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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Small in Los Angeles

Snag a sought-after seat at one of Southland’s new petite bars and small-scale eateries.

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1. Where to Stay


Check out the scene on Muscle Beach from your private balcony at Hotel Erwin.  

Ogle Muscle Beach bodybuilders (and, on clear nights, the Hollywood sign) from the rooftop lounge at Hotel Erwin (from $169). All 119 rooms — renovated last October from a previous life as a Best Western — have private balconies.

Find entertainment nearby at the Ritz Carlton LA Live (from $369), opening across the street from a fourteen-screen movie theater, Lucky Strike bowling lanes, and a dozen bars and restaurants in early April. The glass tower’s rooms offer panoramic views of the city.

Climb the red-carpet-lined spiral staircase in the lobby of the new W Hollywood (from $219) — just completed in January 2010 — then go for a swim in the LEED-compliant building's heated rooftop pool.


Published on Mar 25, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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