Brit-chic and Cali-cool comingle like an international movie star couple at the Maybourne Beverly Hills. Checking in next to Catherine Zeta-Jones, casual in her Chanel kicks, was the perfect “welcome to LA” moment. Like the Oscar-winning actress, the Maybourne’s lobby exudes luxe grandeur (marble floors, opulent flower arrangements) with a youthful West Coast vibe. Art is everywhere, with a focus on Californian artists such as Ed Ruscha, Mary Weatherford, Kort Havens, Harmony Korine, and Jennifer Guidi, as well as names from around the globe including Damien Hirst, Petra Rös-Nickel, and JR.
Formerly the long-forgotten Montage hotel, the nine-floor Maybourne was completely redone with rooms and suites by Bryan O’Sullivan, who was named Interior Designer of the Year in 2020 by Elle Decoration UK. The designer’s signature curvy couches, tabletops, and chairs (all custom-made for the hotel) are perfect, mimicking the flow of ocean waves against a soothingly subtle pastel palette. The suites — with curated libraries (think: art tomes, a history of LA punk, and Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero) and massive walk-in closets for when multiple red-carpet looks are needed — feel more like Bev Hills pied-à-terres than hotel rooms. And with white-glove service a ping away, you’ll want to move in, permanently.
Nestled in Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle, near the Gucci, Prada, Hermès et al. mega-shops, the Maybourne’s indoor/outdoor tucked-away eatery, the Terrace, has become the city’s newest power-lunch spot. It’s where Hollywood agents and actors perch amongst the verdant foliage and towering palm trees of the Beverly Cañon Gardens. Naturally, Chef Kaleo Adams serves seasonal cuisine with lots of healthy dishes: no one dares to carb load in LA. Order the seafood (Adams’ fare is influenced by his childhood in Hawaii) and save your calorie intake for the just-opened rooftop Italian restaurant Dante, which debuts its first location outside of New York. Steps from the pool and cabanas with views of the Hollywood Hills, the martini-favorite is officially Beverly Hills’ hippest hangout, with a mix of table-hopping Bel Air grande dames and Los Feliz creatives.
Like the latest blockbuster, the Maybourne Beverly Hills — the first U.S. property from the Maybourne Hotel Group, which is behind old-guard London stalwarts Claridge’s, the Connaught, and the Berkeley — is the buzz of the town. The hotel’s 20,0000-square-foot spa has an over-the-top tiled riad-style mineral pool and is the ideal spot to beautify yourself before a premiere, people watch, and, of course, make deals. This is LA, after all.