Inn at Beverly Hills Invests in City's Future – Hotel Begins Complete Renovation

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 18, 2002–Gemstone Hospitality, the management company for the Inn at Beverly Hills, has announced a series of major investments in its property located just north of Rodeo Drive in the heart of the Beverly Hills shopping and restaurant district. Plans include a multi-million dollar public and private area renovation and the appointment of veteran hotelier, Jeffrey Solenberger, as General Manager.

Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Starting this month, the Inn at Beverly Hills, built in 1958, undergoes a major hotel-wide renovation creating an entirely new interior with expanded landscaping and decor for common areas. The improvements will be completed by October 2002 with the first floor of remodeled guest rooms and suites available this August.
The common areas of Beverly Hills' only Four Star inn, encompassing the private, palm-flanked pool area, popular Garden Hideaway Restaurant and Bar and lobby area will be remodeled to maximize space by removing existing walls and barriers to reveal where the lobby and reception area segue to the bar, restaurant and pool utilizing natural stonework, comfortable seating and common portals. Internet stations adjacent to the bar area will allow guests to check email, download maps and get information about Beverly Hills shopping, restaurants and greater area businesses.
In addition, private cabanas, ideal for intimate business meetings or just relaxing in the warm Southern California sunshine, will flank the pool area and feature DSL connections, private phone lines and food and beverage service.
In the guestrooms, the new look will provide a comfortable residential environment with warm tones for the new beds, floor covering and textured walls. In-room amenities will include DSL access, in-room movies, dual line phones, Bose CD-Radios, plush terry bathrobes and complimentary newspaper and fresh juice service each morning.
A new fitness area is being constructed with elliptical, treadmill and free weights. Chilled citrus water will be refreshed throughout the day and stereo music and TV will motivate individuals during their work out.
A new restaurant and bar menu reflecting the warm decor will feature an array of tapas and finger foods appealing to the Inn's in crowd from neighboring CAA, the leading entertainment agency, and professional and medical suites.
Duncan & Miller Design is the lead interior and architectural design firm for the Inn's renovation. Based in Dallas, the firm has consistently ranked within Interior Design Magazine's Top 200 and Top 50 Hospitality Design Giants.

Appointment of New General Manager

Jeffrey Solenberger, the newly appointed General Manager of the Inn at Beverly Hills is a native of Northern California. With nearly 20 years in hospitality management, Mr. Solenberger's postings include Monterey, CA, Beaver Creek, CO, Santa Fe, NM, and Manhattan Beach, CA. His professional background covers roles as diverse as Cellar Master, Food & Beverage Director, Managing Partner of a gourmet food company and General Manager. Mr. Solenberger has served in management assignments for a number of prestigious hotels and resorts including: the Highlands Inn in Carmel, California; the Inn at Morro Bay in Morro Bay, California; Beaver Creek Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado; La Posada de Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico and most recently, the 126 room boutique Barnabey's Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California.
With Jeffrey's appointment, we couldn't ask for a more appropriate manager to oversee the evolution of Inn at Beverly Hills as it becomes one of the area's most desirable residences for visitors to the area, said Jeff McIntyre, President of Gemstone Resorts International. Jeffrey's background is perfectly suited for a new tailored service style that is unique to our industry.

New Identity

To celebrate its new appearance, the hotel has changed its moniker from The Beverly Hills Inn to the Inn at Beverly Hills. We wanted to emphasize the magic, intimacy, uniqueness and close-in appeal to what makes Beverly Hills unique — shopping, restaurants, spas — as well as celebrate our place in the neighborhood, says Jeff Solenberger, General Manager of the Inn. This Inn has been the best kept secret of the area and with the new renovation and amenities we're installing in the property, we will no doubt become the \'in' place to stay, dine, conduct business and relax.