On Friday, 20 December 2019, it was announced that Maybourne, the three-hotel London group masterminded by determined Irishman Paddy McKillen, would be paying a reputed $400 million for the 201-key Montage Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
Montage Beverly Hills, which opened 1st November 2008, is the first hotel in the brand conceived and so brilliantly led by Alan Fuerstman. Montage International owns the Montage name, and on 23 December, the message was that Montage and Maybourne would be working closely together on the future operation of the nine-floor property.
This is, after all, already an icon, only one block from the south end of Rodeo Drive – its rooftop eatertainment area has always been gathering place of Hollywood stars, and its secret-entry ‘£10 Bar’, accessed only via a special wood key, led the rise of 21st century speakeasies.
Maybourne is financed by Qatar, via Constellation. The hotel’s seller is Ohana Real Estate, probably mostly financed by Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar.
Expect Constellation to pay for substantial renovations – details are being discussed at the moment (Constellation is the company which has brilliantly spent several fortunes taking Cannes’ Hôtel Martinez, part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, to such glamorous heights).
Montage will, in any event, continue to have a really significant voice in the entire Los Angeles area. In mid-2020 it opens the 149-key Pendry West Hollywood, with 40 Pendry Residences. All F&B is by Wolfgang Puck.