You’re inspired by dramatic urban statements and dreams of tomorrow — welcome to your spiritual home, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Downtown L.A. The largest and one of the most photographed hotels in Los Angeles, its iconic, neo-futuristic towers were Instagram gold even before Instagram was a thing, so take selfies at will.
After checking in, you’ll find it hard not to wander, starry-eyed, amid the Westin’s vast atria, marveling at the vision of post modern starchitect John C. Portman who erected this mini citadel in the mid-1970s.
Like you, Hollywood can’t take its eyes off this feat of urban design — scenes from Interstellar, True Lies, In the Line of Fire, This Is Spinal Tap, and Richard Gere's ultra-sexy 1983 flick Breathless were shot here.
As you unpack, transfixed by the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows of your room, you’ll wonder how the skyline could possibly look any more dazzling — well, it can, at the Bonavista Lounge, the Bonaventure’s famous revolving cocktail lounge on the 34th floor. Offering a real-deal, 360 degree view of the city, the Bonavista is still one of L.A.’s most unique date spots, with strong cocktails heightening the experience. The spin occurs at a steady snail’s pace, and you can’t seem to get the song “You spin me right round, baby” out of your head.
In the morning, you’ll sip coffee by the pool amid the gleaming skyscrapers of Downtown L.A. before heading out to explore the world-class shopping, food and culture that’s within walking distance.
A die-hard fan of contemporary art, your first stop is MOCA — free on Thursdays from 5-8pm, don’t forget to visit the beautiful Rothkos in its permanent collection. A quick stroll away is Frank Gehry’s masterpiece, Walt Disney Concert Hall, where you’ll want to buy tickets to see the LA Phil in action. Later you’ll stop by The Last Bookstore, with its iconic curved tsunami of books, tailor made for hashtags.
Snack time leads you to Grand Central Market — less than half a mile away, this global food market boasts more than 30 incredible dining choices. How to choose between Madcapra’s acclaimed falafels, the pastrami at Wexler’s deli, and goat tacos at Tacos Tumbras a Tomas? The struggle is real, but you'd better decide quickly — you’ve got tickets to see a Lakers game at STAPLES Center, a mile away.
After the game, a nightcap is in order — perhaps the gorgeous rooftop bar Perch, or if vertigo is an issue, at Seven Grand, with its wood-paneled drinking chambers.