As the owner of Santa Monica’s luxury boutique Hotel Shangrila, Tamie Adaya is privy to the very best LA has to offer. In addition to her own hotel, which recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation, here are Adaya’s favorite haute spots in the City of Angels.
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How long in Los angeles:
Since 1976, from the age of 12
Hotelier, Art Patron
The Little Door for the ambiance and its delectable French food. Whimsical name, gorgeous French furniture, elegant courtyard. Also, don't forget to visit the patisserie next door on your way out, which is called Little Next Door.
Katana overlooking Sunset Boulevard via its outdoor patio, designed by Dodd Mitchell in his heyday.
Dan Tana's next to the Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard, had the best spinach salad of my life there.
Not necessarily a traditional dessert, but Erewhon Juice Bar on Beverly Boulevard create concoctions that have to be tasted to be believed and are incredibly healthy to boot!
Best place for a romantic date:
Agent Provocatuer followed by a night in the penthouse Rock n Roll suite at the Hotel Shangrila.
Best Sunday brunch:
Gjelina in Venice is out of this world. Rustic, contemporary and exquisite food.
Best place for a power business meeting:
Soho House has great food, great decor, great service, and panoramic views across the whole of LA.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Hotel Shangrila of course! A convergence of culture and sensuality by the ocean.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
I love Stephen Webster's rock n roll jewelry store on Rodeo Drive, but my favorite boutique in LA is Maxfield. Perfectly curated, lots of variety, amazing presentation, knowledgeable staff. Shopping there is a chic, elevating experience.
Brooks on Beverly Boulevard in Hollywood. Hands-down, best masseuses in LA with a nice hot sauna.
Favorite Charity Event:
The Princes Trust because it empowers the disadvantaged. Not only does it sponsor culture and new business, but grants scholarships for people trying new things who would never get a shot otherwise.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Halloween on Santa Monica Blvd because its carefree, fun, festive, urban, chic, inclusive and uncommercialized. For something more low-key, my Madame Du Pompadour inspired salons at Hotel Shangrila which are intended to amuse, entertain or educate.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
MOCA since Jeffrey Deitch became director. Jeffrey is adventurous, innovative, and has impeccable taste.
Wolfgang Puck's Cut at the Beverly Wilshire. A European-style steakhouse with amazing sauces.
800 degrees is an amazing concept. Custom-made pizza, incredible ingredients and you have it within 5 minutes. From the same people who were behind Umami Burger.
The Dining Room at Hotel Shangrila. Breath-taking elevated view over-looking the Pacific ocean and Santa Monica Bay. Quality lunch menu, comfy booths, a gentleman's club atmosphere with lots of natural light and gentle breeze coming straight off the Ocean.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
I'm a habitual power walker. My daily jaunts usually take me to Temescal Canyon or the bluffs on Palisades Park. In fact, I sometimes walk twice a day!
Brooks in Hollywood or Sybaris at Shangrila.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
SAA Transportation. Personable, punctual, caring and family owned.
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
Hollywood Hills, because you can see the whole of Los Angeles and drink in the whole of the city from Silverlake to downtown to the Ocean.
Best aspect of Los Angeles
The temperate weather. Happy weather makes happy people. I can never have too much positivity in my life!