You don't have to be an outdoors person in the least to get down and dirty, figuratively, and go glamping, now that the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel — the very place where Julia Roberts strutted her stuff in Pretty Woman — is offering its own take on the trendy experience.
Glamping, aka glamorous camping, usually consists of a sturdy tent and real bed (in lieu of a sleeping bag) set somewhere beautiful in the wilderness, of course, but it’s impossible to imagine a site more glamorous than the urban Beverly Hills landmark.
The exclusive and temporary — like all great things — experience is the first of its kind in Los Angeles, and takes place in the luscious Veranda Suite, the only one in the hotel that has its very own floor, 10 stories up. It’s accessed by the original 1928 wrought iron and marble staircase, ensuring you'll make a grand entrance when marching up — Troop Beverly Hills–style ideally — for your night under the stars.
Of course, glamping is all about the atmosphere and view, and here it’s appropriately epic: a 2,140 square-foot terrace with 270-degree views of the Hollywood Hills and Rodeo Drive.
The tent is expansive, too. Sixteen feet in diameter, 10 feet tall in the center and outfitted with a queen-size bed made with silky Four Seasons linens, a crystal chandelier, marble lamps, fur rugs and antique nightstands. Lounge furniture outside allows for outdoor dining for eight, and oversized seating around a fireplace where, naturally, there will be s'mores later. (Guests also have access to the full interior space of the Veranda Suite, which has a king-size bed and marble bathroom.)
For the added cost of $185 per person, the hotel's executive chef and pastry chef will prepare an ultimate glamping tasting menu, including "Special Reserve" Ossetra caviar, Japanese Ultra Wagyu beef and the fanciest s'mores known to man, using smoked 55 percent Valrhona chocolate, Tahitian vanilla bean marshmallow and — because why not? — 24k gold leaf. Oh, and dessert is paired with a vintage champagne flight. Can't you just picture Roberts eating this up in Pretty Woman?
Available through December 2017, starting at $3,500/night.