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The Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott: What Are the Politics Behind Other Luxe L.A. Lodgings?

11:30 AM 2/27/2016

by THR Staff

Hollywood power players shunned the Pink Palace in response to the institution of Sharia law in Brunei by the hotel's owner, the small Islamic nation's sultan, but many of its competitors (including the Bel-Air and the Beverly Wilshire) have foreign owners whose politics aren't as public.

Courtesy of Robert Miller
  • Hotel Bel-Air

    Courtesy of Hotel Bel-Air

    OWNER POLITICS: Like the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Bel-Air is part of the Sultan of Brunei's Dorchester Collection and also has been boycotted by some Hollywood executives and stars.

    LUXE DETAILS: The 2,265-square-foot presidential suite is $21,000 a night and boasts its own pool and patio. Guests of the hotel have included Hilary Swank and Russell Crowe.

  • Sunset Tower

    Courtesy of Sunset Tower

    OWNER POLITICS: The 10-year-old hotel (see p. 94) is owned by Jeff Klein, husband of producer John Goldwyn and a supporter of Democratic candidates as well as gay causes.

    LUXE DETAILS: Andy Samberg, Tom Ford and Sean Penn all have bedded down here. The 2,000-square-foot penthouse ($2,000 a night) features a wraparound balcony.

  • Chateau Marmont

    Courtesy of Nikolas Koenig

    OWNER POLITICS: Owner Andre Balazs is a liberal who in January joined Judd Apatow and 111 other stars in an open letter thanking President Obama for taking action on gun control.

    LUXE DETAILS: The castle on the hill has hosted Wim Wenders, Naomi Watts and Dakota Johnson. Its penthouse ($5,000 a night) has a kitchen and panoramic Hollywood views.

  • Four Seasons Beverly Hills

    Courtesy of Don Riddle/Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

    OWNER POLITICS: Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a Saudi, is a co-owner of Four Seasons, but the Doheny outlet is locally owned by Robert and Beverly Cohen, donors to Childhelp, a child-abuse nonprofit.

    LUXE DETAILS: Colin Firth and Tom Hardy are Four Seasons fans. Beverly Hills' 3,235-square-foot, $11,000-a-night presidential suite has two bedrooms, eight balconies and a full kitchen.

  • Beverly Wilshire

    Courtesy of Robert Miller

    OWNER POLITICS: Pretty Woman's "Reg Bev Wil" now is a Four Seasons owned by New World Development Co., founded by the third-richest man in Hong Kong, Cheng Yu-tung, and run by his grandson.

    LUXE DETAILS: The penthouse is 5,000 square feet and goes for $30,000 a night. Elvis Presley once lived at the hotel; Jennifer Lawrence and Octavia Spencer have been spotted there.

  • Peninsula Beverly Hills

    Courtesy of Peninsula Beverly Hills

    OWNER POLITICS: Publicly traded parent Peninsula Hotels Group is partly controlled by Hong Kong-born billionaire philanthropist Michael Kadoorie, who's been knighted by the queen.

    LUXE DETAILS: Brits Kate Winslet and Michael Caine and Aussie Cate Blanchett have stayed here. The two-story Peninsula Villa ($9,750 a night) has a Jacuzzi, patio and private gate.

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