With foosball tables and a nightly DJ, the lobby bar of Mama Shelter is easily a place you could spend all night and never get bored. But stay on the ground floor of the year-old Hollywood hotel and you'd be missing out on one of the city's most spectacular views, five stories up. The rooftop bar/restaurant — which can be reached from the elevator around the corner from the check-in counter — offers a sweeping panorama of the Hollywood Hills, the downtown and Century City skylines and even the Pacific Ocean if you squint on a clear day. Strewn with lights and adorned with potted palms, the rooftop is just swanky enough to make you feel like you're on vacation (if not, the $14 cocktails will), but the brightly colored lounge seating and game tables lend it the vibe of a casual backyard garden party. Grab a seat at the bar or head to the opposite end of the wooden deck to get comfy on a beanbag chair and watch classic movies projected on a pop-up screen.
Mama Shelter; Credit: Jennifer Swann