Landmark hotel now 'fully open'

BEVERLY HILLS -- One of Southern California's most opulent hotels is even more opulent following a $35 million renovation.

The Regent Beverly Wilshire, a landmark in the city for 70-plus years, has not merely been renovated; in a sense it can be said to be fully open for the first time. The top six floors of the hotel's "new" wing -- the Beverly Wing, which was built more than 25 years ago -- were never opened for guest use. Although the lower floors were operational, the upper half-dozen fell victim to market demands and shortage of cash by former owners.

Now owned and operated by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and marketed under the company's Regent brand, the venerable Beverly Wilshire is finally complete. The availability of all of both towers gives the property a total of 393 guest rooms, including 118 suites -- the most of any hotel in town.

A new presidential suite in the Beverly Wing is priced at $7,500 a night and features three bedrooms and three bathrooms over an area of almost 5,000 square feet. The Wilshire Wing presidential suite -- with just two bedrooms and three bathrooms -- is $5,000 a night.

"The top six floors of the Beverly Wing were opened in response to demand by discerning travelers," general manager Peter O'Colmain said. "For the first time, all floors are being utilized. It has been a long time coming," he added.

The Wilshire Wing was opened in 1928. Initially it became one of the hotels of choice of hideaway-seeking members of the entertainment fraternity and later became the preferred home base of visiting Fortune 500 executives. Regent Beverly Wilshire, Phone: (800) 427-4354 (in California), (800) 421-4354 (outside California)

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