The first thing you should know about Mr C. Beverly Hills is that it’s not technically in Beverly Hills: Its modern, ‘60s-era tower is located just slightly south of the storied nabe. The second thing you should know is that from a large number of the comfortable rooms and suites, you can see Beverly Hills. In fact, you can see all of it. The panoramic vistas of Los Angeles from the hotel are by far the most exciting thing about the property. Many of the rooms boast private balconies with jaw-dropping views of the Hollywood Hills, Downtown L.A., Century City and Santa Monica. In industry parlance, you might say it’s a wide shot.
The views can be more or less broken down into two categories: ones that look out on the city and ones that look out on the hills. The rooms on the north side, which face the Hollywood Hills, are the more popular option and for good reason—they offer a more varied landscape than the sight of the seemingly endless sprawl to the south. However, if you end up in a city-view room, don’t fret: The visuals are still pretty spectacular, especially at night. Those that really want to have it all can also often head up to the Starlight Ballroom on the hotel’s top floor. The private event space has a 360-degree vista of the iconic cityscape surrounding the building, so you can take in the side you’re missing out on.
Those views, coupled with the relatively affordable price point for the location, make this a local spot worth considering for a stay. The overall vibe of the property feels elevated with a touch of shiny glamour and a sprinkle of European luxury. The 128 guest rooms and 12 suites have a light yacht motif with luggage-inspired décor and boat windows in the guest bathrooms. Venetian chandeliers and tufted leather sofas are paired with chrome and marble accents to create spaces that feel a bit more exciting than your run-of-the-mill luxury suite, even if some of the furniture was a little frayed on a recent visit. Throw open all of the floor-to-ceiling sliding door windows on those private balconies, however, and you’ll most likely spend little time dwelling on any interior details.
When it comes to other amenities, the Yacht Club Pool is a lovely space to spend a leisurely afternoon with teak decking, private cabanas and a poolside bar. Not surprisingly for a hotel owned by the Cipriani family, the on-site restaurant veers toward fine-dining, with playful takes on Italian classics served in tastefully appointed surroundings. Classic Cipriani dishes like the signature carpaccio and baked taglioni are on-hand as is an extensive cocktail menu, including the Mandarin-based Mr. C and, of course, the original Bellini. (In fact, all guests are offered a Bellini when they first arrive, a nice personal touch for the start of your stay.) Bikes are available upon request to explore nearby sights like the Academy Museum and LACMA, both about a 20-minute ride away.
The hotel’s public-facing courtyard and lobby spaces exude Beverly Hills gloss with valet service located in a verdant courtyard and an elegant lobby with solid rosewood walls and Chesterfield sofas. On Fridays and Saturdays, the lobby bar hosts live concerts, but the real show-stopping performance every night is the sunset from those sky-high rooms.