Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club offers guests an authentic SoCal lifestyle experience in a casual, nautical-chic environment, inviting them to relax and let loose, embracing their “endless summer.” As Los Angeles’ only waterfront hotel, the 161 guest rooms feature private balconies perfect for viewing awe-inspiring sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. A recent $11 million renovation offers guests the perfect place to kick off their shoes, let down their hair and do as much or as little as they please.
On a recent stay-cation to the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Los Angeles, I had a chance to dine in the fabulous Baleen restaurant. With more than 17 years of fine dining experience at high-end coastal destinations, native New Englander Jesse Souza was appointed in May 2006 as executive chef at seaside Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, owned and operated by Noble House Hotels & Resorts. Leading a staff of 30, Chef Souza is in charge of culinary operations for the premier freestanding BALEEN Los Angeles restaurant and bar, oversees in-room dining, the Living Room Lobby Lounge and banquet operations for 8,000 sq. ft. of picturesque events/">event space. Chef Souza keeps things fresh with seasonal and special occasion breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, ensuring a new culinary experience upon each visit. The seafood-centric cuisine incorporates local and sustainable ingredients, taking traditional delicacies and giving them a twist to create new classics, such as Duck Carnitas paired with cornmeal crepes, chipotle blackberry, and apple slaw, as well as his signature “Hole-in-One” brioche topped with asparagus and mushroom salad, reggiano, truffle vinaigrette and an over-easy egg.