The London, West Hollywood

The London, West Hollywood is an amazing hotel located just off the Sunset Strip on San Vicente Boulevard. Our first ever stay in Los Angeles had to be at a truly unique hotel and the London did not disappoint.

Based on a recommendation from Fleur De Force, we booked in for a night before we headed into the Desert. With brilliant help from Megan, online and on the ‘phone we booked two London Crown Suites for the night.

We booked direct with great customer service online and on the ‘phone with additional support from the concierge team who helped me with a bunch of ‘first timer’ questions.

The London West Hollywood Location

The London is situated as West Hollywood and Beverly Hills merge. We had picked this hotel for two reasons. First, we had a recommendation from a vlogger (who says influencers don’t work?) and because part of this LA trip was a musical pilgrimage for me. I wanted to see the sights made famous by Hotel California, Joni Mitchell and the late 60’s music scene. For this our location was perfect – the rooftop pool had views down onto Sunset Strip, and the world famous Viper Rooms and Whisky a GoGo clubs.

Around the corner was the Rainbow and Roxy clubs, making that four icons in one less than one block.

The Rooms

We’d booked the London Crown Suites to give ourselves some room and comfort. What we hadn’t realised was just how big they were! These spacious sweets had two double beds, a full sized sofa and seating area plus a small kitchenette area, vast bathroom with soak tub and plentiful wardrobe space. sLike our rooms at the Marriott Palm Springs, we could have fitted all three of us into just one room (but we weren’t complaining!)

Luxurious Hotel Bed The London West Hollywood
Just one of the two luxurious beds

Our room was on a corner which meant it was super quiet and gave us almost panoramic views of Los Angeles from two different picture windows. We could look out to the few skyscrapers and down to the private terrace that looked cool. Good wifi (I can’t remember if it was free) and a flat screen TV (that we didn’t watch) topped off the suite.

The Amenities

When we checked in, the wonderful lady on reception asked if we wanted to know more about the amenities. In an embarrassing clash of cultures, I wasn’t sure what ‘a-men-itites’ mean, as us Brits pronounce it ‘ameeenities’ but after a quick stumble we asked to know more. I promise I was paying attention as she took us around the key sites, all with a very British Interior design from David Collins.

The London West Hollywood Fireplace

Downstairs the reception rooms had been made to look British with an American flavour.

The London West Hollywood DecorThe decor was bright white with subtle tones and a number of bulldogs dotted around. These weren’t real dogs (but you can bring them to the hotel), instead they were the hotel’s emblem. A british bulldog in Los Angeles.

Hotel London BullDogs

As you might expect in Hollywood, The London had it’s own cinema for private showings, which I was dying to have a look at!

A large breakfast room awaited us downstairs whilst on the roof you could find the Boxwood restaurant and bar, and the pool.

Did we mention the Pool?

Coming from a cold climate, we aren’t used to seeing swimming pools on the roof. Only in LA, maybe! We got in late on our first night, and left early the next day so we couldn’t fully enjoy the pool experience. What we did see of it looked beautiful. Plenty of space, plenty of loungers and sun shade with a beautiful pool and enviable views across the city.

Poolside, The London West Hollwyood

After a quick freshen up we met for drinks at the Rockwood Bar on the roof. The drinks menu had us super excited. Not only was there a great selection of unique cocktails but their names were truly rock & roll!

Boxwood on the Roof

Dinner was also on the roof. We’d managed to pick the coldest day LA had seen in months so the restaurant was quiet, but we still enjoyed a wonderful selection of fresh dishes with an Asian flavour. We enjoyed watching the sunset and the lights come up across the city.

London West Hollywood at Sunset

Boxwood Dining at The London West Hollywood

The Clientele

This is Hollywood so the hotel was full of people ‘in the industry’. As a movie lover myself, I couldn’t help but smile at the conversations happening all around us. Were they discussing the next Blockbuster smash or pitching a new idea to Netflix? The tables were too well placed to hear anything indiscreet but I still got a kick out of just being in amongst it all!

The Service

From our arrival we were made very welcome with a quick check in and straight up to our rooms. The Luggage guy (bell boy?) helped us understand the hotel and a bit about LA and explained we’d arrived in a cold spell (great!)

We were looked after well, before and during our stay making it a memorable first hotel. We hope to stay at the London, again on our next trip.

Jamie is a luxury travel blogger and the creator of Wine Travel and Song. You can find him on a ‘plane with a head full of music or in the pages of this blog! Next Stops; Berlin, Vancouver, Alaska…

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