5:51pm PT by Chris Gardner, Ramona Saviss
Saudi Crown Prince Books Entire Four Seasons Hotel for L.A. Stay
Booking a hotel room at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on a weeknight is usually as easy as a couple of clicks of the mouse. Not this week.
The star Doheny Drive property — a home away from home for Hollywood insiders as the hotel plays host to dozens of film and TV junkets as well as major events such as the annual BAFTA Tea Party — is fully booked Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his entourage have reserved the entire hotel for their L.A. excursion, a visit that marks Salman's first trip to the city.
But in an interesting twist, a source tells THR that the crown prince himself is not staying on property as he is nesting in a private residence so the rooms are reserved primarily for his entourage and other distinguished guests. The hotel is open for all other regular business during this time, including the marquee restaurant Culina, the lobby bar Windows Lounge and other spaces. (The hotel even hosted 700 covers for Easter Brunch last weekend, ahead of his visit.)
Multiple hotel sources declined to comment on the prince's stay. A rep for the hotel did not return THR's request for comment. A reservations associate confirmed that the hotel was fully booked this week with rooms only becoming available Friday evening.
Hotel rooms at the 16-story Four Seasons (not to be confused with Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills) start at $625 per night. There are a total of 285 units of which 185 are guest rooms and 100 are luxury suites. The presidential suites alone go for north of $10,000 a night.
One guest told THR of an encounter with the prince's security team in the week leading up to his trip and that they had planned to move hotels in order to avoid the crush that was coming. This weekend, there were signs posted in some areas of the hotel that were only in Arabic for the prince and his guests.
Salman's visit — part of a three-work tour of the U.S. to firm up business plans and promote sweeping changes back home — comes just a few months after Saudi Arabia confirmed that it would be lifting its 35-year ban on public cinemas. As previously reported, the country’s General Entertainment Authority is holding a major summit at the Four Seasons, where government ministers and investors will discuss the path to develop Saudi’s entertainment industry.
Before that, however, Salman is heading to Bel Air on Monday night for a private dinner party at the home of Rupert Murdoch. The co-executive chairman of 21st Century Fox is understood to have also invited Disney CEO Bob Iger and Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara.
News of Salman's Four Seasons stay was first reported by The Wrap.
April 3, 12 p.m.: Updated to clarify that hotel is open for regular business.