Since I am out in Los Angeles to throw our latest CitySCENE event last night (which was a huge success, thanks to all who came), I decided to check out a couple of the newest and greatest LA has to offer.
I saw the Andaz West Hollywood firsthand. We published it almost two years ago, but the one thing I loved (besides the rooftop pool and the casual check in process the brand is known for): everything in the minibar (sans alcohol) is free. Such a simple concept, but it had such a big impact. For me, it's all about the little things.
I also stopped by the newly opened outpost of Fig & Olive, a favorite New York restaurant (with multiple locations). It's a massive space at 8,000 square feet spread over two levels. Best aspects include a marble tasting bar and communal table, 20-foot windows, handwoven loom sofas and chairs, candlelit fig sconces, and of course a large olive tree that anchors the main room.
I got a tour of the new venues inside the Roosevelt Hotel (a Thompson property)—all of which appropriately celebrate the hotel's incredible history. The new cabana rooms feel like a trip to 1950s Palm Springs. Spare Room is a reminder of simpler times, with an old (working) photo booth, vintage bowling lanes from Texas, and favorite vintage board games for guests to play. There's even a game host to help you with the rules! New restaurant Public is a modern twist on a brasserie. And Beacher's Madhouse has a bar in which little people serve you behind a smaller bar from small airplane liquor bottles. Yes, they dub it their "Midget Bar" (not politically correct as it may be), and they even have a motorized lift system that changes the idea of bottle service, allowing the servers to fly across the room to deliver the alcohol (normal sized bottles this time). Look out for Public and Spare Room in HD's April issue.
And we held CitySCENE at SBE's newest property, the Redbury. It's a fantastic mix of 1960s Hollywood and rock 'n' roll…but I don't want to give too much away since it will be featured in the April issue of HD.
Here are a few pics of Fig & Olive.