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LA – a city of silver-screen dreams, and Hollywood nights..........

The reality of this sprawling metropolis is certainly more complex than its celluloid image, but it’s no less mesmerising without the special effects. The sheer scale of the city can be overwhelming, but explore the fabled neighbourhoods of Hollywood, Bel-Air and Malibu, and you’ll find those flashes of movie magic unique to LA. Each part of the city has its own distinct character; a cross-city drive feels like a series of rapid set changes. How the plot unfolds is up to you – a day spent surfing on Venice Beach, shopping in Santa Monica and rubbing shoulders with the stars in Beverly Hills actually is real life for the lucky few. Los Angeles is a place where you can write your own storyline.

Enjoy LA nights and hot summer days with Mr & Mrs Smith from the Chateau high up on Sunset Strip which needs no introduction to the Avalon in Beverley Hills with its mid-century vibe to the perfect Instagram backdrop of The Standard in Downtown LA take your pick

Chateau Marmon Los Angeles, United States Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)

This luxury hotel in Los Angeles is where the stars go to get their rocks off in private (or in public, if they court the limelight). Built in 1920 using blueprints drawn from a French castle in the Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont has a history as spectacular as its architecture, and a reputation as hedonistic as it is glamorous. The arts and crafts ‘castle on the hill’ is the epitome of all that’s great and good about tinseltown: glamorous, cool and utterly captivating.

West Hollywood is the place for boutiques and retail excess, particularly on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. Santa Monica and its fun-filled pier are a short drive from where you are; Third Street Promenade is also good for browsing. For something a little more boho, head to the independent shops on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice; we like Japanese emporium Tortoise and purveyors of vintage beach wares, Surfing Cowboys. Drop by for a super-healthy brunch made with artisan ingredients at Axe (+1 310 664 9787) while you’re there. If all that arugula, bran and buckwheat noodle broth looks too worthy, opt for bacon and eggs followed by a brownie or home-made ice cream instead…

Sunset Tower Hotel Los Angeles, United States Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)

For decades after its 1929 debut, the Sunset Tower Hotel was one of the starriest, most glamorous addresses in this starry, most glamorous of cities. And now it’s back, as classically elegant and discreetly seductive as ever. If all you do is wake up in your curved-wall suite, lounge by the Hollywood Hills-view pool all day, and then wander down to your table at the famed Tower Bar for dinner, you’ll have a perfect Los Angeles day.

Start your weekend getaway with brunch at The Eveleigh, a leisurely eight-minute walk down Sunset Boulevard from the hotel. Feeling the alternative eating movement vibe? Head over to Gracias Madre and embrace California vegan food culture at this Mexican eatery. Or perhaps you’re having more carnivorous cravings, in which case you should hit up Animal.

Runyon Canyon and its fabulous views Los Angeles (and rampant people-watching and celebrity spotting opportunities) is just north of the the Sunset Tower Hotel. Grab your trendiest ‘I’m so breezy, I do this all the time’ workout kit and a water bottle and hit the trail. Well worth it for the outdoorsy sense of accomplishment and that vantage point.

In the evening try AOC Wine Bar and Restaurant. Share the small plates with your dinner companion and sample the extensive wine collection. Or head to innovative ink. restaurant sit at the prep bar to watch the chefs in action. West Hollywood is the perfect location for rooftop cocktails. Slip into your date night best and head to Palihouse West Hollywood's Sunset Cocktail Lounge, an open air bar with summer cocktails, small bites, and 360 views of the Hollywood Hills. For a mix of rooftop drinking meets secret garden, head to Pearl's Liquor Bar.

Petit Ermitage Los Angeles, United States Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)

Just off Santa Monica Boulevard, Petit Ermitage is an eccentric muddle of art, antiques, flora and fauna. The owners’ collection of artefacts and paintings are displayed throughout the hotel, adding gallery-like gravitas. One thing’s for sure: you won’t be bored here, whether dining in the Garden – the outdoor restaurant packed with vibrant blooms which also doubles as a butterfly and hummingbird sanctuary – watching the sunset from the deck by the flickering flames of the outdoor fireplace, or sipping a mojito by the rooftop pool.

Give your wallet a workout on Melrose Avenue with stops at Fred Segal, Costume National and Agent Provocateur. In summer, catch a star-studded performances LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl at 2301 North Highland Avenue while dining on a picnic lunch prepared by Petit Ermitage’s chef. On the second Sunday of each month, head to one of the city’s best flea markets at the Rose Bowl at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena (+1 323 560 7469). Pick out vibrant blooms and fresh fruits and vegetables for a picnic at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market every Sunday (+1 310 458 8712).

Avalon Los Angeles, United States Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)

Just 45 minutes from LAX airport, Avalon Hotel is a Beverly Hills boutique bolt-hole that sports retro-fabulous '50s furniture (think Charles Eames chairs, George Nelson lamps and tables by Isamu Noguchi), a vintage hourglass-shaped swimming pool, and a decidedly cool poolside restaurant and cocktail bar.

Lacma – the nearby Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on the culture-packed stretch of Wilshire Boulevard known as the Miracle Mile – has one of the nation’s finest and most varied collections. Magritte, Rembrandt, Hokusai and Hockney are just some of the highlights, and Chris Burden’s spectacular 202-lamp exhibit Urban Light stretching out to the sidewalk at the entrance is one of the LA’s most iconic landmarks. Next door are the La Brea Tar Pits, documenting the days when sabre-tooth tigers and dire wolves roamed the streets in a genuinely fascinating museum and a slightly hilarious array of life-size models meeting their tarry doom. Watching the tar bubble is pleasantly surreal.

The Standard Los Angeles, United States Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)

What do you get if you cross James Bond bachelor chic, mid-century metropolitan architecture and acid-bright pop-culture wit? The Standard, Downtown LA. This fun and funky downtown boutique hotel in Los Angeles has one of the coolest bars in LA, baths big enough for basketball players, and on-the-money decor that cries out to be a Sixties-era film set.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand Avenue in Downtown is home to the LA Philharmonic orchestra, but it’s worth a visit just to see Frank Gehry’s fantastic cubist architecture. If you like to do your shopping under one enormous roof, the Beverly Center mega-mall on Beverly Boulevard is a spendthrift's heaven.

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