This past January, my girlfriend and I took a quick 3-day trip away from cold NYC to visit a couple of my friends out in LA.
E and I had been living at her apartment, and since it was more of a “me temporarily staying” situation not a full-blown me living there situation, it had been a time. We needed some room to stretch our legs, have a change in scenery, and get some much needed sun on our faces.
West Hollywood provided just that.
Similar to New York, and most major cities, LA has a lot of different areas to explore. This time around, since we were visiting friends who live in West Hollywood, we stuck to that little pocket of town. That fun, gay little pocket.
Where To Stay:
Near the Airport $
We stayed in the cutest little guest house 5 minutes (literally!) from LAX after our flight to Cali because we landed at about 12:30am. If you need a place to lay your head that’s comfy, clean, and has every amenity you can think of – this is it. Robes, towels, snacks, coffee, juice, beer, wine, tea, toiletries, laundry, a cute private backyard patio area – you name it, they have it. Seriously check this place out!
In West Hollywood:
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How amazing is this room?!
One new fact about me, I love boutique hotels. I like the charm and flair they tend to have and this one definitely didn’t fall short. We ended up here because we needed somewhere to stay for a night and it’s actually directly across the street from my friend’s apartment (we literally waved to them from our room haha). All the rooms are suite style, so if you want to stay somewhere with the amenities of an apartment and the perks of a hotel this place is for you.
It’s in a great location right between Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevard so there is a ton nearby that is walk-able. They also have a rooftop pool (which is small, but nice) and a rooftop tennis court. There is a restaurant in the hotel (which we didn’t have a chance to try) and a separate cafe area for your morning coffee or quick breakfast needs.
Some other hotel suggestions:
Sunset Marquis $$$
The Jeremy $$$$
As for J + B’s gorgeous WeHo gem of an apartment, also inhabited by the one and only Kathy– unfortunately unavailable.
Where to Eat
Night+Market – Some of the best Thai I’ve ever eaten! Make sure you get the “party wings”!
Gracias Madre – vegan Mexican
Manpuku – Korean BBQ
Norah – American
Tender Greens – now this is what I call quick-service food (and yes, that’s wine)
Urthh Caffe – all organic, very LA
In-N-Out (not quite WeHo but worth the short Uber)
Things To Do
- Go to a Drag show or two! You won’t be disappointed, especially when some of these ladies are straight from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
- Treat yourself to a massage at The NOW. They seriously need to open up a location in NYC because I have never felt so relaxed.
Hike Runyon Canyon
Check out Chataeu Marmont
Get cultured at the LACMA
Rest & Relaxation is Key
There is so much more to do in West Hollywood, as well as LA, but I hope you found this helpful! The most important thing for me when on vacation, especially in a place like California that has such a lax vibe, is (try) to adapt to that kind of mindset and just go with the flow.
Let me know your favorite area of California in the comments below, maybe we’ll head there next!