I always get a boost when someone comes to town and invites me for a drink at their hotel.
First off, I can order top shelf because they've always got plenty of cash in their per diem.
But more importantly, LA has some pretty magical hotels with lobbies that host some of the best Interior Design I've ever seen.
Just entering the lobby of the Hotel Roosevelt forces you into flashback- you can almost see Clark Gable and Carol Lombard ducking into an elevator. The entire Hotel has been refurbished. And I promise you a walk around will fill your head with outrageous ideas for your pad.
For me, the LA Hotel Lobby Mecca has to be at the Chateau Marmont. First up, it truly can take a lifetime to get there. Even if you're willing to pay the valet $20.00 to park, chances are their three spots are full. So say a prayer and start the steep climb from Sunset…as if there's a free spot on Sunset! I promise you it will be worth the hike.
The Lobby captures something so French, yet so Hollywood at the same time. Order yourself a cup of hot chocolate, curl up on a sofa and drink it all in. It will make you almost proud to be an Angelino. AH