The 73-year-old Polo Lounge at Dorchester Collection's Beverly Hills Hotel was reintroduced after a two month restoration program. Led by designer Adam Tihany, the refresh to the Polo Lounge is said to pay homage to its heritage and design elements.
The room has green and white stripes and similar color scheme still intact. Updated carpets and upholsteries reflect the hotel's residential feel, and a new hostess stand has been added. Fixtures, lighting and furniture were replaced, and mirrors, historic images and renewed dark paneling adorn the walls. In the patio's outdoor space, enhanced heating, sound systems and improved lighting were added. Flower settings, vintage lamps, Riedel glassware and new linens were added.
Executive Chef Kaleo Adams' menu offers traditional American fare. Afternoon tea complete with a “tea expert” has been reintroduced on Friday and Saturday, and alcohol-infused options such as The Earl Grey Cream Old Fashion has been added. Wine lists are also now offered on iPads. The Polo Lounge's live entertainment continues with a live Jazz trio to accompany brunch on Sunday, guitar and vocal entertainment for dinner, and the piano during lunch.
In addition to the new lobby and refreshed Polo Lounge, the hotel's restoration program continues at the pool cabanas and Cabana Café, followed with all guestrooms and suites being updated by the summer of 2014.
Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the luxury hotels in Europe and the US. The current portfolio includes:The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; and Le Richemond, Geneva.