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Last updated: 04 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Luciana Bellini

If ever there was a hotel for the cool kids, it’s this West Hollywood retreat. Originally dressed up by Philippe Starck, and recently redone by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, it has plenty of panache with wonderful tongue-in-cheek details – the mirrors look like something out of Alice in Wonderland. And then there’s the rooftop.

By day, it’s an oh-so-sexy pool deck. At night, it becomes the Skybar, an outdoor lounge overrun by LA’s Pretty Young Things. It may not be much of a looker from the outside, but it’s undoubtedly one of LA’s sexiest hotels, with one of the city’s hippest rooftop party scenes.

It’s also in a great West Hollywood location, right on Sunset. The hotel is perfect for scenesters – West Hollywood is one of LA’s most vibrant districts, with great dining and nightlife options close at hand.

Surrounding area

While it’s common knowledge that LA has no centre, if you had to pick one, you’d probably go for West Hollywood (WeHo to the locals), which is well-placed for getting anywhere in the city. It’s also one of LA’s most fashionable spots, filled with cool concept stores and buzzy rooftop bars.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[3.7 miles]

The world’s largest museum dedicated solely to the art of film, home to a collection of movie treasures, a rotating roster of exhibitions featuring industry creators and an experience where you can hold a coveted Oscars statuette.

Best for ages: 8+ | £22

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[3.7 miles]

A 20-acre compound of galleries and pavilions housing more than 100,000 works, from ancient Mayan bowls inscribed with bat heads and Japanese sculptures dating from 3000 BC to paintings by Rubens, Cezanne and Degas.

Best for ages: 13+ | £17


Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[4.5 miles]

The indomitable heart of the movie industry, where dreams are still made. See the star-studded Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theater – where the biggest premieres still take place – and the Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[5.2 miles]

The La La Land outpost of this movie-themed amusement park feels more grounded in actual Hollywood than the others, thanks to its popular tram tour that takes visitors behind the scenes of a real working studio.

Best for ages: 6+ | £85

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Greystone Mansion’s Gardens

Greystone Mansion’s Gardens

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[2.5 miles]

If this Tudor Revival mansion in Beverly Hills looks more than a little familiar it’s due to its stellar Hollywood lineage, having appeared in films including The Big Lebowski and X-Men. Come to explore its formal English gardens and elegant grounds.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Farmers Market on Fairfax

Farmers Market on Fairfax

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[2.8 miles]

This LA institution in West Hollywood first opened in 1934 and is home to over 100 food stalls and grocers, who specialise in everything from doughnuts and ice cream to beef jerky and gourmet pickles.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Life-size mammoth sculptures recreate Los Angeles prehistoric days at La Brea Tar Pits archaeological site in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles California.

La Brea Tar Pits

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[3.8 miles]

On Wilshire Boulevard, during the last Ice Age, asphalt bubbled from the ground, trapping sabre-toothed tigers, mammoths and giant sloths. Excavations continue to unearth new plants and animals and visitors can come to watch, or explore one of the world’s largest collections of fossils, on display in the museum.

Best for ages: 6+ | £12

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Virginia Robinson Gardens

Virginia Robinson Gardens

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[4.1 miles]

For a fascinating insider look at a period mansion and estate in Beverley Hills, call ahead to reserve a tour of the Virginia Robinson Gardens. The Beaux Arts mansion from 1911 is surrounded by stunning botanical gardens in a range of styles.

Best for ages: 13+ | £12

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Los Angeles

California, United States of America (USA)

The bright lights of Tinseltown are home to surfer-filled beaches, glorious mountain hikes, glitz and glamour in spades and year-round sunshine.

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