Beverly Hills thrills

Golden age ... the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Golden age ... the Beverly Hills Hotel. 

Beverly Hills has never been short on glamour but to mark the Californian city's centenary five of its most luxurious hotels have upped the ante, each redesigning a suite to mark significant eras in its history.

Femmes fatales can loll in the Film Noir suite at the Montage Beverly Hills in 1940s style with art deco-inspired furniture, Lalique crystal, gold and silver leaf detail and a vintage phonograph.

Hit the dedicated champagne button and your butler will bring you a bottle, along with 1940s classic dishes of lobster thermidor and banana splits. The golden age of Marilyn Monroe at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows features in its Suite 100, with artefacts from Monroe's estate, a library of her books and films and 1950s song selections.

At L'Ermitage Beverly Hills the '70s era of Studio 54 includes an iPad photo booth and a foil-lined room in the spirit of Andy Warhol's New York studio Factory. And at The Peninsula (above right), opened in 1991, modern Hollywood is captured at the hotel that hosts celebrities during awards seasons while photographic murals of a red-carpet Hollywood event clad the living room walls. The Beverly Hilton focuses on 1960s style, including a large display of Barbie dolls from that swinging time as well as furnishings by Tom Ford.

Rooms cost from $US1914 ($2145) a night for stays between March 7 and December 31. See lovebeverlyhills.com/suite100.

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