Trying to be the trendiest in LA is like trying to be the best dressed at New York fashion week. Impossible? Maybe. Enviously desired? Definitely. These aspirational properties in the City of Angels are what dreams are made of for a truly iconic California escape.
The celeb “it” hideout, Chateau Marmont was modeled after an infamous royal residence in France’s Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont is a fantastical folly in the land of make believe comprised of cottages and bungalows. This castle on the hill is the set of a film waiting for someone to call action - this is the place where things happen. Checking in is like turning up in the middle of an ongoing party at a European country estate - there is always someone you know staying here.
8221 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90046. (323) 656-1010. http://www.chateaumarmont.com/
The Redbury at Hollywood and Vine
Curated by visionary Creative Director and renowned photographer, Matthew Rolston, in collaboration with sbe Founder and CEO, Sam Nazarian, The Redbury is situated at the iconic convergence of Hollywood and Vine. Rolston’s photography has graced 100 Rolling Stone covers and over the years has been featured in other prominent publications, such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Esquire, O, the Oprah Magazine and The New York Times Magazine. The Redbury features 57 thoughtfully-appointed guest flats that exude a warm, bohemian counter-culture feel with design elements drawn from a variety of old-world cultures. Each spacious guest flat offers a home-like atmosphere that can accommodate stays of a day, a week or as long as needed.
1717 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028. (877) 962.1717. http://www.theredbury.com/
The London West Hollywood
Steps from Sunset Boulevard, the London oozes “California cool.” Honored with the AAA Four Diamond award, and recognized by both Conde Nast Traveler on their Hot List for 2009 and Travel + Leisure as the No. 1 hotel in California on their World’s Best list for 2010, this all-suite West Hollywood hotel, formerly known as the Bel Age hotel, expertly combines modern style with the allure of Hollywood. Sip Mai Tais at the rooftop pool, while people watching Hollywood’s A-listers.
1020 N. San Vincente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA (866) 282-4560. http://www.thelondonwesthollywood.com/
A semi-private hotel sanctuary for West Hollywood’s elite, the Sunset claims to be a haven for the notorious, the infamous and in at least one case, the accused. Since 1963, the serene garden oasis in the heart of West Hollywood known as the Sunset Marquis has served as home-away-from-home to rock legends, Mad Men, fashionistas and discerning travelers from all over. With forty amazing private Mediterranean-style Villas, their guest book is a who’s who of LA.
1200 Alta Loma Road. West Hollywood, California 90069. (310) 657.1333. http://www.sunsetmarquis.com/
Conde Nast Traveler listed Shade as the #6 reason to visit LA, and Manhattan Beach in general has become LA’s hip spot to be. Just 15 minutes from LAX and two blocks from the beach, itt’s cooler in the shade. Their attention to detail is not lost on the laid-back Cali attitude between the Heat & Glo Cyclone Fireplaces to the Tempur-Pedic beds, chromatherapy lighting system, personal Sanijet spas, and complimentary yoga.
1221 N. Valley Drive. Manhattan Beach, California 90266.(310)546.4995. http://www.shadehotel.com