Computer Entrepreneur to Acquire Beverly Hilton


Merv Griffin will soon be forced to get by without 24-hour room service.

The celebrity business mogul said Thursday that he would sell the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where he lives with his longhaired Shar-Pei dog, Charlie Chan, to computer entrepreneur Beny Alagem of Beverly Hills.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but real estate industry sources value the deal at about $130 million, or $223,000 a room. That would make it the most expensive hotel sale on a per-room basis in Los Angeles County in recent years, though less than half the $549,000 per room being paid for the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, said hotel expert Alan Reay. The Del Coronado sale, for $385 million, is pending.

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