Which year did 'The Beverly Hills Hotel' open in California?
'The Beverly Hills Hotel', also called 'The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows', is located on Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. One of the world's best-known hotels, it is closely associated with Hollywood film stars, rock stars and celebrities. The hotel has 210 guest rooms and suites, and 23 bungalows, each designed in the pink and green colors which are a trademark of the hotel.
The 'Beverly Hills Hotel' was established in May 1912, before the city's existence. The original owners were Margaret J. Anderson, a wealthy widow, and her son, Stanley S. Anderson, who had been managing the Hollywood Hotel.
In 1941, Hernando Courtright, the vice president of the Bank of America, purchased the hotel with friends Irene Dunne, Loretta Young and Harry Warner. Courtright established the 'Polo Lounge', which was for many years the premier dining spot in Los Angeles, hosting luminaries such as the Rat Pack, Humphrey Bogart and Marlene Dietrich.
The strict resident owner of 'The Beverly Hills Hotel' from 1954 until his death in 1979 was former real estate magnate Ben Silberstein. Since 1996 it has been run as part of the Dorchester Collection belonging to the Sultan of Brunei. In 2012, the hotel was named the first historic landmark in Beverly Hills, with some more additions.
The song "Hotel California" by the American rock band 'Eagles' is based on the folklore behind the hotel. The cover of the band's album of the same name features a photo of the hotel, itself.