So its a holiday weekend and you’ve got plans to take the kids to the beach and the movies and cherry picking in Pomona. But did you stop to think that this is also a great time to connect with your significant other? There’s so much to do – or not do in this vast city of dreams. Maybe its ok to escape your kids for a few hours….
One of our favorite things to do is take a mini-vacation in the middle of the day. Drop the kids with your mom, or better yet, book an UrbanSitter (see our recommendations here) and go do something indulgent….like hanging out at a fancy hotel for the day. You don’t have to check in and be a guest to benefit from the luxury of a well-appointed lobby. Order a midday cocktail or a cup of tea and act like you’re on vacation for a few hours. Read a book, read the paper, people watch. The wifi is free. Ever wonder where I’m hiding on a Sunday to do some kid free writing? Here’s my fave spots.
Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey: This is the best lobby for chillaxing. Plush and comfortable, bright and cheery this lobby just invites you to snuggle in. There’s several seating areas and plenty of outlets for plugging in a laptop or charging your phone. This is a great place to catch up on work or just relax with a great book. Do not skip the op to dine there as well. Cast & Plow has an incredible menu and the bartender knows how to pour a gin martini. And the view can’t be beat. The hotel lobby overlooks the marina, sunset over the sailboats is a real treat! Read More Reviews on Yelp
Montage Beverly Hills: If its a sunny day there’s no better place to grab a coffee or an ice cream and enjoy sitting in the sun than the courtyard outside the Montage. Just stop into one of the many Bouchon options – Bar Bouchon with outdoor cafe seating, Bouchon Bakery with sandwiches and pastries on the fly or the full on Thomas Keller experience at Bouchon Bistro. French food not your thing? Wander inside the Montage for one of the best Italian meals in LA at Scarpetta or hang out in the Montage lobby – an elegant respite from the hurried streets of Beverly Hills. High tea at the Montage is a real treat! This is a wonderful place to while away the day in between shopping. You’ll feel like you’re on a mini vacation. Read More Reviews on Yelp
Mr C: This super hip hotel isn’t one of those places we go to lounge in the lobby. The lobby here is about cocktails and being seen. Its epically chic with an homage to the fifties. We love the bar here and the bar service. Tres magnifique. If you want to chill our at Mr. C the place to do it is in one of the cabanas by their pool. Shhh…not everyone knows this but as an LA local you can rent a cabana for the day and hang out at their pool. They have a variety of packages. So leave the kids at home and have a few cocktails poolside with some of your other grown up friends. You won’t regret it! Read More Reviews on Yelp
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LAURA NIX GERSON is the Founder & Editor of MomAngeles a site she launched because she was planning a lot of playdates and her friends kept asking her where to go and what to do. So it seemed easier just to put it all online in one place. In a past life Laura was a publicist, event marketer and web producer….oh wait, she still is. Laura is a regular contributor to Modern Mom and Babble. She is also the CEO of Nix Gerson Media. Follow her @MomAngeles.