‘‘From the desert to the sea, to the hills of Beverly, when most Las Vegans pack up for a road trip, it’s pretty safe to assume that Southern California is their final destination. For the traveler who hits the road simply for the pleasure of sleeping in a super-luxurious (yet unfamiliar) bed, there are two new L.A.-area hotels that have recently opened that cater to the full spectrum of style lovers, from casual mid-mod to over-the-top elegance. Dedicated to small details and unexpected touches, these properties are chock-full of unexpected amenities designed to keep guests tucked into their chambers for hours on end.
MR. C (Beverly Hills)
One of Italy’s most famous families, the Ciprianis, has introduced Beverly Hills’ newest chic boutique hotel. The property exhibits a modern spin on La Dolce Vita, given cache by the fact it’s run by the youngest of the Cipriani clan, Iganzio and Maggio.
Main attractions: Well, the famed Cipriani name, for starters. The family is synonymous with luxury and Italian charm, and Mr. C is full of both. The 138 rooms include 12 signature and classic suites, and all include private balconies overlooking Beverly Hills. Expansion plans include five Ray Kappe-designed multilevel bungalows, each including a gourmet kitchen, plunge pool and private garden, which will be located adjacent to the main tower.
Design style: Mr. C is all about nautical luxury, making guests feel as if they have taken up residence in a super yacht. The rooms feature handcrafted Italian furniture in rich woods and supple tufted leather. The Italy-meets-California theme means spaces are light, airy and classic. Black and white images of celebrities adorn the walls at every turn—La Dolce Vita indeed.
Amenities: The Mr. C restaurant provides a taste of classic Cipriani fare (read: their famous carpaccio) alongside more California-influenced salads and grilled specialties. And don’t worry if you forget an essential item, such as your laptop or iPad; Mr. C has these available for guest use. Or just forget about work altogether and indulge poolside, because in Southern California you can year-round. Rates starting at $389; 1224 Beverwil Drive, Los Angeles, 310-277-2800; MrChotels.com.
THE BELAMAR (Manhattan Beach)
Main attractions: It doesn’t get better than the hip enclave of Manhattan Beach, and The Belamar is right in the thick of the action. The south-bay beach town in one of L.A.’s trendiest zip codes is a magnet for hipsters trying to escape from the city.
Design style: The Belamar takes advantage of breezy California styling with rooms that are awash in neutrals and beachy tones. The warm lobby is decorated in retro accents with mod flavors, giving it the feel of a glamorous 1960s hideaway.
Amenities: The Second Story restaurant offers a menu of locally sourced organic ingredients from chef Vania Almeida. Enjoy a luscious three-course meal for only $26 per person. The hotel is also Fido friendly and provides L’Occitane bath and body products in each of the 127 rooms. Rates starting at $229 weekday/$169 weekend; 3501 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310-750-0300; LarkspurHotels.com/collection/belamar.