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“NICER LOOKING FROM OUTSIDE THAN FROM WITHIN”
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Sunset Tower Hotel
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in West Hollywood
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 January 2012

Yes like a true Hollywood starlet this hotel is a very alluring presence on Sunset Strip. Different from any other buildings it draws the eye pleasingly. But she is not an A-List celebrity just a minor soap star. the best thing to do here is to DINE. The Tower Bar is rightly famous for its service, old world (and very dark) charm and its Maitre D. A truly splendid place to dine and to maybe make a new friend at the bar. One used to be able to smoke outside on the wonderful terrace with unsurpassable views over downtown LA but alas that is all in the past. I was, however, grateful to be granted a space outside the dining room in which to perch and enjoy tobacco. On annoying thing to note is that the outside dining area is often let out to private parties so one might find oneself barred from entering the most attractive part of the hotel.
On check in one is asked to sign a disclaimer saying that 'no alcohol will be brought into the room from outside' and 'no more than 4 guests to be brought into a room at any one time'. This is very funny and indicates the types of people and the kinds of trouble that are encountered here.
The pool is small but perfectly formed with not enough room for many poolside beds. No real privacy possible.
My room was disappointing and this is the problem with the old hotel. Room sizes are painfully small unless you get the penthouse suite which I heard was remarkable. My room had a separate sitting area but was uncomfortably cramped in both areas. The bathroom could have been so much more tastefully done. I got cabin fever in this room during my 10 day stay. You can overlook downtown Los Angeles but I got the Sunset Boulevard side which is interesting in itself overlooking as it does the houses opposite but the hills are high and one feels cramped by them and one longs for a long view.
The lobby is low key - very low key. The staff are low key too. Nothing to get excited about really. All in all an average mid range hotel in a very fine old building.

Room Tip: High up overlooking the downtown LA side.
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  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

We stayed at the Sunset Tower on our honeymoon five years ago and could not wait to return with our two children on a family trip to Disney and LA. We had contact prior to arrival with Tim Cunningham, the maitre d'hotel, who could not have been more helpful and welcoming. By the time we reached Los Angeles having driven from Vancouver, we felt immediately at home. The Santa Ana winds had been blowing in our favour and due to the local power outage, there were local guests using the hotel and our suite so we were graciously upgraded. I was immediately swept away to the lovely salon and spa for a blow-dry, all pre-organised by Tim, and the concierge babysitting service arrived on time, allowing my husband and I meet a friend in the bar. The service here is also impeccable and the cocktails original and delicious. Nothing was too much for Tim - he even organised a superb picnic for us to take to Disney from a local deli which certainly makes things easier with two small children who require snacks on a permanent basis.

Everything at the Sunset Tower is to be recommended - from the Kiehl's bath products to the comfortable beds and most importantly the attention to detail. The building is a veritable landmark and the history is tangible - staying here is like living for a few days in the Golden Era of Hollywood, with all the service, glamour and history that entails.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

We stayed on our honeymoon, The suite we had was very romantic with a great view down sunset and over the city! Make sure you dine at the restaurant, maitre'd is terrific and makes you feel very welcome, even if your not a celebrity!

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  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

Top suite is a movie stars dream. Beautiful apartments. Close to Everything. Top Service

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

The Bar here is by far one of the Best in the city. Don't go in here in shorts and a T-Shirt! This is a very nice place. The host is a true gentleman and how can you not like a guy who has not let the likes of Lindsay Lohan & Paris Hilton in here.

The ambiance is Fabulous the View Incredible and the food Fantastic with classic drinks.

The Hotel is from the 20's and kept up very nicely, just don't excpect super size rooms. John Wayne once had a cow on a balcony though!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Thank louiebmayer
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

Walking into the hotel we immediately impressed, that awe ended up staying in the lobby. We reserved a 2 Bedroom Suite at the hotel and it was nothing short of a joke - it was essentially 2 rooms with a hallway connecting the 2 individual rooms. No closet space, no dressers to put anything away. The hotel's NON-pro-active response to the situation was to move to another suite and pay an additional $300 per night for a "genuine suite as they call it"

End of story, with so many great hotels in LA, if your looking for luxury and space, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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5  Thank Scottm_10
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

I stayed here for 1 night. The hotel is gorgeous, the view from the restaurant near the pool is stunning and the food and service is excellent. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner here. There is free wifi in the hotel too.
I stayed in a room with a king size bed. It was really nice, the bed was comfortable, I had a nice view and it was very quiet at night. However, there was a major flaw in that the bathroom has only mood lighting which was very dim. It was the same in my mother’s room. The bathroom lighting was so dim I couldn’t put my makeup on in there. Apart from that, my stay was very nice.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Rebbie14
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Additional Information about Sunset Tower Hotel

Address: 8358 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069-1516
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Region: United States > California > West Hollywood > West Hollywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in West Hollywood
#1 Luxury Hotel in West Hollywood
#1 Business Hotel in West Hollywood
#2 Romantic Hotel in West Hollywood
Price Range: $463 - $851 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunset Tower Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 81
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed in 1929 by architect Leland A. Bryant, the Sunset Tower Hotel was a trendsetter from the moment it opened. Its location on Sunset Strip and proximity to area restaurants, nightlife, and boutiques make it a popular choice for guests visiting West Hollywood/Beverly Hills. Guests enjoy elegant Art Deco styling combined with modern conveniences and amenities including the famous Tower Bar. The Sunset Tower Hotel also features a luxurious pool area, fitness center, group facilities, and pet amenities. Tucked away inside of one of Hollywood's most recognized architectural landmarks is the Cure Salon & Spa, which features some of the most celebrated international stylists, aestheticians, therapists and med-spa practitioners. Rooms reflect the elegance of the property with stunning views from floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, Kiehl's Bath Products, gourmet mini bar, flat screen TVs, custom furnishings and artwork. Complimentary WiFi is offered throughout the property. At Sunset Tower Hotel, our goal is to provide a Hollywood-style experience to each guest and ensure their stay is not only comfortable, but exceptional. ... more   less 
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