If you went to bed in 1950s Venice and woke up in Mr. C Beverly Hills, the only confusion would be where the canals had gone. The first hotel and West Coast outpost from the Cipriani family—of such legendary establishments as Harry’s Bar in Venice and the original Rainbow Room in New York City—Mr. C is a breezy, wood-paneled mélange of midcentury European glamour. With black-and-white photographs of Italian movie stars on the walls, a classic Cipriani restaurant where Hemingway would have felt right at home, and a luxury-yacht–inspired pool deck that only accentuates the feeling of being on vacation, the hotel seems like a dream transformed into reality. Each airy room—outfitted with all the requisite modern inclusions, naturally—would have fit right in on the set of The Talented Mr. Ripley, and the atmosphere of a decadent private villa extends right down to the library-like lounge, where beautiful people sip vintage cocktails and listen to live jazz.
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Perched at one end of Rodeo Drive—that iconic street lined with all the glamorous international luxury brands—Mr. C Beverly Hills resides in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The popular (with both celebrities and everyone else) Beverly Hills farmers' market is just a few blocks away, as are hip restaurants such as Picca. A short drive (or pleasant walk) north, Beverly Hills' Golden Triangle is home to high-end boutiques and star-studded restaurants; iconic eateries include Spago and Bouchon.
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Rooms: 137 rooms, 12 suites. From $325. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: What kind of Cipriani-run establishment would this be without a top-notch Italian restaurant? A wood-paneled, white-tablecloth affair, the Restaurant at Mr. C feels like it walked straight out of 1930s Venice, with plenty of classic Cipriani dishes to match. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all elegant, but Sunday brunch steals the show with its live jazz band. The midcentury-style Lobby Lounge Bar, frequented by a suitably glamorous crowd, shows off signature Cipriani cocktails, like the Bellini, as well as a one-of-a-kind glass pool table. Crowds come for the live soul, blues, and jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings. A smaller selection of favorite dishes and drinks can also be ordered poolside. Spa and gym details: In addition to a 24-hour, top-of-the-line fitness center, the hotel offers free yoga on Saturday mornings, and can arrange personal training, fitness assessments, and yoga sessions. The pool isn’t large enough for laps, but the cabana- and lounger-lined teak deck is the perfect place to hang after a pampering treatment at the spa, which is the first in L.A. to offer ESPA products. Avid cyclists and fitness fiends can also borrow Colnago road racing bikes to use during their stay.
Who's it best for: Sophisticated couples and travelers who settled on Los Angeles in lieu of Italy. Our favorite rooms: All of the elegant, midcentury-inspired rooms have a furnished private balcony and an in-room bar, but the Signature Suite ups the ante even further with two balconies and atmospheric touches meant to evoke a luxury yacht—teak floors, a ship window in the bathroom, and furniture inspired by vintage luggage. Travel in style: The hotel has two high-end Italian cars available for guests to rent by the day—a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Fiat 500 1957 Edition. Guests who'd rather be driven can request the free house car service that can drop them anywhere within three miles of the hotel.
Vanilla Cream Meringue
This creamy pile of awesomeness could be a meal on its own. Mr. C's in Beverly Hills serves all things delicious at the famous Cipriani's restaurant. The desserts are what won me over, can't even remember what I ate as main after receiving my massive dessert.
Shrouded by the orange canopies of outstretched umbrellas, and secluded from the bright-eyed atmosphere of the city just outside its walls, the poolside tables at Mr. C Beverly Hills are the ideal hideaways through which to observe this hotel. From here, the blue of the pool matches the shade of the sky, and the property’s renowned pink Bellini completes the overall feel of ease. Order a round before getting a closer look at the menu, and a waiter in a white coat will serve the drinks with a basket of flaky breads and rounded scoops of butter.
Opened in 2011 by brothers Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani – the fourth generation of a surname responsible for creating the Bellini at Harry’s Bar in Venice – Mr. C Beverly Hills has a dining experience that exudes a dreamlike quality even before the drinks are finished. Hear the sound of grouped palms swaying nearby, or the soft splash of a swimmer retreating from the pool to her private cabana, as the last of the pink concoctions disappear. Then, Old World Italian dishes will fill the wooden table, from the classic beef Carpaccio alla Cipriani made with thinly sliced tenderloin to the lightly baked tagliolini tossed in white sauce and ham.
After dessert, leave the poolside view behind for the shade indoors. White linens drape over the tables and red-studded stools line a classic wooden bar. If your room is upstairs, finish the afternoon as it started – with another Bellini.
Even though Mr. C Beverly Hills is in the midst of a city that prides itself on perpetual reinvention, its own personality adheres to the classics. White chandeliers and marble floors meet emerald leather couches and glossy wood details in the lobby, where a bar specific to new guests serves complimentary Bellinis upon check in. In the dining room, waiters wear white coats as they serve traditional Italian food and drinks from the famed Cipriani family, whose fourth generation oversees the hotel. But given the property’s affinity for Old World charm, Mr. C is far from out of touch. In fact, a return to such polish – where modern luxury can still mean the aforementioned attention to detail – is a fresh take on hospitality, indeed.
Nearly 140 guest rooms and suites comprise the accommodations in the property’s white tower, and each space has a private balcony overlooking L.A.’s stunning hills or downtown skyline. The guest rooms are as stylish as the hotel’s public areas – thanks to features like red leather couches under black-and-white photos and an in-room bar outlined in glossy wood paneling – but they also include high-definition flat screens and pillow-top mattresses. After a swim in the pool or a spa treatment, enjoy a rain shower in a marble bathroom. At night, sink peacefully into the waffle bed linens that were requested by the owners to make the rooms feel more like home. This hotel may be a renewed take on tradition, and a restful sleep is no exception.