The Montage Beverly Hills hotel is a kingdom of opulence frequented by the rich and famous, including Justin Bieber, in one of the most famous postal codes in the world – 90210.
And my room is a mini kingdom inside, with almost as many square images as my two-bedroom apartment in London.
However, the opportunity to settle in luxury takes a while, because I have a number of visitors within the first half hour of arrival – with the first to enter. Which takes me a little by surprise, I must say.
Scroll down for a video of the Ted & # 39; s Montage suite
The Montage Beverly Hills hotel is a kingdom of opulence frequented by the rich and famous. Ted hears the sounds of supercars on Rodeo Drive while having breakfast by the rooftop pool (photo)
Montage (photo) has now been acquired by the Maybourne Hotel Group, operators of London's legendary Claridge & # 39; s, The Connaught and The Berkeley
Justin Bieber in the photo from Montage Beverly Hills
He rings the bell, but he doesn't expect me to answer the door.
My unannounced guest is here, apparently, to put some raincoats on the terrace chairs.
A few minutes later, with the job apparently completed, he is off.
A few minutes later, he returned.
But this time he at least expects me to answer the door.
He mumbles something about the rain again and disappears on the terrace.
A few minutes later, with the work seemingly definitely finished, he is off.
A few minutes later, he came back for more.
His appetite for precise rain cover maneuvers is insatiable.
Then a man asks if I wanted to refill my minibar.
Well, since I just arrived and I haven't touched you, no.
Finally, with the minibar technician gone and the raincoat cushions safe, I explore my slice of the property in Beverly Hills – a room that is one of the 201.
I have a bathroom in the corridor, a living room with a sofa and a huge TV, said the terrace – a big one – a large separate bedroom and a suite with shower, bathtub – and another bathroom. And two sinks.
The sensation is an almost regal elegance.
It is a space to calm, rather than fascinate.
I find out later that its best feature is the bed – which is extremely comfortable, with pillows that make your head look like it's being wrapped in the wings of angels.
The feel of the hotel is almost regal elegance. Pictured is a premier king room
The highlights of the room? Incredibly comfortable beds – and extremely soft bathrobes, says Ted
And the bathrobe. Sweet Lord. If there was an Oscar for dressing gown cuteness, here's the winner.
There is probably room for an update. The carpet is a little stained in places – and I'm surprised there is no hose in the shower cubicle, given the hotel's five-star status.
Tonight, I dine with a friend in the Parisian pop-up on the hotel's ground floor, Gilles, led by the youngest chef to receive a Michelin star – Gilles Epié, who was just 22 when he received the award.
But first, drink at the chic bar, which serves Krug champagne by the glass – a tip for the hat – and some elegant reds and whites.
I opt for a refreshing rum daiquiri, then switch to an excellent California Aperture Cabernet Sauvignon for my dinner at the restaurant – which is more enjoyable.
The bathrooms are really good, but Ted is surprised that the showers don't have a hose
The Parisian pop-up on the hotel's ground floor, Gilles, occupies the depicted space. It is led by the youngest chef to receive a Michelin star – Gilles Epié, who was only 22 when he received the award
Ted has a refreshing rum daiquiri in the hotel bar, pictured, which also serves Krug champagne by the glass
And relax … The hotel's spa is something to see, as the picture shows
Wally & # 39; s on North Canon Drive is a gourmet cheese and wine bar that, by all accounts, is the place for Brie. It's just a three-minute walk from Montage
A dessert place at the Gilles restaurant in Montage (on the left). And on the right is Wally's cheese counter, where Ted sees Rihanna
Ted was hosted by Mount Beverly Hills In Los Angeles.
The starting price is $ 695 (£ 530) per night.
The service is a little relaxed at times, but the food is well executed (although it may not be Michelin star level).
The menu? Think of pleasing the crowd with reflexes.
I have media tycoon eggs, l 'orangerie caviar for my starter (essentially caviar on top of a boiled egg) and a comforting tagliatelle for food.
For dessert, I have a mouthwatering chocolate souffle with whipped cream, while my friend orders a rum flambe, which comes with a little theater – a waiter lights it up at the table.
We are still in the mood to drink, so follow the waiter's advice and head up the street the hotel is on – North Canon Drive – to Wally & # 39; s, a gourmet wine and cheese bar that, by all accounts, is bustling.
It is clearly the place for Brie.
Just ask Rihanna, who we see having a quiet drink at the cheese counter.
In the morning, after a night wrapped in some of California's best clothing, I head up to what may be the hotel's greatest glory – the rooftop pool area – where breakfast is served.
Next to the mosaic pond, I indulge myself in a chef's pastry basket. under a cloudless blue sky and a soundtrack of roaring supercar engines on nearby Rodeo Drive.
The hotel has already been acquired by the Maybourne Hotel Group, operators of London's legendary Claridge & # 39; s, The Connaught and The Berkeley.
I can report that the organization bought a jewel – with the most waterproof seats on the Hollywood terrace.
How Hollywood flies: MailOnline experiences American Airlines VIP services on an amazing £ 12,500 roundtrip journey from Heathrow to LA via New York, with first class cabins, private terminals and HELICOPTER transfers
By Ted Thornhill
American Airlines is the largest airline in the world in terms of fleet size and passenger transport – so we know it’s good to move many people from A to B.
But it has something to offer for those who want to go from A to B in style – quickly and discreetly. What does this have for the Hollywood elite, CEOs, change makers and shakers? Much, as I am about to discover.
I am testing most American Airlines VIP services, replacing an A list on a trip from London Heathrow to Los Angeles and back via New York. And, as I'm about to reveal, it's a frankly surprising world of secret elevators, SUV buses on the pavement, booths full of first-class champagne, private boarding terminals and helicopter transfers.
Read below about a step-by-step journey of £ 12,537 ($ 16,129), with VIP-O-Meter ratings for each step.
First class international lounge at London Heathrow and five star service
Ted's first taste of American Airlines' top-tier offerings is the International First Class Lounge, pictured at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, pictured
I am traveling to first class from New York's JFK airport with American Airlines – Flagship First to use carrier nomenclature – from Terminal 3 and this means that I must check in at an exclusive first class table behind a discreet dark screen on a corner.
Row? Zilch people. Staff? Joyful.
And this is where I meet my AA & # 39; greeter & # 39; bonhomie-infused staff, the first of several on the trip.
They are an integral part of the extra layer of luxury I'm experiencing – American Airlines' five-star service, which is a mix of VIP add-ons for the more affluent.
Some are spectacular. More about those in due course.
The receptionists, I discover, make all the stress of negotiating an airport disappear, as if by magic. They carry suitcases, guide you through security, lead you to lounges, take you to secret entrances and exits and hidden elevators.
When the time comes to board the plane, they collect you from wherever you are lurking and escort you to the aircraft – first, last or whenever you want.
At American Airlines International First Class Lounge, in Heathrow Terminal 3 – there is Moët & Chandon (see left). On the right is the tasty fried sea bass that Ted eats there
After security, I'm introduced to AA's International First Class Lounge, one of the perks of having the biggest prize in premium tickets.
Here the VIP levels fluctuate a little. I have a well-cooked fried sea bass, two nice champagne glasses – Moët & Chandon – and a delicious panna cotta.
The service? Smooth and graceful.
However, the decoration of the hall does not inspire – a little sad and functional to feel totally VIP.
Ted's delicious first-class salon, panna cotta, came out. The image on the right is a sample of Ted's GroPro footage of his electric stroller ride from the lounge to the gate at Terminal 3
My flight is at 5:05 pm and, around 4:15 pm, I am introduced to the next privilege – riding an electric cart to the gate.
What superb larks.
My always smiling receptionist, Daniela, guides me through the gate to my seat – 1J – and says joy when I settle down.
VIP-O-Meter Reviews: Five Star Service – 4/5. First class lounge – 3/5
First class for JFK
Ted flies first class with American Airlines from Heathrow to JFK. In the photo is one of the huge suites in the first cabin
Ted settles into the VIP lifestyle on the 1J seat on his flight to JFK
The plane is a 777-300 and has only eight first-class suites at the front. An exclusive club.
Upon boarding, each is adorned with an abundant supply of luxurious Casper bedding – a mattress, a pillow, a comforter, a daily blanket, a lumbar pillow and slippers (the flight attendant also offers me pajamas).
The seat itself that I discover, after moving the linen mountain to the side, is very comfortable, with robust armrests, and is a huge one – measuring 6 feet 8in in lying mode and 21.5 inches in diameter.
There's also a nifty feature – it can be rotated to face the …
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