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Destination: Los Angeles • the East Side and DTLA

 Destination Los Angeles the East Side and DTLA Basic Travel information

I guess I have become a true LA “East-Sider”. The thought of having drive to the “West Side” and cross La Cienega is becoming more and more painful as the traffic continues to make a simple trip 45 minutes each way or more. But the good news for me is, all the great new restaurants and shopping is happening here in Silver Lake, Echo Park and Downtown LA (DTLA).

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Destination Los Angeles the East Side and DTLA Getting Around and Ground Transportation

Regardless you still need a car or an Uber/Lyft to get around. Los Angeles public transport is not for everyone. Give it 10 or 15 years… maybe.

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 Destination Los Angeles the East Side and DTLA Preferred and Recommended Hotel and Lodgings

Nomad Los Angeles

Nomad Los Angeles
Giannini Place, 649 South Olive & 7th Street
One of my favorite Downtown hotels. A very easy place to stay and the interior as very soothing for Los Angeles. Those who know NoMad in New York will feel right at home here. And the Burger at the Roof Top Pool Bar is crazy good!

Part of my Preferred Hotels Portfolio, includes:
   • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
   • Complimentary Continental Breakfast for two daily for duration of stay
   • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
   • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
   • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Virtuoso Information Page
Part of My Tablet Hotel Portfolio


The Charlie Bungalows The heart of West Hollywood

The Charlie
The heart of West Hollywood
A charming home away from home, tucked in a quite little corner of West Hollywood.

The Charlie Hotel West Hollywood is a historically designated hotel, previously owned by Charlie Chaplin. The enchanting storybook architecture of private English Bungalows housed many celebrities during the Golden age of Hollywood. Stepping through the iron gates and into the English garden landscaping immediately feels as if stepping back in time to the 1920s. Situated around lavish greenery and numerous water fountains. The nostalgia of the 1920s will rush through you as you walk back in time. Our large communal deck provides all day sun and shade relaxation with lounge chairs and comfortable seating areas. Explore the property’s fun facts; you won’t believe you’re in Los Angeles!

Part of My Tablet Preferred Partnership, book through me you get the additional amenities:
   • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
   • US $75 food and beverage credit, per stay
   • Complimentary welcome gift
   • Complimentary parking (US $35 value, per night)

The Charlie Website


Freehand Los Angeles

Freehand Los Angeles
416 West 8th Street
The little brother (or sister) of NoMad. A good solution if on a tight budget and want a more casual place to stay. And the refurbishment they did on this building is charming.

Part of My Tablet Hotel Portfolio

Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown

Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Blvd
A great view and a very nice business hotel. I really like the pool, even with it at a lower/mid-level, a cool urban vibe.

Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown Website

other “East-Side” recommendations
Hotel Figueroa
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
The Line Hotel in Korea Town

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Destination Los Angeles the East Side and DTLA What and Where to Eat

Hayato Los Angeles Kaiseki

ROW DTLA – 1320 E 7th St #126
One of the best Kaiseki you can find anywhere, except in Japan of course. But getting a seat is not so easy since there is only 1 seating of 7 people each evening.

Hayato Website

Manuela Hauser Wirth Los Angeles Arts District

907 E 3rd St
Located in the Arts District, in the Hauser & Wirth building. Executive Chef Kris Tominaga has a constantly changing menu that is constantly delicious.

Manuela Website

Lucques Los Angeles Sunday Supper Susan Goin Great Food

8474 Melrose Ave
Though I do consider this to be a “West Side” Restaurant, it is on the “Right Side” of La Cienega. Another consistantly great restaurant. Ms. Susan Goin always serves up a great meal. And the Sunday Supper Menus are one of my favorite dinners.

Lucques Website

Providence Michael Cimarusti Seafood James Beard Award Michelin Star Restaurant

5955 Melrose Ave
Truly one of the better restaurants in Los Angeles (right now). Michael Cimarusti does seafood right! After leaving Water Grill, he created Providence in the Patina space. A great dinner, but not for those who are cost consious.

Providence Website

Majordomo David Chang Momofuku Asian Fusion Foodie

1725 Naud St
Located in a forgotten about warehouse area near Chinatown, getting out of the car, you may think you are lost… but not at all. This is another David Chang Momofuku, but a bit more upscale, at least as the food goes. Worth a try.

Majordomo Website

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 Destination Los Angeles the East Side and DTLA Overrated Restaurants that are just OK

Bestia Website
Bavel Website

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 Destination Los Angeles the East Side and DTLA Worth checking out if you have the time

The Broad Museum DTLA Los Angeles

The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave. by Disney Hall
If you are going to spend a bit of time in DTLA, go to The Broad ( pronounced like Rode )… and General Admission is free, though you should make reservations in advance or go right at it’s opening time.

The Broad Website

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My Los Angeles the East Side and DTLA Information Page at Virtuoso

City Of Options:
Shopping? Check. Beaches? Check. Culture? Check.

Los Angeles is home to tremendous beaches (think Venice), star-studded streets (think Hollywood), amazing culture (think Getty), stunning cuisine (think Lucques and Cordon Bleu), and other-worldly shopping (think Rodeo Drive). Yes, the traffic can slow to a snarl. But with all you’re getting in America’s second-largest city, you can tolerate it.

Have a favorite thing to do or see in Los Angeles the East Side and DTLA?
Need a bit of help planning a trip?
Let me know.


page updated: August 2019

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