In 1992, the hotel closed for a $100 million restoration, reopening in 1995. Today, it has more than 200 rooms and suites, including 23 private bungalows big enough to accommodate staffs and families. Five bungalows date to 1915, while new presidential bungalows unveiled last year include outdoor rain showers.
Rooms, decorated with peachy marble bathroom floors and green granite countertops, now run upward of $500 a night. Cocktails at the Polo Lounge, 15 cents in 1944, now start at $17. But spotting A-listers at the hotel remains a regular occurrence, whether in the Polo Lounge, the Cabana Cafe, Bar Nineteen12 overlooking the hotel’s citrus garden, or down a winding staircase to the enormous art deco Crystal Ballroom.
A celebration of the centennial is planned for June 15 through 17 to benefit the Motion Picture Television Fund, with a filmmaker panel, an evening party hosted by director Brett Ratner and a Polo Lounge brunch hosted by Warren Beatty and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Regular folks who want a taste of the anniversary can try drinks from “These Walls Are Talking” cocktail menus, featuring drinks such as “100 Year Sidecar,” “The Rat Pack” and “The Norma Jean.”