Getting It On in WeHo
In her novel Thrill!, Jackie described Hollywood as ‘the ultimate dreamland.’ The truth is, the city is not quite as dreamy at first glance — gritty prevails over glamour. However, immediate neighbor West Hollywood (affectionately referred to as WeHo) offers plenty of ritz, upon which Jackie drew for her novels. Several of Jackie’s preferred hangouts are accessible without being a VIP, including top-notch hotels and restaurants. Jackie would undoubtedly make a tour stop at Chateau Marmont, a hillside hotel fortress off Sunset Blvd. On any given evening, paparazzi are at the ready by the hotel entrance for fleeting celebrity arrivals and departures. After revealing raunchy encounters she had in the hotel with classic Hollywood players Errol Flynn and Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie would likely have waxed poetic on Marmont’s marvelous architecture and interior design.
Tip: Make sure to make a reservation at Bar Marmont, and be prepared to shell out about $50.
Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 656 1010
Glamorous Goings-On in Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills — even the name conjures luxury and elegance at its utmost pinnacle and Jackie personified this town. She would have taken tour-goers on an insider’s experience of the well-beaten path along Via Rodeo off Rodeo Drive in addition to window shopping along adjacent streets between Bedford and Canon Ave. Carry on towards the Beverly Hills Hotel, and imagine Jackie chatting over full English tea service at the Polo Lounge. Its pristine brick patio area is a known meeting place for Hollywood elites.
Other Jackie tour highlights include celebrity magnet eateries like Mr Chow and Spago, where Jackie got some of the best dishes in town — the juicy celebrity kind. The latter is legendary for its Oscar-themed menu and its spirited proprietor, Chef Wolfgang Puck.
Tip: Make reservations, especially on weekdays, for these restaurants.
Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, USA, +1 310 276 2551
Mr Chow 344 North Camden, Beverly Hills, CA, USA, +1 310 278 9911
Spago 176 North Canon, Beverly Hills, CA, USA, +1 310 385 0880
The last stop of Jackie’s world is Bel-Air, a truly luxurious community full of pristine mansions and windy roads. Jackie would have shattered the walls of this well-to-do part of Los Angeles, dishing on tawdry tales and secrets of the ultra-rich and famous inhabitants. The short ride through the 90077 community is a short one but packed with posh. Jackie’s highlights would include champagne and aperitifs at either one of the area’s five-star hotels, Luxe at Sunset or Hotel Bel-Air. Despite the apparent closed-off nature of Bel-Air, outsiders visiting the area can experience the neighborhood by checking into one of these ultra-swanky establishments.
Tip: Live it up in Bel-Air by absorbing the hotel ambience at its ultimate. Select Luxe Hotel for about half the cost of a Hotel Bel-Air stay without skipping out on the luxury. Do an invigorating weekday VIP spa treatment at either locale for as low as $100 a session. Happy hour offers respite for the frugal in this high-priced neighborhood.
Luxe at Sunset, 11461 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 476 6571
Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 472 1211