THERE'S A REASON... that Los Angeles is regularly depicted as a shopping destination of sorts: It is. The city has both some of the world's most famous shop-laden thoroughfares -- we're winking at you, Rodeo Drive -- and its well-known, oh-so-big 'n outdoorsy malls, though "malls" doesn't seem quite right. Retail experiences? That works. And when December rolls around, many a visitor to Southern California is looking to stock up on a few gifts as well as do their LA thing (which completely includes seeing the James Turrell exhibit at LACMA, right? And "The Magic Flute" at LA Opera? Good.)
SO... how to get the most out of a shopping trip and a swanky-nice stay-over spot, too? Go Kimpton, is the answer here. The boutique chain has an offer on at two of its SoCal hotels, Hotel Palomar of Westwood and Hotel Wilshire near Miracle Mile. The upshot? Book a room, get an "in-room seasonal beverage" (hello), and a twenty five buck credit at The Grove or Westfield Shopping Center in Century City, depending on where you're staying (Hotel Wilshire will be The Grove, Century City is Palomar's match-up). A late check-out of 2 p.m. is included. Seriously, this is just about our favorite part of this deal. December is a month custom-made for late-check-out-ing, and if more hotels did this, everyone needing to travel would be as cheery as a sprinkle-covered holiday coffee beverage.
THE CODE... is BHOME. For rates, asterisks, and so forth, make for the Kimpton site forthwith. Oh, and hooray this: It's on through Jan. 10, also fairly rare for the seasonal hotel package. That and late check-out, too?