ANDAZ West Hollywood

ANDAZ West Hollywood by www.carlosmeliablog.com ANDAZ West Hollywood  |  Los Angeles, United States  |  This week we stayed at the ANDAZ West Hollywood, yes the same one that made the news this week for the LGBT Wedding of the Editor in Chief of The Advocate Magazine. For those of you not familiar with the brand, ANDAZ represents a refreshing take on the boutique-style hotel by Hyatt Hotels (aka. sort of the W Hotels for Starwood), offering an atmosphere that is personal, vibrant and uncomplicated. Each hotel features the most adventurous, globally influenced design, yet also inhabits the sights, sounds and tastes of its surrounding neighborhood. Located over Sunset Boulevard, just a few steps away from La Cienaga Boulevard, in the heart of West Hollywood and close to Beverly Hills.

We stayed at a Suite, which was very comfortable, located on the 10th floor. These expansive one-bedroom accommodations offer a total of 800 square feet of space and views of the legendary Sunset Strip and Los Angeles city skyline. Enjoy listening to your Geneva Sound System among striking modern décor and artwork including Eero Aarnio’s playful orange abstract plastic puppy, Harry Bertoia’s trademark Bar Stools and an aluminum Cellula chandelier accentuated by Swarovski crystal pendants. Suites feature a separate living and sitting area as well as a sunroom with floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure that you don’t miss a minute of the Hollywood happenings. Andaz West Hollywood is a non-smoking hotel. LATHER bath and body products.

ANDAZ West Hollywood by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe hotel has a fantastic 24 hour fitness center, overlooking Sunset Boulevard, but this is something that you find at most luxury or 5-star hotels within the Los Angeles area. The rooftop pool is quite nice as well, despite we were not very lucky with the weather, as you can see by the photos below. The views from the pool are not the most spectacular.

ANDAZ West Hollywood by www.carlosmeliablog.com ANDAZ West Hollywood by www.carlosmeliablog.comSome of the amenities I enjoyed were: Free WiFi Access, limited on bandwidth, but still good for emails and work matters. Free pastries, coffee and tea every morning at the lobby. Complimentary, non-alcoholic minibar that is replenished daily. Free access to MAC Stations and printers.

ANDAZ West Hollywood by www.carlosmeliablog.comANDAZ West Hollywood by www.carlosmeliablog.comSince we were on a very tight schedule and social events for Rubin Singer Couture, we did not have time to try/experience the restaurant at the hotel. But we did order room services for breakfast every morning, and it was fine in quality and price.
ANDAZ West Hollywood by www.carlosmeliablog.com ANDAZ West Hollywood by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe hotel offers Valet Parking. The cost was approx. USD 30 x day with unlimited times. Usually they were very good with timing, and having the car ready.
ANDAZ West Hollywood by www.carlosmeliablog.comI really enjoy the concept and style by ANDAZ properties. The only comment I have about ANDAZ West Hollywood, which I have not experience at the other properties in the past, is that they perhaps  border too much with informality. When the Front Desk Agent or Valet Parking calls you “Dude”, I mean, I truly enjoy sophisticated things that are also the most simple, but maybe they go a bit beyond simplicity. What do you think ?  Overall, a great stay, location and reasonable price. Mostly, we were happy to stay in a LAX hotel, which didn’t have the stereotype LAX attitude and crowd, where everyone thinks is someone, if you know what I mean. The views of the Hollywood Hills on one side and the Sunset Strip and downtown Los Angeles were a plus. Andaz West Hollywood the most sophisticated things are also the most simple. You may read my reviews staying at other ANDAZ properties in the past here. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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SOHO House Los Angeles

SOHO House Los Angeles  |  Los Angeles, United States  |  The other afternoon, invited by the FABULOUS Tony Awards nominated and lead actress playing Judy Garland at The End of the Rainbow Tracie Bennette, we came to the SOHO House Los Angeles, to have some drinks enjoying the stunning views of the city. Later we had the pleasure to have the gorgeous Denise Vasi joining us.
If you are looking for a true happening and exclusive spot in Los Angeles, then SOHO House is the place to be seen and see. Opened in spring 2010, Soho House West Hollywood is the second American House and occupies the top two floors of the 14-storey, 9200 Sunset Boulevard. The bar in the Sky Penthouse offers views over LA.
With 180 degree views over Los Angeles, the 30 ft long Club Bar is an ideal spot to relax and unwind. Reclaimed parquet floors, vintage furniture and booths set the scene. Our choice, great cocktails, and of course I have to had my classic Filthy Vodka Martini up with three huge olives.

The terrace garden dining area is lined with olive trees and covered by a retractable roof. There is also a comfortable sitting room and a private dining and bar area for members’ events and screenings. Soho House was founded in London, in 1995, as a private members’ club for those in film, media and creative industries. The Group has since expanded to include Houses across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, spas and hotels. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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On Route 66 Lights

On Route 66 Lights |  West Hollywood, California |  Presented by the city of West Hollywood in collaboration with The Museum of Neon Art. A guide to to vintage and contemporary NEON on Historic Route 66 and the Sunset Boulevard. Amongst the greatest symbols of Americana are Uncle Sam and the Route 66 Shield. The historic 66 was given to the Chicago-Santa Monica roadway in 1926. During the Great Depression, Route 66 was a road of hope for numerous poor families escaping from the Dust Bowl for the promise of a new beginning in Souther California.

WEHOWest Hollywood – Neon sing. During the heyday of early Hollywood’s silent movie era, a dirt road served as the main commuter route between Beverly Hills and Hollywood. This dirt road became Sunset Boulevard. Nightclubs, hotels, and “naughty places” sprung up along the 1.3 miles stretch in what is now West Hollywood.
The Sunset Strip, or better know as the The Strip, was born. Playground for celebrities, Drug – Sex and Rock n Roll. Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra just to name a few… Home of famous nightclubs, and in the present home of venues such us Viper Room and the Whiskey Go Go, all warm up venues for famous artist before going on tour.
During my stay in Los Angeles, I made it a challenge to gather as many of the NEON signs as possible to later share them with all of you. And I dare and challenge you all to do the same on your next visit to West Hollywood. The one above for example is the Baby Blues BBQ.
Trunks NEON Sign. A West Hollywood gay bar with a vertical neon sing right off Santa Monica Boulevard. Off course featuring the classic Rainbow colors. Hello as Santa Monica Boulevard would need any extra… ha ha ha
RAGE NEON Sign. Its neon sign says it all in a simple, serif font. As for what’s going on behind the deceptively plain facade, grab a friend and a cocktail and find out yourself.
Pleasure Chest NEON Sign. Ohhhh come on, we all know this one ha ha ha …. The red neon glow covered by the foliage, but the message is very clear. They sell sex with class. Toys for him, her and everyone in between.

(*) Museum of Neon Art, Santa Monica Boulevard. Was  founded in Los Angeles in 1981. Currently located in the Old Bank district of Downtown Los Angeles.  MONA – Museum of Neon Art – offer an energizing, colorful experience through changing exhibits of neon art, glass and kinetic works and a premier collection of historic neon signs. For more information visit www.neonmona.org

The Eveleigh Restaurant

The Eveleigh Restaurant | Los Angeles, West Hollywood, California |  The Eveleigh or The Eve(r)leigh as how the entire staff at the restaurant pronounced it… go figure where the “r” is hiding, came highly recommended by the last issue of the MONOCLE Magazine as on of the Best New Restaurants to discover and experience 2011. Well, I guess that even them can be wrong every so often… Being that I was coming to Los Angeles for a week, I specifically kept this recommendation in mind and planned to come and check this brand new restaurant in town. The outcome average food, poor service in a nice laid back style and environment.
Hey it is just a matter of personal taste, or the experience you get on your own visit, right. Maybe they still need some more time to settle. Or maybe I am just too spoiled. But the general consensus among all those present in our table, was that the service was pretty lame. The Eveleigh opened a few month ago in West Hollywood in a refurbished country style 1923 building, by the management of the same owners of Ruby’s Cafe in Nolita, New York City.
Located right on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of WEHOWest Hollywood. Hard to spot by the facade, that looks like a private house. The ambience is very relaxed and friendly. Communal dinning tables of approximately 10 people each. (we were a group of 5 sharing with another group of 5 right next to us, which I was not too thrilled about to be honest).
The food was OK. This means regular presentation, short menu with average taste. Nothing to rave about it and far, at least on my point of view, as to be mentioned as one of the best restaurants. My choice for the night were: Roasted White Fish Kale, Romesco Salsa, Braised Artichoke hearts (USD 22). For dessert, since we were 5 in the table and they had 5 options, we did a little degustation of Baked Pear Crumble (USD 9), Warm Bitter Chocolate Cake (USD 9), Yogurt Vanilla Panna Cotta (USD 9), Frozen Dark Chocolate Sandwich (USD 10) and the king of the night, the Eveleigh Donuts, everyones favorite.
Drinks and Wine list were very good, specially three of them… the Sad Bastard (Bourbon, Gin, Ginger, Clove, Lime, Bitters), Evelation (Hendrick’s Gin, Ginger, Lemon and Rose Water) and the Poor Carlito which I assumed was created in my name foreseeing my overall experience at The Eveleigh.
The million dollar question is… Would I return to The Eveleigh ? Probably NOT. Would I recommend it to others? … Probably YES, warning and making very clear that it is a very laid back experience, not for special occasions or for those visiting Los Angeles only for a few nights.
West Hollywood is FULL of wonderful and exciting restaurants, which I will blog about during this next few days, so no worries there are plenty of great options to choose from.

(*) The Eveleigh Restaurant |  West Hollywood, 8752 Sunset Boulevard  |  Tel. 424.239.1630  |  www.theeveleigh.com