Architect Elmer Grey designed the original Mediterranean Revival style in 1912; a new wing and the iconic signage designed by architect Paul Williams were added n the 1940s. It was the first substantial structure in the city of Beverly Hills predating the city's founding. It has been a central meeting place for the Hollywood elite ever since. Celebrities and guests who have visited or stayed at the hotel include Duke and Duchess of Windsor, John Wayne and Henry Fonda and Howard Hughes among scores of others. I remember spotting Paul Newman in the hotel's famed Polo Lounge back in my 20s; the actor stood about a foot from me.
Located at 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission.