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                                                                                                        Finn Bradshaw discovers devilish delights in the City of Angels



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                                                                                                                    HE global financial crisis is upon us.       Bring a strong bladder. There are only two
                                                                                                                    The nightly news is filled with           toilets for the whole joint and queues in a place
                                                                                                                    ashen-faced treasurers and brokers        like this don’t move quickly.
                                                                                                                    holding their heads in their hands.          Drinks are served from a long bar in the main
                                                                                                                    There are two ways in which this state    room, which can get packed.
                                                                                                        of affairs can affect your holidays. You can take        So don’t forget to tip your bartender or you’ll
                                                                                                        the penny-pinching route, staying in hostels and      find service becomes even slower.
                                                                                                        eating at fast-food restaurants. Or you can
                                                                                                        throw caution to the wind, take advantage of the
                                                                                                        great deals on offer and travel like a celebrity
                                                                                                        or rock star.
                                                                                                                                                              » Seen in club scene
                                                                                                          If you’re going to let your hair down — and         THE crowd tends to start leaving Chateau
                                                                                                        maybe even toss a television out of a hotel           Marmont about 1am to hit the clubs.
                                                                                                        window — there’s really only one destination to         If you want to see where starlets and reality
                                                                                                        consider: Los Angeles.                                TV stars hang on weekends, head to The Kress,
                                                                                                          Thanks to Richard Branson’s latest airline,         6608 Hollywood Blvd, which is as hot as any
                                                                                                        V Australia, the price of flights to the City of      venue in LA right now.
                               Hip design: hot Hollywood restaurant Katsuya.                            Angels has gone through the floor. You can              The night I went, the two celebs I saw were
                                                                                                        easily get a return ticket to LA for less than a      Brian Baumgartner, who plays accountant
                                                                                                        grand at the moment.                                  Kevin Malone in the US version of The Office,
                                                                                                                                                              and former Olympic athlete and reality-TV
                                                                                                        » Boutique treat                                      performer Bruce Jenner.
                                                                                                                                                                He is a great example of how the nature of
                                                                                                                                                              celebrity has changed in LA. In 1976, on the
                                                                                                        WHEN movie stars come to LA for awards
                                                                                                                                                              back of winning the gold medal in the decathlon
                                                                                                        season, they take refuge in West Hollywood.
                                                                                                                                                              at the Olympics, Jenner was one of the biggest
                                                                                                        The breeding ground for seminal rock bands
                                                                                                                                                              stars in the US.
                                                                                                        such as the Doors and Guns N’ Roses, this
                                                                                                        colourful neighbourhood has undergone                   He’s now more famous for being the father of
                                                                                                        gentrification in the past 20 years.                  Brody Jenner, star of TV series The Hills, and
                                                                                                          Home to the famous Sunset Strip, it’s a rare        stepfather to Kim Kardashian, who is probably
                                                                                                        part of LA that can be covered on foot and            best known for a leaked sex tape.
                                                                                                        therefore has more of a village feel than any           Entry to The Kress is through a lane at the
                                                                                                        other section of the city.                            back and make sure you get a stamp for the                                              John Belushi             Lindsay Lohan            Brody Jenner
                                                                                                          These days celebrities don’t stay at huge           rooftop — that’s where the cool kids hang out.
                                                                                                        chain hotels. They check in to boutique hotels          When you get to the top, if you’re prepared
                                                                                                        that cater to their every whim.                       to commit to drinking a whole bottle of spirits
                                                                                                          A perfect example is the Chamberlain West           among your group, you can commandeer one
                                                                                                        Hollywood, where each room is a spacious              of the secluded enclaves around the edge of                                                                         »THE DEAL
                                                                                                        suite.                                                the room.
                               Morning treat: Cecconis is the place for breakfast.                        And if you go in LA’s winter — which isn’t            But really, you want to mingle and                                                                                Getting there: V Australia operates daily
                                                                                                        cold by Melbourne standards — you can get             people-watch. The Kress is renown for having                                                                        between Sydney and Los Angeles, and
                                                                                                        30 per cent discounts for multiple-night stays.       the best-looking crowd in LA and the night I was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  three times a week from Brisbane to LA.
                                                                                                          On the roof is a pool overlooking downtown          there, nothing suggested that was a lie.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Direct flights from Melbourne take off
                                                                                                        LA. But if that’s too public for you, the hotel has
                                                                                                        cabanas that can be curtained from the rest of                                                                                                                            later this year. For fares and specials,
                                                                                                        the deck.                                             » Hearty breakfast                                                                                                  visit www.vaustralia.com.au
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Star treatment: (left)
                                                                                                                                                              FOR breakfast, the A-list go to Cecconis, on the                                        Cate Blanchett on the       Staying: Chamberlain West Hollywood
                                                                                                        » Eat your heart out                                  corner of Melrose Ave and N Robertson Blvd.                                             Hollywood Walk of           (www.chamberlainwesthollywood.com)
                                                                                                                                                                During Oscars week, it’s hard to get in the                                           Fame.                       1000 Westmount Drive, West Hollywood
                                                                                                        THE food scene in LA has taken off in the past        door past all the entourages. But outside of that                                                                   Los Angeles.
                                                                                                        10 years and one of the hottest restaurants in        time, it’s easy to get a table, if difficult to take
                                                                                                        Hollywood is Katsuya, at 6300 Hollywood Blvd.         a photo. The staff are diligent at stopping you                                         Night fever: (top) the      More > To order California visitor guides
                                                                                                          A modern take on Japanese, it’s one of a            taking a happy snap.                                                                    bright lights of Los        or a state map, contact California
                                                                                                        chain of four restaurants run by chef Katsuya           The menu has a fairly standard collection of                                          Angeles.                    Tourism, ph: (02) 9361 0660 or visit
                                                                                                        Uechi and ultra-hip designer Phillipe Starck.         eggs, pancakes and the like, but the daily                                                                          www.visitcalifornia.com.au.
                                                                                                          Pre-dinner, stop off in Katsuya’s uber-cool         specials can be more interesting. Try the                                               Picturesque: (below)
                                                                                                        bar, where glamorous punters rest their drinks        poached duck eggs — they’re rich and filling                                            LA is a kaleidoscope        For Los Angeles travel advice, contact
                                                                                                        on the illuminated, transparent plastic squares       enough to get you through most of the day.                                              of colour and               LA Inc, ph: (02) 9959 4356 or visit
                                                                                                        dotted around the room.                                                                                                                       dramatic effects.           www.discoverlosangeles.com
                                                                                                          For dinner, book one of Katsuya’s private

                               Rooftop retreat: sun yourself like a celeb at Chamberlain West’s pool.
                                                                                                        rooms, which offer a more intimate experience         » But wait, there’s more
                                                                                                        than the buzzing dining room.
                                                                                                          Though the scene is achingly hip, the food is       THAT pretty much establishes a template for
                                                                                                        excellent and surprisingly good value.                your celebrity trip to West Hollywood. Be sure
                                                                                                          All the dishes are designed to share, but they      to take one of the many walking tours on offer
                                                                                                        are American sizes.                                   for a taste of the neighbourhood’s history.
                                                                                                          The night I attended, their specials included         You can download a free tour talk at
                                                                                                        a crisp-fried sea bass with miso sauce, which         www.weho.org to listen to on your iPod.
                                                                                                        was a party for the tastebuds. For dessert, the         Melrose Ave has plenty of cutting-edge
                                                                                                        deconstructed apple pie, which comes in a             clothing stores and galleries, plus many other
                                                                                                        bird’s nest of pastry, is excellent.                  great restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s
                                                                                                                                                              restaurant at the London West Hollywood
                                                                                                        » Called to the bar                                   hotel, which has already been awarded a
                                                                                                                                                              Michelin hat.
                                                                                                                                                                At night, another must-see is the Viper Room,
                                                                                                        ONCE dinner is done, it’s time to hit the bars.       one of the places where Guns N’ Roses cut their
                                                                                                        Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd, has seen           teeth and the scene of River Phoenix’s fatal
                                                                                                        several generations of celebrities sliding down       drug overdose.
                                                                                                        the wrong side of the fame ladder.
                                                                                                                                                                The Viper Room has live music every night.
                                                                                                          John Belushi died in one of the hotel’s
                                                                                                        bungalows and in recent times it’s been a               By the time you’re done with LA, you’ll be
                                                                                                        regular haunt of Lindsay Lohan and                    glad for those noise-cancelling headphones on
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                                                                                                        Britney Spears.                                       the flight home.
                                                                                                          The bar is smaller than you’d expect and has        The author flew to LA as a guest of V Australia
                               Party palace: Viper Room has live music every night.
                                                                                                        dark wood and period lighting.                        and California Tourism.

				
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