Sunday, February 4, 2018

Eat, sleep, play at the trendy Orlando Hotel in West Hollywood

A little urban-style boutique hotel that delivers

By Patti Pietschmann
The Branzino rocks (photo by Richard Pietschmann)
Eat  at Cleo, the hip hotel’s millennial-centric, Mediterranean-style restaurant
Suite tub (photo by Richard Pietshmann)
Sleep in a deluxe suite with a heavenly bathtub and balcony.
Courtesy SBE

Play by the rooftop pool.

Nice fitness room to stay in shape (Patti Pietschmann)

The charming, boutique hotel sits smack in the hip and happening area of West 3rd. Street in Los Angeles, steps from shops and night life.  It’s ideal for visitors and even residents who just want to get out of the house for a night or two (and many do).

But let’s start with the restaurant where we dined royally last night. It was quite surprising to find an urban eatery that seemly was transported west from New York. There was definitely a buzz as lots of young couples and groups of millennials ate, drank and made merry. Below are some of the amazing appetizers created by the talented chefs:

We were hosted for the meal and served samplings from the menu from which my highlight was a perfectly prepared charcoal-grilled branzino with just the right amount of spice with fresh tomatos, nicoise olives and Calabrian chili. Cleo’s cuisine is created by from executive  chef Danny Elmaleh who has infused much of his Israeli-Japanese heritage into dishes that, as he puts it, “celebrate ingredients and cultures of the eastern and southern Mediterranean.”

Most of the crowd there last night began their meal with the restaurant’s signature cocktails but of course the Diva did her big, buttery Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay.

 Creative items (shown above and photographed by Richard and Patti) on chef’s list include brussels sprouts, spicy cigars, babaganoush and crispy artichoke hummus served with yummy fresh baked laffa bread, tagines, kebabs and octopus.  There’s also Wagyu flat iron steak and dishes  such as  duck matzo ball soup, meatball tagine with soft egg, tomato, squash and piquillo peppers.
 And for a happy ending
Desserts to diet for 
Cleo Third Street appeals to both your appetite and  aesthetic senses with a vibrant decor  of rich earth tones accentuated by grand artwork and a giant seven-foot mirrored ball hanging over the outdoor that reflects back  inside.  A custom mural by popular LA street artist Cryptik, titled  'FACING EAST’ highlights the room.  If you're looking for a romantic, albeit noisy spot, for Valentine's Day, this is it (book a booth or a table on the patio). Have friends coming to visit, take them there and share all the small plates at a communal table. It's also open for lunch and weekend brunch.

The Orlando Hotel has surprisingly affordable rates that include daily breakfast, WiFi, parking,use of a fitness room and rooftop pool and a very cordial staff.
Now for your Valentine's Day moment of Zen

The Orlando is offering a “Who Needs a Guy,” Girlfriend’s Shopping & PJ Party Valentine’s Getaway for Four priced starting at $650 for a deluxe king and connecting queen – a great value at $162.50 per girlfriend – and  $899 for a suite and connecting room.  Additional nights are $450 and $650 respectively.   The package can be bookedonline or by calling 1-800.62.HOTEL.

The deal comes with:
    • One night’s accommodation for up to four friends in a two-bedroom suite.
    • Four bespoke cocktails at Cleo -- with names like “A Night in Marrakesh.” 
    • 15% discount at Bed Head Pajamas – with an array of themes like “Champagne & Strawberries,” “Sweet Tooth” and “Bold Strokes.”
    • In-room Beauty Goodie Bag with Face Masks from Credo Organic Beauty & Samples of the top three most popular scents from  Le Labo Perfume  plus a certify for 15% off a purchase.
    • Four, One-Hour Bar Method Classes
    • Four, $50  gift certificates for Talisman Necklaces at Pyrrha

The Who Needs a Guy Val Day Gal Pal package can be booked online or by calling
800-624-6835 and is available Feb. 1 to Feb 28, 201