LA LUXE: Posh Digs in the City of Angels
When traveling in LA, be sure to check out these three hotels. Each offers a luxurious and relaxing accommodations, delectable restaurants, and access to unparalleled shopping destinations.
The Four Seasons Beverly Hills
The epitome of understated lavishness, the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills is the ideal place to call home for an upscale lodging experience in the chicest neighborhood in town. With an atmosphere more closely resembling an exclusive resort than a big city hotel, rooms and suites are lovely, spacious, and comfortable featuring amazing views from balconies. Rooms have plenty of electrical outlets for charging tech devices and guests are invited to get connected with the hotel’s new in-room iPads. Guests can also spend afternoons lounging under an umbrella, a picture perfect terrace pool, overlooking the skyline, or relaxing in an exclusive cabana. Being pampered with a signature treatment at the hotel’s spa is another way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Hungry? The hotel’s famed modern Italian restaurant Culina, is not to be missed. With a beautifully designed patio and two lounges, Culina is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the morning, a favorite standout is the custom-blended fresh juice bar or for those who prefer to have hearty start to their day, the British breakfast is jolly good. Culina features LAs’ only crudo bar, and the menu encompasses a healthy, fresh array of Mediterranean specialties, including pastas and pizzas, along with delicious vegan and gluten-free selections. Desserts are oh so tempting and (somewhat) guilt-free, too.
Dining Nearby: Koreatown’s M Grill
For an authentic dining adventure, drive a few minutes east to LA’s hot, happening Koreatown. A vibrant neighborhood with excellent bars and restaurants, such as M Grill, a Brazilian-Korean favorite offers has a stunning minimalist décor, domed ceilings, an onyx bar, leather banquettes, and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired limestone wall coverings. Black and white photos of Brazilian samba dancers and beachgoers in Rio de Janeiro adorn the walls.
Of course, the big “star” of this dining experience is the selection of meats — with over 19 different freshly charcoal-grilled premium cuts of lamb, beef, pork, and chicken. Served in the traditional rodizio style, various meats are brought to the table by waiters with knives and a skewer, cutting freshly cooked slices into guests plates. Good news for vegetarians! M Grill has a lavish salad bar with lots of Korean-Brazilian specialties. Cocktail aficionados will love the freshly-made Brazilian libations and the towering floor-to-ceiling wine vaults, featuring an extensive wine list chosen by the owner himself.
The Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills
Ready for your close-up? All guests receive VIP service from the moment they step into the classic, yet newly-refurbished Crescent Hotel, a boutique property with a rich history and warm ambiance. Reminiscent of Old Hollywood, The Crescent’s rooms and suites are unique with recently renovated and modernized bathrooms. Built in 1927, this hotel has a lot of character, and encourages guests to hang out in the lovely lobby-lounge/restaurant, which offers breakfast, dinner, and happy hour specials. In fact, the hotel is a frequent visitor’s dream, because they offer free Wi-Fi. For those guests who are traveling solo, the hotel’s limited “Itty-Bitty” rooms are an insider’s secret. As the name suggests, the rooms are tiny and are available only through the hotel. These small rooms are for guests wishing to stay in a centrally located area without the high price tag. The amiable staff members are like family; they pride themselves on providing suburb service and truly go above and beyond for their guests at all times.
Shopping Nearby: Beverly Hills
Even better news! When you stay at the Crescent Hotel, you won’t even a need a car to do some serious shopping in this tiny neighborhood. The hotel is in the heart of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive’s shops, restaurants, and high-end boutiques. You can feel like a local as you spend the day browsing designer brands, and then strolling back to your lovely hotel for a craft cocktail made fresh by the friendly bartender in the Crescent’s cozy lounge.
The Oceana Beach Club Hotel
A few miles away, down by the beach in Santa Monica, is the stylish Oceana Beach Club Hotel, overlooking the glorious Pacific. The hotel’s airy open lobby welcomes guests with an attractive seascape collage in a nautical palate of blue and white. The luxurious rooms and suites are large featuring all the comforts of home with spectacular ocean views from private lanais. The courtyard-style pool area is a great place to lounge in the afternoon, while soaking in the California sunshine, or relaxing in the shade.
Guests don’t have to leave the property for a sublime dining experience, as the Oceana’s restaurant Tower 8, offers a fabulous cuisine by Josiah Citrin, a two Michelin star award-winning chef. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the menu showcases locally sourced ingredients paired with distinctive cocktails. The Oceana offers specials and packages year-round.
Surfing nearby: Learn to hang ten
The Oceania offers complimentary surfing lessons on Saturdays through Zuma Surf and Swim training. Guests who participate have the unique opportunity to enjoy a fun, safe lesson with a seasoned surfing pro. Zuma takes care of everything—they provide beginner boards and wetsuits (if needed) and promise to get you upright and riding the SoCal waves before the afternoon is over. For the more experienced surfer, Zuma offers lessons for all levels, and customized private and group lessons.