Who hasn’t dreamed of living a life like some of Hollywood’s hottest celebs? While the odds of becoming an A-lister are about as good as winning the lottery, you can vacation like a star, and maybe even spot one or two on your weekend escape to Tinseltown.
To get started, a stay in a hotel that is known for catering to celebs is a must. Chateau Marmont has been known as a movie star hideaway since 1929. It draws celebrities to its beautiful, private bungalows and to the popular Bar Marmont — a place that is known as one of the best to see-and-be-seen. A number of Grammy afterparties and pre-Golden Globe events have been hosted here, and just a few of the stars who have roamed Chateau’s halls in recent years include Charlize Theron, Lindsay Lohan, John Mayer, Jennifer Aniston, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
If you’re traveling with little ones, the private two-bedroom penthouse suite may be a splurge, but here you’ll truly be living the Hollywood life. Not only will you have plenty of room to spread out in this 3,000-square-foot hideaway, but you’ll also be treated to panoramic views of Hollywood from a 1,500-square-foot private terrace.
Your next step will be to get a little pampering. After all, if you’re going to live like a star for the weekend, you’ll want to look like one. Get your nails done at Beverly Hills Nail Design, where celebs like Kim Kardashian and Ashley Greene regularly go, and then head to skincare guru Ole Henriksen for an indulgent head-to-toe body treatment. He’s worked his magic on Cher and Ellen DeGeneres, just to name a few.
If you’re up for getting your hair done, the Chris McMillan Salon in Beverly Hills is the place to go. Chris is a celebrity hairstylist who has appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover and was even responsible for Jennifer Aniston’s “Rachel” haircut.
Now that you look amazing, you’ll want to hit at least a few of the places celebs go shopping. The ivy-covered building at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard, known as Fred Segal, is a popular destination for trendsetters. It’s home to a cluster of individual boutiques that entice the stars with unique, one-stop celeb shopping. The parking lot itself is a good place to spot them as well as the plethora of paparazzi waiting for stars to cross their paths.
Extra broadcasts live from the popular outdoor mall known as The Grove. Visitors can gawk at host Mario Lopez and maybe even shop alongside Paris Hilton, Fergie or any number of well-known celebs who are drawn here for the shopping. The farmers market next door is a great place to grab a bite for lunch and perhaps dine among the stars, too.
Although you aren’t likely to see a real star here, taking a stroll on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard is fun for kids and the kid-at-heart. Place your hands and feet inside of the stars’ imprints to see how they compare and imagine what it must have been like to achieve something as remarkable as this.
The TMZ Hollywood Tour is known as one of the best for an insider’s look at where the celebrities live and play. Not only will the guides have you laughing throughout the two-hour tour, but you’ll also be let in on little-known secrets and plenty of Hollywood gossip — making you feel as if you’re a part of their world.
When it’s time for dinner, don’t miss the opportunity to eat at Craig’s in Beverly Hills, one of the best eateries in the entire L.A. area as well as the place to be seen and spot the stars. There are almost always celebs dining here – the food and the service keep them coming back for more. Just remember to make your reservations in advance – as Larry King says, they haven’t had an empty table since they’ve opened.
If you’re up for a night on the town (and what else would you be, since you’re here!), you should visit the bar at the Chateau Marmont, which offers a great chance to rub elbows with A-list celebs, and the Sky Bar, an open-air luxury lounge that’s known for attracting some of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars.
If you can get in, the Lure draws many of Tinseltown’s heavy weights with its 50,000-watt sound system and over 100 kinetic light spheres that dance with the music. It features four full-service bars and a VIP section for the celebs — to gain access you’ll need a table reservation and bottle service, unless you happen to have a connection that can get you on the guest list. But if this is your ultimate Hollywood fantasy weekend, isn’t it worth the effort and the splurge? This may be your only chance to bump into stars like Will Smith, Paris Hilton (who seems to pop in frequently), Jay-Z, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
After such a long day and night of Hollywood indulgence, you may want to relax a little by spending some time at the beach. Malibu, less than 30 miles west of Hollywood, is home to some of the most beautiful and the most popular beaches for celeb spotting or just soaking in the sun, including Zuma Beach and Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Many celebs have beachfront homes here, including Halle Berry, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Mel Gibson and Dustin Hoffman.
Yes, it may feel a little frivolous to take a walk in the footsteps of the stars, but in America, our movie and TV stars are the closest things we have to royalty. They’re gorgeous, they’re fabulous and they’re easy to find all around certain parts of Los Angeles. So make your trip to Hollywood a vacation of a lifetime by living like a star!