The Glam editorial team spends a great deal of time on the West Coast. Between awards season and countless red carpet events, we frequently find ourselves driving around Los Angeles. On a recent trip, we had the opportunity to cruise to our favorite hot spots from behind the wheel of the luxe 2014 Lexus GX 460. In Tinseltown, it’s tough to turn heads at the valet; however, we couldn’t help but notice several famous faces staring admiringly at our vehicle. And so with a renewed confidence, we were on our way to explore the best of Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and more. Here are some of our favorite places.
Where to Stay
The Four Seasons Los Angeles, 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, 310-273-2222
If you want to feel like a true Hollywood insider, the Four Seasons is the place to be. With countless celebrities popping in for press junkets, spa treatments, and power lunches at Culina, you’re likely to get a glimpse of A-list action. The hotel staff is top-notch, and the Glam team has long considered this spot a home away from home.
Petit Ermitage, 8822 Cynthia Street, West Hollywood, 310-854-1114
What happens at the Petit stays at the Petit. The charming hideaway is full of whimsical details—plus, the private rooftop pool is the ideal spot for a nightcap. And the hotel’s motto says it all: “A pleasure doing pleasure with you.”
Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310-581-5533
A stay at the Casa del Mar feels like a true vacation. The elegantly appointed beachfront property is the perfect place to pause by the Pacific. Stop by the hotel’s sister property Shutters on the Beach for a haute happy-hour cocktail.
Eden by Eden Sassoon, 8600 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, 310-861-4660
Cruising along Sunset, we recently discovered this unique finishing studio, which offers hair, makeup, and manicures in one convenient location. For post-SoulCycle party prep or a one-stop shop prior to getting glamorous for an upcoming audition, you’ll want to book the Trifecta.
Benjamin With Negin Zand Salon, 8910 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, 424-249-3296
It’s easy to feel intimidated in an L.A. salon, but this spot offers an inclusive approach to beauty. Stellar stylists work their magic in a warm, welcoming environment filled with eclectic art and natural finishes—it almost feels like you’re getting your hair colored at home.
Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge, 8591 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, 310-652-5874
Achieving a subtle smoky eye is sometimes best left to the professionals. Since most of us don’t have a makeup artist on speed dial, we’re often left scrambling around a department store hoping someone is willing to do a touch-up. But this beauty lounge offers the expert touch at an affordable price. Plus, you can browse through a variety of looks to articulate exactly what you’re seeking.
Where to Squeeze in a Workout
Physique 57, 320 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310-271-0570
Devotees look longer and leaner. Physique is a great way to get toned after a long flight or too many nights of partying at the Chateau.
SoulCycle, 8570 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, 310- 657-7685
Reserving a bike during peak hours is harder than making it past the velvet rope at Hollywood’s hottest clubs. With handsome stars known to hop on the instructor bike, SoulCycle offers a consistent workout with just enough eye candy to keep you motivated through the grueling arm series.
Restaurants to Try
Craig’s on Melrose, 8826 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood,310-276-1900
The paparazzi are perpetually camped outside this classic Hollywood establishment. Frequented by industry insiders and pretty starlets alike, Craig’s offers some of the best American fare around.
Madeo, 8897 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 310-859-0242
Old-school Italian at its finest. Plus, we’ve spotted Valentino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston,and Claire Danes here picking at their pasta.
The vibe at Izakaya is simultaneously vibrant and low-key. A fun crowd frequents this spot for its awesome sushi menu and exceptional dishes. The steamed mixed mushrooms wrapped in foil and the seared albacore are musts.
Where to Play
The Phoenix, 14 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 310-289-5925
Who can resist a good game night? The Phoenix combines some of our childhood favorites with a bumping crowd. Pop in for a naughty game of Jenga complete with handwritten dares or a stimulating round of Guess Who.