February 10 2010
Downtown Los Angeles was until a couple of weeks ago a place devoid of truly world-class places to lay one’s head. Ritz-Carlton (www.ritzcarlton.com; from $295) has solved this problem with a new hotel that towers, literally, over the competition (the lobby, first picture, and restaurant are on the 23rd and 24th floors of the 54-storey building, while there’s a pool and terrace on a 26th-floor rooftop).
Its location puts you in proximity to the city’s excellent Museum of Contemporary Art, which is currently hosting Collection: MOCA’s First 30 Years, a deft all-star edit of its permanent collections, featuring work by quintessential Angeleno artists John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Sam Francis and Billy Al Bengston, as well as international names such as Willem de Kooning, Alberto Giacometti and the seminal abstract expressionist Arshile Gorky – who is also, as it happens, the subject of a major retrospective opening on February 10 in London, at Tate Modern, and running until May 3. (Second picture: Gorky’s Garden in Sochi, 1941.)