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
Wonderful smaller hotel with boutique-y feel. Everyone was very helpful and pleasant! Clean rooms with beautiful common areas (check out the second floor)! Conner super helpful when I requested a coffee maker in the room (due to our v early wake up calls before coffee service began on the second floor) - Also, Cornelia was always smiling and full of great helpful hints on places to eat and answers to all our questions! Would definitely stay here again! Hotel roof pool and patio area are beautiful and worth a visit! PS _ if you stay here - you MUST eat at the sushi handroll bar called Kazunori one block down!! The BEST!!
Stayed here overnight for a weekend trip to LA from Vancouver. I loved the location, the spacious suite/room/bathroom, the views from the hotel especially the rooftop view, the toiletries in the bathroom, the tasteful interior décor, the valet service and the exceptional staff who made my stay memorable with their efficient service and delightful surprises for my birthday weekend celebration. These surprises included a suite upgrade (booked a Sunset suite and got upgraded to a Santa Monica suite so I will have a dining area to host friends who visited for dinner) and a complimentary cava wine that came with a bowl of snacks and a birthday card for me. I really felt special. And all my friends who visited me were so impressed with the hotel as well and noted how excellent everything was. I am now looking forward to my next stay here. Special shout out to Corneilia for her top notch service- from her welcome text, to the birthday surprise/s, to her help in filling my drinking water jar, up to my checkout the next day...many thanks Corneilia!
Areas of improvement: I would have preferred a normal ice machine and not a fridge with packaged ice. Also, the breakfast food at the rooftop bar was so-so and could be improved.
I stayed here visiting friends in LA. It's a good location, 10-15 minute drive to a lot of different places. Not great if you want something walkable to shops, dining, etc. but a short Uber/Lyft from some great neighborhoods.
The pool is tiny but if you can grab one of the four lounge chairs it's a nice place to relax for a few hours and have service from the bar/restaurant for lunch or drinks. As some other reviewers have mentioned, it isn't necessarily where you go if you're looking for a destination pool, but I liked it for an afternoon in the sun.
The first room I had was not cleaned very well (it looked clean but there were a few things out of place compared to the second room) and the AC did not work. I called the front desk and they sent someone up to check it out, and ended up moving me to a nicer room, which I appreciated.
You'll get all the usual perks of Kimptons and though this one was not necessarily my favorite one, it definitely suited my purposes.