Staff in livery standing over rows of Rolls-Royces, Tom Cruise disembarking from a stretch limo, cellphone-addicted fat-cat producers cutting poolside deals in pleasure-palace hotels – this is Beverly Hills, where the smell of money pervades. Adjacent Westwood is home to UCLA, one of the finest universities in the country. Bel Air mansions have routinely passed from Fairbanks and Bogart to Streisand and Diaz. The nearby Getty Center serenely lords above it all in its white majesty.

1. Beverly Hills Hotel

9641 Sunset Blvd • 310-276-2251 • ...

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