Avid GTS subscribers know this digital destination is not just about travel and style, but more about celebrating the lifestyle of a Globetrotting Stiletto. Which is inclusive of jet-setting and shopping, of course, but good eats rank high up on our list too. From tender Mediterranean lamb in Croatia to grilled lobster on Sandy Island in Anguilla, we travel to explore, rejuvenate, create and GRUB. On a recent business trip to LA, I paid a visit to Luxe City Center hotel and enjoyed a few cocktails and tapas on their outdoor patio in a cozy corner with padded seating and panoramic views of the City’s bustling Downtown district. The crunchy Tuna Tartare Tacos and stiff margaritas are reason enough for me to return when I’m back on the West Coast and a legitimate reason for you check out Luxe too.
Located directly across from L.A. Live and a few steps from the city’s Grammy Museum, this contemporary hotel is an ideal pick for Globetrotting Stilettos. Now, while I didn’t stay at Luxe City Center when I was in town, I did request a tour of the guest rooms which I would describe as upscale minimalism. Think airy earth tones with handmade wooden accents sprinkled throughout, sleek electronics, double pillow-top beds and rainfall showers. Nice, right? You will always be drawn to the boutique hotel’s captivating art, curated by late regional artist, Louis Waldon, former Warhol Factory member and actor. Now, on to this lavish outdoor lounge…
Stafford + Mathis Kitchen is to thank for the innovative cuisine featured on the patio’s New American menu. As I mentioned earlier, the crunchy Tuna Tartare Tacos are my personal fave but I also tried Wonton Rock Shrimp served alongside the most delicious dipping sauces—yum! This small plate deserves my stamp of approval too. I dined al fresco just before sunset in one of the lounge’s cabanas equipped with curtains, in the event you desire privacy. I didn’t, but it’s nice to have that option. At nightfall, it got a bit chilly, not to worry, an accent fire pit and individual heaters are nearby. Once you flip the ON switch, Southern California’s notorious chilly nights, is old news. As for cocktails, I kept is classic with a Margarita on the rocks with a salted brim. My girlfriend had a Mojito, which she praised.
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