The idea of Sunblogging is to basically get work done on my laptop and iPhone while enjoying the rays of the warm sun. Well this particular Sunday that I scheduled to visit The London Hotel in West Hollywood was a hazy one. The deeper I drove into Hollywood the more the marine layer enveloped my view of the blue skies. To add, it was quite chilly. How am I supposed to disrobe to my bikini if I have the goosebumps? Having already experienced The London Hotel’s rooftop pool I somewhat knew what I was in for so I was completely prepared to just sit in a chaise lounge with a sweater and get to work. It seems that the big man up top had a different plan.
Just off Sunset Boulevard lies the hidden gem that is The London Hotel. From afar you can see the canopies of the roof top but as you get closer to the location it disappears in the foliage that surrounds the property. As always the second your tires hit the driveway, valet is opening your door and helping you with all bags and making sure they do it with million dollar smiles. Since I was here just a few days earlier I knew what to expect, but as always ‘assuming’ only limits your imagination and I soon found out that this was not just an ordinary day of Sunblogging. To meet me in the lobby was the phenomenal Director of Sales and Marketing, Joe Velasquez. Looking quite dapper in his suit he happily took me up to the rooftop to show me my cabana. I told him it looks like it’s going to be overcast and he said, “You’d be surprised what happens at the rooftop pool here.” Not understanding what he meant until I arrived to the top is when I realized the magic of The London’s rooftop. It was like the heavens opened up and I could hear the chorus “Hallelujah” bellow through the sky. It was hot, and the sun was out ready to please my bronze skin. Joe took me over to what he called was the “Bieber Cabana”. He said when Bieber stays there with Selena Gomez, his girlfriend, they use this cabana for its privacy. Great! My sarcasm got the best of me. At this point I stopped hearing Hallelujah and only heard “Baby, baby, baby, oh”. I’m not a Bieber hater, but damn are his songs catchy. I digress. Joe introduced me to my cabana girl, I’m sure she had a more sophisticated title such as VIP host or something but this day I shall call her my cabana girl.
Multi-tasking as usual, I also brought some friends that I work with since not only would I be Sunblogging but we would also be conducting a meeting as well. It really didn’t take the guys long to say yes when I said, “Come to my cabana at The London Hotel and we can drink mojitos and have a business meeting”. It literally took half a second for them to ask for the address.
The setup of our cabana was almost like an outdoor living room fully furnished with a couch, chairs, counter space, refrigerator, curtains for privacy, a flat screen television, and had an area in front of the cabana with lounge chairs to bask in the sun. I was beyond impressed. Most rooftop pool cabanas aren’t stocked like this as much as I have experienced them. My cabana girl says that the fridge is stocked with waters, various sodas, a trio platter of delicious pastries, fruit, cheese, a pitcher of whatever mojitos we want, AND a party appetizer platter of our choice which is all included with the cabana. Now, I’m a Vegas day club goer and minimum you get is waters and maybe a bottle depending on how deep you dug in your pockets for a day bed or cabana. But this is a rooftop pool at a hotel in Hollywood! I expected this in Vegas but not in LA. I wonder how quickly I can move in here. Hmm.
After enjoying the platters of Chef Gordon Ramsey’s scrumptious food and the amazing pitchers of lemonade vodka it was time to get to business. In tow with me was T-Minus Productions CEO TJ White, VP of Development Curtis Koller, Director of the Stunt Department Keith Porter, and Celebrity Booking Agent/Marketing Expert/Internet Aficionado Ryan Totka. In that moment inside that cabana the pressure of a stuffy board room, and stale tap water had completely evaporated from our minds. Enjoying the brilliance of the situation we got down to business, solidified issues, embarked on new enterprises, resolved loose ends, and when the meeting was adjourned we were able to cheers to a successful day of ‘work’ so to speak. In a hopeful attempt, one of the guys asked, “So we’re going to have all T-Minus meetings here right?” Let’s hope so.
The day could have not turned out more perfect. The low hum of music, the Feng Shui calmness of the space, the breeze, the beautiful people, together encouraged all of us to want to work harder to make this a regular venue. As I lie back and think about my next venture I look over and see Rob Zombie in the cabana next to us. Now if this is where Rob Zombie goes to relax then I’m pretty sure we are at the right place.
The London stole my heart again and with the great service from my cabana girl, excellent care from Joe, the unbelievable weather, the luxurious property, and the tasty treats from the kitchen, I’m not sure why anyone would ever want to leave. Can you believe I’ve only witnessed the lobby, and the rooftop pool? I haven’t even delved into the upscale restaurant, meeting rooms,event space, the suites, the Boxwood cafe, The London Bar, and the list just goes on. If I’m enamored by just one space I’m sure that the rest of the property will steal my heart like Romeo took Juliet’s. So the question is how long can I stay at the London until they turn my room rate into a mortgage? Without a doubt I would recommend this hotel to anyone coming to the City of Angels. Its magnificence can be breathed in as soon as you walk in and feel the serene aura that surrounds you. Who knows, you may just see me on the rooftop tapping away at the keys of my laptop fancying something over ice.