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Sampling West Hollywood’s nightlife

by Louise Evans on 02 August 2013, 15:08PM

As we descended into LAX, I caught my first glimpse of the famous Hollywood sign. Once on the ground I jumped in a cab en route to the Mondrian LA in West Hollywood, my home for the next few days, I drove along palm-tree lined streets while the sun shone from a cloudless bluest of blue skies. Already, I had seen three things which made up just a couple of my pre-conceived ideas about Los Angeles before even unpacking.

Sunset strip

Everyone has a ready-made opinion on what they think LA will be like. What many people forget is that the city is divided into over 80 neighbourhoods, each with their own identity and vibe. I’d chosen West Hollywood as my base because of its super location, in the heart of city. Bordering chic Beverly Hills to the west and with Hollywood three miles north east, the cute boutique shops on Melrose, buzzing restaurant scene and best nightlife in LA, meant West Hollywood ticked a lot of boxes for me. And it’s a great base to just jump in a cab to reach the golden shores of Santa Monica, just 10 miles away, perfect for beach babes and surf dudes.

Mondrian bedroom 
I checked into the swanky Mondrian, set right on The Sunset Strip, the hub of the city. The Philippe Starck designed hotel oozes ‘California Cool’, with a modern bright and fresh feel. You come to this hotel to see and be seen, so, wallflowers should stay clear (unless you plan to observe from behind your shades). My orange and white suite had floor to ceiling windows with stunning views overlooking downtown LA. And just to clarify, the television is inside the mirror – quirky but cool.

Downtown LA

My first day was spent relaxing around the pool on a sumptuous day bed with a blueberry mojito in hand as I gazed out at the fabulous views from every direction. I had to pinch myself that I was actually there. It’s worth booking an outside table at the hotel’s restaurant, Asia De Cuba, with an Asian fusion menu, for lunch or dinner. I can recommend the gambas gigantes with a mai tai to wash them down.

Pool

By night, SkyBar comes to life and you see how the Mondrian has gained its reputation of being the number one place to party in West Hollywood. Sleek Los Angelinos mingle by candlelight, while a DJ spins some funky house tunes around the pool. Just outside of the hotel is the legendary Sunset Strip, lined with famed nightclubs and bars. The likes of rockstars Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison were fixtures on The Strip in the 60’s and nowadays, new artists continue to head to the legendary music venues such as The Roxy Theatre, Whiskey a Go Go and House of Blues.

House of Blues

If you want to do more than just party in West Hollywood, I’d recommend getting out and about on a bike tour. There are various tours available and I chose the Movie Star Homes one, which heads into Beverly Hills to explore the homes of the rich and famous. It was a great way to burn the calories and see the sights.

Another draw to West Hollywood is the edgy dining scene that’s emerging, with new eateries opening continuously; you’re not short on options over where to head for a great meal. I sampled the new Chi Lin Chinese restaurant on Sunset, with the modern interior and mood lighting, and the contrasting Eveleigh with outdoor seating, fairy lights and a rustic farm-to-table menu. Both were delicious.

After all of the eating and drinking, cycling and walking, shopping and sightseeing, I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon back at the pool, for what I was expecting to be a last chance to chill-out before my flight home. However, at 2pm, the music was turned up, a pool bar was set up and hundreds of beautiful men and women filled the poolside. Before I knew it, a pool party was in full swing, and I ended up with another mojito in my hand, which sums up my West Hollywood (or Weho as the locals call it) experience perfectly; Fun, fabulous and fancy. Cheers!

Louise

To find out more about holidays to Los Angeles and West Hollywood visit www.travelbag.co.uk/destinations/usa-canada/usa/los-angeles


Author bio: Louise Evans is PR Manager for West Hollywood based in London.


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