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Inhaling POT at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States, 90010
June 16, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Venturing to Koreatown might not be at the top of your "TO SEE" list when visiting Los Angeles but trying POT at The Line Hotel should be at the top of your "TO EAT" list.

POT is the cheekily-named restaurant from native chef, Roy Choi, the man responsible for the wildly successful Kogi Korean taco trucks. Here at The Line Hotel, he's doing Korean food "through the eyes of an American with Korean blood."

In short, it's not the most traditional Korean food you will find in Koreatown but it's crazy tasty and the entire experience of the POT restaurant--which has a vibe that is both laid-back and turnt up--is something you shouldn't miss.

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11 Things To Fall in Line With at The Line Hotel

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90010
May 8, 2014 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Los Angeles can be a tough city...when it comes to choosing a hotel. Most everyone who visits wants to "see Hollywood and go to the beach" without understanding that, with traffic, the beach and Hollywood can be an hour and a half apart.

The city has also suffered from a rather unoriginal hotel scene with fancy, schmancy luxury hotels populating Beverly Hills and big brand hotel names dominating everywhere else. But in recent years, that's begun to change.

Five years ago we got excited by the opening of the SLS which offered slightly bizarre room decor from Philippe Starck with the phenomenal Bazaar restaurant from Chef Jose Andres. Then came along Andaz West Hollywood which gave us stylish accommodations on the Sunset Strip without the pretense and without ghastly WiFi charges.

In February, we saw the opening of the Ace Hotel Downtown LA which gave us several reasons to visit downtown; the top two reasons being the rooftop bar and the incredible historic theater.

Now, The Line Hotel has opened in LA's Koreatown, giving visitors a chance to stay in a part of the city that's long been vibrant but often overlooked. We toured The Line Hotel a few weeks ago and fell instantly in love, er, in line with what we saw. Here are 11 things to check-out when you check-in:

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Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn at LA Live Should Open Soon

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  Site Where: 901 West Olympic Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90
May 5, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last summer we saw the hybrid Marriott hotel rising in downtown Los Angeles from the 10 Freeway. This month, we've got a closer look at the hotel which sits across from The Staples Center and the LA Live entertainment district and which will host 174 Courtyard by Marriott rooms and 218 Residence Inn suites.

As you can see, the wacky wavy-looking exterior is completely done and the signage is up while the websites are live with photos of the rooms. Of note, both hotels are sporting the newest room designs for the brands, which not only look pretty but are supposed to be super functional, i.e. the ottoman with a table top over it and the modular desk furniture.

The hotels are supposedly opening this month but we weren't able to make reservations on the website just yet. We'll let you know when those open up for real and how much they're going for.

Residence Inn by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott

[Top photo: HotelChatter; Renderings: Marriott International]

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Donald Sterling, The Clippers' Controversial Owner, Also Owns This Hotel

Where: 10300 Wilshire Blvd [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90024
April 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (3)

Over the weekend, TMZ and Deadspin published recordings of Los Angeles Clippers' owner, Donald Sterling, making racist remarks to his younger girlfriend, including telling her not to pose on Instagram with black men or bring them to his games. #theworstever

While the NBA as a corporation figures out how they are going to penalize Sterling, NBA players and fans have been vocal about kicking Sterling out of the NBA for good. There was talk of boycotting the Clippers' games, but as the team is in the midst of a playoff series with the Golden State Warriors, boycotting the games would be like abandoning the players when they need the support the most. (The Clippers staged their own sort of protest yesterday by inside-outing their warm-up shirts so that the Clippers logo wouldn't show.)

But now what's coming out about Sterling is that his racism isn't a new thing. And the previous racist remarks he's made are heinous.

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5 New Hotel Bikes To Ride This Spring

April 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

What better way to celebrate the return of good weather than by hopping on a bike and exploring the city you're visiting? Thanks to these hotels, you don't need to look much further than the front desk for your new two-wheel joyride. Just be sure to return the bike to the hotel when you're done. Don't want that charge added to your check-out folio.

5 New Hotel Bikes To Ride This Spring

1. Room Mate Aitana Amsterdam: The hotel is providing guests with discounted bicycle rentals from local bike shop, Amsterbike as well as dishing out "5 Under 15", five bike rides under 15 minutes that will get guests to some of the city's notable landmarks (tulips, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum, The Central Library and The Pancake Bakery.)

2. The Greenwich Hotel NYC: The luxury downtown hotel has partnered with Detroit-based Shinola (of watch-making fame), to offer his & her bespoke "Bixby" bicycles for guests. Conveniently, the Shinola flagship NYC store is within walking distance to the hotel so guests can head on over there after their ride to peruse the brand's handcrafted accessories.

3. The Ace Hotel London: The Shoreditch outpost of Ace Hotels now has custom-made bikes for guests from tokyobikes. The hotel has also put together a Bed and Bike package that includes £20 per person to spend at Hoi Polloi, Lovage, Bulldog Edition or the lobby bar, access to an Ace x tokyobikes for each day of your stay, and a cycling map of London.

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What's Inside The Beverly Hills Hotel's Marilyn Monroe Suite

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  Site Where: 9641 Sunset Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90210
March 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (3)

As part of the ongoing celebrations of the city's centennial, five Beverly Hills hotels are particpating in a Suite 100 promotion where you can choose from five special anniversary suites reflective of different decades from the past 100 years. The Montage Beverly Hills, L'ermitage Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Beverly Hills and The Beverly Hilton are all on board, but here is an in-depth look at The Beverly Hills Hotel's The Golden Age of Hollywood Inspired by Marilyn Monroe suite.

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The James Hotel To Open in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard

March 7, 2014 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've long been a fan of James Hotels in Chicago, Soho and Miami, with their cool art, minimalist but comfortable rooms and happening nightlife so the news that they are coming to the West Coast has us, in short, thrilled.

The LA Times reports that The James Los Angeles will open in 2016 on the southeast corner of Sunset and La Cienaga boulevards in a new $300 million complex called, Sunset La Cienaga, which will also have apartments, retail and eateries.

The James itself will have 286 rooms done in a "warm modernism" interior style and two James-branded bars and restaurants, including a rooftop bar. Woot! Oh and don't forget, James Hotels also offer free WiFi. Even better.

The hotel already has a website up, although it only has a press release announcing the property. This marks a return to the west for The James which used to operate a hotel in Scottsdale, which then later turned into a Mondrian before finally becoming The Saguaro, a JDV Hotel.

[Rendering: CIM]

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No Need to Hunt for Paleo Options at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

Where: 2025 Avenue of the Stars [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States, 90067
January 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

While many hotel brands are getting in on the juicing trend (Kimpton Hotels just announced a hotel-wide program too), we were beyond excited to see that the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles embrace a new, healthy-eating trend with a special Paleo Menu at their Breeze restaurant, a first of its kind for a hotel restaurant.

For those not familiar, the Paleo diet is based on the food groups of our "pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors." Cavemen, really. Essentially, the diet is all meats and vegetables but only "clean" meats and vegetables, nothing processed is allowed. And sorry, dairy is not allowed either.

The diet not only claims to help with weight loss but also to help with autoimmune disorders and systemic inflammation. (Note: I personally try to follow Paleo for an autoimmune disorder that I have but goddammit, cheese is too often too good to resist.)

Like all diets, Paleo requires careful selection of ingredients (read your labels!) and time to prepare the foods. While it's possible to order around the menu options at a restaurant to meet your Paleo requirements, most of the time dining out Paleo-style can be difficult and near impossible when staying at hotels. But not at Breeze, Hyatt's all-day dining restaurant.

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The InterContinental LA is Lending Lovers Its Helipad for a Night

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  Site Where: 2151 Avenue Of The Stars [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States, 90067
January 17, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've been put off hotel packages this year but when a package involves a hotel helipad, then we just can't resist.

The InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles not only has an awesome 18th floor helipad with insane views of Los Angeles, the luxury hotel is now letting use it for Valentine's Day. Helicopter ride included!

Priced at an eye-watering $11,000, the package includes accommodations in the newly renovated Presidential Suite with welcome drinks upon arrival (we've seen this suite and it is spectacular), a private 30-minute helicopter tour of Los Angeles in the city’s only twin-engine helicopters, a six-course private dinner for two with wine pairings against a romantic sunset backdrop with sweeping views of LA atop the hotel’s helipad, the Romance Ritual spa treatment at the Spa InterContinental, breakfast in bed for two the following morning, and overall royal VIP treatment, including valet parking, a romantic welcome amenity and suite decorations.

Of course, this is not something you book online. If you're serious about wooing your sweetheart with this package, call (310) 284-6557 to book.

If your wallet can't handle this package, don't fret. The hotel is also offering a Dinner on the Deck package which includes an upgrade to a Superior Sundeck Room with VIP treatment, an intimate four-course dinner with wine pairing on your private sun deck and breakfast in bed the next day. That's priced at $699 and can be booked online here. Just don't let your lover know you took the cheaper option.

GO HERE TO SEE THE NEWLY RENOVATED ROOMS AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL LOS ANGELES

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Before and After: The InterContinental Los Angeles' Sexy New Look

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  Site Where: 2151 Avenue of the Stars [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90067
January 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the before and after.

Over at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, renovations are underway on all of the hotel's 361 guest rooms and 148 spacious suites. We got the chance to peek into both a not-yet-renovated room and a glammed up one and the difference is amazing.

Pre-renovations, the guest rooms look very much like they have for the past ten years or so. This is actually what the rooms looked like when the hotel was once a Park Hyatt. Ho-hum. We can't decide which is worse--the headboard or the drapes.

Keep reading to see how the rooms look after the renovation!

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Inside a Room at The Just-Opened Ace Hotel Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 929 Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States
January 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Decisions, decisions, decisions. We were completely torn over what snapshot from the just-opened Ace Hotel Los Angeles we should put up first.

That's because the hotel has so many awesome Ace-y things to show off--from the clever penciled artwork on the walls to the Stumptown coffee offerings, the curious library hanging above the front desk, the rooftop pool and lounge with killer views of Downtown LA and the immaculately preserved United Artists theater which was built in 1927.

But we'll show you that Ace goodness tomorrow. Today, we'll take you inside a guest room on the third floor.

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Get Ready For The Garland, Opening in LA This Summer

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  Site Where: 4222 Vineland Ave [map], North Hollywood, CA, United States, 91602
December 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

While you might be decorating your house with garland right now, we're thinking of another kind of Garland right now. Los Angeles' North Hollywood neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley is finally getting a much-needed boutique hotel, giving visitors to Universal Studios a stylish place to rest their head for the night (as opposed to settling for a budget chain nearby.)

The existing Beverly Garland Hotel, founded by the actress in 1970, has just started a $20 million, multi-phase redesign that will culminate in the reopening of the hotel this summer as The Garland. The renovation will upgrade all 242 guest rooms, 14 suites and public spaces with a new look designed by Forchielli Glynn, who have designed the suites at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. The Garland will also get a pool bar and a new "secret garden" outdoor venue for weddings and social events.

While the rooms do look gorgeous, we're most excited for Executive Chef Warren Schwartz's new restaurant. Previously, Schwartz worked at the Viceroy Santa Monica before leaving to open the Westside Tavern on Pico in West LA (which is still one of our fave pre/post-movie dinner spots.) Here at The Garland, Schwartz will open The Front Yard when the hotel reopens this summer. In the meantime, he's running Warren's Blackboard, an experimental sort of restaurant that will show off the "culturally diverse Los Angeles food culture." Eater LA says, "Think Korean braised short rib with spiced pumpkin and spinach; pappardelle with lamb tomato ragu; and churros with dulce de leche ice cream."

Yum. Heading out to the Valley never sounded so good.

As you can tell, the hotel is open through the renovations. We found rooms for next weekend for $169 a night.

[Photo: The Garland]