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The Beverly Hilton is a
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hotel
located on an property at the intersection of
Wilshire
Wilshire
and Santa Monica boulevards in
Beverly Hills, California Beverly Hills is a city in . Located within and surrounded by the cities of and , it had a population of 34,109 at the and an estimated population of 33,792 in 2019. The city is home to many celebrities, luxury hotels, and the shopping dist ...
. The Beverly Hilton has hosted many awards shows, charity benefits, and entertainment and motion picture industry events, and is particularly known as the venue of the annual
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ceremony.


History

Conrad Hilton Conrad Nicholson Hilton Sr. (December 25, 1887 – January 3, 1979) was an American businessman known as the founder of the Hilton Hotels chain. Early life and education Hilton was born in San Antonio, New Mexico, San Antonio, in what was then t ...

Conrad Hilton
opened the Beverly Hilton in 1955. Architect
Welton Becket Welton David Becket (August 8, 1902 – January 16, 1969) was an American modern architect An architect is a person who plans, designs and oversees the construction of buildings. To practice architecture means to provide services in connect ...
designed the hotel as a showpiece with 582 rooms. Since 1961, the hotel's International Ballroom has hosted the
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s ceremony, presented annually by the
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. In 1975, 50% of the property was sold to
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forming a partnership with the
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. The partnership sold the hotel to entertainer and businessman
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for $100.2 million in December 1987. The Beverly Hilton had completed a $35 million renovation prior to Griffin's purchase. The hotel was Griffin's second choice, as he had expressed an interest in buying the 260-room
Beverly Hills Hotel The Beverly Hills Hotel, also called the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, is located on Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California California is a U.S. state, state in the Western United States. With over 39.3million residents across ...
, which had recently been sold to Sultan
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of
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for $200 million by a group headed by Denver oilman
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. 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
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, co-founder of Packard Bell Electronics, through his company Oasis West Realty. Commemorating its 50th anniversary, an ambitious $80 million renovation by architecture firm
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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 International Ballroom—where the Golden Globes ceremony is held—were also renovated. On February 11, 2012, singer
Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She is one of the List of best-selling music artists, best-selling recording artists of all time, with sales of over 200 million records world ...

Whitney Houston
died in Suite 434 after accidentally drowning in the bathtub. The room number was retired and the room repurposed.


Beverly Hills Waldorf Astoria and Measure H

In April 2006, owners unveiled plans for a $500-million expansion to the Beverly Hilton property. The plans require an amendment to the Beverly Hills general plan's 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 owner's 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 renovated into a smaller, 402-room hotel, renamed the Beverly Hilton Oasis. A 120-room
Waldorf-Astoria The Waldorf Astoria New York is a luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The structure, at 301 Park Avenue between 49th and 50th Street (Manhattan), 50th Streets, is a 47-story Art Deco landmark designed by architects Schultze an ...
Beverly Hills hotel, designed by Gensler with interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, will be included in the project. The Waldorf-Astoria Beverly Hills was the first new hotel for the brand on the West Coast. The Beverly Hilton and the Waldorf-Astoria are separate premises, with both 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 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, Proposal H passed by 129 votes with over 15,000 cast. In April 2014, Oasis West Realty, owner of The Beverly Hilton and Hilton Worldwide announced that Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills will be built at the intersection of Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards, adjacent to the hotel. The 12-story, 170-room Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills was designed by architecture firm Gensler with interior designer by Pierre-Yves Rochon. The hotel also features a monumental stainless steel sculpture titled 'SWAY' which was designed and fabricated by sculptor Nick Petronzio. Additionally, the Waldorf Astoria has upscale eateries as well as stores including jeweler Graff Diamonds, a Waldorf Astoria Spa meeting space, and a ballroom that can hold up to 200 people. The property opened in 2017.


Beverly Hills Measure HH

Measure HH (or the Hilton Condominium Tower initiative) was a November 2016 ballot initiative to allow Oasis West Realty to build a 37-story condominium tower on the Beverly Hilton site. The initiative was rejected by Beverly Hills voters, with nearly 56% voting no.


Notable events

*
Golden Globe Awards The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 87 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film A film, also called a movie, motion picture or moving picture, is ...

Golden Globe Awards
since 1961 *Gracie Awards presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, since 1975 *Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Award, Grammy Party *Richard Nixon's "Richard Nixon's last press conference, last press conference", in which he lashed out at the media following his defeat in the California gubernatorial election, 1962, 1962 California governor's race. *U.S. Presidential candidate and Senator John Edwards was videotaped visiting Rielle Hunter, during his John Edwards extramarital affair#Hotel encounter with reporters, extramarital affair scandal. *USA Swimming's Golden Goggle Awards in 2007"Golden Goggles Event Honors Top American Swimmers"
''Swimming World''. November 19, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
and 2009"Ryan Lochte, Rebecca Soni Win Top Honors at the USA Swimming Foundation Golden Goggle Awards"
''Swimming World''. November 23, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
*Singer
Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She is one of the List of best-selling music artists, best-selling recording artists of all time, with sales of over 200 million records world ...

Whitney Houston
died at the hotel on February 11, 2012, after accidentally drowning while in the bathtub of her suite.


See also

* Hilton Worldwide


References


External links


The Beverly Hilton website
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