Italian-style Mr. C hotel opening in Los Angeles [Updated]

Special to the Los Angeles Times

Members of the family that brought the world Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, are opening their first hotel, the 138-room Mr. C Beverly Hills, Wednesday at Beverwil Drive and Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The 12-story hotel, a renovation of the former Tower Beverly Hills, will operate as a compact resort that offers modern Italian design and extensive food, beverage and banquet services. It is planned as the first in a new hotel brand and the first West Coast location for the Cipriani family’s international hospitality business, which began in 1931 with the storied Venice watering hole for the rich and famous.

Mr. C was created by fourth-generation members of the Cipriani family, brothers Ignazio Cipriani, 23, and Maggio, 21, to offer a contemporary spin on the family’s European-style service.


[For the record, 10 a.m. June 1: An earlier version of this post misspelled the first name of Ignazio Cipriani.]

With a stylish mix of modern furniture, hand-blown Venetian-glass chandeliers and accents of highly polished rosewood walls, the hotel aims for a more casual take on modern luxury. Guest rooms, which average $350 a night, according to General Manager Sam Jagger, offer private balconies, hardwood floors, marble bathrooms and decor that recalls a luxury yacht’s interior.

A restaurant and adjacent bar, scheduled to open June 8 on the first floor, will serve some of the dishes from the Cipriani restaurants in New York, in addition to classic cocktails such as Manhattans and Bellinis.

The hotel also offers banquet and party spaces in its lobby lounge, garden terrace, boardroom, two private dining rooms, 4,500-square-foot pool terrace and a 12th-floor ballroom with a private elevator and panoramic views.

A second construction phase will convert an adjacent apartment building into four-story villas.

Info: Mr. C Beverly Hills, 1224 Beverwil Drive, Los Angeles; (877) 334-5623.