If you’re longing for a taste of true L.A. style, get a room at the Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza (251 S. Olive St., 213/617-3300, www.omnihotels.com, $266). From the grand exterior to the elegant lobby and on up to your room, the light colors, live plants, and lovely accents will make you feel rich, even if just for one night.
Your room or suite will have plush mattresses and your choice of pillows, stylish decor, plushy towels and robes, and all the right amenities to make your stay perfect. If you’re in town for business, you can get a room complete with a fax machine, copier, and office supplies. On the other hand, if you’re on vacation with your family you can get a suite decorated especially to delight your children—with a closing door to an adult bedroom to delight you.
You can dine at this magnificent hotel, choosing between the Noe Restaurant and the Grand Cafe. Take a swim in the lap pool or a run on the exercise equipment in the large fitness room. Relax with a massage, hot river rock treatment, or facial at the Spa at Omni. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find it at the Omni.
If you’re yearning to stay someplace with a movie history, book a room at the Westin Bonaventure (404 S. Figueroa, 213/624-1000, www.starwoodhotels.com, $250). The climactic scene of the Clint Eastwood thriller In the Line of Fire was filmed in one of the unusual elevators in the glass-enclosed, four-leaf-clover-shaped high-rise building. This hotel complex has every single thing you’d ever need: shops, restaurants, a day spa, a concierge, and plenty of nice guest rooms.
You’ll find your rooms comfortable and convenient, complete with fancy beds and clean spacious bathrooms. Views range from fairly innocuous streets of L.A. to panoramic cityscapes. The most fun restaurant and lounge to visit at the Bonaventure is without doubt the Bona Vista Lounge, which revolves slowly 360° at the top of the building.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition