What to see and where to stay in West Hollywood

The good life in West Hollywood

The city is nestled between Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood Hills. For more information, contact the West Hollywood Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/368-6020, or 310/289-2525).

For information on the Avenues of Art & Design, visit www.avenuesartdesign.com or call (310) 289-2534.

MUSEUMS

MAK Center for Art & Architecture L.A. at the Schindler House. Closed Mon–Tue; $5, free tours with admission Sat–Sun. 835 N. Kings Rd.; (323) 651-1510.

MOCA at the Pacific Design Center. Closed Tue–Wed (and closed Jan 13–Feb 7); $3, free Thu. 8687 Melrose Ave.; (310) 289-5223.

PAMPERING

Elixir Mini Spa. Indulge in a massage or reflexology while sipping a restorative tea from Elixir Tonics & Teas, which opened this studio in its back garden late last spring. 8612 Melrose; (310) 657-9310 or (310) 657-9300 (tea shop).

Kinara. Spa and cafe closed Mon. 656 N. Robertson Blvd.; (310) 657-9188.

SHOPPING

Armani Casa. Closed Sun. 157 N. Robertson; (310) 248-2440.

Chrome Hearts. Leather and silver clothing and accessories, even dog beds fit for Ozzy Osbourne’s pooches ($1,485 for one with leather crosses). Closed Sun. 600 N. Robertson; (310) 854-9800.

Du Vin Wine & Spirits. This tiny store was named best liquor shop in the world by Harper’s Bazaar. Closed Sun. 540 N. San Vicente Blvd.; (310) 855-1161.

Hamilton-Selway Fine Art. Museum-quality pop art, including works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Closed Sun. 8678 Melrose; (310) 657-1711.

James Perse Los Angeles. Closed Sun. 8914 Melrose; (310) 276-7277.

Maxfield. Closed Sun. 8825 Melrose; (310) 274-8800.

Maxfield Bleu. Closed Sun. 151 N. Robertson; (310) 275-7007.

Pacific Design Center. Closed Sat–Sun. 8687 Melrose; (310) 657-0800.

Stella McCartney. Closed Sun. 8823 Beverly Blvd.; (310) 273-7051.

Thomas Schoos Design. Both stores closed Sun. Thomas Schoos Design showroom: 8618 Melrose; (310) 854-6252. Thomas Schoos Lifestyle Haus: 607 N. Huntley Dr.; (310) 854-1141.

DINING

Chi. Contemporary dim sum in a candlelit lounge. Dinner daily. In the Hyatt West Hollywood, 8401 W. Sunset Blvd.; (323) 848-3884.

Fenix. Suitably art deco, the Argyle Hotel’s restaurant features jazz Wednesday nights. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon–Sat. 8358 W. Sunset; (323) 848-6677.

Katana. Dinner daily; reservations recommended for patio seating. 8439 W. Sunset; (323) 650-8585.

Le Dôme. Closed Sun; reservations recommended. 8720 W. Sunset; (310) 659-6919.

Le Pain Quotidien. A Belgian farmhouse-style cafe serving organic wine, food. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. 8607 Melrose; (310) 854-3700.

Mortons. Renowned for its Oscar-night parties, this Californian-American restaurant (no relation to the steakhouse chain) is so acclaimed that it doesn’t need a sign out front. Lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Sat. 8764 Melrose; (310) 276-5205.

The Palm.A classic steakhouse that's as famous for its wall-to-wall caricatures as its succulent surf and turf. Lunch Mon–Fri, dinner daily. 9001 Santa Monica Blvd.; (310) 550-8811.

Tangerine. Halle Berry is among the celebs who frequent this continental supper club run by the former executive chef of nearby Mortons. Dinner daily. 8788 W. Sunset; (310) 360-0274.

HOTELS

The Argyle Hotel. An art deco hotel that’s such a piece of industry history, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. 64 rooms and suites from $265. 8358 W. Sunset; (800) 225-2637.

The Grafton on Sunset. Intimate hotel with feng shui- inspired design. 108 rooms and suites from $109. 8462 W. Sunset; (800) 821-3660.

The Standard Hollywood. This hotel is favored by hipsters looking for a place to crash after a night at the Lounge at the Standard. The ultramodern lobby features living art―svelte, scantily clad “box girls” recline in a glass tank behind the front desk. 137 rooms and 2 suites from $99. 8300 W. Sunset; (323) 650-9090.

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