Weekend Getaways

Los Angeles Tour: West Hollywood

1 Voda Spa

Inside the dark-gray, hulking exterior of this 15,000-square-foot facility lies a European-inspired spa with modern luxuries and style. A water-wall and floating staircase greet visitors upon entry, and the spa boasts two Russian saunas, a Turkish wet steam bath, a Finnish dry sauna, and ten treatment rooms. Voda also has a salon and numerous pools, and services all senses by offering the Voda Cafe (serving healthy California cuisine) and the V Room Lounge, with a full bar. Plasma flat-screens illuminate the modernity, while Russian-speaking staff members provide an air of legitimacy to the experience.

2 Ron Herman

L.A.’s young and fab make regular pilgrimages to this warren of shops housed beneath a vine-covered roof. Shimmery-blond stay-at-home-moms peruse knit hip-length cardigans, film producers in wrinkled dress shirts pick up Prada ombre loafers, and out-of-work actresses in leopard-print heels stop by Mauro’s Café for crisp baby-arugula salads.

Tip: Don’t ignore the walls when you’re refueling at the café, which moonlights as a gallery; the installations (like a recent series of original black-and-white photos of the Rolling Stones by Philip Townsend) are pretty impressive.

3 Sunset Tower Hotel

Gorgeously revived in 2006 by hotelier Jeff Klein, this 1929 Art Deco landmark was once an apartment building to the stars (John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra all had crash pads here). Though it’s been a hotel since the 1980’s, the building’s glamorous new incarnation finally does justice to its extraordinary “bone structureâ€

Bar Marmont Credit : Nikolas Koenig

4 Bar Marmont

Part of the iconic Chateau Marmont hotel, this restaurant and cocktail lounge is a magnet for Hollywood’s A-list, with former patrons including Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the cast of Mad Men. The interior blends classic design elements—such as decorative mirrors and long red banquettes—with unusual touches like faux monarch butterflies pinned to the ceiling. There’s also a swanky bar area, with dim red lighting and live DJ’s spinning a mix of electro and hip-hop music. In the kitchen, Spotted Pig alum Carolynn Spence prepares Italian-inspired dishes like bacon-wrapped bourbon apples, and tagliatelle pasta with lamb ragoût.

Ago Credit : Rachel Levin

5 Ago

Agostino Sciandri and actor Robert De Niro teamed to open this Tuscan trattoria in 1997. Out front, there are cypress and olive trees, as well as an enclosed patio to protect against (rare) inclement weather. The dining room itself has an exhibition kitchen and a glass and steel bar. The key piece of kitchen equipment is the wood-burning oven, which eschews pizzas in favor of proteins like a 22-ounce T-bone steak and baby rack of lamb. Other choices include the pounded and breaded veal chop, cylindrical paccheri pasta with lamb ragú, and tomato-based seafood risotto. Dolci are classic Italian, consisting of cannoli, tiramisu, and gelato.

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