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.
- 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
The hotel itself was very nice, the top terrace is very posh and chill, with a cool Hollywood view, the food was delish, the wifey was asking for gluten, dairy free stuff and they were very accommodating. Most of all the staff was extremely nice! We recommend this place!
Another lovely stay at Hotel Wilshire on the books! My sis and I stayed for our bday and we just love the staff, how comfortable the hotel rooms are and the great central location! We also received a lovely amenity because the team is so thoughtful! Coffee in the AM is great... we we're bummed to miss wine hour this last stay. We will def be back!
I've stayed at this hotel several times in the past and its virtues remain yet its restaurant/food service remains its Achilles heel. I find its location incredibly convenient to most of the areas I need to visit as it's a short drive to the freeway, the West Side and Hollywood. The construction on Wilshire Blvd. no longer impacts the hotel (much) so I have no qualms staying here. Very friendly staff.
But the restaurant menu seems to have the feeling of generic contemporary items with hardly a twist or tweak to indicate that there is talent or imagination in the kitchen. The food was OK, but I was not tempted to stick around for more than one meal during my stay. Not many restaurants withing walking distance.
But as a convenient and comfortable place to stay in Los Angeles, I still enjoy it.
It was very hip and also comfortable! The Coffee bar was a pleasant surprise as we were wondering why there wasn’t coffee in the room! But they did offer to bring one up to our room if we wanted ! We came late and we were given the best room! Great view and a kitchen and living space so defined will go back !
I made a reservation for my birthday weeks ahead of time at a specific table in order to have good view of fireworks and be near fire pit. The day of I was told that this, or any of the tables may not be available. What's the point of the reservation? The employee lady that I spoke with was also kind of aggressive and rude over the phone. 2) Once I got there with my group and my bday cake, I was told by the manager Adam that I would be charged a $2.50 fee per person to cut my own cake, when while I made the reservation weeks ago with another manager (Mo) I was told that this fee didn't exhaust any longer. He even put me on hold to ensure. I ended up not eating my cake with my family. 3) Ww gave the restuarant our parking receipt to valet, however, once we checked our car out we were told there's a parking fee. What's the point of validating? We were told by the parking lot employee that if we ate there we wouldn't have to pay parking, but the front desk says something different. She also had a big attitude. I'm non-confrontational, so it made me feel as if I would never want to visit this place again.
Also, bathrooms were very messy.