In your heart of hearts, you’re a veritable urbanite, even if you don’t happen to hail from a metropolis. To you, there’s a palpable electricity found in the thick of a city which frankly, kind of turns you on. Being within an easy walk of trendy restaurants, your favorite shops, museums, art galleries, nightlife, and a stone’s throw from iconic venues for sporting events and concerts makes you feel as if you’ve truly got your finger on the pulse of a city’s heartbeat. It’s alive and kicking, it’s sophisticated, and it’s fabulous. And it’s all yours for the taking from the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles at The Bloc, Downtown LA’s bustling shopping, entertainment and dining hub.
As you look up from the sidewalk at your home for the next few days, the Sheraton Grand stands refulgent in the LA skyline, following its $75-million revitalization a few years ago. Featuring a 3rd-floor open-air deck, complete with reflecting pools; a 26th-floor glass-walled fitness center with dozens of cardio machines; and a top-floor glass-encased Club Lounge from which to enjoy spectacular city views, the Sheraton Grand’s sophistication is evident from the minute arrive.
The interior design is nothing to scoff at either. It’s modern, sleek, spacious, and tastefully futuristic - the same can be said of your King Guest Room. Featuring a marble bathroom vanity, oversized workspace, bold purple chaise lounge, and sumptuous bedding all set against the backdrop of huge windows with city views, your room is effortlessly cosmopolitan.
Eager to immerse yourself in the city’s flow, you start with a short walk to the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE to view Face The Music, a photography exhibit showcasing 41 legendary musicians including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Bublé, Kenny Burrell, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Dudamel, Quincy Jones, Iggy Pop, RZA, Esperanza Spalding, Ringo Starr, and many more. The exhibit features the work of photographer Richard Ehrlich, who captured close-up facial expressions of artists listening to their favorite songs.
You explore other exhibits at the museum, including Jerry Weintraub Presents and Take Me Out to The Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime.
You notice it’s nearing dinner, so you head back towards The Bloc to pick up something new to wear for your first night in the city. The Bloc is a vibrant, open-air urban center which encompasses a full city block along LA’s 7th Street corridor - effectively connecting the ﬁnancial, fashion, jewelry, and theater districts. An underground passage connects The Bloc to the 7th St/Metro Center Station, which enables you to Go Metro and travel to virtually anywhere in the City of Angels.
You find exactly what you’re looking for at The Bloc, which houses Macy’s Flagship, Japanese-inspired apparel at UNIQLO, and lifestyle retailer BrandsWalk, amongst others. Purchases in hand, you’re ready for the evening festivities to begin, and that means it’s time to kick off with happy hour.
You think about getting a drink at the newly opened Joey DTLA, the massive restaurant located adjacent to the hotel. You decide you'll save Joey for dinner tomorrow and head to the Sheraton's lobby and settle in at the Hope Street Bar. You opt for a Martini (gin and stirred, of course) and don’t even bother trying to suppress your smile as you sip your way through the classic cocktail. You feel alive and invigorated, and can’t wait for the night to begin.
After dropping off your bags and a quick change of clothes, it’s time for a farm-to-table dinner at District on the Bloc, where you take your time choosing from the Carving Board selection of meats - from "Ugly Ribs" to house-smoked beef brisket to Korean-style pork belly. There's even a vegan option, grilled curry-crusted cauliflower "steak."
Sufficiently full but far from sleepy, you’re ready to take in the nightlife of the city. Just a few blocks away, at the Library Bar, you’re reminded again of why you love cities so much. Where else but in the heart of the city could you drink on couches, surrounded by books, all while a DJ spins?
After finishing your cocktail, you’re ready to dance and Elevate Lounge is just a block away. On the 21st floor, you find spectacular city views, modern urban decor, and a dance floor waiting for you. Soon enough, night turns into a new day, and you find yourself feeling simultaneously exhilarated and exhausted.
As you climb into your bed at the Sheraton Grand and stare out at the city, you run through your options for tomorrow. Shopping at FIGat7th? Lunch at the historic Grand Central Market? An afternoon at the Museum of Contemporary Art? It’s all right here for you. And you can’t get to sleep fast enough, because you know when you wake up, there’s still so much of this magnificent city at your fingertips, just waiting for you to absorb.
Sheraton Grand Los Angeles
711 S Hope St, Los Angeles 90017