Los Angeles is just a private charter flight away
from The East Coast, where the East Coast/West Coast rivalry goes back as far as New Yorkers and Angelinos can remember. But with stays, tastes, and shops like these, it’s a pretty close call. So what will it be, Rodeo Drive or Fifth Avenue? Because the restaurant scene is looking pretty on par coast to coast …
Most Luxurious Hotel Suite
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, is made up of two buildings, each fit for celebrity, royalty or just plain luxury. You might remember the hotel as the setting of most of Pretty Woman some 25+ years ago. While there is a namesake suite to relive your favorite movie, for those wanting the best of the best (and who can blame you really?) you want to book The Beverly Wilshire Penthouse, located on the 14th floor. Wake up to an unobstructed panoramic views of the sunny city. The three king bedrooms and 10-person dining table are room for you and your closest friends, that’s if you leave the indulgent master bathroom with giant glass shower, exotic finishes and massive soaking tub. This private floor access key will cost you around $25,000 per night.
Another – and equally as luxurious – Los Angeles hotel highly recommended is The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Book one of three top tier accommodations: The Royal Patio Suite, The Peninsula Villa or namesake The Peninsula Suite. Each goes for about $10,000 per night, a two for one in comparison to the Beverly Wilshire. While all in the same price range and size, the suites are unique from each other. If you crave outdoor space, The Royal Patio provides 450 sq. ft. of terrace for entertaining or quietly enjoying breakfast. The Peninsula Suite has a distinct green palette. The Villa is a two story suite with a private gated entry. All includes a luxury vehicle at your disposal for the duration of your stay.
Hardest to Get Table
Catch in West Hollywood. It’s like a secret garden oasis set above the city. Wander through wisps of pink flowers and emerald vines to your table. The outdoor rooftop is now open, bringing Catch to Los Angeles after a long wait of envying NYC’s ever-popular location. What to order? Anything. True to it’s name, Catch has super-fresh seafood, and sources local and sustainable ingredients. And the expansive view is free, if you can reserve a table that is. Catch’s international acclaim and this being a new location makes getting that reservation a bit of a challenge.
Exclusive Experience Money CAN Buy
You had us at “insider culinary experiences reimagined”…or so goes the tagline of GiftedTaste, a private concierge that does just that, gives you the gift of taste. While every experience is different due to highly detailed concierges behind each gift, it’s safe to the say that with the care, expertise and connections GiftedTaste offers, it’ll be priceless. You can have an experience designed for yourself or give to someone special. Either way, it’s memorable, unique, and catered to your specific tastes and preferences.
Leave the city traffic below with Elite Adventure Tours. They offer various private tours but our pick is the “Urban Escape”. Enjoy a helicopter tour and wine tasting at a Malibu vineyard of your choice.
Shop here: Only in LA
While LA boasts plenty of shopping – possibly even to rival NYC’s Fifth Avenue – one place that is uniquely and only here is Kelly Wearstler. The flagship boutique is located on Melrose Avenue and is a must-stop for anyone remotely interested in design. Kelly’s curated selections from her collections range from furniture to decor to coffee table books all begging to find their way into your home. The boutique features a mix of styles and needless to say you’ll need some time roaming.
Hottest Local Spot
There’s places that are cool when you’re visiting and there’s places that are cool for locals to be seen. And then there’s Delilah, where both LA-ers and passers-through can co-exist. The art deco, 1920’s haute opens at 7p for dinner. At least swing by for a cocktail to experience Delilah’s old Hollywood aire.