It’s the dog days of summer, and the best way to beat the heat in Los Angeles might be at a nice poolside at a hotel. Hanging out at the pool gets one hungry and thirsty. Eater’s done the tough work of finding places for refreshing cocktails and tasty bites by the pool. Here now, the best things to eat and drink poolside in LA.
Chef Michael Schlow, the Boston-based chef who won a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast back in 2000, is working in collaboration with Executive Chef Chris Turano, and continues to steer Cavatina’s culinary direction at casually chic Sunset Marquis.
Schlow understands that some people are happy with house-made potato chips and spicy scallion dip, but also digs deeper with items like a seared tuna Niçoise salad with tarragon vinaigrette, or gazpacho with Dungeness crab.
So, I had the coolest experience the other day. We were brought in to check out a secret mural nestled underneath the one of my favorite West Hollywood Hotels, The Sunset Marquis. The mural painted by street artist Elle, is a part of the Global Street Art Campaign for “Education is Not A Crime”, in which renowned street artists from around the world create public works that raise awareness about education apartheid by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Baha’is, and send messages of hope to those affected.
We grab some fashion and head over to West Hollywood’s rockstar mecca – the Sunset Marquis Hotel – where anyone worth their weight in Grammys has stayed. Elton John, Neil Diamond, the Clash, Springsteen, Bob Marley, Metallica and on and on. Yep, they’ve all slept here.
WHAT: Street artist, Elle, has created an original and striking art installation inside Sunset Marquis Hotel. Elle’s mural is part of the world’s largest global street art and human rights campaign “Education is Not a Crime,” in which renowned street artists from around the world create public works that raise awareness about education apartheid by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Baha’is, and send messages of hope to those affected.
The installation is also the first of Sunset Marquis’ efforts to collaborate with street artists from around the globe, creating original art that adorns the walls of this legendary hotel (other artists to be announced in the coming weeks). These interior murals provide hotel guests and Angelenos with Instagrammable moments throughout the hotel that not only make for social media-worthy photography but also share a meaningful message.
WHO: Elle is a female graffiti and street artist turned muralist from New York, and currently based between NYC, LA, and Melbourne Australia. She is noteworthy for her use of diverse media on the streets including bus shelter ad replacements and fire extinguishers. Elle’s work has received recognition from the likes of Vogue, V Magazine, and Vice, among others. She has collaborated with Reebok and together they will release a capsule collection in 2017. Her work has been published in the following books: “Surface;” by Soren Starbird, “Outdoor Gallery”; by Yoav Litvin, “The Art of Spra”; by Lori Zimmer, “The Wynwood Coloring book” by Diego Orlandini, & ;”In Heroes we Trust” by Neely, and “Street Art Today – The 50 most influential street artists,”; and “Women Street Artists, the Complete Guide;” by Ian Castello.
Elle, the female graffiti and street artist turned muralist is currently painting the first ever Not A Crime mural at the legendary Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. The installation is also the first of Sunset Marquis’ efforts to collaborate with street artists from around the globe, creating original art that adorns the walls of this iconic hotel.
At the SPA at Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, interior designer Oliva Villaluz settled on an aquamarine hue before anything else. “To make the spa feel like an oasis, I wanted to use the color of water,” she says. “So I chose glass tiles in different shades of blue; not just an accent here or there, but entire walls of color.”
The Sunset Marquis has an effortless and unpretentious cool with its Spanish-inspired architecture, gorgeous tropical-looking gardens, 60s-minimalist swimming pools and most obviously, its history. If These Walls Could Rock is the coffee table book we found in our suite and it tells the tales of the Sunset Marquis’ most famous guests – everyone from Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones, the Bee Gees etc etc.
While this West Hollywood hideaway is known mostly as a mecca for big names in the music biz, it’s also a favorite among movie movers and shakers — think George Clooney, Pedro Almódovar and Michael Fassbender. It’s a rock & roll playground for sure, but the tucked-away tropical setting, soothing spa and pared down rooms provide just the kind of vibe needed to help you keep calm and carry on during Awards Season.
Available Valentine’s week at SPA Sunset Marquis, enjoy a couples romance ritual adorned with rose petals and candlelight along with a rainfall shower for two at SPA Sunset Marquis, just footsteps from your private villa. Enjoy side by side aromatherapy massages, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for 50-minute massages ($150/person), a 60-minute massage ($180/person), a 80-minute massage ($220/person) and a 90-minute massage ($250/person).
If you really want to impress your new Tinder date, consider this upscale, garden-like oasis inside the Sunset Marquis hotel. The airy, string-lit patio sets the tone for a romantic evening under the stars with a farm-to-table inspired menu showcasing California’s freshest produce and ingredients. With menu highlights like the creamy burrata, beef tenderloin and seared scallops, and an average entree price of $38, you can expect a steep bill but a meal that will leave a lasting impression.