The Grafton on Sunset
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While it may seem like Los Angeles has traded morning hangovers and one-night stands for juice cleanses and on-demand workouts, The Grafton on Sunset remains a night owl's paradise, tucked above the neon-lit Sunset Strip of West Hollywood. Bordered by tall palm trees, the two-story boutique hotel mixes minimalist SoCal style with a rock n' roll edge, and plenty of Hollywood views to spy on La La Land's A-listers. Ideal for the weekender who wants to hang at the hotel by day, The Grafton has the largest outdoor saltwater pool on Sunset Boulevard, with cabanas and chaise loungers bathed in sunshine. Rooms feel private and spacious, with large sofas and cityscape murals, while Old-Hollywood themed suites are dedicated to the silver screen's dearly beloved. Guests benefit from the rare amenity around here — being walking distance to so many great spots. Hollywood's best music clubs and famous landmarks are steps from the hotel, along with plenty of shopping, comedy shows, and great restaurants that serve late. For travelers who want to dig their heels into Hollywood the minute they drop their bags, look no further than The Grafton on Sunset.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Party on demand.
Standout Detail: Snacks and drinks can be delivered poolside at the push of a button. Cue the uninterrupted rosè on tap.
This Place Is Perfect For: Night owls and Hollywood first timers who want the quintessential Sunset Strip experience.
Rooms: The hotel's 108 guest rooms and four spacious old-Hollywood themed suites are equally suited for all hours of the day and night with views of the pool and Hollywood skyline. The decor includes animal-printed rugs, cityscape murals, and various outdoor patios with chaise loungers for sunbathing. All rooms have speakers, laptop safes, writing desks, walk-in showers, and fully-stocked mini bars.
On Site: Large outdoor saltwater pool with cabanas and poolside drinks and food service. Fitting with the LA lifestyle, a well-equipped gym is open 24 hours a day.
Food + Drink: Off the lobby, Bar 20 continues its Sunset Strip vibe with a guitar-shaped bar, lipstick-red seating, and a small stage for bands to preform. Complimentary breakfast is served on a large outdoor patio overlooking the pool with a daily Blues and Brews happy hour.
What to Do Nearby
Cross Sunset Boulevard to access LA's most famous music haunts like Whiskey A Go Go and The Viper Room, where the beer-soaked floors are reminiscent of a different era. Or do something most Angelenos forget about and head to the famous Comedy Store, where amateur comedians earn their late-night, prime time status. For those who have never been, "The Strip" is defined by the 1.7-mile stretch between North Crescent Heights Boulevard and Doheny Drive, where the Sunset Plaza shopping center, glamorous day-partying scene, and late-night restaurants are all within walking distance — making it easy to forget a car is essential to your LA vacation.