Dorchester Collection’s Beverly Hills Hotel has unveiled two bungalows inspired by legendary guests Marilyn Monroe and Howard Hughes as part of ongoing bungalow restoration.
Steeped in history as the preferred accommodations for generations of Hollywood royalty, the historic bungalows at The Beverly Hills Hotel are undergoing a comprehensive restoration and thoughtful redesign led by internationally renowned Champalimaud Design. In total, 21 bungalows will have been redesigned as part of the restoration program, with many completed over the past two years.
Out of the 21 bungalows being restored there are five distinct, legendary bungalows featuring design elements inspired by select notable guests who have frequented the hotel over the past century. Bungalow 5, inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and Bungalow 22, inspired by Frank Sinatra were unveiled in the summer of 2016. Bungalow 1, inspired by Marilyn Monroe and Bungalow 3, inspired by Howard Hughes were unveiled in January 2019. Bungalow 9, inspired by Charlie Chaplin will debut in July 2019.
Bungalow 1’s thoughtful new design incorporates aspects of Marilyn Monroe’s life and includes whimsical elements reflective of her most celebrated movie roles. Glamorous and youthful best describe the aesthetic of this bungalow that was a personal favourite of Marilyn Monroe and reflects the southern California lifestyle that she so enjoyed.
With curvy furniture, bright and abstract floor coverings, colourful travertine stones and gold-leafed ceilings, this feminine space is both playful and sophisticated. Strong Jean Michel Frank influences pay homage to her use of his designs in her own home, including extensive use of parchment to envelop aspects of each room.
Guests staying in Bungalow 1A will appreciate the following Marilyn Monroe-themed services and amenities:
- CHANEL N°5 fragrance bar
- CHANEL N°5 bath amenities
- Library featuring classic Marilyn Monroe films and books, including Some like it Hot and Gentleman Prefer Blondes.
- Marilyn Monroe Champagne Bath Bubble Experience featuring a Some Like it Hot bubble bath (Ceara pure Atlantic sea salt from the coast of Brazil and sweet orange and grapefruit oils), bath pillow, wood back brush, bath mitt and a bottle of Dom Perignon.
- Marilyn’s Menu (available via in-room dining), inspired by an interview that appeared in the 1952 issue of Pageant Magazine in which she revealed the following: ”My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat and that is all.” She also admitted that she occasionally treated herself to an ice-cream sundae. Items from Marilyn’s Menu include Prawn Cocktail, Heirloom Carrot Salad, DiMaggio’s Spaghetti and Meatballs, Grilled New York Steak and Marilyn’s Ice Cream Sundae.
Bungalow 3 pays homage to one of the hotel’s most famous residents, Howard Hughes, who lived in the bungalows on-and-off for 30 years. With stormy bold colours, dark stones and rich exotic woods, this bungalow’s look and feel is as mysterious and moody as the reclusive billionaire himself. Art Deco references include geometrics and rich sheens, conveying a masculine glamour through the use of glossy leathers, tailored shapes and blue bedroom walls.
Guests staying in Bungalow 3A will appreciate the following Howard Hughes-themed amenities:
- Aviation Cocktail Kit featuring Aviation gin, Crème Yvette liqueur, lemon juice, Maraschino liqueur
- Mini Roast Beef Sandwiches. Hughes used to request the hotel leave his roast beef sandwiches under a tree outside his bungalow almost every night.
- A collection of model aeroplanes located throughout the suite
First introduced in 1915 to accommodate families that wanted more space and privacy, the iconic bungalows remain an important part of the hotel’s character. They are known the world over for their history with Hollywood royalty and colourful anecdotes.
The entire bungalow restoration will be completed in July 2019.
Lead image: Bungalow 1 | Living Room