High design is one of West Hollywood’s assets. The lobby at the 105-room Kimpton La Peer Hotel — with its design from architect Gulla Jonsdottir — is a pleasing combination of comfortable low seating, bronze accents and curvy lines. It opens to a covered “backyard” bar, lounge and pool providing an easy indoor-outdoor flow. (Audi set their pre-emmy shindig in the poolside space.) There’s also a 4,000-square-foot rooftop terrace at the ready featuring a tented pavilion.
Up on the Sunset Strip, Tesse, from vet restaurateur Bill Chait, can welcome up to 80 for receptions, 50 seated in its adjacent wine store, Boutellier. Separating the restaurant and private space is a bronze screen door; above is a striking light-filled oculus adding even more zing to the chic space.