2018 Top 10 City Hotels in Greater Los Angeles

Congratulations to our friends at these venues for making it into the 2018 Top 10 City Hotels in Greater Los Angeles from Travel and Leisure.  From the concierge desk and front desk, to the valets, and housekeeping, the following hotels should enjoy their well-deserved rankings. It’s referred to “Greater Los Angeles” for some of these hotels are in cities that are separate, such as Beverly Hills.  The ratings were based on service, food, overall value, facilities, and location. The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, a Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills Located at the intersection of Wilshire and Rodeo Drive.  Restaurants include The Blvd. and Cut. (For more on this property, see our previous “Hotel Spotlight” blog post). Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood Nestled 

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Tocaya Organica Restaurant Sunset Strip

Los Angeles has no shortage of great restaurants for Mexican cuisine. Around almost every corner there is a great sit down restaurant or a taco stand that has great food. We love our Taco Tuesday’s here so the demand is high! Even our taco places all have styles of their own. You can enjoy great Mexican cuisine in a fine dining setting, or find a hidden gem with a taco truck. Sometimes you just need something a little in between these settings – and Tocaya is definitely the place. Tocaya Organica Restaurant Sunset Strip was started in 2016, and now they have locations popping up all over the city – and for good reason! The casual restaurant allows you to 

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Hotel Spotlight: The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

A legendary property in one of the most recognizable cities in the United States!  The Beverly Wilshire Hotel was completed in 1928.  Its name has changed slightly over the years, and some visitors still refer to it as The Regent Beverly Wilshire.  Since 1992, it’s commonly called A Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Wilshire (not to be confused with its sister hotel a few blocks away, The Four Seasons Los Angeles Hotel at Beverly Hills). The Beverly Wilshire Hotel’s guest list is long and impressive.  Notable names include Warren Beatty, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, President Barack Obama, and countless royal families from around the globe. The hotel sits perfectly centered in the 90210 zip code.  Its intersections include Wilshire Blvd. and 

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Freehand New York Hotel

As tour guides for Los Angeles, 99% of our energy and focus is going to be on our great city, as well as the amazing surrounding areas like Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Santa Monica, Malibu and Hollywood.  We want to make sure guests LOVE our town as much as we do… but we too love to travel, so every now and then we’ll share our experiences on this blog about cities, venues, restaurants and things to do outside of our general circumference.   A few of us recently traveled to NY to see our friend Tuc Watkins in The Boys in the Band on Broadway (shows available through at least August 11th, 2018!).   We stayed at a fantastic hotel 

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L.A. Summer Vacations for Dads and Grads

It’s that time of year for L.A. summer vacations for dads and grads! Look no further than our connected cities to provide a wonderful excursion for every member of the family, both old and young! If you’ve got car lovers in your family, June is the perfect month. Check out the FREE 25th Anniversary of The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance  (Nothing is ever free on Rodeo Drive, so this is a real treat). It’s on Father’s Day, June 17th, 2018 from 10AM to 4PM.  Look for new product launches as well as classics, such as a 1927 Rolls Royce Phantom. This event has even been named one of the 300 Unmissable Events or Festivals…worldwide. Whether or not you can make it this particular day, 

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LA Pride 2018

LA Pride 2018 is less than a week away.  In fact, many consider it pride week, or pride month, so there’s no shortage of festivities.  The big day is Sunday, June 10th.  The day can start with a fun local brunch before the LA Pride Parade hits Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood at 11AM.  The parade usually travels from Crescent Heights to Doheny, so there’s plenty of viewing areas.  If you plan on setting up chairs, arrive early enough to stake your claim. This year’s theme is #JUSTBE.  Everyone is welcome so one doesn’t have to be in the LGBTQ community.  By everyone, just no pets, unless they’re service animals. The actual festival takes place on Saturday, June 9th from 

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Los Angeles Summer Things to Do

Los Angeles Summer Things to Do, Including the Areas of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica ________________ In just about a week when we hit the U.S. holiday of Memorial Day, summer officially starts in the minds of many.  Temperatures will start to rise, and everyone will seek the comfort of pools, dips in the ocean, outdoor restaurants with a cross-breeze, and air-conditioning. Summer temps in Los Angeles usually hover around the 80’s or 90’s, but we typically get short term heatwaves in July, August and September that could hit about 105F (41C).  At least it’s normally a dry heat with very low humidity, unlike places such as Hawaii, Florida or New York, where you can dry off from a 

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Den Meditation Los Angeles

Vacations are great, but sometimes from all of the go, go, go, you need a staycation after the vacation. You can easily wear yourself out while you are touring around the city, so making sure to take a few minutes to relax can be key in making sure you don’t burn out before the trip is through. Luckily for us there are plenty of relaxing activities in the city, beaches and parks are spread out all over for picnics and a day of sunbathing, but even that can be a bit stressful (everyone in Los Angeles feels it when they try to snag a parking spot near Venice or in West Hollywood). One way to combat this? Meditation. Don’t know 

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NoMad Hotel Los Angeles

The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles in the Downtown Section _____________________ If you’ve ever been to the NoMad Hotel in the Flatiron District, you know what a special place it is in the heart of New York.  Many know of it because of its incredible ambience, fantastic rooms, great service, a good stiff cocktail and the delicious roasted black truffle chicken. We’ve been missing out on the West Coast until now.  Sunday, January 21st, 2018 marked the grand opening of NoMad Hotel Los Angeles.  If you haven’t been to DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles) in the last few years, you haven’t been.  Even us folks that were born and raised in L.A. are shocked each and every time we go to this 

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Brunch in Beverly Hills

Brunch in Beverly Hills ——————————- If there’s one thing we Angelenos thrive on, it’s leisurely dining. The one constant observation from guests during our private Beverly Hills and L.A. tours is, “Does anyone work in this town?” All the cafés are jam-packed with people enjoying their downtime. Just drive down 3rd Street with the tons of afternoon hotspots, or go by Urth Caffe on Melrose Avenue….morning, noon, or night, and see the throngs of L.A. folks having salads, lattes, or pastries at this see-and-be-seen corner location in West Hollywood. Brunch in Beverly Hills on the weekends is really something special. We just had the champagne and seafood-heavy brunch at The Peninsula, and it was AMAZING. ***NOTE: The service here is 

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