By Valentina Zuric
Seen as a colossal slice of heaven, Los Angeles is a world filled with haute allure. In a city where the quest for what’s in and what’s out is as ephemeral as a cactus flower, What’s Haute LA gives the lifestyle connoisseur the lowdown on the best offerings of the City of Angels.
9882 Santa Monica Blvd.
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, The Peninsula is the only hotel in the area to receive the distinction of a AAA Five-Diamond and an ExxonMobil Five-Star rating for 14 consecutive years. With 196 appointed guest rooms, including 36 suites and 16 private villas, the hotel is designed to resemble a private residence nestled amid tropical gardens and located in a prestigious neighborhood. With Belvedere named as the “Best Hotel Restaurant in Southern California” by the 2006 Zagat Survey, the hotel strives to hold its reputation for luxurious accommodations and unsurpassed service. Known for their legendary Peninsula service (with Lexus vehicles available for guest transportation and a unique 24-hour check-in/check-out policy), Peninsula Hotel also offers luxurious comfort, extraordinary dining, and sophisticated facilities.
176 N. Canon Dr.
With a menu changing seasonally to showcase the best of California’s produce, it’s no wonder the flagship Wolfgang Puck restaurant is at the forefront of Los Angeles’ culinary scene. Talented Executive Chef Lee Hefter delivers the culinary sophistication demanded by an upscale Beverly Hills elite crowd, enabling Spago to remain as one of L.A.’s top-rated restaurants, despite 24 years of taut competition. With glamour apparent everywhere throughout its high-style indoor/outdoor space, Spago glows with the aura of celebrities and honed California cuisine, setting the standard as one of the best-known restaurants in the United States.