Chamberlain West Hollywood
West Hollywood, CA
Boutique-chic, $$ ($178)
Built circa 1970, when velvet and mirrored surfaces started showing up in the mid-century modern design movement, Chamberlain West Hollywood is a hotel that’s truly for the neighborhood. Originally an apartment building, the all-suite, for-guests-only hotel blends in with its Beverly Hills surroundings. In relative peace and quiet, you can skip cocktails by the pool and dine in the French-style bistro. Although it feels miles away, the Sunset Strip is right around the corner, and luxe boutiques on Rodeo are just minutes away. In a word (or three), Chamberlain West Hollywood is all about location, location, location — positioned perfectly so you can see the best of LA without sacrificing any low-key California charm.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Retro '70s throwback (this hotel loves a shiny surface).
Standout Detail: Those cinematic Los Angeles cityscapes seen from the rooftop pool. Rooftop pools may be a dime a dozen around these parts, but the guests-only vibe tunes out any pretension and amps up the relaxation.
This Place Is Perfect For: New Yorkers who want to explore Los Angeles by foot (West Hollywood is one of the city’s most walkable neighborhoods); weekenders who want to leisurely lounge around the hotel all afternoon before going out at night.
Rooms: There are 115 suites designed by Perkins and Williams with monochrome carpets and Pop-inspired prints. These design elements are softened with cozy living areas with gas fireplaces. All but the lowest category of rooms have private balconies — request a room on the highest possible floor for the best view (and keep in mind that many rooms have interior courtyard views). All rooms have free WiFi, 42-inch TVs, and iPod docks, while marble bathrooms have Antica Farmacista toiletries.
On Site: The rooftop pool with plenty of cabanas and loungers and access to food and drinks from the restaurant downstairs; a 24-hour fitness center with a Peloton bike; knowledgeable concierge ready to help you navigate the neighborhood; a house car (and driver) for short-haul trips around the neighborhood.
Food + Drink: Fits is the guests-only restaurant serving three square meals a day. There's no battling the locals for a table, a Hollywood hideout complete with a verdant garden patio. Order a Hideout (vodka, kiwi, lemon juice) or a glass of California wine, which you can try on the house at the daily happy hour.
What to Do Nearby
It's all about the Sunset Strip, where you can shop iconic brands like Fred Segal, dine in European-style bistros, or take one of many yoga and fitness classes. Make use of the complimentary house car to get anywhere within three miles of the hotel, from iconic Rodeo Drive to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art(LACMA) or La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, ten minutes away.