August 4, 1999 |
Ever get the travelin' blues, that what-time-zone-is-this, did-I-pack-my-razor daze (or haze, if you're in L.A.)? Check in at L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills, and spatial orientation tilts back into place. At the front desk, you get a chic version of "Hi, my name is . . . " stickers--business cards with your name, the hotel's address, the direct phone number to your room and your room's fax number.
January 23, 2000
West Virginia's venerable Greenbrier resort was demoted from five stars to four by the Mobil Travel Guide for the first time in 38 years. Mobil lowered its rating of the luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs in listing its awards for the year 2000, but didn't say why. Greenbrier President Ted Kleisner said he will investigate how the 7,000-acre resort, a top destination for golfers, fell short. "Mobil found something wrong, and we're going to correct it," Kleisner told the Washington Post.
June 9, 1989 |
Got $125 to spare? Then you might want to know about the fund-raiser being held at Citrus on Sunday. A dozen of our best French chefs, including Citrus' Michel Richard, Michel Blanchet of L'Ermitage, Jean-Pierre Bosc of Fennel, Claude Segal of Mabe and the two chefs from Tulipe are banding together to put on a huge French bicentennial bash at Hollywood Park on July 16. To raise money for that affair, they're having this one. It's a sit-down dinner...
June 21, 1986
NBC has turned to the American Film Institute to find new TV writers. The network on Friday announced that it will sponsor a Summer TV Writers Workshop that will culminate in a one-hour prime-time showcase in July, 1987. In making the announcement along with other network and AFI officials, NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff cited a shortage of good television writers.
February 18, 2011
GRAMMYS REWIND: Katy Perry and pals celebrating at EMI's post-party at Milk Studios in Hollywood alongside Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Natasha Bedingfield and "Glee" guy Matthew Morrison ... Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Kate Hudson, Neil Patrick Harris, Malin Akerman and Dianna Agron at Bing and Grey Goose's SoHo House celebration ... Lady Gaga and boyfriend Luc Carl at the Interscope Records party on the rooftop of Beverly Hills' L'Ermitage...
February 27, 2013 |
If you made a bucket list of the most luxurious hotels and spas to visit in Southern California , the five-star winners of the 2013 Forbes Travel Awards (formerly Mobil) would be a good place to start. The awards for outstanding service and excellence announced Monday this year gave Montage Laguna Beach , its restaurant Studio and its Spa Montage five-star status in an across-the-board sweep. The Craftsman-style hotel with 248 rooms sits on 30 acres atop a bluff overlooking the ocean.
October 5, 1986 |
L'Ermitage, 730 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 652-5840. Dinner, Monday-Saturday. All major credit cards accepted. Valet parking. Dinner for two, food only, $75-$120. People who care about food tend to think of restaurants in L.A. as B.B. and A.B.--before and after Bertranou. The chef himself arrived here, and immediately wrote to France saying, "California is one of the most beautiful countries I have seen in my life, but when it comes to cooking, forget it."
July 25, 1991 |
In the late late '70s, back when Cher and Gregg were still an item, the tiny brick parking lot in front of L'Ermitage was where Rolls-Royces came to park. It's said that the restaurant's famous chef-owner, Jean Bertranou, would occasionally slip out of the kitchen and drive the few blocks to his chief competitor, Ma Maison.