Stopping by The Andaz West Hollywood is a must for celebrity spotting or for those who simply want to learn some secrets about such pursuits.
One recent afternoon at this hipster's den where the Kardashian-Jenner clan held Kendall's sweet 16 birthday party, a group of out-of-towners sat down in the edgy lobby with a hotel staffer who works in this neat retreat located at the eastern entrance to the legendary Sunset Strip.
Said travelers just arrived from Germany and were on the prowl, seeking bragging rights to take back home to Deutschland following their seminal trip to Tinseltown.
For that to be true, all that was necessary for the visit to be a full-on success was the guarantee of at least one up-close-and-personal sighting of a living, breathing celebrity.
After all, who has ever visited Hollywood without his or her tale about spotting someone who meets the right criteria? You know, that special person who has only previously been witnessed on either the silver screen or the small screen--or both?
As this rhetorical question hung in the balance of an otherwise perfect trip to LA, these eager European visitors listened while the extremely helpful hotel employee whispered some celebrity spotting secrets to these eager guests from across the pond.
And so, as these visitors did, consider the following hotels for reeling in at least one celebrity sighting while visiting Los Angeles:
In the Chateau Marmont's iconic Bar Marmont is the perfect place to go just before last call is accepted at 2 a.m. To be sure, showing up just in time for that final libation before ending the night might mean spotting a number of luminaries who like to hang out there before heading home. This often means those celebs who live right there at the Chateau Marmont's infamous bungalows on the same grounds for which this chic bar thrives.
Further west in Santa Monica, Shutters on the Beach is the hotel of choice for all manner of big names, up to and including Conan O'Brien and Angelica Houston while downtown, two hotels should deal the celebrity sighting deal.
The first--The Standard--offers not only a breathtaking rooftop view but also a crowd that includes all sorts of stars who like to see and be seen in a scene decked out in red AstroTurf and a super cool pool. For the best perch, take a seat on a water bed pod that vibrates in front of an outdoor fireplace and be on the lookout while sipping on a Cosmopolian, the ideal cocktail for this kind of social work.
Meanwhile, for another alluring venue ideal for celebrity spotting, book into The Ritz-Carlton LA Live and ask for a club floor accommodation. This room choice will allow access into an arena that's private enough to lure some of the biggest names in town who don't like to party in public.
In general, this posh five-star property--situated across the street from the celebrated multi-purpose Staples Center--lures all kinds of high profile athletes and A-list entertainers who tend to show up at this secret hot spot with its magnificent views after work is done for the evening.
And so, with all these spiffy venues named and now on your itinerary, celebrity spotting in Los Angeles should be a real breeze. For even more ideas, stay tuned.