The London, West Hollywood is an amazing hotel located just off the Sunset Strip. 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.
The London Hotel Location
Part of this LA trip was a musical pilgrimage for me. I wanted to see the famous made famous by Hotel California, Joni Mitchell and the late 60’s music scene. For this our location was perfect.
Literally five steps from the front door of the hotel and we were standing at the corner of Sunset Boulevard. Across the street was the world famous Whiskey a Go Go, to the left was the Rainbow and Roxy – three of the most iconic music venues of the ’60’s and 70’s. To the right was the Viper Room, made famous by Johnny Depp’s one time ownership and the sad passing of River Phoenix.
About 45 minutes from the airport, this was a fantastically central hotel to base your LA adventures.
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! Each room had two double beds, a full sized sofa and seating area plus a small kitchenette area, vast bathroom and plentiful wardrobe space. Like our rooms at the Marriott Palm Springs, we could have fitted all three of us into just one room (but we weren’t complaining!)
Our room was on a corner which meant it was super quiet. With two different views across Los Angles, we could enjoy watching the sunrise as we struggled with jet lag.
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.
Downstairs the reception rooms had been made to look British with an American flavour.
The 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.