Three New LA Hotels Are Open for Business

Fall has arrived and winter is imminent. You’re busy planning your escape, possibly to Los Angeles, so lucky for you there are several new hotels in L.A. just waiting to take your reservation. The most anticipated arrival is surely the renovated Hotel Bel-Air. The storied property, known for its high-profile guests, extravagant weddings, and perhaps America’s best bartender over the age of 60 (here’s hoping Gus will be back), is almost ready for its close-up after nearly two years of reconstruction.

The Bel-Air is set to re-open October 14th, and guests can expect several new touches, such as a 12,000 square-foot building featuring a new fitness studio, three unique “Loft Guestrooms” (one of which is pictured) with open floor plans and double-sided fireplaces. Of course, the Bel-Air does not come cheap: the new lofted rooms go for around $1500 a night. But there are few other hotels in the area as iconic as the Bel-Air, so there’s that.

More reasonably priced and equally interesting is the new Hotel Wilshire. Not to be confused with the nearby Wilshire Hotel, this just-opened 74-room boutique property is managed by the same team behind the Élan hotel near the Beverly Center. Similar to the Elan, The Hotel Wilshire aims to capture business and leisure travelers who want luxury on the cheap. Well, relatively cheap, anyway, compared to other hotels in the area like the SLS. Rooms start from $189 per night, and the best part of this property is the stellar roof deck, which can be enjoyed even if you’re not staying here.

Condé Nast employees and others who work in the area have been doing just that this month, as they sneak away to the 6th floor find to have lunch poolside at Chef Eric Greenspan’s The Roof on Wilshire, or plot secret post-work cocktail escapes as the sun sets over the deck.

Finally, for those looking for a midway point between a $1500 a night room and a $189 a night temporary home, there’s Mr. C. The anticipated property is up and running now after a summer launch, and travelers from New York especially seem to be enjoying the 137-room hotel.

And while the restaurant on site, simply called Mr. C, has so far failed to elicit the same kind of reviews and clientele as Cipriani in New York consistently does, the hotel seems to be faring a bit better. Best of all is the 12th floor outdoor event space, which boasts 360-degree panoramic city views and is accessed via a private exterior glass elevator. Read more on Mr. C here.

Sneak Peek at Cipriani’s First Hotel in Beverly Hills

The last time I was in Beverly Hills, I was eating dinner on an outdoor patio when a street kid/beggar/actor came up and asked if I could help him out with some food. I had a basket of bread I was not going to eat, so I offered it to him. The bastard actually declined—turns out he was eyeing my pasta—then went along in his Armani jacket. I don’t blame him. There are great restaurants, many with outdoor spaces, in Beverly Hills (the city launched an annual food and wine festival last fall) and if I were a searching for scraps, I’d start there. The city’s culinary scene will get even better when Cipriani opens this spring in its very own branded hotel: Mr. C.

The hotel is still so new that they haven’t decided whether to name the signature restaurant the traditional “Cipriani” or give it a modern upgrade to “Mr. C,” but you can bet they’ll serve their classic dishes. The hotel itself will have 138 rooms with private balconies, an outdoor pool, and a top deck with panoramic views. Mr. C was conceptualized and designed by Ignazio Cipriani and Marcello Pozzi (an LA-based contemporary artist), and room rates will start at $429. There will also be five multi-level, residential-sized bungalows averaging 3,000-square feet, each with a private garden, kitchen, plunge pool, and views of Beverly Hills. Mr. C is a fitting addition to Beverly Hills. I’m sure the street kid who dissed me is completely stoked about it.