Los Angeles is a city of many faces. Every time our travels take us there we explore something new. It could be a new attraction, new place to see the sunset, or simply a new curvy road in the mountains right outside of LA.
This time our travels took us to Hotel Angeleno. Being on the crossroads of Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, this is a true gem that you simply cannot miss while travelling South or Northbound on 405. A tall round tower catches your eye immediately.
First thing that struck me was their slogan, “We are not square.” From that slogan, the culture builds on, and every guest gets a chance to experience multiple amenities exclusively offered here such as a complimentary 3-mile shuttle to a daily wine hour from 5.30 to 6.30pm. Additionally, Hotel Angeleno is the only Los Angeles hotel that has directly partnered with Uber, which provides guests with an exclusive opportunity to order Uber at the front desk and have it billed directly to the room.
Another difference at Hotel Angeleno is the “Skip the Tip” policy making the hotel and WEST restaurant upstairs completely gratuity-free. It might be unexpected for most of the guests, but from bartender to bellman Hotel Angeleno has got you covered.
Centrally located, it’s only minutes to The Getty Center, Santa Monica Promenade and Beverly Hills. The hotel offers valet parking, and if you book your stay directly through their Inner Circle Awards you can enjoy it complimentary.
Being a round building, every room has a view. Ours featured downtown LA, so every morning you could see the sunrise lighting up the city. Grab a cup of fresh coffee in the cafeteria and sit by the pool to enjoy it. After a day of exploring, get back to the hotel for wine hour, and don’t forget to check out the penthouse space of WEST Restaurant on the 17th floor. Being one of the Top 10 Rooftop Lounges in LA, it offers unparalleled 360-degree views of the city skyline.
The restaurant offers a wide variety of menu choices and has specials all day and every day. You can either stop in for breakfast at 6:00–10.30AM, lunch at 11:00AM-2PM, or dinner at 6:00-10:00PM. If you happen to stay at Hotel Angeleno during the weekend you can also enjoy their special brunch with bottomless Sangrias and Mimosas. Happy Hour starts at 4:05, when the 405 highway stops. Up until 6PM, you can enjoy multiple happy hour specials – from all kinds of small bites, including barbeque pork sliders, fish taco and tomato flatbread, to house chardonnay, – all price at $8.
We stopped by for dinner on a Friday night and had a chance to sample a couple of dishes from the dinner menu. I picked Seafood Fra Diavolo – pasta featuring all kinds of seafood – scallops, shrimp, calamari, mussels, roasted red pepper topped with spicy marinara sauce. My companions went with different choices – Brentwood Salad with seasonal fruits and veggies, Miso-Ginger Salmon, and Peach BBQ Pork Chop, topped with fingerling potato salad, southern green beans, and roasted peach. For those of you craving to try all the choices available, there is Chef’s Tasting Menu, which includes five courses, at $85 per person or $110 if you pair it with wine. Being an American cuisine eatery you really cannot go wrong with any of the menu choices, and even if you don’t feel like eating out – you must visit WEST Restaurant only for the view itself.
There are a lot of choices for everyone who visits LA, but Hotel Angeleno evolves everything that you are possibly looking for while visiting the city. From their round-shaped room keys to a complimentary shuttle and wine hour they have managed to give a traveler everything that their heart desires.
Top Things To Do in LA-LA-Land (in no particular order)
• Griffith Park and Observatory. Opened back on May 14, 1935 it continues to amaze locals and visitors alike. Free to the public, you can enjoy breathtaking scenery and views of the city, or stop by the planetarium and see the stars.
• Mulholland Drive. A 21-mile residential road featured in a number of songs and movies, it’s famous for its unique panoramic view of the downtown skyline and is a must see whenever you’re visiting the city. Day or night, you will see it all in the palm of your hand. However, be cautious – some parts of the road are closed to the public after sunset.
• Hollywood Walk of Fame. Whether you like, dislike, or literally hate the film industry, you cannot skip the Walk of Fame while visiting La-La-Land. From Marilyn Monroe to Ozzy Osbourne, chances are you will be able to take a selfie with your favorite star.
• Universal Studios Hollywood. A must-visit place in Universal City. Yes, you heard it right – the studios formed the actual city – with its own police and fire stations. Whether you take a studio tour among famous movie sights, a thrilling ride through the Jurassic Park, or a virtual reality experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you are guaranteed to have memories for a lifetime.
• Angeles Crest Highway. Not a highway in its original sense, more of a curvy mountain road through the cliffs, it evolves breathtaking views of the La-La-Land scenery. On a sunny day, you can also see the downtown skyline. Take a convertible and drive up through the hills. Just be cautious to other drivers and the speed limits, of course. Spoiler alert – no matter the network, your phone will not work on most parts of the highway. There are no gas stations either. So if you do take a ride, make sure to have enough gas.