The Mondrian is a Sunset Strip staple where a see-and-be-seen crowd has been drinking, dining, dancing and sleeping at for over two decades. You enter the hotel through 30-foot mahogany doors and into a whimsical Alice in Wonderland inspired property with minimalist touches. The Mondrian is known for incredible nightlife, chic surroundings, a chill vibe and breathtaking views. Any stay here will make social butterflies feel like they’re in the right place at the right time any night of the week.
Traveling to the bedrooms, guests ride "up the rabbit hole" elevators and into hardwood-floored rooms complete with oversized furniture and looking glass mirrors. Request a room with a balcony and witness jaw-dropping views from the hotel’s perched hillside position.
Playful bathrooms feature ornate mirrors, raised metallic sinks, sunken tubs and rain showers. For the mischievous, the showers are of the peek-a-boo variety, but there is a curtain for the more timid to hide away (a.k.a. take a regular shower without anyone watching). Imported bath products are by Malin + Goetz.
The bright and airy lobby has light wood floors, a mushroom shaped reception desk, Lucite chair swing and minimalist furnishings. An art gallery rotates collections every couple of months. At night, the lobby bustles with well-heeled guests and locals coming in and out of the hotel restaurant and Skybar.
Mondrian’s pool is the true heart of the hotel. Elevated on a teak wood deck and surrounded by sun chairs and cabanas, the pool is a relaxing oasis during weekdays and a chic party scene on weekend days and nights throughout the week.
There is no spa at the hotel, but ask the front desk about the in-room spa services they provide.
Open 24-hours a day, the small fitness area has Precor machines and free weights.
The main hotel restaurant is Ivory on Sunset, serving Cali-cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The indoor/outdoor space is meant to evoke a bachelor’s home with plush couches, deer heads on the walls and long communal tables. The Lobby Bar dishes out piping hot espressos and pastries in the mornings. And Skybar, the stunning pool deck hotspot serves flatbreads, burgers and sandwiches.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Don’t be surprised when your cocktails cost $17 a glass! This place isn't cheap!
Skybar is the Mondrian’s preeminent bar that sits above the pool deck like a tricked-out tree house with plush banquettes and stunning views of the city. A decadently-dressed crowd packs into the small space for pop-up events, DJ-spun parties, live music, night swim and movie screenings throughout the week.
Make sure you let the hotel know you want to come to Skybar on any given night. You should be let in without any issue, but sometimes promoted parties can make entry a little stiffer.
The Sunset Strip is very walkable, but this section is a bit removed from the late-night hustle and bustle that can be found farther west. It’s easy to hail taxis around here as well as Uber or Lyft rides but the area isn’t metro accessible and the closest station is a 15-20-minute ride away. If you want to get around town, it might be easiest to rent a car--just know that parking at the Mondrian isn’t going to be cheap.
Craving Italian? Head to Café Med (8-minute walk) for silky pasta, crispy pizzas and a great patio for people watching on the Strip. If you want greasy diner food after a late night of bar-hopping, pop into Mel’s Drive-In (7-minute walk) housed in a classic “Googie” style building from the 1960s.
Mmhmmm (4-minute walk) is a secret club in the back of The Standard Hotel--ask the Mondrian concierge to help get you in. For unbeatable celeb sightings, head to The Tower Bar (3-minute walk) at the Sunset Tower Hotel. But be warned: If you don’t have a dinner reservation at The Tower Bar, or if your name isn’t George Clooney, you probably won’t get past the door.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Mondrian is a fun and flirty hotel that consistently attracts a good-looking crowd of creative artists, actors and models. There’s typically something going on at the hotel any night of the week that attracts guests and locals to dine, drink and dance. In the immediate vicinity are a slew of great restaurants, bars, clubs, music venues and retail stores. Prices are on the high-side and you can expect to spend for extras like Wi-Fi and parking, but it pays to be in one of the hippest haunts on the Sunset Strip.