The Beverly Hills Hotel is so entrenched in Beverly Hills culture and history that the city built up around the hotel, not the other way around. The hotel opened its doors in 1912, when the area was still primarily lima bean fields. The theory behind the new resort was simple: superior accommodations, quality service and high-end food and drinks would attract a following regardless of the location.
This proved correct and soon moneyed guests began making their way to the hotel. By 1914, the city of Beverly Hills was incorporated. In 1919, the king and queen of the movies, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, purchased a lodge above the hotel and established Pickfair, the first movie star estate. Following their lead, the Hollywood elite flooded to Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Hotel became a focal point of the new community.
The hotel currently remains firmly at the center of Beverly Hills society and its Polo Lounge has long been viewed as a premiere venue for meals, cocktails and closing million-dollar deals. The Polo Lounge caters to all kinds of culinary desires, include regular meal times, afternoon tea, jazz brunches and, of course, a full bar.