The inspiration behind Sorted Travel’s logo. My best friend Peter moved to LA about 10 years ago, which is when I first visited: it was love at first sight. Here are just a few of the many many reasons why my heart lives in LA.
8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
I will always love this hotel. The service, location and price is always a perfect fit for me. In LA it’s tough to walk from place to place. As a New Yorker, something I love to do is walk. There is an amazing Juice Bar called earthbar and a delicious natural food restaurant called Hugo’s - both within walking distance of the Mondrian. This is what the Mondrian LA’s renovated studio suite rooms look like - so huge and that TV rotates so you can watch from bed or the living area!
Anyone who knows me knows my obsession with a (good) burger. They are my favorite food! There are 3 locations in Los Angeles, a few outside of LA and looks like they just opened one in San Francisco. I can’t bring myself to order something other than the Umami burger and I prefer the Los Feliz + Fred Segal locations.Shitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, umami ketchup. I am drooling typing this.
500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Fred Segal Shopping and lunch = a perfect day! (As mentioned, there’s an Umami at Fred Segal.) I think LA gets a bad rep for its (non) fashion but I actually really like it!! With an affinity for preserved youth, the inner hippie, inner beach bum and vintage clothing/furniture, HOW CAN YOU HATE THIS!!? I’m not so much into the Ed Hardy or the plastic stripper clothes but whatever, I support looking and feeling young and fun. I love looking through the collections at Fred Segal.
And the fact that I learned about this store from the movie Clueless makes it even more special. "Lucy!! Where’s my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal?!”
I’m wearing the last thing I purchased from here.
A magical beach town where you can rent bikes, ride between Venice and Santa Monica, see magicians, watch skateboarders and see where Jim Morrisson lived. It’s kind of a freak show but in the best possible way. There’s also great shopping on Abbot Kinney which GQ voted the “coolest block in America” in April 2012. Something else I love is how well classic cars “live” in LA. You’ll see some of the most beautifully preserved vintage cars. I’m going to guess this is a 1969 Mercedes 280 SE.
GRIFFITH PARK + OBSERVATORY
2800 E Observatory Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Something else I love about LA is the fitness focus. While there is tons of partying going on, it feels like everyone also manages to stay in shape. Everyone is outside running or swimming or surfing or on their way to a spin/yoga/pilates/bootcamp class. You can’t help but feel inspired to work out. LA is the only destination that I can guarantee I will use the gym clothes I pack. A great way to see the city while getting your sweat on is to hike Griffith Park (not at dusk – there are wild coyotes), check out the observatory and watch the sunset. Great exercise, breathtaking views and great for people watching.
NUCH THAI MASSAGE
5300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
40$ for an hour-long massage!! Be prepared for no frills, total relaxation, really strong sort of assisted-yoga-type massage and you have to change into the shirt + shorts set they give you. You will leave feeling like a new person!! I like Nuch in Hollywood - it is worth every single penny.
MR C BEVERLY HILLS
I had the pleasure of staying here recently and felt like a princess!! This amazing 137 room property by Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani (of restaurant Cipriani) opened in 2011 and features beautiful design, hardwood floors, leather details, gorgeous bathrooms, incredible service and a private balcony in each room. I love a smaller property because you get extra specialized service. There is a beautiful restaurant called Picca that is literally around the corner from the hotel and DELICIOUS - everything on the menu is ridiculous.
Spend a day (or 10) on the beach in Malibu. The drive along the PCH is gorgeous, you will see some of the most beautiful homes you’ve ever seen in your life and if you’re hungry, stop off at Malibu Seafood. Nothing like a fresh tan and some fresh seafood. Drooling. This sums up how I feel about Los Angeles.