A discreet, sophisticated vibe permeates The London West Hollywood, which sits on a quiet side street and maintains a healthy distance (geographically and otherwise) from all the action on the Sunset Strip. Heavily focused on design and VIP amenities, the hotel makes a great choice for out-of-towners looking to be pampered.
Discreetly tucked around the corner from Sunset Boulevard, the posh 226-room London West Hollywood likes to play up its Anglophile associations: there’s a vaguely English, pastoral feel to the rooms; the rooftop pool deck resembles a well-trimmed English garden; and all guests are entitled to free calls to London. This intimate, residential ambiance is complemented by all the VIP amenities, like the 110-seat private screening room, or the chic Alex Roldan salon located off the lobby. It’s clear why so many international travelers feel at home here: rather than feel boxed in, they can spread out in their open-plan suite (all of which come with spacious living areas), enjoy breakfast out on the private terrace, and end the evening in blissful quiet while soaking in the tub. If you happen to be sticking around for a while, you can really get cozy in one of the specialty suites, which feature kitchenettes and over 3,000 square feet of space—they’ll even throw in free roundtrip airport accommodation, which ought to significantly reduce the stress of another arrival at hectic LAX.
Location: Perched on a hill overlooking all of Downtown L.A., the London West Hollywood manages to feel both part of the action on the Sunset Strip and also entirely in its own bubble. A 5-minute walk in either direction will lead you to a surplus of shops and amusements on either Santa Monica or Sunset Boulevard.
Abbey: An 11-minute walk from the hotel, this quintessential nightlife spot has managed to build an international following with its eye-candy bartenders and notoriously strong drinks. Though some complain the bar has strayed from its roots, hetero-friendly or not, the Abbey still holds court as the liveliest gay bar in L.A.
The Roxy Theatre: If you’ve got a free evening, it’s always worth checking out the lineup at this old-school rock venue, which sits around the corner from the hotel. The Roxy is known for welcoming bands from all genres—metal, punk, indie rock and singer-songwriters—but the good vibes are consistent.
Viper Room: In business since the 1940s, and opposite the street from the hotel, this classic West Hollywood haunt has gone through various incarnations, but remains a trusted source of after-hours entertainment, from drag performers to Elvis theme nights to karaoke.
Pacific Design Center: A must for those interested in design and architecture, this complex is a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and offers compelling art exhibits, lectures and other events.
Good for: Between the secluded pool area and the Art Deco-inspired restaurant, style-oriented travelers will find plenty to fawn over. In the past, the seasonal Boxwood on the Rooftop Bar has hosted pop-up ice cream parlors, live jazz brunches and board game nights, so there’s action, for those who want it.
Amenities: pool, room service, free Wi-Fi, minibar, restaurant, bar, shop, salon, gym, laundry service, concierge
Time Out tip: Need a cuddle? A pair of bulldog puppies, named Winston and Churchill (obviously) function as the hotel’s official brand mascots, and they’re effin’ adorable. Guests can spot them on their multiple daily walks around the property, or occasionally lounging by the pool. It’s all part of a ploy to promote the hotel’s extensive pet amenities, which include specially prepared gourmet dog meals, as well as peanut butter treats, dog beds, leashes and bowls (all for a $20 nightly fee, plus $100 cleaning fee).
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