First Class Foyers: The Haute 5 Hotel Lobbies in L.A.

Snoop Dogg said it best – after the party, obviously, it’s the after-party, and after that? Well, the hotel lobby.  Where else? Hotel lobbies are no longer just respites for weary travelers.  Locals have to like spending time there, too – a hotel lobby can play many roles.  Sure, you can conveniently check into your room and request the Wall St. Journal there, but without a hefty crowd of local denizens to drink your wine, munch on your snacks, and pick up foreigners at the bar, your lobby is practically social suicide.  As Angelenos, we’re picky about where we spend our time – why sit in traffic for some empty lobby, when you can read this list and make sure your drive is worth it?

Montage Beverly Hills

Whether it’s tea in the afternoon or a glass of wine after work, the still somewhat new Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills has hit the nail on the head with its bustling lobby.  The valet, friendly and incredibly accommodating, sets the tone.  When you walk in and turn right, you walk past the lobby shop that smells divine at all times.  Then you’ll be met with two fanciful and inviting options.  To your right, a tearoom with all the grandeur to make your high tea as luxurious as you’d expect.  To your left, enjoy a glass of Albarino at their darker and more seductive bar.

Montage Beverly Hills is located at 225 N. Canon Drive in Beverly Hills. (310) 860-7800