This article is part of our Trip Report, Date Night in Beverly Hills.
For our Date Night in Beverly Hills, Philly and I had a little less than 24 hours on-ground, and our trip was focused on enjoying the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Here is our itinerary for 24 hours (or less) in Beverly Hills:
1:00 pm – Taxi from LAX to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Upon arrival at LAX, we intended to Uber from the airport to the hotel. [Important Tip – All Uber pickups at LAX are at designated areas on the upstairs/departures level.] When I went on the Uber app to request a ride, it said roughly 40 minutes, and I balked. I believe that this was actually the estimated time to arrive at the hotel; however, I mistakenly thought it was the estimated time until we would be picked up (which is how the Uber app normally works). We certainly didn’t want to wait that long for pick-up, so we went back down to the downstairs/arrivals level and caught a cab. This was a mistake (see the Arrival & Check-In section of my Hotel Review – Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills). My advice – Don’t take a cab from LAX. Just Uber.
2:00 pm – Drinks and Snacks at the Rooftop Bar, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
We didn’t necessarily plan to spend an hour and a half enjoying the Rooftop bar at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (our service snafu at check-in is described in the Arrival & Check-In section of my Hotel Review – Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills), but it was a very nice place to enjoy part of the afternoon. We had drinks, a hummus crudite snack, and the table snacks, and we enjoyed the beautiful afternoon and the Rooftop bar’s beautiful panoramic view of Beverly Hills and beyond. The afternoon was a little hazy, but we could still see the Hollywood sign in the distance. And the people-watching at the Rooftop bar was marvelous!
4:00 pm – Strolling and Shopping on Rodeo Drive
After we got checked in to the hotel, we went for a walk to shop on iconic Rodeo Drive. Window-shop, that is! The ultra luxury shops of Rodeo Drive are largely out of our price range and even more largely out of my fashion zone, but it’s still fun to walk up and down the street, see all the high-end brand stores, check out the fancy and expensive goods for sale, and people-watch. And if we hadn’t just had snacks at the hotel, we would have enjoyed stopping in for a cupcake at the original Sprinkles store on Santa Monica Blvd, just a couple of blocks away from Rodeo Drive.
The highest-end retailers pull out all the stops for their Rodeo Drive stores, making it a fun and enjoyable walk (these Rodeo Drive photos are not mine):
We did do a little bit of actual shopping at Barneys New York, for some special shoes for Philly. She found some shoes she really liked but ultimately – and the points and miles aficionado readers amongst you will appreciate this – we ordered the shoes online after we got home, taking advantage of a great shopping portal deal and a discounted gift card through Raise to save a bunch of money!
6:00 pm – Drinks and Early Dinner at Mr Chow
As we wandered through Rodeo Drive and while Philly shopped, I did some searching on Google and Yelp and discovered that there was a Mr Chow restaurant nearby, on Camden Drive. We had eaten at Mr Chow once before, at the W South Beach in Miami, and we really enjoyed it. Although it doesn’t come cheap, it’s as good of Chinese food as I’ve ever had, and Philly and I both love their corn & crab meat soup. No reservations were available online, but when I called, they were glad to take a reservation for us at opening time, 6:00 pm. This was perfect for us, as it was definitely dinner time for our Central time zone bodies.
Mr Chow’s entrance is so understated that we walked right past it the first time. But once inside, we enjoyed a very nice, relaxing dinner. Service was extremely friendly. The corn & crab meat soup we’d been craving did not disappoint, and the dinner was very good too. It’s a little hard to imagine any Asian food being worth the price tag at Mr Chow, but Philly and I would say that Mr Chow is as good as it gets.
(Photos of the Mr Chow entrance and restaurant are from the Mr Chow website)
9:00 pm – Drinks and New Friends at Jean-Georges Restaurant Bar
After dinner, we walked back to the Waldorf Astoria to enjoy a nightcap at the restaurant bar. We were fortunate to find seats right away in the high stools at the bar, and we enjoyed sipping, chatting and people-watching for a while. We were close to calling it a night when a delightful couple sat down next to us and we struck up a conversation. We swapped stories about cars, thoroughbred racehorses, vacation spots, brunch places in LA, and countless other topics, all making for an enjoyable night. Upon hearing of our upcoming vacation to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, our friends tipped us off to the Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano. We didn’t end up staying there (it was a wee bit out of our price range), but we visited Le Sirenuse while we were in Positano, which was fun.
8:00 am – A 5 Mile Run in Beverly Hills
I’ll leave most of the details for my separate post, but Philly and I took advantage of a beautiful cool morning to enjoy a 5 Mile Run in Beverly Hills
10:30 am – Breakfast at Jean-Georges Restaurant
After our run and a shower, we enjoyed a nice late breakfast at Jean-Georges Restaurant in the hotel. The restaurant was not crowded, and no reservations were required, thankfully. Breakfast was pricey but tasty. I had pancakes, bacon, and a Diet Coke, and Philly had oatmeal and fruit. Even with those modest food orders, our Hilton Diamond benefit of $15/person covered a little less than half of our bill. Service was very attentive, although there were some small errors with silverware that showed that the staff was not fully polished. Decor was lovely, and the room filled with natural light through the large windows facing east. All in all, it was a nice relaxing way to end our time in Beverly Hills.
Noon – Uber back to LAX
Sadly, our quick Date Night in Beverly Hills came to an end with a pleasant Uber ride back to LAX. After a quick stop at the Terminal 4 Admirals Club, we were on our way back home to DFW.