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.
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Small rooms, and one of the weirdest layouts I've seen. Rooftop is nice for food and drinks. Not much to offer otherwise. Not a remarkable place in any direction, which I guess is ok with the right mindset.
Loved our stay at this hotel for the first stop on our honeymoon, staff made us feel so special and welcome with a platter and wine. Room is spacious, modern and clean and the hotel is in a perfect location - walking distance to the grove and farmers market. The pool was a bit unusual with people dressed up eating meals poolside, made a bit uncomfortable for swimming but other than that cannot fault this hotel!
- relatively small hotel, centrally located two blocks from the LA County Museum of Art
- attractive, if relatively small, rooms
- excellent shower
- nice rooftop area with view of the LA hills, a bar and light food
- WIFI was down the entire two days we were there (they couldn't get it fixed)
- Bar could not make a Manhattan cocktail, because they had run out of vermouth
- The pool is very small, and right in the middle of the rooftop bar. Good for exhibitionists.
- Quite expensive (about $400/night, plus $40/night for parking), making the above flaws all the more surprising