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Finn Bradshaw discovers devilish delights in the City of Angels
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
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
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.