Weekend Getaways

Los Angeles Tour: Sunset Strip

1 London West Hollywood

Plant-lined arches line the outside of this British-themed hotel, which is located just south of the Sunset Strip. The interior has gilded accents throughout, and all of the 223 suites have textured walls, flowing drapes, and mismatched lounge seating. No room is smaller than 750 square feet. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay helms his signature, namesake restaurant at The London, along with more casual Boxwood Café. The dining room is outfitted with pink banquettes, golden chadeliers, and many mirrors; dishes might include gingered shrimp tortellini or herb-crusted Chateaubriand. There’s also a 24-hour fitness center, though the London’s standout feature may be the rooftop pool, which has 360-degree views of the surrounding city.

2 The Griddle Café

On Sunset Boulevard, wake up with a breakfast suited for champions, not carb-conscious celebrities. There are 18 over-sized hotcakes to choose from on the all-day menu, from basic buttermilk to sugar bombs topped with whipped cream, streusel, and caramel. The "Saturday Morning Fever" is swirled with Baileys and Kahlua, while "Scotch on the Rocks" is filled with coconut, pecans, and butterscotch chips. And French toast fans have just as tough a decision to make when ordering. Don't leave without a trucker hat, apron or, even thong undies graphically emblazoned with the Griddle's signature stack.

Best sides: Cinnamon apples or bananas baked with brown sugar.

3 The Standard, Hollywood

Desert Nights at the Standard hotel is a great way to check out bands in a casual—yet very Hollywood—setting. Wednesday nights.

4 Laurel Hardware

Laurel Hardware has a healthy and delicious kale-and-feta salad.

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