Hello everyone! Hope you are all very well indeed.
To be frank! We’re still not over LA.
Plans are already in motion for a big return next year, but until then we will just have to keep looking at our pictures and videos, and remember all those cool places, those feelings, and everyone we met who made it an unforgettable trip.
So we continue with our top places to visit if you ever get the chance to go. We highly encourage you all. We’re already declining nights out to save! ….Okay, well we’re trying!
(Photo taken from Petite Ermitage website)
This utterly stylish bohemian hot spot sits in the hills of West Hollywood, and oh my gosh, our impromptu decision to check this place out after dining at the Eveleigh bar (AMAZE BTW) was the best decision we ever made. We didn’t realise it was a members only place, but I think we got in due to our outfits. It was a Thursday night and the hotel was hosting a 70s themed bash playing the Bee Gees, Jackson 5, James Brown and and Kool and the Gang. Fortunately for us we’re both going through a 70s style vibe so we think that’s why they let us up. The red poppers and green flared jumpsuit hooked a sista up! But we’re digressing, let’s get to the point of why this place is hot on our LA list….
From the strong aroma of burning incense in the small lobby, to the thick faux fur blankets on the rooftop terrace this place screams Super Fly! (the movie that is). The rooftop pool was insane, and we honestly felt like we were on the set of a 70s movie. Red stripy sunbeds adorned the poolside while hippie huts with candles and fairy lights provided more intimate settings. Cushions with Indian prints and hints of Marrakesh were sprawled across the beds – we just wanted to face plant every bit of furniture. The bar area had a glass wall allowing guests to look out onto West Hollywood and the rooftop garden had paths veering off into different private sections. The view was like something out of a fairy tale, and the fact we were surrounded by film makers, actors, song writers made it feel like we were at some glam after party or something.
We danced our asses off and ended up sitting around that lavish pool with our American mates as we drunk all the gin and prosecco. A night we will NEVER forget!
Caroline Flack stayed here recently, and we couldn’t get enough of her insta stories.
S A N T A M O N I C A
Whilst in LA we visited Hermosa beach, Malibu beach and Manhattan beach – which were all too incredible for words. But Santa Monica just felt like a place we would live if were lucky enough to migrate to LA. Yes, we’ve talked about this. It just had an edge of something else.
The first time we went was late in the evening so naturally we checked out the bars along the sea front. We heart Santa Monica bars. Like we said, there’s just an element of ‘cool’ to this place. It’s really laid back, full of surfers, people running across the beach at sunset. Imagine being able to do that after work. It would definitely make us run more… maybe.
The pier was so much fun. We posed with Bubba Gump Shrimp and had the ultimate Tom Hanks moment, we found the end of route 66 and sat and ate Cheetos as we watched the waves roll in. Of course we found Zara and spent about 2 hours shopping and we also saw a film crew and set filming a scene on the beach front. The beach was amazing. Just a huge wavy stretch of sand with a stunning hilltop backdrop with thousands of palm trees adorning the egdes for as far as we could see.
The ultimate place for beach drinks and chill. We ate Italian food, drank sangrias at 2pm, sang ‘under the boardwalk’, shopped till we dropped, had to get some fellow brave beach goer to save our cheetos from this beast of a seagul, strolled in the Pacific and posed with all the palm trees. Day. Well. Spent.
This is the place where we rounded off our holiday. We knew West Hollywood was the best place for us to stay because it was in good reach of most of the things we wanted to do, and the Chamberlain hotel certainly helped put the cherry on top of one of the most dreamiest vacays yet.
It’s perched in the hollywoods hills, in walking distance to our favourite rooftop bar E.P L.P – (more on that in part 1 of this blog) and a few other cool spots which made it a fantastic location which we would recommend to anyone wanting to explore the area.
A cute, dimly lit lobby with velvet sofas and scented candles welcomed us with a few antique/shabby chic touches which made it feel extremely homely. Our upgraded room was spacious, clean and cosy with a large living area complete with huge plasma screen, snacks, sofas and desk. Sometimes hotel rooms are just meant for sleeping in, but this one deserved a full on slumber party. So one night after a busy day and getting back around 9.30, we decided that instead of getting ready and going out, to order room service, have a nice shower, get in our dressing gowns and stuff our faces in bed watching sex and the city! Perfection. P.S. The fish tacos and truffle fries were insane. The bathroom provided a large walk in shower – big enough for about 6 people, fluffy bathrobes and uber cool black and white tile flooring. Classy touch. Our bed was a big fat comfy cloyd and we looked forward to getting tucked up every. single. night.
The rooftop pool was amazing. We know we’re overusing the word ‘amazing’ but seriously! All white err’ything made for some relaxing chill time. Views of Los Angeles, gin & juice in hand, music playing and the sun on our skin. It’s one of the best feelings in the world and this is why we’ll always make our holiday fund a priority over everything.
Top that with friendly staff, a great burrito breakfast (which is key), superb location and a bar tender who made one hell of a Cosmopolitan.
Chamberlain – we will be visiting you again.
A few other spots for you to check out when in California;
Melrose avenue – the shops!
Eveleigh bar – the Chanel no 5 cocktail!!!!
BOA Steakhouse – if you want to splurge and treat yourself. This place was INcredible!
IN-N-OUT – if you love burgers, you need to know.
Pasadena – what a place.
China town – for a $2 bubble tea which will change your life.
Cabazon dinsaurs – because we all like pictures taken with life size reptiles and channeling our inner Chris Pratt.
Thank you for reading our LA blog. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
All the love