COVID-19 has been tough, especially in Los Angeles where most indoor activities, including restaurants and gyms, remain off-limits. Throw in a newborn child, the shutdown of pre-school for our four-year-old, and an extremely stressful season in my entrepreneurial career and my wife and I found ourselves in desperate need of some fresh air (we don’t have that in LA either during fire season). But last weekend, we enjoyed a staycation in West Hollywood…a welcome break from tempest around us.
A West Hollywood Staycation
It was only for one night…my parents graciously agreed to take the kids overnight…but we had a delightful stay at the Andaz in West Hollywood. It’s rare we get to visit hotels in our city and this marked the first time I had stepped into this very trendy hotel.
We were assigned a beautiful suite and had a great date night. I will publish a full review of the Andaz in the next week, but the room was spacious, service excellent, and breakfast quite tasty (high marks for the coffee). And that pool…oh so Hollywood. You don’t go to this rooftop pool to swim, but to show off your liposuction and breast augmentations.
West Hollywood is full of great restaurants that adapted to the pandemic by expanding their outdoor dining areas. We had dinner at Cecconi’s, a wonderful restaurant that always brings back happy memories of the meals I used to enjoy here with Ben from One Mile at a Time when he was in LA. Thank you Ben for introducing me to this delicious restaurant!
Our stay was Friday night. Around midday on Saturday I drove to my parents, about 25 minutes away, to pick up the kids and bring them back. Amongst the plastic and silicone, Augustine and I actually went swimming on the rooftop pool!
So in the end we not only enjoyed a much-needed date night, but precious time with our kids since our gym pool remains closed.
I cannot believe I have not done this before. Usually if we need a break, we drive up to Santa Barbara or down to San Diego. That won’t change, but it was fun to simply drive across town and enjoy a night in the trendy Andaz. We’ll certainly do it again.
When was your last staycation?