Los Angeles is already the unofficial staycation capital of the country. In the land of perennial summer, sandwiched between mountain and sea, the temptation to take time away from work is real and forever waving along the sunny horizon. Thanks to a range of new openings and offers, your ultimate LA staycation is more enticing than ever.
Take a look at what’s happening in Santa Monica these days, to begin with. The historical Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows has long enjoyed its status here as a beach hideaway for both locals and tourists. This year, the property celebrates its centenary with the addition of Market-an intimate sushi pop-up run by chef Masa Shimakawa. The 8-seater square is tucked away in a secluded corner of the hotel lobby and will feature a concise combination of fresh fish specialties, including nigiri a la carte and a divisible dish of bluefin tuna. Later in the year, the lobby bar will introduce a martini cart so you can cherish the ritual with the classic cocktail preparation at the table. All of this is adjacent to an already vibrant food and drink scene anchored by FIG, which is lowkey, fires up some of the better oven-baked pizzas in town. And of course, Bungalows– a scene unto itself. Room rates start at $ 409 during the summer season.
Just south of Santa Monica, the Venice V. recently opened, and bills itself as a lifestyle hotel by the beach. The connection was formerly a residence for Hollywood stars from the beginning of the 20th century and has been restored and thought of again as a hub for today’s “digital nomads”. So Wi-Fi is fast and plug-ins a lot. Bright rooms with brick facades have direct views of the sand and provide a postcard from Southern California. The most modest prices on the three star property start at $ 209 (without panorama).
For those looking to switch shores to the stereotypical LA city vibe, it will be no more hip than that The West Hollywood Edition. A modern, minimalist shrine that rises gracefully over the heart of the Sunset Strip and has a rooftop terrace with wide views of the Hollywood Hills down into the scattered cityscape below. An ideal place to drink in the golden hour … with mezcal margaritas in hand, of course. Book your stay from $ 439.
When night comes, you do not even have to leave the property to keep the vibes afloat. Ardor stands effortlessly as one of Los Angeles’ most essential dining oases. It’s like stepping into your own dimly lit forest wonderland, just steps away from the hustle and bustle of West Hollywood. Standouts from Michelin-starred chef John Fraser’s playful menu include tandoor carrots cooked in pine nuts, a trio of artistically rendered ceviches and tender lamb cut with blueberry mustarda. Also, do not sleep on Japanese-style milk bread starters. Nor the agave-focused cocktails devised by beverage director Amy Racine. Her preparations are each named after the color their respective tastes can inspire.
For many Angelenos these days, the thriving downtown scene (DTLA) provides a new, cosmopolitan diversion. A lot of new and updated hotel experiences in the area allow them to experience in a more intimate way. Hotel Figueroa is a strong example of this. Originally opened in 1926 as one of the region’s only hostels for women, it underwent extensive redesign in 2018 and emerged as a stunning hybrid of Spanish colonial splendor and modern class.
This summer, the property welcomed a duo of culinary offerings to emphasize the al fresco charm of eating by the pool, under the skyline. The little house and Driftwood Pool & Sun Terrace each offers food and drink inspired by Baja Mexico’s coastal traditions – by the Mediterranean. Confused? Pair a grilled shrimp taco with an ice cold negroni and it will make sense. Live music further enhances the mood. And even if you are not staying overnight, you can catch your seat under the sun with a “daycation pass” in the afternoon from $ 55.
If you are still thirsty for more in the area, wait a few weeks for the long awaited opening of Downtown LA Right. Originally a private club frequented by Hollywood icons from the golden age of cinema, designer Kelly Wearstler retains this great past across a 148-room boutique property that will surely resonate with local commercials. And when we talk about local commercials, famous chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Style will team up to create the newest eatery in the city center.
Whether it’s on a stay or just an old-fashioned vacation, few cities offer the kind of dynamic escapism that awaits you in Los Angeles, right now.