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Kicking it old school in LA

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Anna and I just got back from a quick trip to LA. Usually when I head there, I’m on the lookout for the latest hot spots in terms of hotels, restaurants and bars. But on this visit I was reminded of why older is sometimes better.

We stayed at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel.  While some of the décor is slightly dated, this pink grande dame has its charms.  Whether you’re Hollywood royalty or a gal from Canada, the service is excellent.  The rooms are spacious and quiet and the bathrooms are beyond roomy.   I love having breakfast at the Fountain, which is reminiscent of a 50’s soda pop shop.  And drinks at the Polo Lounge are a must.  The pool, ah, the pool!  That’s reason to stay there enough.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel entrance

We also got the chance to get a tour of one of the newly-remodeled bungalows. Now that’s what I call a hotel room!  But with a rack rate of $12,000 a night, it means I will only be staying there in my dreams.

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Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow

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Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow’s private pool!

For lunch, two local institutions stand out.   The Ivy is the perfect stop when you’re shopping on Robertson.  La Scala is on a quieter Beverly Hills street and is a favourite with locals.  I’ve decided that LA is the chopped salad capital of the world and these two restaurants both boast good ones.

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Anna looking incognito at La Scala

The Chateau Marmont, perched above Sunset Boulevard, is a Hollywood landmark favoured by celebs, many of whom wine, dine and stay there. Our visit did not disappoint on that front.  Sitting right next to us were Michael Fassbender, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin.  And one table away, Josh Harnett.  It’s not the sort of place where you’d snap a picture (plus, Anna would have killed me if I tried!) but trust me, it was them!!! This is the place to come for a taste of the LA scene, if not for the food.  (Which I found a bit disappointing.)

One of my favourite LA night spots is the bar at The Dresden on Vermont. The house band, Marty and Elayne, have been entertaining lounge lizards since 1982.  Featured in the movie Swingers, the place has been around for 60 years, pretty old school for the West Coast!

Have any more old faves in Los Angeles or other cities? We’d love to hear about them! 

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  • Tim Edwards

    Sounds like you had a fun trip. Not much of a LA guy I prefer SF or San Diego but my favorite places in California is any of the wine regions. Love Napa. 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/melanie.escaravage Melanie Escaravage

    Did Anna cut her hair?