Once the favorite hotel of classic rockers Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, the Andaz West Hollywood is more chic boutique than rocker hangout. Catering to a mix of international rock enthusiasts and millennial partiers looking for fun on the Sunset Strip, the Andaz still pays homage to its rock and roll roots. But instead of allowing guitar gods to drive motorcycles through the hallways, they celebrate them with large framed prints among its modern styling and laid-back service-oriented vibe.
Standard rooms are very spacious with sleek modern couches and chairs looking out over the Sunset Strip. Room amenities are incredibly generous with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and WiFi.
Sleek, white-tiled bathrooms have walk-in showers and are appointed with Lather bath products.
Upon entering the hotel, guests are greeted with dark, hard-wood floors and a very casual check-in table where hotel staff hovers around computers. A waiting area with black leather couches and chairs is typically occupied in the morning when guests have access to complimentary coffee and pastries. Along the walls are giant prints and black-and-white photos of Hollywood stars and famous rockers who had once graced the hotel.
From 6 to 7pm, there’s a complimentary wine hour in the lobby that also comes with snacks.
The sundeck sits atop the highest rooftop in the city (the hotel is on a hill). There, a guests-only pool is surrounded by orange sun chairs and complimentary cabanas with amazing views of LA. DJs spin on Saturdays, but it’s not a Vegas pool vibe.
This rooftop pool isn’t known as a party spot, save for one time a year. When Gay Pride rolls through Los Angeles, the Andaz hosts one of the most boisterous and fun parties in town.
Open 24-hours, the fitness center features state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines as well as free weights for a full-body workout.
Once a month, the hotel offers one-hour yoga classes on the rooftop. It’s only $7 for guests and they also receive 20% off bottomless brunch at the Riot House Restaurant.
Taking on the hotel’s infamous rocker nickname, the Riot House Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves a Southern California-cuisine menu with fish tacos, burgers, steaks, and pastas.
The Riot House Bar sits against the front windows of the hotel, facing the Sunset Strip. Guests can enjoy happy hour drinks from 5 to 7pm and signature cocktails throughout the night. It’s a far cry from the bar’s rocker days, but the drinks still go down just as smoothly.
Sunset Boulevard is very walkable, but this part of the Strip is a little spread out when it comes to restaurants, bars, and shopping. The heart of the Strip is a 10- to 15-minute walk west of the hotel. Catching a cab or Uber/Lyft ride is easy, though, as Sunset is a major thoroughfare. There isn’t any metro access, but buses come through regularly. If you want to get to farther reaches of the city, you should consider renting a car. Parking, however, is never cheap.
In the mood for Japanese? Veer west on Sunset to Roppongi Asian Tapas Bar & Sushi for great shared bites. Past Roppongi, you can eat at the classic LA diner Mel’s Drive-in--it’s open 24-hours.
If you want to find a wild scene that’s reminiscent of the Riot House’s heyday, head next door to the Saddle Ranch Chop House (2-minute walk) where drunken groups (think college kids and tourists) down shots and take turns on the mechanical bull. For more refined nightlife, go across the street to Skybar (2-minute walk) at the Mondrian Hotel to see live music, DJs, and a chic crowd.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Even though the hotel has eschewed its rocker edge, it still embraces its history through chic design elements. Some of the best parts of the Andaz are its spacious rooms and loads of free amenities, but the real crown goes to the stunning rooftop pool with endless views of the city. If you want to be near the action of the Sunset Strip in a trendy hotel with an A+ level of service, then you’ll love staying at the Andaz.