The expression tossed around town when this old Holiday Inn was transformed into a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel was "pig with lipstick." Located smack next to one of LA's busiest transportation arteries and forever tied to the infamous polyhedron shape, it was hard to imagine it as much else. But based on the pool area, lobby, and bar, this upscale lodging challenges its reputation.
Drink Damage: Jalapeno infused Margarita $12
Foodie Notes: The lobster hot dog was full of promise the but the dry, Little League quality bun was an unfortunate distraction. The quesadilla however, loaded with guacamole, sour cream, and fresh tomatoes, was perfect.
Interior Swag: I haven't seen any of the rooms but the views from the top-floor bar is well worth the inconvenience of getting there. Perched right above the relentless 12-lane 405 and just below the splendid aesthetic of the Getty, West Bar has spectacular views of the North, South, East, and of course West. If you can't get a seat at the 20-stool bar there are plenty of comfortable booths, benches, and tables for your party.
Go-Back-Again-Ness: The view alone will bring me back. And then there are the those pulled pork nachos I still need to try...