End-of-Summer Treat: Pool Time at the Beverly Hilton

Spend time at one of Tinseltown's most glam watering holes.

Beverly Hilton

ICONIC H2O: The movies tend to heighten and exaggerate a lot of experiences, but one thing that tends to be right on target is the Hollywood hotel pool experience. If you ever see stars on the big screen, reading the trades and drinking mimosas and going for the occasional dip, you're seeing something that pretty much replicates real life at the poshest of Southern California hotels. And one of the best-known swimming spots in all the land is The Beverly Hilton, a pool that often cameos in stories following the Golden Globes (an awards show that has famously been connected with the landmark for several decades). Stars jump in the pool after big wins -- hello, Angelina Jolie (she made the leap after winning for "Gia" -- and they hang out there working on their tans ahead of the broadcast. Yep, it's starry is what we're saying, so a chance to play Hollywood for a day or two, via a pool-oriented package, appeals to our inner celeb.

TAKE YOUR PICK: The Beverly Hilton is offering two packages right now that'll set you in the wading frame of mine. The Sweet Suite Summer, which starts at $275, includes an overnight stay, two hello drinks upon check-in, and two Beverly Hilton pool towels (yeah, you'll probably hang those in your bathroom at home, the better to invite comments from your friends). The Cabana Experience, which starts at $500, nets you a Poolside Cabana Room, a slew of fancy extras -- Evian facial spray is pretty starlet-y, right? -- and a pair of poolside chaise lounge chairs that shall be reserved for you and your hotel-loving BFF. Summer is going, it is true, so now is the time to pool it up. And before we know it, awards season will be back around, meaning movie stars may be back to jumping in the Beverly Hilton pool. Now's the time for a little R&R and peace and quiet, before that movie-sweet mania kicks off.

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