In LA for work? Travel tips, with pampering, from Kiehl's CEO

Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:57am EDT
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Los Angeles holds many charms for Kiehl's USA president Chris Salgardo, who says it's one of his favorite places to visit for business. (Good thing, too - he flies there about twice a month as California is the skincare brand's biggest market in the U.S. outside of New York.)

"California was my home for so many years," says Salgardo, who is based in New York City but grew up in Thousand Oaks, California.

"When I go, there's a feeling of comfort and familiarity," adds Salgardo, whose company has 63 free-standing U.S. stores and one spa in New York City. "I love the fact that there are so many different things to see - it's the entertainment capital of the world. I love just going down Hollywood Boulevard, even when it was filled with seedy theaters. There's so much happening at the Disney Concert Hall, and let's not forget about the fabulous shopping on Rodeo Drive."

Here are Salgardo's tips for making the most of two work days in Los Angeles.

How to get to town from the airport: La Cienega. It cuts right through the city, and you can be in West Hollywood or Beverly Hills in 20 minutes.

Where to go right when you land: Farmers Market (6333 W. 3rd St.) The best donut place in the whole world is there - Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts (Stall 450).

"Get there early in the morning and get them piping hot - they have this incredible glaze that literally melts in your mouth. It's really like no other donut I've had in my life - and I've had many."

Where to sleep: L'Ermitage Beverly Hills (9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills) is my home away from home for the best service and privacy. The service cannot be beat - they know your name, they give you anything you want. If it's 11 o'clock and you want cheesy mashed potatoes, they'll make it for you.   Continued...

Hikers pose for a photo in front of the Hollywood sign on a foggy day in Los Angeles, California January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson