Looking to don your gay apparel in a warmer climate this holiday?
Then make like Laverne & Shirley, The Beverly Hillbillies or Lucy & Ricky and head to California. Few communities are gayer than West Hollywood and on our most recent visit we found a hidden gem of a hotel tucked into a quiet neighborhood.
We used to always stay on Santa Monica or Sunset Boulevard in more high-profile properties, but once we found Le Parc Suite Hotel, we were hooked. The small all-suite property has only 154 rooms, but they’re so spacious you don’t really feel like you’re in a hotel at all. Heck, there’s even a kitchenette, but who cooks on vacation?
The amenities here are great, too.
A flick of a switch and the fireplace is lit. Ideal for a romantic ménage-a-16.
Head out to the private balcony, strap on the night-vision goggles and watch your hot neighbors walk their dogs.
Or go upstairs for a dip in the heated pool or bubbly spa. Perfect for relaxing those sore muscles after considering a tennis match on the on-property lighted courts.
Skip the cab and take a leisurely stroll through the quaint WeHo hood up to Santa Monica Boulevard and down to our favorite bar, The Abbey, voted “Best Gay Bar in the World” by Logo TV. (We tend to agree.) Not only are the patrons gorgeous and the celebrity sighting frequent, they also have some of the best food in West Hollywood. (Tempura rock shrimp is a must.)
So, whether it’s a weekend away from the in-laws or a long sabbatical from the pressures of the real world, West Hollywood is one of the best places to unwind in true style.
Besides, putting gifts under a lighted palm tree is so much more exciting than that plastic one from Walmart.
733 North West Knoll Drive, West Hollywood
$167.30 (regularly $239) for a King Studio Suite. Use promo code “Thanksgiving” through December 28, 2011. (Note: Call the property directly if the code doesn’t work and ask for the 30% holiday discount. We had occasional issues testing the code.)