Kimpton Hotel Wilshire
What We Love
- The in-room wellness programs, including yoga sessions on television, that are a Kimpton feature
- Poolside dining at The Roof restaurant, helmed by celeb chef Eric Greenspan
- Free tea and coffee in the lobby every morning
- The free bikes for guests—ask reception about popular bikes routes in the neighborhood
What To Know
- Parking is valet only, and pricey
- WiFi is only free for Kimpton Karma Rewards members, although it’s free to join the program
- The hotel doesn’t have a gym, but guests get complimentary access to an L.A. Fitness a half mile away.
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The Wilshire became a Kimpton property in 2012 and now it offers all the signature Kimpton amenities, like evening wine receptions and funky zebra and leopard print bathrobes. Its location—far from the touristy parts of Los Angeles, like Hollywood—is a main draw for business travelers and those seeking a more “authentic” LA experience, but not ideal for anyone whose idea of a top LA hot spot is Madam Tussaud’s. The rooms themselves are spacious and modern, with plenty of charging ports, and include a $10 credit towards the mini-bar, which is a nice touch. The rooftop pool (which has great city views) is heated, which can be a necessity even in sunny La La, but it’s just three feet deep, so better suited for selfies and gazing at that view than swimming laps. The Roof is (all) al fresco poolside dining, with a fire pit for chilly evenings.
In the Area
The Wilshire is within walking distance of some prime destinations (a Los Angeles rarity), as well as lots of businesses—business travelers especially will find the location convenient. Just strolling along the Miracle Mile and admiring the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architecture is a pleasure, especially in a city where you spend so much time on the freeway. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, one of the world’s best art museums, is just a few blocks away from the hotel, as are the La Brea Tar Pits. Shoppers can hit The Grove shopping mall, a retail mecca and top location for spotting movie stars, or empty their wallets on Rodeo Drive. For more restrained shopping, try the LA Farmers Market, a sprawling marketplace of gourmet food stands and shops, where it’s easy to while away an afternoon sampling all the ice cream, tamales, and sushi you can eat.
How to Get There
Terrible stay at this hotel! Very disappointed and wished we had stayed some where else! The pool is tiny and dirty with things floating around. It’s more of a feature rather than a place to swim. It look big in pictures but it is not! The atmosphere is very lame.
We chose the hotel for it’s proximity to the Peterson Museum and other places we could go without having to deal with a car rental. It looked good on their website, but in reality was a disappointment: small rooms, hall carpet grungy, no coffee makers in room... homeless people sleeping in the doorways of nearby buildings and very expensive. Once we arrived we checked out other locations and only stayed one night.
The front desk staff was really nice. We arrived at the hotel 2 hours early, and were able to accommodate us about an hour early. We pre checked in and ate at the rooftop restaurant! The view is incredible, check out was fast and easy. Also great location!
Hotel Service was exceptional - except for Roof Top restaurant. Underwhelming to say the least. Food was disappointing, pool cleaning equipment left by pool all day, and a creepy security guard kicked out a dozen guests 5 minutes after kitchen closed and I had just been brought my dinner!
After a very long stressful day of travel with 2 small boys & 1 baby, it was comforting to experience such great service at the front desk.
They were very accommodating, friendly & helpful. Front desk staff went above & beyond to help me & family from getting checked in to helping us find a ride to the airport.
The hotel is nice & clean.
Only thing I missed was a coffee maker in the room.