Does the hotel in Hollywood Netflix Series really exist?
Hollywood, the new Netflix series on Hollywood Golden 50s has created a big buzz around the amazing recreation of the flamboyant era by the producers. Among lots of impressive scenes in extravagant villas and retro garages, there is a famous hotel detail that catches the eye of design lovers and stands out from the first episode. It’s when two of the main heroes of Hollywood series meet in a luxurious hotel bungalow that features the famous Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper, trademark of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel.
Lots of us have thought that the hotel in Hollywood Netflix Series could be the iconic Beverly Hills hotel itself. But is it? If you too wonder if there were scenes shot in the actual landmark hotel, the answer is no. While we see the pink-and-green getaway and the famous sign as the couple drives up to the entrance, the bungalow was constructed on set using the hotel’s iconic banana-leaf-print wallpaper.
Martinique Banana Leaf: The history of a historic wallpaper
The much-loved Martinique banana leaf print was created by illustrator Albert Stockdale of CW Stockwell textiles. According to the established textile house, Albert Stockdale sought to recreate the sense of lushness and exuberance of the tropics and designed a large-scale botanical pattern. The print was introduced exclusively to the hotel in 1942 by decorator Don Loper when he was renovating the hotel with architect Paul Williams. This bold and vibrant design belongs now to the list with the most recognizable wallpapers in the world. It has an iconic status amongst designers and guests alike.
Since then, several celebrated fashionistas have created their own version of our signature aesthetic in their designs, including Dolce & Gabbana’s Charlotte Dellal Collection, and sportswear by American designer Michael Kors. For over 75 years, CW Stockwell has proudly been the sole producer of the authentic Martinique® banana leaf fabric and wallcovering.
Glamorous moments of The Beverly Hills Hotel
Like Hollywood itself, the history of The Beverly Hills Hotel is a 20th-century tale of glamour, riches and romance. Situated atop 12 acres of prime residential real estate in one of the country’s most rarefied zip codes – 90210 – The Beverly Hills Hotel is within easy proximity of the entertainment centers of Los Angeles as well as Century City, Rodeo Drive and several studios.
The 1940s were a captivating time for The Beverly Hills Hotel, thanks to new owner Hernando Courtright, a vice president of Bank of America, who purchased it in 1941 with friends including Loretta Young, Irene Dunne and Harry Warner. Toward the end of the decade the hotel had its first major facelift, and in 1947 it opened the Crystal Room and the Lanai Restaurant (later renamed The Coterie). The exterior was first painted distinctive pink in 1948 to compliment the sunset colors and the country club style of that time. In 1949, architect Paul Revere Williams designed the new Crescent Wing, as well as re-imagined the Polo Lounge, Fountain Coffee Shop and lobby in their still-stylish pink-and-green motif.
For nearly a century, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been the spot for Hollywood’s brightest lights to socialize by the pool or romance in cozy private bungalows, while studio moguls and heavy-hitting financiers complete deals in the Polo Lounge. The hotel offers the ambiance of a relaxed resort with lush, fragrant gardens, palm-lined poolside atmosphere, beautiful guestrooms, and public areas reminiscent of timeless Hollywood glamour. Today, every visitor to “The Pink Palace” is pampered like a celebrity. As for the Martinique Banana Leaf print and the pink-and-green color combination have both become trademarks of a landmark and decorated a series of design objects and memorabilia of The Beverly Hills Hotel!
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