Martine Bury

Correspondent

  • Los Angeles, California, USA

Martine Bury is a correspondent who lives in Los Angeles and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. A native New Yorker, the editor, writer, travel and lifestyle expert has a passion for travel, fashion, art and interiors, all of which inform her work and her style. Bury’s specialties are great escapes, design, food, wine and shopping. She has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa and her beloved California. She relocated to Los Angeles in 2000 and worked as the West Coast Editor for YM magazine, as the editor of 944. Her work has appeared in several publications including Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, New York, Marie Claire, Nylon and Travel and Leisure. She is the editor of luxury travel outfitter Ker & Downey’s QUEST magazine and writes regular design and lifestyle columns for Glo.com.

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  • On July 17, 2013
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    What are the best historic hotels in Los Angeles?

    As the legendary playground of the rich and famous, Los Angeles is home to many storied hotels. My favorite among them is the Chateau Marmont Hotel & Bungalows. Modeled after a royal residence in France's Loire Valley, the building was originally opened as an apartment house in 1929. If the walls could talk, they would spill every detail of celebrity revelry and scandal that has taken place in this landmark building, high above Sunset Boulevard. It was purchased and restored by hotelier and restaurateur André Balazs in 1990. The hotel has played host to a long list of notable names, from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clark Gable and Greta Garbo to Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lindsay Lohan. Comedian John Belushi, most famously, overdosed here. Still, the gothic lobby, fabled bungalows, and well-worn hallways make this monument to Hollywood glamour a still super-chic destination.

    The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, also known as the “Pink Palace”, may be one of the most iconic properties in Los Angeles. The rich and famous and have been staying there (and in its bungalows) since it opened in 1912, and shows no signs of slowing down after a hundred years. This hideaway that served as inspiration for the Eagles classic song “Hotel California” is located on Sunset Blvd. Keeping with tradition, the classic hotel's beautiful guests still lounge by the Olympic-size swimming pool to enjoy Los Angeles’s hospitable sunrays and grab drinks at the intimate Polo Lounge.

    The Hollywood Roosevelt is a Spanish-style stunner that was opened in 1927, with 300 rooms and was the first venue to host the Academy Awards. It is right in the heart of Hollywood’s entertainment district, providing walkable access to some of Hollywood’s main attractions, including the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Guests with a penchant for nightlife may attempt to make their way to its downstairs nightclub Teddy’s, notoriously celeb-infested and difficult to get into. Nonetheless, the Roosevelt is packed with alluring details. British painter David Hockney painted the hotel’s pool bottom in 1998. Mixology buffs can enjoy the city's best cocktails in LA at the onsite Library Bar.

    For those who can do without the scene, the Millenium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, built in 1923, is a luxurious focal point of the revitalized cultural district in Downtown Los Angeles. Featured in over 100 motion pictures, this Italian-Spanish Renaissance-style hotel is known equally for its grandeur and lavish interiors as it is for hosting parties and conventions for celebrities and international businesses and dignitaries.
  • On July 17, 2013
    Martine Bury answered the question: Martine Bury

    What are the best historic hotels in Los Angeles?

    As the legendary playground of the rich and famous, Los Angeles is home to many storied hotels. My favorite among them is the Chateau Marmont Hotel & Bungalows. Modeled after a royal residence in France's Loire Valley, the building was originally opened as an apartment house in 1929. If the walls could talk, they would spill every detail of celebrity revelry and scandal that has taken place in this landmark building, high above Sunset Boulevard. It was purchased and restored by hotelier and restaurateur André Balazs in 1990. The hotel has played host to a long list of notable names, from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clark Gable and Greta Garbo to Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lindsay Lohan. Comedian John Belushi, most famously, overdosed here. Still, the gothic lobby, fabled bungalows, and well-worn hallways make this monument to Hollywood glamour a still super-chic destination.

    The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, also known as the “Pink Palace”, may be one of the most iconic properties in Los Angeles. The rich and famous and have been staying there (and in its bungalows) since it opened in 1912, and shows no signs of slowing down after a hundred years. This hideaway that served as inspiration for the Eagles classic song “Hotel California” is located on Sunset Blvd. Keeping with tradition, the classic hotel's beautiful guests still lounge by the Olympic-size swimming pool to enjoy Los Angeles’s hospitable sunrays and grab drinks at the intimate Polo Lounge.

    The Hollywood Roosevelt is a Spanish-style stunner that was opened in 1927, with 300 rooms and was the first venue to host the Academy Awards. It is right in the heart of Hollywood’s entertainment district, providing walkable access to some of Hollywood’s main attractions, including the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Guests with a penchant for nightlife may attempt to make their way to its downstairs nightclub Teddy’s, notoriously celeb-infested and difficult to get into. Nonetheless, the Roosevelt is packed with alluring details. British painter David Hockney painted the hotel’s pool bottom in 1998. Mixology buffs can enjoy the city's best cocktails in LA at the onsite Library Bar.

    For those who can do without the scene, the Millenium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, built in 1923, is a luxurious focal point of the revitalized cultural district in Downtown Los Angeles. Featured in over 100 motion pictures, this Italian-Spanish Renaissance-style hotel is known equally for its grandeur and lavish interiors as it is for hosting parties and conventions for celebrities and international businesses and dignitaries.
  • On July 9, 2013
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    What are the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles?

    Sprawling Los Angeles is a city of ‘mini cities’ that can be considered some of the best neighborhoods anywhere. Here are a few to explore. South Pasadena, a few miles away from the world famous Rose Bowl—and annual Rose Parade—is one of Los Angeles’ best suburbs. The quaint community is nestled among the foothills of the epic San Gabriel Mountains, and its lush scenery and great family shopping harken back to a simpler era.

    West Hollywood is arguably the vibrant heartbeat of Los Angeles, playing host too much of the entertainment industry, tourist attractions and some of the cities most essential nightlife and dining. 

    Santa Monica is a living, breathing postcard. From its beautiful beaches and proximity to Venice Beach, and its famous family attractions like the Santa Monica Pier and great shopping at the Third Street Promenade make this one of LA’s most sought after neighborhoods to live in.
  • On July 9, 2013
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    What are some things to know before visiting Los Angeles?

    Los Angeles is one of the greatest cities in the United States, perhaps only rivaling New York City in terms of diversity, opportunity, and things to see. It is big and vast, covering an area of 469 square miles, and has a regional population of almost 18 million people. It is essentially built on the edge of a desert, so the seasonal changes are mild, the summers can be stiflingly hot, and you might be able to wear shorts in the wintertime. It is the home of Hollywood, the capital of the entertainment industry, so expect to see all sorts of beautiful people and maybe if you’re lucky, a celebrity sighting during your visit. It is home to an ethnically diverse population of people, which also means we have some of the best and most interesting foods, so branch out from your safety net when dining. And before you leave, take a trip to one of the beautiful beaches and enjoy the sun, the views, and the water. Remember to pack your Ray Bans.
  • On July 2, 2013
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    What is the weather like right now in Los Angeles?

    After a month that alternated between the cool, grey, marine-layered days of what is locally known as 'June gloom' and days of searing dry heat, Los Angeles is finally settling into the hotter summer season we call 'beach weather'. This means midday temperatures range from 80s to 90s, while mornings are mostly cool and the best nights hover in the pleasant low-to-mid-70s. The temperature also tends to be cooler at the beaches and hotter inland and in the valleys. Because we are in a desert climate, flanked by mountains and the Pacific Ocean, LA doesn’t have too-predictable weather averages. Today, we are at the end of an intense weekend heat wave. Regardless of what it feels like outside, the surrounding waters warm up this time of year. We take that momentous event as an opportunity to dive in.
  • On July 2, 2013
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    What are the best activities to do in Los Angeles?

    Everyone says the best thing about LA is the weather. So it makes sense, whatever you do, do it outdoors. From hiking the canyons and dining al fresco to paddle surfing the waves and enjoying a concert in the open-air, it’s easy to plan days and nights that take advantage of the city’s best attribute. Year round, LA’s hills and mountains offer scores scenic hiking trails for every skill level. An easy hike up to the Griffith Observatory in Los Feliz boasts endless panoramic views from downtown to the Pacific Ocean, as well as a peek at the location James Dean made famous in Rebel Without a Cause. The workout and the occasional celebrity sighting makes Runyon Canyon Hollywood’s sexiest walkabout. In the Pacific Palisades, the incremental challenge of Temescal Canyon’s trails treat hikers to waterfalls and stunning views of the coast. A great day’s adventure is to start off with an early trek at Temescal Canyon Gateway Park, grab a fresh fish lunch at Malibu Seafood and head to Malibu’s El Matador or Zuma Beach. If the lounging on the sand doesn’t appeal, opt for Malibu’s laid back wineries and tasting rooms including Rosenthal Estate Winery, Cornell Winery and SIP.  Wrap the day up with an ocean side dinner at Nobu Malibu or Topanga Canyon’s romantic Inn of the Seventh Ray.

    From Venice Beach to Downtown LA, the outdoor culinary scene is vibrant and alluring.  In Beverly Hills, indulge in modern Italian fare by celebrity chef/owner Scott Conant on Scarpetta’s patio at the Montage hotel. In West Hollywood, knock back a gimlet and upscale versions of fish & chips and fried chicken among the glitterati at world famous The Ivy. Take in the skyline and an epic meal at Downtown’s Café Pinot—perhaps as a kickoff to the area’s famous evening art crawl or after tour of MOCA’s galleries.

    One of the most memorable experiences Los Angeles has to offer is catching a concert under the stars in a setting like Hollywood Bowl or Greek Theatre. These historic music venues host a long summer and fall season of concerts and performances in every genre. Book a box at the Bowl, pack an elegant picnic with your favorite champagne and savor the cool evening breeze.
  • On June 27, 2013
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    What are the best bars in Los Angeles?

    Los Angeles has a bar for every taste. I break them up into rough categories—cocktail bars, hotel bars, wine bars and dive bars. Of course you could get more micro than that, from spirit specific spots like Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, Caña Rum Bar and Las Perlas for tequila and mezcal. It depends on your mood. Check out old-school speakeasy The Varnish, hipster Harvard & Stone and old jazz lounge style Pour Vous for craft cocktails. My favorite hotel bars are opposite in vibe. The gorgeous Library Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel is pretty much perfection for drinks made with fresh farmer’s market ingredients, while The Bar & Lounge at Hotel Bel-Air serves up solid cocktails in a place of Hollywood legend. For wine, I’d head to Covell or AOC. And on the West side SHOREbar’s proximity to the beach makes the libations even more delicious than they already are. For sentimental reasons my favorite dive is quasi-Polynesian, grimy and classic Tiki-Ti on Sunset.
  • On June 27, 2013
    Martine Bury answered the question: Martine Bury

    What are the best bars in Los Angeles?

    Los Angeles has a bar for every taste. I break them up into rough categories—cocktail bars, hotel bars, wine bars and dive bars. Of course you could get more micro than that, from spirit specific spots like Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, Caña Rum Bar and Las Perlas for tequila and mezcal. It depends on your mood. Check out old-school speakeasy The Varnish, hipster Harvard & Stone and old jazz lounge style Pour Vous for craft cocktails. My favorite hotel bars are opposite in vibe. The gorgeous Library Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel is pretty much perfection for drinks made with fresh farmer’s market ingredients, while The Bar & Lounge at Hotel Bel-Air serves up solid cocktails in a place of Hollywood legend. For wine, I’d head Covell or AOC. And on the West side SHOREbar’s proximity to the beach makes the libations even more delicious than they already are. For sentimental reasons my favorite dive is quasi-Polynesian, grimy and classic Tiki-Ti on Sunset. 
  • On June 27, 2013
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    Where is the best shopping in Los Angeles?

    Generally, LA is not pedestrian friendly. Yet it’s home to legendary shopping drags people think of when they think of this city—Rodeo Drive, Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. For chic little pockets of great shopping where you can actually walk boutique to boutique, and grab a bite in between, a handful of neighborhoods are a shopper’s paradise.

    Venice’s Abbott Kinney is not only the place to find unique home wares, vintage stores, fancy bicycle shops, great restaurants and bars, it’s also good for people watching. Heist, Satine Convenience Store and Milkmade are apparel boutiques not to miss. For home wares, check out A+R, Tortoise General Store and Huset.

    On east Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park and Silver Lake are also pretty special. Drop into the Sunset Junction area of Silver Lake is home to great stores like Reform School and Mohawk General Store. Echo Park Independent Co-Op (E.P.I.C.) delivers a great sampling of emerging LA designers and artists.

    Mid-city, West Hollywood has many great shopping streets albeit a bit spread out. West 3rd St. between La Cienega and Fairfax, Melrose Place for couture and the western part of Melrose Ave delineated by Fred Segal and Alexander McQueen. Opening Ceremony and TenOverSix are my favorites in the area for edgier finds, as well as Clare Vivier.

    Hit Montana Avenue or Malibu Lumber Yard for west side retail therapy.
  • On June 27, 2013
    Martine Bury answered the question: Martine Bury

    Where is the best shopping in Los Angeles?

    Generally, LA is not pedestrian friendly. Yet it’s home to legendary shopping drags people think of when they think of this city—Rodeo Drive, Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. For chic little pockets of great shopping where you can actually walk boutique to boutique, and grab a bite in between, a handful of neighborhoods are a shopper’s paradise.

    Venice’s Abbott Kinney is not only the place to find unique home wares, vintage stores, fancy bicycle shops, great restaurants and bars, it’s also good for people watching. Heist, Satine Convenience Store and Milkmade are apparel boutiques not to miss. For home wares, check out A+R, Tortoise General Store and Huset.

    On east Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park and Silver Lake are also pretty special. Drop into the Sunset Junction area of Silver Lake is home to great stores like Reform School and Mohawk General Store. Echo Park Independent Co-Op (E.P.I.C.) delivers a great sampling of emerging LA designers and artists.

    Mid-city, West Hollywood has many great shopping streets albeit a bit spread out. West 3rd St. between La Cienega and Fairfax, Melrose Place for couture and the western part of Melrose Ave delineated by Fred Segal and Alexander McQueen. Opening Ceremony and TenOverSix are my favorites in the area for edgier finds, as well as Clare Vivier.

    Hit Montana Avenue or Malibu Lumber Yard for west side retail therapy.
  • On June 27, 2013
    Martine Bury answered the question: Martine Bury

    Where is the best shopping in Los Angeles?

    Generally, LA is not pedestrian friendly. Yet for better for worse it’s home to those famous shopping drags people think of when they think of this city—Rodeo Drive, Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. For chic little pockets of great shopping where you can actually walk boutique to boutique, and grab a bite in between, a handful of neighborhoods are a shopper’s paradise.

    Venice’s Abbott Kinney is not only the place to find unique home wares, vintage stores, fancy bicycle shops, great restaurants and bars, it’s also good for people watching. Heist, Satine Convenience Store and Milkmade are apparel boutiques not to miss. For home wares, check out A+R, Tortoise General Store and Huset.

    On east Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park and Silver Lake are also pretty special. Drop into the Sunset Junction area of Silver Lake is home to great stores like Reform School and Mohawk General Store. Echo Park Independent Co-Op (E.P.I.C.) delivers a great sampling of emerging LA designers and artists.

    Mid-city, West Hollywood has many great shopping streets albeit a bit spread out. West 3rd St. between La Cienega and Fairfax, Melrose Place for couture and the western part of Melrose Ave delineated by Fred Segal and Alexander McQueen. Opening Ceremony and TenOverSix are my favorites in the area for edgier finds, as well as Clare Vivier.

    Hit Montana Avenue or Malibu Lumber Yard for west side retail therapy.
  • On June 24, 2013
    Martine Bury posted:

    Good to back in LA after 3 weeks in Africa! A few new restaurants have opened since I left and Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX got all spruced up. Only question is what happened to summer? #weather

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