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Check In, Check Out: Mr. C Beverly Hills in Los Angeles — Hotel Review

Old Hollywood glamour with a 1950s aesthetic on the outskirts of Beverly Hills. Rooms start at $349.

BASICS

Cipriani opened the hotel in June 2011, the first of a new brand it plans to establish in other cities and the first hotel property on the West Coast. The hotel, which had operated for years under previous owners, was given a top-to-bottom makeover, with red leather couches and a glass pool table in the lobby, and an expansive bar where a front desk used to be. The 138 rooms in the hotel range from a 365-square-foot basic room to a 1,165 -square-foot suite with a Jacuzzi and two bedrooms.

LOCATION

The hotel bills its location as Beverly Hills, but a more accurate description would be what locals call “Beverly adjacent” since it lies just south of the city limits. It’s easy to disprove the notion that nobody walks in Los Angeles — Rodeo Drive is just a mile away, with plenty of cafes to stop at along the way.

THE ROOM

We were given a room with a city view, which looked out at a strip mall surrounded by the manicured lawns of a mostly residential area. When we asked, the hotel switched us to a room with a Beverly Hills view, a slightly more expensive option that looks out on the hills that the city is known for, as well as the iconic Hollywood sign. Everything about the room felt crisp and clean. Black-and-white photos of starlets hang on beige walls, and carpet is dispensed with in favor of hardwood floors that exude elegance, if not exactly comfort. The dresser and desk evoke midcentury luggage, with leather straps playing the role of handles. The bed was grand, with a white tufted leather headboard and footboard, and matches the large chaise. The lights look like the sort used on a movie set, adjustable any which way. Each room has a balcony, which depending on your view, may or may not be a good thing.

THE BATHROOM

With marble his and hers sinks, rain shower head, generously thick towels, bathrobes and slippers, the bathroom was almost as grand as the room. An old-fashioned vanity sits just outside the door, adding to the sense of yesteryear allure.

AMENITIES

The private pool is quite small and is surrounded by a large concrete wall (which helps block views of that strip mall). It is clear that the space was made for see-and-be-seen lounging, not for swimming laps. Private cabanas with attendant service and flat-screen televisions are available. The hotel also has a spa and a small but sufficient gym. A 12th-floor ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows offers stunning 360 views of the city, but it is only for private events.

ROOM SERVICE

With service from the hotel’s ambitious restaurant, the menu features everything from burgers to lamb chops. But it doesn’t come cheap. We opted for a continental breakfast, and with tip the total was $80.

BOTTOM LINE

From the moment you walk into Mr. C — when the staff immediately greets you with a free drink from the bar, which strategically hides the official front desk — it is clear that this is a place that prides itself on glamour. At times, as when our concierge repeatedly invited us to play on the lobby’s glass pool table as we were checking out, it felt as though the staff was trying too hard. But Mr. C is a welcome addition outside the city’s typical hotel hubs and a way to feel a Hollywood sensibility without setting foot on the Sunset Strip.

Mr. C Beverly Hills, 1224 Beverwil Drive; (310) 277-2800; mrchotels.com. JENNIFER MEDINA

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