So did you know I went to LA?! Not sure I mentioned it on the gram? A few photos here and there.
Of me doing everything LA that’s possible to do in 2 weeks.
So I know I have had a few messages asking for a detailed blog of my LA trip, in particular the different areas and where I stayed. So here you go…my LA breakdown of where we visited and stayed (most importantly where to eat already went live check it out here)
First stop in our LA adventures, West Hollywood. Where all the famous shopping streets are located think Melrose Avenue, lots of good restaurants and bars and easy access to most areas including the hikes etc. We stayed at the Mondrian Hotel which had beautiful views and a great rooftop pool/lounge area.
A lot more touristy vibes around this area, think Rodeo drive…which although very touristy is a must see! However the quieter side of Sunset Boulevard has some beautiful palm tree lined roads, all felt very LA. We stayed at W Hotel Beverly Hills which was just outside the main area of Beverly Hills which I loved. Great thing about staying in this hotel was you felt a more local vibe. We worked out in the hotel gym then walked down to the local (and epic) Wholefoods) for an explore and morning coffee. The hotel itself was pretty big and some amazing interiors. Along with a pool, spacious rooms, gym and cocktail making kits delivered to our rooms the W Hotel made us feel right at home in our Beverly Hills location.
This was my favourite area of our LA trip, it has a much more relaxed laid back vibe about it and instantly I felt away from the sometimes very flash feel of the rest of LA. Think coffee shops, boutique little homeware, jewellery and clothing stores on Abbot Kinney road. It’s like the ‘Shoreditch’ of LA I would say. And the food scene is awesome here there are so many healthy choices! You can walk down to the beach from here and see the famous muscle beach and skate park. Accomodation wise there are loads of really good airbnbs around Abbot Kinney which are in great locations and walking distance from everything! Aside from shopping and eating we also rented bikes and rode down to Santa Monica pier which was so fun as you get to see a few different areas and soak it all in on your bike…in the sunshine. Which is pretty dreamy.
We did a lot of travelling around as wanted to pack as much into our trip as possible. I think it is possible to stay in one location but I would recommend trying to move around a bit even if it’s just to two different areas as each one is so different. Thanks to American Tourister for helping me move around with style and ease thanks to my matching luggage set….coz girl packed so damn much!!
Round up of my thoughts on LA
- Abbot Kinney was my favourite area, a lot more laid back chilled vibe
- Beverly Hills I found very touristy and not worth the hype although I loved the W hotel.
- The whole of LA do great brunches
- Everything is VERY spread out. Be prepared to drive for a minimum of half an hour/45 minutes to get around to your places. Nothing is near. But uber is super cheap so makes life easier
- LA traffic IS as bad as they say it is, allow yourself loads of time for journeys and going to airports etc
- It is very flashy and everything is pretty extra….but you find pockets of more chilled areas if you want a balance.
- They take their fitness seriously and the classes are epic…I went to the class by taryn toomey and it was amazing like nothing I have ever experienced. Yoga/HIIT/Meditation/Expression/Dance all in a beautiful studio. (fitness post coming soon!)
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