Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 2007
|Location||Beverly Hills, California United States|
|Architect||Walker & Eisen|
|NRHP Reference #||87000908|
|Added to NRHP||June 12, 1987|
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel is a historic hotel located at 9500 Wilshire Boulevard on the east side of South Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. It was constructed by real estate developer Walter G. McCarty on the site of the former Beverly Hills Speedway. It was completed in 1928 (when the city had fewer than 18,000 residents), and was then known as the "Beverly Wilshire Apartment Hotel". The E-shaped structure is built of a special Tuscan stone and Carrara marble in the Italian Renaissance architecture style. Since 2006, Wolfgang Puck has operated the restaurant "Cut" in the hotel. 
Renamed the Beverly Wilshire Hotel by new owners, it was renovated with a ballroom in the 1940s to accommodate the popular big bands of the day. An Olympic-sized swimming pool was built and championship tennis courts were added, with tennis champion Pancho Gonzalez as tennis director.
Famous guests have included, among many others, President Barack Obama, the Emperor of Japan Hirohito, the Dalai Lama and Sadruddin Aga Khan, as well as the actors Michael Caine, Michael Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, Bette Midler, Dustin Hoffman, Anjelica Huston, Elton John, Robert Pattinson, Walter Matthau, Banu Alkan, , and Al Pacino.
The Beverly Wilshire was a common filming location for HBO's Entourage television series, with cast and crew filming there at least three times per season when it was produced from 2004 until 2011.
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