A $2 billion luxury hotel is coming to the former Robinsons-May property in Beverly Hills
One Beverly Hills is expected to be completed in 2027
By Dolores Quintana
Aman, a luxury hotel brand with a twist, is coming to Beverly Hills, as reported The Los Angeles Times as part of the development of One Beverly Hills.
Aman resorts exist all over the world and have distinct characteristics depending on where they are located. In the Turks and Caicos Islands, guest villas feature infinity pools and butlers who serve private dining on the island’s beaches. At the resort in the Utah desert, guests can “glamp” in pavilion tents with plunge pools and king-size beds.
Surprisingly, Aman is a Swiss company that is actually owned by a Russian property developer by the name of Vlad Doronin. Forbes named Aman “the world’s most preeminent resort brand” and naturally attracts celebrity guests like Bill Gates, George and Amal Clooney, and Mark Zuckerberg.
Aman is known for its micro-stations located in exotic locations or historical properties. The One Aman complex is located in a 16th century palace in Venice.
The One Beverly Hills is a $2 billion residential complex that is described as “garden-like.” The developers announced on Thursday that Aman will be the hotel operator on the property, a private club and other Aman-branded residences on-site in the “lush oasis” which is located near the Beverly Hilton Hotel. , the site of the Golden Globe each year.
The hotel at One Beverly Hills is approved for 42 rooms, all of which would be suites, and 37 condominium suites that would allow owners to live there while still having access to Aman Hotel amenities.
One Beverly Hills will sit on the property that was once the famous Robinsons-May department store in Beverly Hills. It is a 17.5 acre site and although it was considered very valuable to developers, it sat vacant for years as many of the development plans drawn up for the site did not materialize. never materialized.
Alagem Capital Group and its partner Cain International of London bought the site in 2018 for $445 million. Alagem is the owner of the Beverly Hilton and a local entity. Their plan for the site is one that would merge the Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills with a new development that would be designed by Norman Foster. Foster was an English lord known for designing The Gherkin, a lipstick-like skyscraper and landmark building. He also designed Apple Inc.’s headquarters in Cupertino, which is shaped like a hoop.
Foster’s design would build 340 high-end residential apartments inside two towers of up to 32 stories. The development would have 8 acres of gardens filled with native plants and water features which would be interspersed in walkways and, most of which would be open to the public. Another ten-story building would be built on the property and would be the location of Aman, the private club, spa and restaurants.
Foster’s plan dates back to the days of the 1930s when architects “embraced the sanitary aspects of the climate” in Los Angeles and designed structures that integrated indoor and outdoor spaces according to a 2020 interview.
Foster said, quoted by the Los Angeles Times, “The protagonist is the landscape, the garden.”
Foster’s design calls for the 28- and 32-story condo towers to be “permeable” or built so that they can be seen through and far enough away that sightlines of the city are preserved. This development would be set back from Wilshire Boulevard and built on land that was once a 76 gas station.
Developers Cain and Alagem Capital formed their partnership in 2018 and secured the necessary rights to the project in 2021. The plan was approved by the Beverly Hills City Council, but not without objection. The development has been called “elitist, exclusive and exclusionary”, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times, by council member and former mayor John Mirisch. Mirisch added, quoted by the Los Angeles Times, “Without affordable housing, the project has turned into a castle-fortress of exclusion.”
The developers plan to begin construction in 2023 and the project is expected to be completed in 2027 according to Jonathan Goldstein, managing director of Cain International.