To be an expert in all things travel, you’ve got to do a lot of it. Following a recent visit to West Hollywood in Los Angeles, we asked Laila, one of our senior travel managers, to give us insight into the spots to see, places to stay and eat. Read on to discover her three-day itinerary.
As someone who’s always dreamt of going to Los Angeles, when the opportunity to visit with Air New Zealand and the West Hollywood Tourism Board popped up, I certainly didn’t hesitate. With my sights set on the sunnier California climes, I was getting myself ready for a busy three-day itinerary exploring West Hollywood.
West Hollywood is a creative city, 4.9 square kilometers in size and located at the base of the Hollywood Hills. Often referred to as WeHo, it sits adjacent to Beverly Hills and is where visitors will find some of LA’s leading hotels, trendy boutiques, the Design District, notable restaurants and Sunset Strip – it’s the perfect central base for exploring the City of Lights.
My trip began with an Air New Zealand flight from London Heathrow to Los Angeles. Their flights depart daily and take around eleven hours on average. I’m surprised to say, as someone who isn’t the biggest fan of long-distance air travel, I couldn’t have been more comfortable. We left London around 3.20pm, landing in Los Angeles at 8.00pm so I was optimistic that jet lag wasn’t going to be too much of a hindrance.
Swanning off the flight feeling as fresh as ever, we headed for what would be our accommodation for the next few days: Sunset Marquis. Located moments away from the Sunset Strip’s legendary comedy clubs, bars and live music venues, this hotel is right at the heart of the West Hollywood action. Set amongst its own 3.25-acre garden oasis, the property boasts 152 suites and villas, two outdoor pools, a bar, the delicious restaurant Cavatina, and a spa with an indulgent treatment menu. I had a peruse around the hotel before heading straight to bed to get a good night’s sleep before a busy day of adventuring.
Day two began with an early breakfast at Sunset Marquis followed by a West Hollywood and Beverly Hills Electric Bike Tour with Bikes & Hikes LA. It was a great immersive way to explore the local area; rather than sitting idle on a bus, you’re right in the midst of the city’s bustle, cycling through the infamous LA traffic! We covered around 19km of distance, riding by notable sites like Spadena House, Greystone Mansion, Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue. We stopped at Le Parc Suite Hotel for lunch before spending the afternoon doing site visits around some of the area’s most popular hotels. My favourite of the bunch was Kimpton La Peer Hotel, located at the heart of the Design District. It had the most beautiful interiors, amazing artwork and intricate details, all curated by Icelandic designer Gulla Jónsdóttir. To top it off, the seasonal tasting menu we were treated to at the hotel’s restaurant, Viale dei Romani, was absolutely delectable–a real trip highlight!
Our final full day in Los Angeles was packed to the brim with activities (a slightly daunting thought post-19km bike ride!). We eased into it with a rooftop yoga class at Petit Ermitage, a charming boutique hotel with an amazing rooftop garden overlooking the city skyline and Hollywood Hills. Next stop was Griffith Park to take on the iconic Hollywood Sign Hike. The perfect blend of fitness-meets-touristing, there’s nothing quite like seeing the city from this angle. We stopped by the London West Hollywood Hotel for dinner, before ending the evening with a comedy show at world-famous The Comedy Store.
Before I knew it I was back on an Air New Zealand flight en route to London. Short but sweet, my trip to Los Angeles was incredible and I now feel well-versed in all things West Hollywood. If this captivating corner of the city piques your interest, I’d be thrilled to help plan your own tailor-made trip (here, or anywhere else in the world.) Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0) 207 384 6318.