Beverly Hills 90210

I just got back from a three night stay with a girlfriend in Beverly Hills. It was a lot of fun! We were determined to do all the trendy things to do during our stay. Here are some of our favourite places.

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

9291 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA  90210
Phone: 310.278.3344

ImageWhen looking into hotels we realized there were two great ways to stay in Beverly Hills when it comes to five stars. You can choose a big hotel (Four Seasons, The Peninsula etc) or there’s a  great boutique selection. Surfing the net for the perfect place we came across L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. They were offering a third night for free rate PLUS they gave us a $54 room credit for our breakfasts. The hotel was really nice. The selling feature for me was their individual patios and their over 675 square feet guest rooms. Plenty of room for two girls. The bathroom was very spacious and ample closet space for the both of us. Service was on par with 5-star boutique. Staff was very friendly and accommodating and we certainly made use of their Mercedes house car (which will drive you anywhere in a 3 mile radius). Even though we had a running toilet for three days it was the only thing on our list of negatives for this hotel. Room service was great. The hotel bar/ lounge is nice and very welcoming. And we even hit the rooftop pool for a day, which was heavenly.

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Here are more places we took in during our trip.

The Ivy

113 North Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 310.274.8303

It was a must-do on our list. The weather was warm and the sun was shining. Definitely a great first lunch date in the area. I called in reservations a week ahead by phone. No troubles getting our table at 2pm. It was busy but there were still a few tables open. The service was excellent. Many waiters to tend to you from the moment you step on the patio. And that goes for everyone, I promise. Their drink list was extensive- they must have a mixologist on site. We both had good salads but it is definitely all about the atmosphere and to check it off LA destinations list. We did not see any celebrities.

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Mastro’s Steakhouse Beverly Hills

246 N. Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA  90210
Phone: 310.888.8782

If you want a great steak in Beverly Hills I highly recommend Mastro’s. It has a very rat pack feel to the place and was very warm and inviting. Try to book into the top floor, which has much more of an atmosphere than downstairs.Great people watching and the tables are close together so there’s lots of good cross table conversation.

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

7000 Hollywood Boulevard                                                                                                                                                                         Hollywood, CA
Phone: (323) 466-7000

Also a must see in Hollywood. How could I not go to a place where Marilyn Monroe hung out by the pool?

(Marilyn Monroe was a resident at the Hollywood Roosevelt for two years when her modeling career took off. Her first magazine shoot was taken on the diving board on the pool behind the hotel, which was recently removed.)

If these walls could talk. The hotel was built in the 20s and they added on a section of hotel rooms by the pool a couple of decades later. Inside the hotel on the Mezzanine floor is a lounge called the Spare Room. It actually has 2 bowling lanes inside. But it they are $100/hour. There’s a real old meats new feel to this place. A very Hollywood feel if such exists. Maybe that’s because there are several ghost stories from hotel patrons and a list of past guests from Charlie Chaplin and Sinatra to Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. It’s not about what you drink but where you drink. Choose to stay inside or take it outside on their pool patio at the Tropicana Bar. It’s like being in another world.

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The W Hollywood

6250 Hollywood Boulevard                                                                                                                            Hollywood, CA
Phone: (323) 798-1300

Down the street from the Roosevelt is the W Hollywood. If you take the Roosevelt Hotel car service it’s $15 and a nice option. We stopped in to check out Drai’s, the rooftop pool bar at the W, but it was closed. I am definitely a W girl. In fact it was my first choice for this trip but it was completely sold out when I tried to book. The lobby is breath taking with a grand spiral staircase. The outdoor lounge was lobby level and a nice change from the Roosevelt. Large fire pits to keep us warm and a fun environment. It was a perfect place for drinks as our last stop in La La Land.

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Shopping

Loehmann’s Beverly Hills

333 South Las Cienega Boulevard                                                                                                                                                                                Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 659-0674

The “mother of all Loehmann’s” is what this location is described on tripadvisor.com. This was my first Loehmann’s experience actually. Designer clothes at discount prices. From Valentino to Marc Jacob this place has hundreds of designer clothes. If you have the time to shop this is the place to stop first. The discounts are really good.

Robertson Boulevard

The shops next to The Ivy are fantastic. We did some of our best shopping there. From Chanel to Lululemon this block has something for everyone. My favourite designer on the block is Monika Chiang. And my favourite shop on the block was Intermix (which also has everything online as well). It is LA living up to its shopping reputation.

Here are some photos from our trip:

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