A getaway in New York and Los Angeles, both alluring cities but so decidedly different, calls for relishing the best in hospitality, food and fashion the cities have to offer. But whether you’re in the increasingly vertical metropolis that is NYC, or the far-flung and casual LA, picking a place to stay greatly determines how your trip will unfold. From our travels, we can swear by two hotels that summon every level of grandeur – the Baccarat Hotel in NYC and The Beverly Hills Hotel in LA.
The suite at Baccarat Hotel
Where one is the poster child of 18th century French splendour spread over a glistening 50-storey building in Midtown Manhattan, the other exudes old Hollywood glamour across its 208 guestrooms and suites, and 23 bungalows that rest tidily on Sunset Boulevard. French luxury crystal maker Baccarat opened doors to the eponymous hotel in 2015, its 114 guestrooms and suites, and 60 residences are a reflection of the brand’s over 250-year-old legacy. On the West Coast, The Beverly Hills Hotel, a Dorchester Collection property and lovingly known as the Pink Palace, has been the place of choice for Hollywood celebrities since it opened in 1912, unsurprising as it’s bathed in unabashed luxury.
Deluxe room with balcony at The Beverly Hills Hotel
Here are 7 things you need to know about the two hotels and their locations that will have you jet-setting ladies sorted for a fabulous and fun trip.
The most special features...
Baccarat Hotel: Ah, that’s crystal clear. The hotel’s signature wall lined with a staggering 2,000 Harcourt glasses, the brand’s most iconic piece of crystal, is its je ne sais quoi. The glasses are attached to LED lights that flicker creating an utterly magical light show. The hotel also comprises an exquisite range of Baccarat crystal stemware and sconces, with 17 customised chandeliers decorating its pristine public areas that exude Parisian glamour.
Baccarat Hotel's signature wall lined with 2,000 Harcou
Beverly Hills Hotel: Its poolside, of course. Imagine relaxing in the cabana, sipping on an arnold palmer as the towering palms sway by the pool, taking in calming views of the azure water and verdant gardens. The hotel also offers a range of special services all through August for a sizzling LA-style summer, including complimentary pop-up refreshments, extended hours at the retro-style Cabana Café, and customised swimwear.
Pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel
What's for breakfast?
Baccarat Hotel: The hotel offers complimentary breakfast for two at the Grand Salon, a remarkably elegant all-day lounge, a great space for tête-à-tête. Try the signature Baccarat Omelette, filled with zucchini, roasted tomato, goat cheese and herbs, and the Pain Perdu with maple syrup and orange confiture to round off the most important meal of the day.
Grand Salon at Baccarat Hotel
Beverly Hills Hotel: The Polo Lounge is the favourite spot for breakfast at the hotel, which is served both indoor and outdoor all year round.
Outdoor terrace at the Polo Lounge
The menu is extensive but we highly recommend you try the decadent Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes.
Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes at the Polo Lounge
Where to dine out?
Baccarat Hotel: For a stylish dinner, there’s the exquisite Polo Bar Ralph Lauren, just a few minutes walk away from the hotel. You can whet your appetite for authentic American dishes that range from classics such as Ralph’s Corned Beef Sandwich and the varied menu of burgers and steaks with a side of hand-cut fries.
Beverly Hills Hotel: If you’re in the mood for Italian, try Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills, boasting rich flavours across its selection of antipasti, salads, soups and risottos. If you fancy an al fresco dining experience in beachy LA, try the Japanese delicacies at Nobu Malibu, all with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Among the restaurant’s signature dishes are Nobu Matsuhisa’s Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Black Cod Miso. But the string of Malibu favourites, such as Ribeye dressed with truffle butter sauce, created by Executive Chef Gregorio Stephenson, are no less worth a try.
Fashion in the neighbourhood...
Baccarat Hotel: The hotel offers easy access to a host of fashion brands and retail stores to satiate the shopping-savvy traveller. At walking distance, stores such as Tiffany & Co., Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Chanel in the unrivalled fashion district that is Fifth Avenue. A mere five-minute car ride and you can visit all the designer boutiques on Madison Avenue. If you’re travelling anywhere within 15 blocks of the hotel, Baccarat offers a complimentary ride in a luxe 1970 Citroën DS – one of the most suave and comfortable French cars.
Beverly Hills Hotel: The hotel is a stone’s throw from North Rodeo Drive that’s dotted with high-end fashion and accessory brands, including Hermès, Ralph Lauren and Dior, all about five minutes away by car. They also offer a chauffeured house car service to guests, complimentary for those travelling within the vicinity, and spacious enough to fit plenty of shopping bags.
Where to indulge yourself in the arts?
Baccarat Hotel: For art enthusiasts, the Museum of Modern Art is just across the street from the hotel, along with Museum Mile that houses the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) and Guggenheim. Central Park is just a few blocks away so pack some comfortable but fabulous shoes for a refreshing morning stroll.
Beverly Hills Hotel: Cultural sightings? The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a 15-minute ride away and there are multiple contemporary art galleries closeby, including Shulamit Nazarian.
Daybeds at Spa de la Mer
The ultimate pampering services?
Baccarat Hotel: The Baccarat Hotel is home to the first Spa de La Mer. It primarily offers a range of custom treatments using products by the eponymous skincare brand, which boast formulas based on bio-fermentation for wrinkle-free, supple skin.
Beverly Hills Hotel: The Joseph Martin Hair & Beauty Salon in the hotel is the go-to place for a bouncy blow-out after relishing a rejuvenating treatment at the Spa by La Prairie.
Don’t forget to take a photo in front of…
Baccarat Hotel: To add spurts of colour to your photograph, strike a pose next to the hotel’s signature orbs of lush red roses set against crystal accents in the ritzy Grand Salon lounge.
Beverly Hills Hotel signage
Beverly Hills Hotel: The ‘Beverly Hills Hotel’ signage at the entrance. Enveloped in luscious greenery, this is the customary backdrop for a photograph at the hotel, along with the banana leaf design wallpaper that laces the corridors. You can also snap or be snapped as you bathe in the sun by the poolside or on the outdoor terrace of Bar Nineteen12, while devouring the Berry Pavlova that’s as pretty as a picture.
The iconic banana leaf walls in the cabana area at The Beverly Hills Hotel
Room prices at Baccarat Hotel start from Dhs4,684, and room prices at Beverly Hills Hotel start from Dhs2,920 (Prices are approximate). For more information, visit Baccarathotels.com and Dorchestercollection.com.