Montrose West Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA
$$ (From $229)
For better or worse, gone are the days of heavy-hitting rock bands throwing televisions into hotel pools and driving motorcycles into lobbies. Today, Hollywood's rockstars take their indiscretion to the back streets of the Sunset Strip, to the newly redesigned Montrose West Hollywood — an all-suite hideaway with a rock n' roll edge filled with posters of Bowie and Prince, signed guitars, and a cool rooftop pool with 360-degree views of downtown. Spacious apartment-style guest rooms offer all the amenities, services, and eccentric design you would expect from a boutique hotel, with a flexible option for extended staycations, and ample privacy. Guests also benefit from a rare amenity in LA — being walking distance to bars, restaurants, and legendary music clubs such as the Whiskey A Go Go, Viper Room, and Troubadour — who have all cleaned up their act, but still put on a great rock show.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Upscale rock n' roll.
Standout Detail: The location, on a quiet residential street just a five-minute walk to the main throughway heavy with bars and restaurants.
This Place Is Perfect For: Hollywood creatives wanting a discrete hideaway with space to entertain, self-sufficient global nomads, and do-not-disturb types.
Rooms: Converted from luxury apartments, 133 suites are spacious with separate bedroom and lounge areas, fireplaces, kitchenettes, and private balconies. The rock n' roll vibe continues with leather headboards, cowhide prints, and mixed metals, while bathrooms are sleek and modern with marble fixtures and Gilchrist and Soames products. In the mini bar, guests will find an assortment of boozy beverages, recipe kits, and an emergency black bowtie for those last-minute invites to glitzy Hollywood parties.
On Site: Large rooftop pool with mini cabanas, daybeds and a full-service bar and cafe serving sunset cocktails and al-fresco brunch on Sundays. Hinting at LA's playboy mansion, the Bunny Mary is a favorite cocktail made with vodka, fresh carrot juice, lemon, honey syrup, and hot sauce. Guests can also access the full-size outdoor tennis court above the pool terrace, with complimentary equipment available at the front desk.
Food + Drink: Timbre Restaurant is exclusive to guests and serves relaxed Californian fare in a cafe-style dining room with large comfy sofas for co-working and casual business meetings. A grab-and-go cafe is located off the lobby for snacks and fresh juices to go. At night, the lobby lounge transitions for its “Vino & Vinyl Hour,” with complimentary wine and a rotating music theme from the Montrose's vinyl library.
What to Do Nearby
There are more things to do in West Hollywood than a drunken bar crawl on the Sunset Strip — not that you shouldn't absolutely experience it — just for a night or two. Inside WeHo's irregularly shaped border, you'll also find art galleries, parks, and architecturally significant homes that you don't have to be on an exclusive list to step foot into. Even if you’ve never seen it in person, you’ll undoubtedly recognize the Stahl House — A structure that's barely more than a roof, floor-to-ceiling windows and an infinity pool, but it emits a certain twinkly fantasy that many have found — or spend their lives chasing — in Los Angeles. Make a pitstop at the West Hollywood Public Library, a modern beaut, with a ground floor cafe, views of the Hollywood Hills, an LGBTQ collection, and a parking garage with Retna and Shepard Fairey murals. To sample LA's trendy eateries, head to the Beverly Center who's massive dining overhaul includes Easy's, Angler, Marugame Udon, and an outpost of Venice Beach's favorite, Eggslut.
Want more LA? Check out the Fathom City Guide for the best vintage stores, Korean spas, boozy brunches and more.