The 9 Best West Hollywood Hotels of 2019

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01 of 09

Best Overall: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

1 Hotel West Hollywood

 1 Hotel West Hollywood

The luxurious, eco-friendly and wellness-oriented 1 Hotel brand finally moved west in 2019, opening an outpost in the ever-popular neighborhood of West Hollywood. Located on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of the Sunset Strip, the property has undergone a head-to-toe renovation from its previous incarnation as the Jeremy Hotel, straying greatly from the area’s grungy past.

Even with the use of concrete throughout the property, the interiors are light, bright, and airy, especially in the 286 rooms, which range from standard Kings to sprawling two-bedroom suites. 

Public spaces include the Juniper Tree bar, restaurants Kitchen 1 and Alice’s, and a state-of-the-art gym built in collaboration with New York City’s Performix House. But the most impressive area is the rooftop pool and adjacent Harriet’s Rooftop cocktail lounge, where both guests and locals mingle. From here, you can see everything from the Downtown L.A. skyline to the Hollywood Hills.

02 of 09

Best Budget: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham West Hollywood Hotel & Suites

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham West Hollywood Hotel & Suites

 Ramada Plaza by Wyndham West Hollywood Hotel & Suites

For a more affordable stay — which is somewhat of a rarity in West Hollywood — choose the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham West Hollywood Hotel & Suites, a 176-room hotel ideally located on Santa Monica Boulevard, just a few blocks south of the Sunset Strip.

Entry-level rooms are a tad basic, but certainly quite comfortable and even slightly more chic in decor than other big chain hotels. And the suites impress, particularly the duplexes with private balconies. All accommodations are done up in gray palettes with bright orange details. 

The Ramada WeHo, as the hotel is known, has quite a few amenities, which is pretty great considering it’s affordable status. There’s an outdoor pool, a restaurant that’s open 24/7 (and offers room service at all hours), a Starbucks, a business center, a gym, valet parking, and even an on-site Enterprise Car Rental. A concierge is available 24 hours a day to help you book activities, tours, and dinner reservations.

03 of 09

Best Boutique: Kimpton La Peer

Kimpton La Peer

Kimpton La Peer

When you’re talking about hotels, you don’t often hear the word “chain” and “boutique” in the same sentence, but with the Kimpton brand, that’s exactly what you’ll find. Each and every Kimpton hotel exudes a boutique atmosphere, and that’s no exception with the Kimpton La Peer in West Hollywood. 

Located right off the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue in the heart of the trendy Design District, the hotel is known not only for its shopping but also its drinking and dining. 

The industrial-chic vibe matches the buzzy neighborhood, with amenities including a bustling Italian trattoria, a vibrant poolside bar, and coworking space, and free wine happy hour for guests.

But there are retreats from the chaos — the 105 rooms, for instance, are done up in soothing neutral palettes, though there’s still an edgy artistic aesthetic enhanced by all the original artwork lining the hotel’s walls. There’s also a fitness center with daily classes, plus a Yoga Wake Up app that guides guests through morning yoga and meditation routines. 

04 of 09

Best for Families: Montrose West Hollywood

Montrose West Hollywood

Montrose West Hollywood 

Given West Hollywood’s reputation for more adult activities, it’s not necessarily a hotbed for traveling families. That said, if you want to have your family stay in the neighborhood, you’d do well to book a stay at the Montrose West Hollywood, an all-suite property located in a residential pocket between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard. 

There’s plenty of space in each of the 133 rooms for your family to spread out — some of the largest have two Queen beds plus a pull-out sofa, while many others even have kitchenettes and balconies. 

There’s a rooftop pool that’s open to kids — that’s not the case at many of the hotel’s neighbors, which often restrict pool access to adults during certain hours — plus an adjacent tennis court. 

For the adults, there’s also a fitness center, and when you’ve worked up an appetite, beeline it to the guest-only hidden restaurant in the back of the lobby, which has some kid-friendly options like pizza and burgers, done up in California style. There’s also a more casual café on the roof.

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05 of 09

Best for Romance: Charlie Hotel

Charlie Hotel

 Charlie Hotel

The Charlie Hotel is one of the best kept secrets in West Hollywood, making it the perfect escape for couples looking for a secluded getaway, but still wanting to be near all of the action. Originally built by the Gordon family as a countryside retreat, the property, once owned by Charlie Chaplin, features 14 charming bungalows that look as if they’ve been plucked straight out of England. 

Though the bungalows went derelict in the 1940s after Chaplin sold them, they were revived in 2002 by hotelier Menachem Treivush. The accommodations are each named after Hollywood royalty and are totally residential in nature — each has its own kitchen, living room, and even a washer and dryer, not to mention at least one separate bedroom. 

The property is relatively limited in amenities, though guests can use provided the tablets to request everything from in-room massages to dinner reservations around town.

06 of 09

Best for Nightlife: Mondrian Los Angeles

Mondrian

 Mondrian

We’ll be honest — you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a party wherever you go in West Hollywood. But as far as party hotels go, the Mondrian Los Angeles is a great start.

The property completed a $19 million renovation in July 2019, so expect this high-rise hotel to have an even more happening scene at its outdoor rooftop pool and lounge. It’s actually the place to see and be seen during the day before it transforms into a seductive, DJ-fueled party at night. The area is open to hotel guests only before 1 p.m., but the locals start flooding in shortly thereafter. There’s also the midcentury-style Ivory on Sunset restaurant, which in itself is a hotspot — especially on its patio. 

When you’re ready to call it a night, the 236 rooms are much more calming, with super minimalist decor in white and beige. And if you want to sweat out some of last night’s indulgences, head to the fitness center and take in the views of Sunset Boulevard.

07 of 09

Best Rooftop: Petit Ermitage

Petit Ermitage

Petit Ermitage

California living is all about indoor-outdoor vibes, so it’s not surprising to see many hotels providing excellent outdoor spaces for guests, particularly by means of swanky rooftop pools and restaurants. But our favorite rooftop in West Hollywood belongs to the Petit Ermitage, one of the most exclusive boutique hotels in the area with a decidedly bohemian atmosphere.

The roof here is the life of the hotel, offering everything from a saltwater pool to a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary that doubles as a dining experience. There’s also a sunken fire deck where movies are screened each Monday night, exclusive yoga classes for guests, as well as a bar that serves “Spirited Love Potions.” It’s truly a spectacle, enhanced by eclectic decor that draws influences from both Paris and Marrakech. 

The 79 rooms — all suites, in fact — are lovely, too, though they’re much darker and sultrier than the bright and cheerful roof, with antique furnishings and jewel-toned decor. 

08 of 09

Best for Luxury: The London West Hollywood

The London West Hollywood

The London West Hollywood

As far as ritzy West Hollywood hotels go, none are more luxurious than The London West Hollywood. The hotel has a residential vibe — which is a good thing, given its location just off the notorious Sunset Strip, known for its more raucous side — and its 226 rooms start at a staggering 700 square feet, with each also having a private terrace. 

While classic Hollywood style skews towards the more glamorous, over-the-top side, The London is a lesson in understated opulence, using luxurious materials such as marble, velvet, and leather throughout the hotel. 

Amenities-wise, guests have access to a 10th-floor, cabana-lined rooftop pool with great city views, a fitness center, a screening room with 110 seats, a spa and salon, a very talented concierge to help you access some of Los Angeles’ most exclusive attractions, a restaurant and bar, and 24-hour room service. Guests can also be treated to the Private Suite at LAX, a private terminal that alleviates the drama you’ll find elsewhere at the airport.

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09 of 09

Best for Celebrity Sightings: Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

 Chateau Marmont

There might not be a more famous hotel in Hollywood than Chateau Marmont, the infamous refuge and notorious party place of many an A-list celebrity, from Howard Hughes to Elizabeth Taylor to John Belushi. More contemporary guests? Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, and Lindsay Lohan (who’s actually banned from the premises due to skipping out on a $46,000 bill). Catch our drift? This is the place to go if you want to catch a glimpse of celebrities, many of whom come here to drink and dine at the on-site venues. But don’t take your camera out to snap photos, as the hotel takes the privacy of its guests very seriously.

As far as the property goes, the original building was built in the 1920s to resemble a French castle, with antique furnishings lining many of its public spaces. But the 63 rooms, suites, and bungalows that dot its grounds have slightly more updated mid-century decor, though everything does feel quite old. A stay here is really not about the hotel itself — it’s about history.

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