Beverly Hills Cop and 90210 brought dramas to this seemingly orderly, quiet, and opulent small town. In this 70 degree Southern California weather, Abeng Halim, a senior car designer at VW/Audi Design Center California at Santa Monica, and I are driving around in my favorite car, the 2010 A5 2.0T Quattro Cabrio.
Our first stop is the historic Beverly Hills Hotel located in the intersection of W. Sunset Boulevard and N. Beverly Drive. Many people who have not visited this place may have seen this neighborhood in post cards and movies. Characterized by very tall palm trees that line wide streets, well manicured gardens, and custom design mansions, this neighborhood is the California dream.
Built in the early 1900’s, Beverly Hills Hotel has seen the booms and busts of Hollywood industries. Many celebrities and foreign dignitaries had stayed here, and some took residence at private bungalows surrounded by twelve acres of lush gardens and exotic flowers. The exterior and interior of this hotel resemble Renaissance palaces and seaside villas in Italy. Hotel guests who are enjoying this Mediterranean Revival architecture feel that they too are celebrities during their stay...@driving.vacation.com More pictures... Interactive Maps