The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel should really get top billing next to Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks. Much of the story progresses during author Pamela “P.L.” Travers’ stay at the iconic property, in between days spent on Disney’s studio lot in Burbank hashing out the screen adaptation of her beloved Mary Poppins, and while the actual filming locations were not at the hotel (exterior and interior shots had to be recreated elsewhere to reflect the décor of the hotel at the time) a visit to the hotel itself will instantly draw you back in time to Hollywood’s Golden Age, with palm trees and pink furnishings echoing back to the glamour of yesteryear without losing its luster. And if you have a sweet tooth like mine, eventually you will find yourself hunkering down at the 19-seat Fountain Coffee Room tucked away in the middle of the hotel. One slice of chocolate cake will set you back a pretty penny, but it took me all afternoon to finish! Savor every bite while you take in the atmosphere and observe the long-time staff holding court with the locals. 

Posted on November 25, 2015 .