You need to have very, very deep pockets to afford even one night in the fabulous Presidential Bunaglow at LA’s iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. With a nightly rate that starts at (yes, starts at) $17,000 per night, the Presidential Bungalow (Bungalow 23A) is an almost-2,000-square-foot mini mansion complete with its own private swimming pool. And that mansion is a few steps away from the legendary Polo Lounge, for almost instant room service.
The luxurious space, often occupied for long periods by celebrities and moguls, has a wonderful residential feel. It has one bedroom (it can connect to an adjacent one bedroom unit to create a larger space), a small, yet well-kitted chef’s kitchen, an office, a dining area and one and a half bathrooms. The master bathroom has a free-standing, egg-shaped soaking tub along with an outdoor (and an indoor) shower.
The large living area, with a 12-foot beamed cathedral ceiling, has a wall of windows which slides open to offer inside / outside living. The windows face the raised private infinity pool and the large fountain it spills over onto. Outside, there are several seating areas along with a row of lounge chairs to enjoy the sunshine.
The Presidential Bungalow has three fireplaces: one in the living one, one in the bedroom and an outside one by the pool. Guests get extras like a bottle of champagne on arrival and free airport limousine transfers.
The other key amenity the bungalow (and all the bungalows at the hotel) offer is privacy. Total and complete privacy. This is a mini-mansion with no shared walls and its own private pool. You have a big patio around the pool and it’s all fenced in with a high, private fence.
Aside from the privacy of the bungalow itself, you also get privacy as to when you (or your guests) come and go. The bungalows are connected with pathways, some of which lead out to a side street. You can come and go without having to go through the hotel lobby. This amenity has been taken advantage of for over 100 years by the hotel’s legendary line-up of bachelor guests, from Frank Sinatra to Howard Hughes.
The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
The legendary luxury hotel first opened in 1912 when Beverly Hills was a pastural residential neighborhood filled with country estates and horse trails. Since opening, the hotel has maintained its position as the city’s (and one of the world’s) best hotels. Aside from the luxurious accommodations, the hotel’s staff is famous for their warm, personal service. The staff also seems to enjoy working there, it’s common to find people who have been working there for decades.