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The Travel File: Luxe LA

The Travel File: Luxe LA

Los Angeles is one of the world’s most stylish destinations, and it’s been top of our wanderlists for quite some time. It’s not hard to find chic, luxurious places to stay and dine in the City of Angels, although to our minds there are a few hotels and eateries that outshine the rest. Read on for a super-luxe snapshot of the city, and what to wear while you’re there.

Long a by-word for Hollywood, book a suite at the inimitable Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip. The A-List’s favourite, it’s seen more parties than you’ve had hot dinners, and the tales of the goings-on inside its hallowed walls are the stuff of legend. Equal parts romantic and reckless, the stories read like a list of celebrities’ worst and best behaviour. Billy Idol trashed his room, Lindsay Lohan was forcibly removed for racking up a $46,000 bill, Marilyn Monroe had her own private suite, and Gucci has hosted every party they’ve ever had on the West coast there (perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but still). Basically, it’s the only hotel in LA. Despite its rock ‘n’ roll reputation, what’s enclosed by those towering mock-gothic walls is a haven of luxe tranquillity.

OK, so you’ve eaten the obligatory In ’n’ Out burger. Or perhaps you haven’t, if you’ve got any taste. A couple of cocktails at Hyde later and you’re ready for some world-class fine dining. At Providence, an LA restaurant that has been running for over ten years and has regularly featured as one of America’s finest restaurants, dining is an art. The Michelin-starred seafood restaurant is the stuff of our tasting menu dreams. Roll your sleeves up and dive on in with a glass of the maison’s finest.

Shopping on Rodeo Drive, sun-seeking south of LA at Huntington Beach (think long stretches of sand, breaking surf and authentic Mexican eateries), and if you’re feeling adventurous, a hike up to that most famous of star-studded landmarks, the Hollywood sign. It’s worth it just for the selfie.