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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.
We thought maybe this was just another April Fool's Joke but the W Westwood is actually offering a fashion pop-up shop in the form of a mobile truck. Think food truck but with all the latest fashions!
The Le Fashion Truck will come to the hotel every second Friday of the month this spring and summer, starting April 12 and running through August 9. Inside the stylish pink jalopy will be a variety of merchandise from handmade jewelry, handbags, designer tees, vintage fashions and more. There will even be a dressing room on hand so you can try stuff on before plopping down the cash (or let's be real, plastic.)
Even though the W Westwood is walking distance to the shops in UCLA village and the new City Target as well as Brentwood and Beverly Hills, having Le Fashion Truck outside will make it more convenient for guests who need something special for their night out in LA. Rates at the W on April 12 start at $246 a night.
[Photo: Le Fashion Truck/Facebook]
Let's face it, dining al fresco is one of L.A.'s collective pastimes. Lots of restaurants even let you bring your Beverly Hills chihuahua with you. But the W Hotel Los Angeles Westwood is going one step further and now has a pet-friendly 'Fido's Kitchen' menu at The Backyard Restaurant.
Available exclusively at the restaurant, the food is suitably L.A. fresh and healthy, too. If you saw 'Organic Chicken, Free Range Eggs and Brown Rice' on a menu, you might order it for yourself, no? Well, here the dish is called Stella's Mutt"za" Balls and we're assuming it's priced a little lower than the human meals (or at least, we hope).
Other menu highlights include Milo's Chopped Veggie & Chicken Salad and the Knuckle's Frozen "POP!"--organic yogurt, mashed banana and peanut butter.
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The Oscars have come and gone but celebrities are still skulking around Los Angeles Hotels.
Over at the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Westwood you're bound to see a gorgeous young starlet who hangs out there. A girl with long glossy waves, big brown eyes, and major acting chops--that is, if by acting you mean rolling over or playing dead.
Yes, we're talking about a dog--Luna, the Cocker Spaniel in residence at Hotel Palomar, and one of Kimpton's Directors of Pet Relations.
We haven't had the chance to meet Luna yet, but L.A. pet photographer Grace Chon dropped by the hotel to take these shots of Miss Luna and tells us that she is as sweet as pie--such a rarity in Hollywood.
Like it or not, the holiday season has officially begun. So while you're drawing up your Christmas wish lists or plotting out the best strategy for door-busting on Black Friday, don't forget to plan out your hotel stay. From now through New Year's Eve, we'll be pulling out the holiday hotel news, deals and events we think are the best (or the worst.) Got a question about booking a hotel over the holidays or what to do when staying in a hotel over the holidays? Let us know!
We love this time of the year not just for the Mariah Carey Christmas album, the Ginger Spice lattes from Starbucks or the ugly holiday sweater parties we can attend but it's also when hotels attempt the impossible--ice-skating rinks in warm weather.
For instance this Friday, The W Los Angeles--Westwood will once again open their signature hybrid ice rink which in true W fashion is given the one-word moniker, CHILL.
If you've ever envied the perks that guests received when at a W hotel, you can now get the W treatment at the W Los Angeles-Westwood without spending the night.
The hotel just started offering WIP—W Important People—Platinum membership that gives members year-round access to the hotel's popular amenities, like its pool and fitness center. Plus, it will try to get you to stay the night by offering 25 percent off of hotel rates and free room upgrades and WiFi.
But not just anyone can join—the program sounds almost like a hotel country club. To become a WIP, it'll cost you $1,800 and you will have to apply. A committee will meet to go over the applications and select new members one a year.
If you can rock dance games like Just Dance 2 and Michael Jackson: The Experience for Wii harder than J.Lo, bring your moves and your own background dancers to the W Los Angeles Westwood. The L.A. hotel will start WTF?!—which stands for "Whiskey Tech Fun"—game night this Wednesday with prizes including games from Ubisoft and a gift certificate for bottle service.
Even better, you get to drink for free just for participating in the competition. Teams of four will get a cocktail ticket each; teams of five to nine will receive a cocktail pitcher (which could hold anything from margaritas to mojitos); teams of 10 or more will get a bottle of premium alcohol. That would make us dance for joy.
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We popped in the Wilshire Corridor hotel yesterday to see how it's been holding up after opening two years ago. And we think the rooms and amenities have actually improved since we did our first sneak peek in 2008.
Ok, so the desk's awesome plug panel and the room's ginormous flat-screen TV have always been there, same with the free WiFi for Kimpton InTouch members.
But the Palomar has really upped the goodie factor from Francis Ford Coppola's wine and tons of treats in the minibar to the animal-print pajamas in the closet, jogging maps for the LA/Westwood area on the desk, an easy-to-read in-room dining menu from the restaurant, BLVD 16 and the "Forgot It? We've Got It Program", we don't think we'd want for anything staying here.
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Last night we attended the 10th birthday party for the original W Hotel in Los Angeles--The W Los Angeles-Westwood. Yes, this fine property is 10 years old and to celebrate, the hotel threw a fun poolside bash in its new Escape Lounge (which is essentially a new name for the pool area and its cabanas.)
As guests flitted about drinking, socializing and tasting (there was a cabana devoted to serving Asian chicken salad), a bubble machine was spewing bubbles around the pool area. It was cute and fun and apparently, addictive as we heard one not-so-young man say, "I have this problem, I am addicted to bubbles!" and then he promptly went off to pop some bubbles.
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We're not big fans of hotel appearances on reality TV shows simply because the trashy cast often starring in these train wrecks never make the hotel look good. Seriously, the only way a hotel could be shown in a positive light on a reality TV show is if the show involved Betty White, Justin Bieber, President Obama and Oprah hotel-hopping and staying in the finest suites. But that's just our opinion.
Nevertheless, there are people out there obsessed with reality shows and this is where TV-addicts often get their vacation ideas. Which is probably why the Hotel Palomar Westwood in Los Angeles has created their "It's Reality" reality TV package where guests can shop, dine and visit the hot spots featured on today's top reality shows.
If you're bored of eating your usual PBJ sandwich for lunch, hightail it to the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles - Westwood. The hotel's BLVD 16 will give out free grab-and-go lunches on May 20 to the first 100 people who visit the restaurant.
The grab-and-go giveaway starts at 11:30 a.m., so take that lunch break a little early to claim your PBJ alternative. As part of the complimentary meal, you'll get a gourmet sandwich, chips and a beverage. The chef will choose the sammie, though there will be a meat option and a vegetarian one.
We have to hand it to Kathy Griffin. She announced she would be getting a pap smear poolside at the Hotel Palomar Westwood on Friday and she actually went through with it, wearing a bikini and heels no less!
Kathy's public pap smear was conducted by a legit medical physician and beneath the chair was a giant sign that said, "Tell Cancer to Suck It." Griffin went public with a private check-up to educate women around the world about health and cancer awareness.
"I started talking to girlfriends of mine, my age and younger, and I just can't believe how many women are afraid to get a Pap smear or they forget or they've gone 10 years without doing one," she said. "The message is, if you see me doing something so outrageous-some may say repulsive-that should make it easier for you to pick up the phone and call your doctor and go get one in the privacy of your own doctor's office."