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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Hotel West Hollywood