A mostly young and creative clientele flocks to the only boutique hotel on famed Melrose Avenue. Inside, the venue has a scholarly, English-countryside feel and boasts one of the best hotel restaurants in town. There’s not much else to this spot, but the location is ideal for shopping, eating and drinking on the hippest street in Hollywood.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no gym, spa or pool here, but the hotel offers bike rentals ($20/day), and has Soul Cycle day passes and discounted day passes at Equinox Gym.
A rustic, homey vibe permeates throughout the guestrooms. Many of the rooms have terraces or balconies that look out onto the busy streets below. All the rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs and uber-comfy linens.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no phones or alarm clocks in the room--this is deliberate. If for some reason, you should require either because, say, you need to know what time it is, ask the front desk to help you out.
Standard bathrooms have rain shower heads, but if you book the king suite, you can luxuriate in the standing, claw-tooth bathtub on a relaxing afternoon.
The lobby has a library vibe to it and guests can lounge on plush couches while drinking coffee from the restaurant.
The Hart and the Hunter is the hotel’s restaurant and is known for an eclectic mix of southern cuisine like shrimp and rice grits, buttermilk fried chicken and the most addictive butter biscuits you’ll ever eat. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a great patio for chowing down on bright, sunny days.
There are few streets in LA more tailormade for walking than Melrose Avenue. If you go west from the hotel, you’ll find upscale shops and restaurants. If you go east, you’ll see an eclectic array of boutiques, restaurants, bars, headshops, tattoo parlors, medical marijuana centers and sneaker pop-ups. The streets are teeming with people at most hours, which is what makes this hotel’s location so ideal. Hailing an Uber or Lyft is easy around here but taxis aren’t that readily available. The closest metro access is in Hollywood, but there are buses that consistently pass through here.
Crossroads Kitchen (8-minute walk) is the most inventive vegan restaurant in Los Angeles--try their Impossible Burger. If you want something kitschy, check out Genghis Cohen (3-minute walk), a funky Chinese restaurant with live music throughout the week.
The Dime (8-minute walk) is a claustrophobic bar with late night happy hours, taco Tuesdays and a surprisingly insane lineup of DJs throughout the week. If you want pub food with a little more elbow room, check out the Snake Pit Alehouse (10-minute walk) down the street.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Location, location, location. The hotel itself has few frills, save the outstanding restaurant The Hart & the Hunter and its stylistic excellence, but they do a good job of catering to guest needs with the limited amenities at their disposal. But ultimately, you come here for the proximity to the endless stream of bars, restaurants, retail and attractions that are all within walking distance.