

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The Room

Immaculate, bright and spacious. A standard king room.

The balcony was large and enclosed by a privacy fence that blocked the view of the roof, while also blocking the view of just about everything else if you’re sitting outside.

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A tablet on the desk displays the time and weather forecast. And my last name. And watched me with its front-facing camera. Only slightly creepy.

The down pillows were awesome, and the sheets felt soft yet strong. I slept deeply.

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The Mini Bar

Fully stocked with what I assume were very expensive mini bottles of liquor and mixers. I didn’t break into those, but there were two bottles of Evian water complimentary for Gold members.

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The Bathroom

Also immaculate, with an interesting shower and toilet separation. And a mini TV.

The towels are big, soft and absorbent.

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The Breakfast

Gold members get a complimentary continental breakfast for two, a ~$40 value, which includes yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels, cheeses, cereal, fresh-squeezed juices, and an assortment of muffins and pastries.

For $10 you can upgrade to the full buffet, with an omelette station, pancakes/waffles, bacon, chicken sausage, potato dishes, and cheese blintzes. The upgrade was definitely worth it to me.

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Breakfast is below the lobby on the pool level, at the poolside Circa 55 restaurant. Check out some higher quality photos here.

One of my favorite things about my stay? This guy:

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