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Forbes Awards Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Restaurant and Spa

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

BEVERLY HILLS — Forbes Travel Guide announced its annual Star Rating list, presenting the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills with a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel award for the third year, and presenting the La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills with a Five-Star spa award for the second year. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, was also given a Four-Star restaurant award. The hotel and its two entities will be showcased along all Star Award winners on ForbesTravelGuide.com

Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills opened in June 2017 and boasts 119 deluxe rooms and 51 world-class suites. Designed by renowned interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon, Inc., the property’s art-deco influenced design has wowed locals and visitors alike since its inception. The property is home to the first West Coast dining outposts by legendary French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the signature restaurant Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, and the al-fresco dining hotspot, The Rooftop by JG, which sits atop the 12-story building. Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, helmed by executive chef Steve Benjamin, offers delectable seasonal California dishes with locally sourced foods. 

The award-winning hotel also features 6,300 sq. feet of meeting and event spaces and is home to the only La Prairie Spa in Southern California, which offers an array of nourishing treatments and fine products. The 5,000 sq. foot spa has six private treatment rooms, relaxation areas, plush lounges and is open seven days a week. The rooftop pool continues to be a draw for travelers, where they enjoy the best 360-degree views of the city from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. 

In addition to winning the Forbes Five-Star awards three years in a row, the property was ranked in the Conde Nast Traveler 2017, 2018, and 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards as a Top Hotel in Los Angeles, best new hotel on the 2018 Travel + Leisure It List, Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” Awards in 2018 and 2019, and annually by U.S. News and World Report as a Top Hotel in Los Angeles. 

“We are honored to win the prestigious Forbes Five-Star award again this year, and we are so proud to be recognized among the best hotels, spas and restaurants in the world,” said Vanessa Williams, general manager at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. “Our team works tirelessly to ensure guests have an unforgettable experience from before the time they arrive on property until after they depart, with even the smallest details tended to, and this award is a wonderful recognition of that hard work.”

“We have been committed to championing genuine Five-Star service for more than 60 years, and this year’s winners, as always, exemplify the very highest standards in hospitality,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “It is difficult to earn a Forbes Travel Guide rating, and all our Star-Rated winners have shown how incredibly deserving they are of their accolades by demonstrating sheer dedication in their passion for service. We congratulate them all.” 

To view the full Star Ratings for 2020, visit ForbesTravelGuide.com.

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, click here

For more information on Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, please visit www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com.

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LA Hotels Volunteer More Than 27,000 Rooms for COVID-19 Response

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LOS ANGELES — More than 270 Los Angeles hotels have volunteered 27,819 rooms to the County Department of Public Health and other agencies as temporary shelter to support the region’s COVID-19 response, the Hotel Association of Los Angeles announced today.

This unprecedented response represents about 35 percent of all Los Angeles hotel rooms now available to protect and isolate population segments vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak. In the past three weeks, available hotel numbers have grown exponentially from an initial 10,000 rooms being available on March 27.

“Every day we’re seeing the number of available rooms increase as hotels respond to the request from public health officials to provide temporary shelter during this pandemic,” said Heather Rozman, Executive Director of the Hotel Association of Los Angeles. “This is definitely not business as usual. Now that the various levels of government are working together, the contracting process to actually get rooms online should be speeding up.”

Throughout California more than 1,100 hotels have volunteered almost 145,000 rooms since Gov. Newsom declared a State of Emergency on March 4. California Hotel and Lodging Association, HALA and their members have worked with a multitude of government departments and agencies to identify hotels that could help municipalities respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“By working closely with Gov. Newsom and California’s public health leadership, our hotels have responded when they are most needed,’’ said Lynn S. Mohrfeld, President and CEO of the California Hotel and Lodging Association. “This is a critical time for our hotels to demonstrate their commitment to their communities and to our state’s well-being.”

Los Angeles hotel rooms provide shelter for COVID-19 isolation, people experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence, elderly populations, and medical personnel fulfilling needs that are determined by public health officials.

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Waldorf BH Used a Mole to Steal Secrets From Peninsula, Lawsuit Says

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Hilton’s Waldorf Beverly Hills Used a Mole to Steal Secrets From Rival, Lawsuit Says

BEVERLY HILLS (Wall Street Journal) — The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is making a push to attract Middle Eastern royals and well-heeled celebrities. Now, a rival luxury hotel next door is alleging that the Waldorf stole corporate secrets and personal information about some of those VIP guests in an effort to win more of that business.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills alleges that the Waldorf’s former general manager coordinated with a Peninsula employee who acted as a mole for 14 months, and that the employee stole more than 45,000 documents that included “proprietary…

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WeHo’s Edition Hotel Spa Jumps on the CBD and Hemp Craze

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Variety) — “Hemp is the plant of our generation,” says Amy Duncan, founder of the California-based Mowellens CBD skin care line used at The Spa at the West Hollywood Edition.

Unlike other cannabis plants, hemp produces higher levels of CBD but lower levels of THC, responsible for intoxicating effects. In beauty products, CBD has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, is a calming agent and can combat acne or eczema.

“CBD and really whole plant hemp extract with terpenes have the ability to transform the skin,” Duncan says.

The spa at Ian Schrager’s chic new WeHo hotel is committed to wellness and plant-derived products. In addition to sound and light treatments and mind-body recovery therapies, three CBD treatments are offered. The 50-minute CBD Supernatural facial ($300 […]

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