I guess I should start this one by saying we booked a night at The Beverly Hills Hotel. I made the reservations via Express-res.com and told them it was our wedding anniversary. The gave us a nice room with a good view with a handwritten congratulations note, chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of Mum champagne, and a bowl of fruit. I thought that was a nice touch.
Since we had dinner at the Bel Air, we decided to check out the POLO LOUNGE for drinks at the bar. We were greeted by the host, who was extremely friendly and personable, a great guy who spent half his time greeting the regulars by name with a big hug. He came over to us and said hello while we were seated at the bar. We asked him about breakfast and he suggested we eat there, at The Lounge. He then presented us with the breakfast menu and suggested we try the multigrain waffles - said they were his favorite. I wish we'd taken his advice, instead we had breakfast by the pool at the Cabana Club Cafe.
(BTW, while at the bar, we spotted Nicke Lachey, Paris Hilon, with her fiance Paris, and her little brother eating in the restaurant. What a surprise that was! The outdoor patio is beautiful, so I will make a point to have lunch there someday in the future.)
Since we were checking out at noon, and wanted to spend as much time relaxing, and what better way to relax than by the pool...(My husband was determined to get his money's worth!) So we decided to try the Cabana Club Cafe for breakfast, which is a cute little outdoor cafe next to the pool surrounded by potted lemon trees. We arrived at 8:45am, which I thought was kind of late for breakfast, but the place was empty, not one person eating on the patio. No one even greeted us at the entrance, and the patio was wet, like they had just hosed it down. Finally I walked over to the bar, where two waiters were busy organizing things, and stood waiting to get their attention for a few minutes. Finally the guy who intially greets you at the pool, the one who escorts you to a lawn chair and lays out the towel, came to my rescue and got their attention for me. It was weird. Politely I asked if they were open. They said no, that they opened at 9, and then they went back to organzing whatever it was they were organizing. O-kay... Honestly, I didn't feel welcome, so I decided to the pool and layout while I waited, and I was even thinking about going someplace else, like the breakfast bar (I think it was called The Foutain bar...something with the word Fountain..) we had passed on our way to the pool, but my husband just took a seat at one of the tables on the patio and proceeded to read the paper while he waited. Five minutes later the waiter asked us if we'd like coffee, because they had that ready. So we drank coffee and waited a little longer. (BTW, the hotel was dead. Only one person by the pool. So maybe this had something to do with the strange hours of operation and lack of service. Keep in mind, I work in the service industry, so this is a big deal to me.) Eventually we both ordered the SO-CAL omlette - eggs, jack cheese, chorizo, and avocado, with hashbrowns and OJ. It was very good. I ate every bite. The coffee was nice, too, very strong, the way I like it. The service was attentive, when we finally got it, but not warm. (And we were the only customers for breakfast that whole time! I think I noticed two more couples eating after we left...but that's it.) Was it worth $60? Heck no! But it was still a nice and relaxing experience by the pool.
BTW, when we were checking out of the hotel, Nancy Reagan was walking in. I overheard someone say she was having lunch at the Polo Lounge. See, we should have gone to the Polo Lounge! Hey, you live and you learn. Next time. (Although accordng to my husband, there will be no next time...LOL)