Hotels in Los Angeles have an unhealthy obsession with including "Beverly Hills" in their name. The Kimpton Palomar is no exception, only the hotel is nowhere near Beverly Hills in any way, shape, or form. Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The hotel stands on its own in a high-trafficked Westwood location that appeals to corporate raiders on weekdays and families on weekends and in the summer. This film-themed property has a bunch of fun amenities, a great restaurant and bar, and walking access to dining, drinking, and attractions. Forget about Beverly Hills, and embrace the hotel for what it is--and where it is.
If you want to bring your dog, there’s no fee--unless your dog makes the carpet his bathroom, and then you’re paying for that cleaning.
Opt for a higher floor if you want to soak in skyline views in this skyscraper-heavy part of town. Rooms come with leather couches, plush robes, cinema-themed wall art, and daily turndown service.
There’s no coffee or tea in the room but if you go down to the lobby, you’ll find free versions of both every morning.
Bathrooms have very cool, circular mirrors, raised sinks, and shower/tub combos. Atelier Bloem bath products are found throughout.
The lobby is dubbed The Living Room and is a scene-y spot with loud music, mod furnishings, hardwood floors, leather sofas, and a chic camera lens art piece. You’ll see people throughout the day engaged in meetings, on their computers, or simply hanging out.
From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., the hotel hosts a complimentary wine hour.
A chic pool has lots of lounge chair space and a full food and beverage program.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The pool closes at 10 p.m. due to noise restrictions in the neighborhood.
There’s no spa in the hotel, but in-room services include massages, body wraps, and facials.
If you’re a Karma Rewards member, you can get a $30 credit toward any spa service.
A decent-sized gym includes Precor machines, free weights, yoga mats, and Hula Hoops (...huh). Floor-to-ceiling windows provide great views while you get your sweat on.
Double Take is the hotel’s main restaurant and offers an eclectic menu for breakfast and dinner only.
At Double Take, they also take pride in their craft cocktails, mixing and shaking delights from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night. Double Take also has its own game room where guests can mingle over shuffleboard, Skee-ball, darts, a pool table, and more.
The area is very residential and walkable, but there’s also a lot of traffic between the 405 freeway and Westwood Village. If you rent a car, it’ll run you $48 a night. There is a complimentary car service that will take you within a 3-mile radius. Otherwise, there is no shortage of Lyft or Uber drivers in and around the area.
If you’re a steak lover, head over to the W Hotel where STK (9-minute walk) serves up mouthwatering filet’s in a sexy space. A very messy, but very tasty experience is at The Boiling Crab (10-minute walk), with giant legs that splatter the floors (bibs included).
The W Hotel (9-minute walk) also has a great bar scene with DJs inside and out by the pool. Sports fans can head to Barney’s Beanery (12-minute walk), which has greasy pub food and dozens of big screens.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A newly renovated spot, the hotel embraces LA’s infatuation with the Big Screen through its art and interior design. Though it’s not in Beverly Hills, it’s not actually that far from it and there is a free car to take you there. The pool is nice, the restaurant is helmed by a great chef, and the game room is a welcome addition after long days of sightseeing. Close to Westwood with ample restaurants, bars, museums, and theaters, you’ll never have a problem finding great things to do in and around the hotel.