Now under Proper Hospitality, Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills rolled out of a multi-stage, $2-million renovation headed by interior designer Kelly Wearstler, who was also responsible for the property’s original design in 1999. The upgrades in the property in Beverly Hills include the new Viviane Restaurant by Bombet Hospitality Group and executive chef Michael Hung.
Proper Hospitality took over management of the Avalon Beverly Hills in March 2015 and subsequently took over the former Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs, rebranding it as the Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs. Recent investments at both properties include upgrades to the Estrella Spa and the introduction of the Chi Chi restaurant in Palm Springs.
The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills’ improvements include renovated public spaces and 84 upgraded guestrooms. The rooms now have European Oak floors, sustainable bath products from Davines, Boca Terry robes, European linen sheets and mini-bars. The hotel also upgraded its in-room technology, adding Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth speakers and Keypr tablets.
The hotel’s restaurant, centered around a boomerang-shaped pool with private cabanas, was redesigned. There are now seating areas; a curated mix of custom and vintage furnishings, such as a 1950s Carlo de Carli settee alongside wood and brass dining chairs by American mid-century designer Dan Johnson; and on the far end of the main dining room, a marble bar surrounded by vintage iron-forged bar stools refashioned with deep blue and ivory geometric-patterned leather sling seat cushions.
Outside, the cabanas have a palette of hand-painted trompe l’oeil patterns inspired by Italian architect Gio Ponti ornamenting the walls. There are also Wearstler’s soufflé sofas, vintage-gilded Italian lounge chairs, Carl Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs’ 1950s beechwood lounge chairs and Pierre Chapo coffee tables.