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The Italian-Spanish influence is evident almost everywhere at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The hand-painted frescoes, the bas-relief décor, the fountains, the polished wood floors, the ornate ceilings and the abundant flowers all contribute to class and elegance that is practically beyond words. A favorite since 1923, and a member of Historic Hotels of America, this famed hotel hosted the Academy Awards during the 1930s and 1940s. Guests have included dignitaries like Winston Churchill, Presidents Kennedy, Ford, Carter and Reagan, as well as British royalty.
Sitting pretty atop The Standard Hotel in downtown LA is the trendy Rooftop Bar. This hip establishment has an atmosphere of luxury and sophistication, including a heated pool, vibrant Astro Turf lounge area, a well-stocked bar and an outdoor fireplace. Indulge in delicious inventive concoctions, chat with friends in the lounge around, then let your hair down and dance to the DJ's brilliant line up. Most of all, take the time to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
Having garnered considerable clout and relocated to a prime spot in the 15Twenty Space on Cahuenga, Hairroin is the hair salon for those seeking an individually customized look – whether glamorous or edgy – that goes above and beyond a basic cut. The famed Hollywood salon enjoys its fair share of lauding and boasts a large contingent of loyal converts, who will settle for no other place. Hairroin is staffed with certified Masters of coiffing and barbering arts, offering a comprehensive range of hair transformations and treatments, including all of the latest fancies. You may be wise to schedule your appointment well in advance and call in to discuss your specific aesthetic goals so your assigned Master hairdresser can best meet your needs. To avoid the hassles of finding a spot on the street, park in one of the two spacious lots on Selma and Ivar.
Open since 1919, this classic restaurant was long the bastion of Hollywood industry power dining. With the look and feel of a private Men's club, Musso & Frank Grill rose to fame in the Golden Years of Hollywood, when Irving Thalberg, Clark Gable and the Marx Brothers were among its most celebrated clients. Nowadays, it is still considered the home of the finest dry martini in town. The Filet Mignon is hard to beat and the service is perfect, with just a touch of attitude. If you are not in the mood for beef, try the succulent lobster and the rich, heavy desserts.
This place looks a whole lot like a treadmill showroom. It is a one-on-one studio with instructors tracking, literally, your every move. Not unlike a team of doctors who share a practice, there is a team effort attitude about this place that makes you feel like you cannot lose (no pun intended). They also provide training for Shadow Boxing, Body Building, Sports Training etc. Nutrition and lifestyle are discussed and extensively analyzed here and your success in its fitness program is just about guaranteed.
Since 1928, this L.A. standby has been offering 24-hour casual dining in the heart of the Fairfax district. You'll find the food here authentic and the people-watching amazing. Everyone from The Wallflowers to K.D. Lang and Madonna has stopped in to eat here. Favorites include the in-house pickled corned beef pastrami, the hot corned beef, the tender beef brisket and the many offerings from the in-house bakery. Next door is the Kibitz Room, where there's live music most nights. A full bar and decent wines work well with the food.
Do not even drive by without confirmed reservations, this is the most popular Japanese eatery in town. It is considered by many to be the best sushi place in the US, and the best restaurant in the greater city of Los Angeles. Everything is fresh, delicious and very expensive, after all it is the workmanship of Nobu Matsuhisa. Rub elbows with the rich and famous, but leave your autograph book at home.
Château Marmont hotel has been an icon of privacy and seclusion since the 1930s for the likes of Greta Garbo, Sam Shepard, Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves. The French castle-like hotel was restored in 1998 to its original eclectic, but tasteful, beginnings. With suites and bungalows offered, you may choose your level of preferred privacy. The Bar Marmont is one of the hottest bars on the Sunset Strip. Château Marmont has more than its fair share of notoriety. The Château Marmont is entirely charming and a great place to stay since it's close to everything in Beverly Hills and Hollywood.
Built in 1929, this hotel previously known as the Argyle, situated at the base of the Hollywood Hills, provides spectacular city views. The vast collection of film, books and Hollywood portraits at the Sunset Tower Hotel entices even the most casual observer to pause and browse. Join the ranks of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and others who have stayed here, and look around for familiar views from the many movies that were once filmed in this hotel. In these spots, a sense of history clearly pervades the air. Check website for more details.
Andaz West Hollywood sits close to Sunset Plaza, the House of Blues and other noted places on the Sunset Strip. The 1930s art deco style and the geometric lines used throughout its fashionable décor make the place very unique. The highly visible advertising space on its 14-floor sides have become a local landmark of sorts. Multi-million dollar renovations completely revamped public areas including the Tramonpo restaurant, lobby, rooftop pool and meeting areas.