Le Parker Meridien Hotel Heir James Curnin’s Insider’s Guide to Los Angeles


Los Angeles is James Curnin’s oyster. Since moving to the City of Angels nearly three years ago, the Le Parker Meridien hotel heir has started to make some major waves in the LA luxury real estate sea. Curnin is currently building $100,000,000 in spec home projects, including a $25,000,000+ modern steel and glass home in the Hollywood Hills Bird Streets neighborhood and several multiple concept ventures in the high-end condo market. His focus is modern architecture; he’s working with the likes of renowned architect Paul McClean as well as celebrity designer Lynda Murray. Here, the savvy businessman (he was an early investor in tech apps such as Shazam and Triller), shares his favorite spots in the City of Angels.

Where were you born: New York CIty

How long in LA:  2.5 years

Neighborhood: West Hollywood/ Sunset plaza

Occupation: Luxury Real Estate Developer

Favorite Restaurant: The Nice Guy

Best Sushi: Sushi Sasabune 

Best Italian: Giorgio Baldi

Best dessert: Sprinkles ice cream

 Best place for a romantic date: Pace or Sunset Tower Hotel

Best Sunday brunch: Hotel Bel-Air

Best place for a power business meeting: The Grill Beverly Hills 

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Montage or Beverly Hills Hotel

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Tom Ford/ Barneys

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Gearys

Best Spa: Four Seasons Beverly Hills

Favorite Charity Event: Imagine Ball LA

Favorite Cultural Event: LACMA 

Favorite Cultural Institution: LACMA or Broad Museum

Best Steakhouse: CUT

Best Pizza: Mulberry Street 

Best Lunch: Il Pastaio

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox West Hollywood

Best Massage: Four Seasons Beverly Hills

Best Limousine/Driving Service: UBER

Best Museum/Exhibit: The Broad 

Describe your city in three words: Glamorous, Entrepreneurial, Creative

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: seeing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or an LA Dodger game!

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles:  My house!

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The weather, no question