In a row of the Sunset Strip chock-full of hotel options, the Grafton on Sunset stands out for its relaxing vibe, excellent steakhouse, and prime location. An oft-international clientele stays here for its easy access to all things Hollywood and its saltwater pool that’s big enough to swim laps in. The hotel is a perfect warm-up spot for the night ahead and the perfect cool down for the day after.
Standard rooms are carpeted with L-couches for lounging and cheering audiences plastered to the walls (pretend you’re doing performance art in bed). Opt for the corner king if you want the best views.
Playful bathrooms feature multi-colored tiles and red countertops with Gilchrist & Soames products. The walk-in showers are encased in lyrics to famous songs to help encourage your professional shower singing voice.
A small lobby is flanked by the hotel restaurant on one side and the hotel bar on the other. Comfy gray couches are there to help you rest your feet and loud rock music permeates throughout.
The hotel boasts that they have the largest salt-water pool in West Hollywood. Whether that’s true or not, the pool is lap-worthy and is surrounded by overhanging rooms. There’s a gigantic mirror at the base of the pool that attracts the meta selfie-takers and a full food and beverage program is available at the touch of a button on the poolside tables.
Come here on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, when you’ll find DJs spinning mellow tunes.
A small fitness area is equipped with some free weights and a few cardio machines. It probably doesn’t get much use.
The Lobby Lounge offers up breakfast and lunch while Bar 20 feeds guests with bar food for dinner. The best option at the hotel, however, is Oliver’s Prime, a stellar steakhouse with self-lit menus, perfect cuts of meat and a mac & cheese that will make you come back time and again.
You won’t need to rent a car in this area, but if you do, keep in mind that parking will run you $44 a night! It’s incredibly easy to hail a cab or Uber and Hollywood is only a 10-minute drive away where you can catch the metro for rides to Downtown, Universal Studios, or even Santa Monica.
Fans of the Sunset Strip can’t go wrong here. This ever-bustling boulevard is home to great restaurants, comedy clubs, bars, music venues, and shops. It’s a fun walking area and access to ride services like Uber and Lyft is readily available.
If you’re into celebrity sightings, you can’t go wrong with lunch at the Chateau Marmont (11-minute walk). If you couldn’t care less about celebrities, head over to Wa Restaurant (7-minute walk) for sushi that will change your life.
For a night of unparalleled debauchery with a mechanical bull to boot, check out Saddle Ranch Chop House (5-minute walk). Next door to the hotel is LA mainstay Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel (1-minute walk). Here you’ll find the most stunning views of LA while sipping $17 drinks next to others who can’t afford it either.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Unlike its Sunset Strip brethren, this hotel eschews the big weekend party scene and instead gives its guests a calmer vibe that helps set the table for a night on the town. While some amenities are lacking--there’s no spa and the gym isn’t up to snuff--the pool is a beaut and the steakhouse is top notch. Ultimately, the location is the main selling point here and customers will be psyched when they see how close they are to any and all activities throughout the city.