Sleek. Sophisticated. And above all, busy. You’re a business-meets-pleasure, glass-and-steel kinda traveler, a corporate jet-setter whose rousing Power Point presentations have brought Popes and international leaders to tears.
After a refreshing three hours of sleep you wake up at 6am in your airy room at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. Snuggled under 400 thread-count linens, you check the news headlines on the 42-inch flatscreen TV that syncs with your smartphone. The markets are looking bullish, and so are you, so you get up, stretch your pectorals, and survey the magnificent view from the window of your room, part of a 54-story glass tower that gleams almost as bright as your veneers.
The bathroom boasts a rain shower, a large soaking tub, a view of a TV built into the mirror so you can watch CNN. After vigorously brushing your teeth you head to the rooftop for a few hundred invigorating laps in that famous heated rooftop pool, surrounded by panoramic city and mountain views. You’re feeling so money today.
You breakfast at Glance Restaurant, whose menu boasts an abundance of fresh produce, before heading out to your day of back-to-back meetings around booming Downtown L.A. The landscape here has shifted dramatically in the last fifteen years, with enticing dining, shopping and cultural options.
You wrap your meetings early so you can pop to the Arts District to visit your favorite stores—there’s Poketo, the husband-and-wife-owned store and gallery space filled with eclectic goods; and Alchemy Works, which has all the hippest home goods, art, skincare, clothing and accessories, perfect for born winners like you.
You get back to The Ritz just in time for your dinner reservation at WP24, Wolfgang Puck’s opulent homage to gourmet Chinese cuisine on the hotel’s 24th floor. Looking out across the city, surrounded by the symbols of the American dream, nibbling on roasted Cantonese duck, you feel something different about yourself. Something new. You send a text, describing that feeling, to someone special who you’ve been much too busy to talk to recently.
Beneath you, the lights of the $2.5 billion L.A. LIVE complex glimmer, and you decide that next time you come to Los Angeles, no matter how many meetings you’ve booked, you’ll bring that special someone with you.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles 90015