The Beverly Hills Hotel celebrates centennial

The Beverly Hills Hotel first opened its doors on May 12, 1912 — two years before the city of Beverly Hills, California, was officially incorporated — and this year the hotel is celebrating its 100th birthday in a variety of unique ways.

Special F&B offerings include a “These Walls Are Talking” cocktail menu at the hotel’s Polo Lounge and Bar Nineteen12 with selections such as a 100-year cocktail priced at US$100 and served in an engraved collectible keepsake glass coupe with 100-year design. The Polo Lounge, Fountain Coffee Shop and Cabana Café will feature vintage menu covers with historic photos in addition to celebratory menu items such as 100-year anniversary label Champagne and birthday cake. Once a week in each dining venue, “pop-up 1912 pricing” will allow one table to have their check amount converted to 1912 dollars.

A May launch party at the hotel is slated for the book “The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows – The First 100 Years.” Authored by Robert Anderson, the hotel’s official historian and the great-grandson of the hotel’s original owner, Margaret Anderson, the book showcases never-before-seen photos as well as celebrated images of the hotel’s many illustrious guests.

A time capsule placed at the property’s front red-carpet entrance in 1993 also will be opened. Artifacts inside are rumored to include a cigar from frequent guest George Burns.