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Executive Travel: Beverly Hills, California

The Maybourne Beverly Hills is a luxurious home base to explore the best of Los Angeles, a frequent destination of Alto CEO Will Coleman.
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Executive Travel: Beverly Hills, California

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Where else in the world can you shop at Hermès and Cartier between under-an-hour drives to enjoy sandy beaches or hike in the mountains? The question occurred to me as I settled into a suite at The Maybourne Beverly Hills, a five-star hotel one block from Rodeo Drive. The answer to that question, especially enjoyed in the sunny and breezy California weather, is nowhere.

The only problem with staying at The Maybourne, surrounded by some of the best shopping, entertainment, and food in the world, is that you may not want to venture off its grounds. The rooftop pool club, dining options, and expansive spa make it a difficult place to leave, even for the beaches of Malibu or the San Gabriel Mountains, where a hike and waterfall made my wife and I feel like we were hours from civilization. 

As we unpacked into our luxurious suite, which was larger than our first duplex, we couldn’t help but notice the homey feel established by comfortable furniture complimented by curated, unique art and coffee table books.

A patio lunch at The Terrace at the Maybourne among lemon trees screamed California. We enjoyed cocktails and tagliarini topped with the best lemon crème fraîche sauce I’ve ever eaten.

Even though it was January, we didn’t want to miss a chance to see the beach, so we made the quick trip to Malibu to have dinner as the sun set over the Pacific.

We loved our fare in Koreatown (cook-at-your-table barbecue) and appreciated the extra volume of breakfast burritos (compared to Dallas’ local breakfast tacos), but the Maybourne’s dining and cocktail experiences were truly memorable. In addition to The Terrace, the hotel has a café grab-and-go option and The Cigar and Whiskey Bar, a wood-paneled nook where one could imagine deals had been closed.

The complexity of the unique cocktails at The Maybourne Bar has stayed with me. The extensive and creative menu made me regret only ordering two, though I can vouch for the Bourbon-based Bounty Law and Demon Slayer.

The Maybourne Hotel Group is a more than 200-year-old Qatari-owned British hotelier whose Beverly Hills property was its first outside London. The property was replete with eye-catching art like Alex Israel’s “Wave” and Marc Newson’s aluminum surfboards. The hotel’s spa services were top-notch, with my wife enjoying a husband-free day, getting a massage, and soaking in the mineral pool. Meanwhile, I took advantage of the gym, rivaling any private fitness club.  

The Maybourne opened a rooftop bar and restaurant, Dante, a West Coast outpost for the original Dante in New York City. The spicy-sweet Diavola pizza paired well with the savory Dante’s Burrata, and the Fireside Old Fashioned was tough to beat while looking out at the lights of the Hollywood Hills.

A Runyon Canyon hike that overlooked Hollywood and nearby comedy shows were icing on the cake for our stay and an advantage to lodging at The Maybourne. For a mom and dad with two energetic young sons, it was the perfect escape.  

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Los Angeles is one of the largest markets for ride-share brand Alto, meaning CEO Will Coleman is in Southern California every few months. While there, he loves a morning run on the beach and spending time in Beverly Hills, which he says feels like an oasis within the hustle and bustle. Two of Coleman’s favorite spots are the Santa Monica rooftop of Italian restaurant Élephante and The Rooftop by JG in the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, which provides an eye-catching panorama of the surrounding hills. “Beverly Hills reminds me of Highland Park, but even more luxurious,” Coleman says. “It’s a similar vibe with residential, great shopping, and restaurants. It’s relatively dense but pretty easy to get around the area.”

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Will is the senior writer for D CEO magazine and the editor of D CEO Healthcare. He's written about healthcare…
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