ATLA On The Town: The Bonaventure and The SLS Hotel

ATLA On The Town: The Bonaventure and The SLS Hotel

Beth Zeigler
Mar 2, 2009

020209sls-03.jpgWe were lucky enough to be invited to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's reception (which was held in conjunction with the College Art Association's Annual Conference in Los Angeles last week). Our adventure started at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and ended with a private dinner at The Bazaar at the famed SLS Hotel...

We met Gita of Gita and Associates this past summer at a Moss event and kept in touch. So when she called last week and invited us to hang with Wellington "Duke" Reiter and the SAIC crew we immediately said yes. We found out that the CAA is responsible for all things art but ultimately, its main focus is to "to cultivate the ongoing understanding of art as a fundamental form of human expression" (we dig that). While we didn't attend any conference lectures on Friday evening, we did get to experience two of LA's famed landmarks--the Bonaventure and the SLS Hotel.

If you've never headed downtown to see the Bonaventure--it's a must see. It's gigantic scale and vintage space aged architectural look is reason alone to pay the hotel a visit. We found out that the 1976 hotel has been used as a backdrop for Die Hard, Blue Thunder, This is Spinal Tap, Strange Days, Rainman, Forget Paris, In the Line of Fire, and True Lies.

The Bazaar Restaurant

After getting acquainted with the Bonaventure our journey took us to Beverly Hills for a private dinner with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago crew. The SLS hotel should be on an Angelino's to-do list. The entire space can only be described as carnival chic with its own Moss Gallery on display. Philippe Starck is the brainchild behind the eclectic design. If you stop by on the weekend, tarot readers, cotton candy machines and caricature artists are complimentary. Their website is a great introduction before you make the trip down to see what all the fuss is about.

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