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Beverly Hills Hotel: Celebrating its first 100 years

Beverly_Hills_Hotel_100Here’s a hotel that probably isn’t on many road-trip itineraries: The Beverly Hills Hotel (although it once had stables for guests’ horses). The Southern California hotel celebrates its 100th anniversary on Saturday. It was built at a cost of $500,000 and opened two years before Beverly Hills incorporated as a city. Rooms here start at $500 a night, more for the elegant bungalows where Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned, Marilyn Monroe reportedly holed up with Yves Montand, and Howard Hughes hid. Dinner at the Polo Lounge – where Marlene Dietrich eventually convinced management to allow women to wear slacks – runs $18 for a bowl of clam chowder or a wedge salad, and $55 for ribeye (roasted mushrooms and whipped potatoes included). But if you’re in the neighborhood, stop in for one of the specialty drinks ($17) that the Polo Lounge created for the occasion. Consider it a taste of history. Read the full story here.