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Issue 1: Hollywood

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  • The exterior of The Redbury.
    The exterior of The Redbury.
    Photo courtesy of The Redbury

    Issue 1: Hollywood

    Colorful both inside and out, this boutique hotel contains a hip wonderland that is anything but predictable. With paisley wallpaper, record players and outlandish details like oversized clocks and red-and-yellow color schemes, The Redbury somehow makes it all work. Ask for a room with a patio, and don’t miss the excellent Lebanese restaurant, Cleo, where fresh-baked flatbreads drizzled with yogurt, lemon and olive oil make for killer late-evening fare.

  • Lounges by the Petit Ermitage pool.
    Lounges by the Petit Ermitage pool.

    Issue 1: Hollywood

    There are plenty of pools in Hollywood, but this saltwater one—ringed by kumquat trees, intricate tiled walls and cabanas—is something to see. It’s on the roof of Petit Ermitage, a European-style hotel with a great view of Hollywood. Lounge and sip a French 75 between dips, wander through the roof’s butterfly sanctuary (which is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation), or dine by candelight at sunset. The rooms are pretty and elegantly appointed, and the hotel’s art collection is divine, but you’ll spend most of your time poolside.

    • Issue 1: Hollywood

      Best known for cameos alongside boldface names such as Lindsay Lohan and Sofia Coppola, the Chateau Marmont is still worth a visit nearly a century after it was built. Posh and exclusive, its pricey bungalows and suites have been home to A-listers from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Hunter S. Thompson. It is also famously the site of John Belushi’s fatal drug overdose in 1982. All that said, it’s still a beauty, and if you can’t spring for a room, make a reservation for a meal in the garden. The modern American offerings are shockingly good (we liked the poached bass). Even the bar is beautiful here, so get dressed up, pretend to be famous, and brazen your way in for some of the best people watching in town.

    • Photograph by Anne Fishbein