A Chanel No.5 perfume bar and bathroom products, a library stocked with books and films including Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and a Dom Perignon bubble bath. Guests in the newly renovated Bungalow 1A at The Beverly Hills Hotel will be following in iconic footsteps, as it has been designed to pay homage to Marilyn Monroe, who favoured the bungalow during her weeks-long stays at the hotel. It is one of five “legendary” bungalows that the hotel is opening this year, inspired by a few of its most famous former residents – Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes and Charlie Chaplin.
So, aside from going to bed wearing only Chanel No.5 as per Monroe’s preference, what else can be expected in the three-bedroom bungalow (priced from $8,500/night) that the world’s most famous blonde frequented? The aesthetic is glamorous and playful, with gold-leafed ceilings, curvy furnishings and pink accents – to “reflect the southern California lifestyle that she so enjoyed and loved” – while whimsical references cite her life and films. The interiors have used influences from Jean-Michel Frank, alluding to Monroe’s use of the French designer’s work in her own home.
For those seeking a little extra indulgence, the Marilyn Monroe Champagne Bubble Bath Experience uses a specially created Some Like It Hot bubble bath (Ceara pure Atlantic sea salt from the coast of Brazil and Sweet Orange and Grapefruit Oils), a bath pillow and mitt, a wood back brush, and, of course, a bottle of Dom Perignon.
Even the room service dishes have been curated with Monroe in mind. Marilyn’s Menu is based on an interview printed in the 1952 issue of Pageant Magazine, in which she revealed: “My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat and that is all.” Guests can choose between the likes of Prawn Cocktail, Heirloom Carrot Salad, DiMaggio’s Spaghetti and Meatballs, Grilled New York Steak, and Marilyn’s Ice Cream Sundae.
The Dorchester Collection hotel, as iconic in its illustrious past as the Hollywood royalty who has graced its rooms, first opened the bungalows – now 21 in total – in 1915 to allow more space and privacy to its esteemed guests. Elizabeth Taylor spent six of her eight honeymoons there, Gloria Swanson, Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich each temporarily resided in them, Howard Hughes lived there on and off for 30 years, and, as well as being a regular guest, Monroe filmed Let’s Make Love in Bungalows 20 and 21.
From British Vogue