Beverly Hilton Hotel

The Beverly Hilton is a hotel located on an 8.9-acre (3.6 ha) property at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards in Beverly Hills, California, USA. The Beverly Hilton has housed many awards shows, charity benefits and entertainment and motion picture industry events, and is perhaps best known as the home of the annual Golden Globe Awards.


Conrad Hilton opened the Welton Becket designed Beverly Hilton Hotel as a showpiece in 1953 with 582 rooms.

Since 1961, the hotel's International Ballroom has hosted the Golden Globe Award ceremony, presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

In 1975, 50% of the property was sold to Prudential Insurance Company forming a partnership with the Hilton Hotels Corporation. The partnership sold the hotel to entertainer and businessman Merv Griffin for $100.2 million in December 1987.

The Beverly Hilton had completed a $35 million renovation prior to Mr. Griffin's purchase. The hotel was Mr. Griffin's second choice, as he had expressed an interest in buying the 260-room Beverly Hills Hotel, which had recently sold to the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei for $200 million by a group headed by the Denver oilman Marvin Davis.

Griffin owned the hotel from 1987 to 2003, during which time its reputation faded as maintenance was deferred and competition increased. In 2003 Griffin sold the Beverly Hilton for $130 million to Beny Alagem, the co-founder of Packard Bell Electronics through his company Oasis West Realty. Commemorating its 50th anniversary, an ambitious $80 million renovation by architecture firm Gensler began in conjunction with Hilton Hotels, which has managed the property since it opened.

The renovation reduced the number of rooms to 570, which feature 42-inch plasma high-definition televisions and Bose Wave radios. The rooms also have ample work spaces, reflecting a change at the hotel, which long catered mostly to leisure travelers, into a property where business travelers constitute 80 percent of the clientele. The meeting spaces and the main ballroom - where the Golden Globes movie awards ceremonies are held - were also renovated.

Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria and Measure H

In April 2006, plans were unveiled for a $500-million expansion to the Beverly Hilton Hotel property. The plans require an amendment to Beverly Hills' general plans three-story height limit in order to build two 13-story condominium towers and a 15-story “condo hotel,” where rooms would be rented to guests when their owners are away. One intent of the plan was to position the upgraded hotel as a less-expensive 4½ -star alternative to nearby five-star rivals such as the Peninsula.

Two new three-story buildings on Wilshire Boulevard would house 96 guest rooms and shops. The Beverly Hilton will be a renovated into a smaller, 402-room hotel, renamed the Beverly Hilton Oasis. A 120-room Waldorf=Astoria Beverly Hills hotel, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, will be included in the project. The Waldorf=Astoria Beverly Hills will be the first new hotel for the brand on the west coast. The Beverly Hilton and the Waldorf=Astoria would be separate experiences, but operated and managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation.

The Beverly Hills City Council approved the $500 million project by a 3-2 vote. Local resident opponents led by a group called Citizens Right to Decide Committee gathered enough signatures to place the referendum (Measure H) on the November 4, 2008, ballot with the argument that "It's Just Too Big." Measure H authorized the Beverly Hills City Council to amend the city's general plan to allow a "luxury hotel, condominiums and open space" to be built on the site of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Resolution No. 08-R-12601, “Resolution of the Council of the City of Beverly Hills amending the General Plan to enable the revitalization of the Beverly Hilton Hotel site with a new Luxury Hotel, Condominiums, and Open Space,” Los Angeles County election officials reported a week after the vote that local Measure H was losing by 68 votes, with provisional ballots yet to be counted. On December 2, 2008, yes on H passed by 129 votes out of over 15,000 cast.

Famous events
  • Golden Globe Awards since 1961
  • Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party
  • Richard Nixon's "last press conference", in which he lashed out at the media following his defeat in the 1962 California governor's race.
  • Annual host to the Academy Awards Governor's Ball
  • U.S. Presidential candidate and Senator John Edwards was videotaped visiting Rielle Hunter, during his extramarital affair scandal.
  • The Jackson Family Foundation and Voiceplate put on a celebration on June 26, 2010, honoring the anniversary of the death of pop singer Michael Jackson entitled "Forever Michael".