Los Angeles

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Long shunned by the film industry in favor of hipper locales, Hollywood is once again a hot spot teeming with actors, artists, and hungry young studio executives. In-the-know denizens of this L.A. 'burb forsake the tawdry, touristy pop of Hollywoo...
The good news: Based on statistics from major United States airports, in-terminal theft has been steadily declining for the past several years. "And in contrast to general U.S. crime statistics," says LAX crime analyst John Eells, "the numbers ar...
telephone zoneThe new luxury perk: your own cell phoneRemember when cell phones were considered status symbols?Nowadays, business has become so wired (or, more to the point, unwired) that they're being given away. If you fly first-class on Singap...
sydney's new modernismChintz is one thing, but Sydney has long lacked a groovy, posing-in-the-lobby hotel. The Kirketon, in edgy Darlinghurst, fills the gap beautifully, with its champagne bar (a favorite among visiting fashion crews); Fix, a dar...
If the bed is the heart of a hotel, then the bar is its soul. From the colonial swagger of the Chater Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, to the big-martini, big-cigar bar at Chicago's Four Seasons, the hotel bar is never just an outpost. For t...
Next time you breeze through a great hotel lobby, check out the gift shop. You might notice a change. Packs of chewing gum: gone. Logo T-shirts: not there. Plastic lighters: zippo. In their place, you're likely to spot regional crafts, chic place ...
If you have a quarter to feed a coin telescope, you can see forever from the Smurf-blue, AstroTurf deck of the new Standard hotel, past the turrets of West Hollywood châteaux, over the Beverly Hills flats, toward the purpling mass of distant Catal...
In the early 1970's a big outing for my Ohio family usually meant a night at the drive-in, because it was easier on my young parents' tight budget than a regular cinema. Dad would carry my sister and me—bathed and in pajamas—out to our Oldsmobile ...
The latest generation of hands-on science centers and technology museums is launching kids into new levels of exploration. Medics-in-training can confront a 3-D hologram of a mondo germ and guide a laser in a virtual surgery so realistic it's defi...
L.A. sojourn: I usually stay at my brother's house in Pacific Palisades. He's a painter and has a great library of beautiful art books. Film is so image-oriented; I'm always inspired when I visit him. On directing Xiu-Xiu: The Sent Down Girl...
Remember when the future used to be cool?By the year 2000, we'd all be wearing silvery space suits, living under glass domes, and buzzing around in electric cars. Didn't pan out—for the most part. After years of being scorned as glorified golf car...
la dolce villaCardinals, counts, and Russian aristocrats have called Villa La Massa home; little wonder that the owners of Italy's fabled Villa d'Este hotel chose to turn this 15th-century mansion into a 39-room resort. Under a canopy of plane and...
THE CITY OF ANGELS IS A HEAVENLY PLACE FOR FAMILIES. Sure, see Disneyland and Universal City. Beyond that, follow your own road. Step into a role -- cowpoke or surf dude, Beverly Hills princess or culture queen -- and step on the gas. Have a blas...
Welcome to Los Angeles. Are you cool? Serenely suave? You'll fit right in. Located in the Mondrian Hotel, Skybar is a simple, open-air hut offering a panoramic view of Los Angeles and Los Angelenos. Reticence is the theme. You may even oversho...
H. L. Mencken called it "nineteen suburbs in search of a metropolis." But the City of Angels has outgrown this old gripe. There's new construction everywhere, from the Staples Center arena to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Getty Center has spur...