Frisky and flirty, the W Hotel embraces an Alice in Wonderland-like whimsical vibe that encourages its guests to mix and mingle. A massive complex on the east end of Hollywood, the W is filled with young business and creative types, Hollywood tourists, and local party hoppers throughout the entertainment-filled week.
Accommodations have clever names that range from Wonderful on the low end to Extreme Wow on the high end. Rooms are decked out with modern furnishings and most have day beds tucked into the window overlooking the city. Regardless of your room type, request a higher floor for insane views of the Hollywood Hills or Downtown LA.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Wi-Fi is only free in the lobby area. If you want basic service, it’ll cost you $11 a day for up to three devices. Yikes.
Marble countertops and lighted vanity mirrors are great for helping you look your best for a night on the town. The showers are partially frosted and lead right into the room, so privacy isn't a thing that happens here--we told you it was "flirty." Products are by Bliss, which is also the hotel’s spa.
Nowhere is the Alice in Wonderland theme more pronounced than in the lobby. A mishmash of oversized lamps and funky lounge furniture invites guests to hang, drink, and do whatever. A massive spiral staircase invokes the Golden Age of Hollywood (and leads to an elongated red carpet upstairs). At night, the lobby, dubbed The Living Room, serves drinks and there's also a DJ.
W Insider is the hotel’s signature concierge service. If you want to get into that hot club, need tickets to a show, or just arrange hard-to-get reservations, they can hook you up.
Appropriately coined “Wet,” the pool is a wild scene for weekend DJ-led parties with big liquor sponsors, evoking a Vegas-like vibe. For those wanting serenity instead of salaciousness, there’s free yoga on Sunday mornings.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel discourages minors (under 21) from going to the pool after 1pm on weekends. It’s probably the right move considering the debauchery that can occur here. There’s also a pool dress code: during the day, no jeans, boots or offensive shirts and at night, “dress to impress.”
Bliss Spa is equipped with seven treatment rooms, a specialty nail salon and stellar body treatments like the politically incorrect, but surprisingly effective fatgirlslim® signature slimming service.
Fit is open 24-hours and comes with standard cardio equipment and free weights. There’s also a heavy bag for boxers to let loose and plenty of room for yoga-buffs.
Check out the hotel’s fitness classes. Often held in the Loft next to the pool, the club-like cardio classes are free for guests and $20 for locals to sweat and dance for a full-fledged workout.
California fare with a French twist is doled out at Delphine, the hotel’s main restaurant. Guests can also indulge in Delphine’s food in The Living Room or at Station Hollywood, the outdoor (and heated) patio. Caffeine junkies can walk the red carpet on the second floor to Brew Espresso Bar for their morning fix.
Although it’s on the east side of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there are still dozens of restaurants, bars, retail shops, and attractions all within walking distance of the hotel. Cabs, Ubers and Lyft rides are incredibly easy to flag down in this area, but the hotel also sits on top of the Hollywood/Vine metro stop. Tourists can take the train to Downtown LA, Universal Studios, and even Santa Monica for a beach day.
Katsuya Hollywood is next door and has solid sushi and a clubby environment. Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop (2-minute walk) is the perfect place for salads and wraps.
The Redbury Hotel (2-minute walk) has a fun rooftop bar called The Library with nightly specials (dress a little nicer to ensure entry). 33 Taps is across the street where sports lovers can drink beer and watch football (or whatever).
WHY WE LIKE IT
This hotel wants its guests to play and facilitates that with fun nightlife, a wild pool and solid places to eat. Location-wise, the hotel is metro-accessible and walking distance to anything you could possibly desire. It’s probably not the most family-friendly spot in town, but it doesn’t discourage them either. Mostly, this hotel is perfect for a younger, social, fun-loving crowd who wants to experience Hollywood for all it has to offer.