How are a bunch of Beverly Hills hotels celebrating the city's centennial this year? By gussying up rooms—and charging rates starting at $1,914 a night and topping out at $7,000. The Saudi princes and dying media tycoons who can afford those prices will be greeted with decade-specific specials at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, the Montage, the Beverly Hilton, L'Ermitage, and the Peninsula, reports the Los Angeles Business Journal (sub. req.). Beverly Hills Hotel suites, for example, will offer 1950s furniture and styling, with real artifacts from Marilyn Monroe's estate. There will also be theme suites for the '40s (with a "press for champagne" button), '60s, '70s (with a closet full of disco clothes), and '90s/the modern era (guess everyone wants to forget about the '80s)—that last one is the Peninsula's purview, which breaks our heart because it should be the Regent Beverly Wilshire (the setting of the ultimate '90s movie, Pretty Woman). More on all the designs over here. Bookings for the suites open January 28.
· Checking Into History [LABJ, sub. req.]