The grand, 201-room hotel commands a prime location in Beverly Hills at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Canon and Beverly Drives. All the most exclusive shops are within walking distance, as are some of the city’s best and most charming restaurants. Los Angeles is generally not a walkable city, but this locale is as close as it gets to an urban metropolis vibe.
My fiancé and I checked into a corner library suite for a couple of nights, and the room was absolutely fabulous. We didn’t have a terrace, but we had plenty of natural light from all the windows. The room-service crew were rockstars. And there wasn’t a single amenity missing (and now I’m hooked on Dyson hair dryers, dammit!).
One of the biggest changes was the conversion of a top-floor conference space into a buzzy new Italian restaurant, Dante Beverly Hills, an offshoot of Dante in New York. It’s a scene. I thought we’d have the restaurant to ourselves when I made a reservation for 5 p.m., but when we arrived at 4:45, the dining room was already packed, the tablehopping in full swing. The food at Dante is very good: huge portions, classic recipes done right, including delicious (vaguely Neapolitan-style) pizzas. Martinis are a big draw, here, too.
The downstairs alfresco restaurant, The Terrace, is also very good. The dining room is entirely outdoors, overlooking a small public green space. The Terrace, too, serves Italian fare. This is Beverly Hills, after all.
The lobby serves merely as an entrance and exit, not as a place to gather. If gathering is to be done, you’ll need to wander around to the Maybourne Cafe (cute all-day cafe, bar and pastry shop) or the rooftop pool (guests only). The latter gets very, very crowded. Come nightfall, the Maybourne Bar opens. The drinks are fantastic and the hospitality great, but the atmosphere feels strangely nondescript — which is odd since the redesign elsewhere around the property is so pretty. It’s very dark in the bar, so maybe most people don’t even notice.
Bottom line: This is one of the most expensive hotels in Beverly Hills, or Los Angeles at large, and the rooms are fittingly fabulous.
Rates from $995; 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310-860-7800, maybournebeverlyhills.com