Sunset Tower Hotel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Nightlife
- Stunning views of West Hollywood from the bar, pool and rooms
- Argyle spa and salon, with an old-fashioned barbershop that features wet shaves
- In the heart of Sunset; walking distance to plenty of entertainment options
What To Know
- You might want to book a junior suite or penthouse if you need space
- Bring earplugs: The after-hours crowd on Sunset could keep you awake
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The white tower façade features zeppelins and airplanes along with Adam and Eve carvings — this is a building on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The limestone lobby floor leads to a fireside lounge bar, the restaurant or the 81 guestrooms and suites, where everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Frank Sinatra to Elizabeth Taylor has been a long-term resident. Upstairs, Old Hollywood glamour is alive and well, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the hills or downtown L.A., muted colors, black-and-white images on the walls, walnut paneling, round mirrors, brass inlays and Jerusalem limestone bathrooms with oversize bathtubs and Kiehl’s products. The hotel is also pet-friendly, so your pooch can curl up with you on the custom Euro pillow mattress and the Egyptian cotton linens.
In the Area
You’ll want to spend some serious downtime people watching at the outdoor Terrace eatery and pool area — flanked by mirrored columns and 14-foot Moroccan palms, it was featured in films such as The Player, The Italian Job and Get Shorty. The Tower Bar is not short on Hollywood history either; this great perch for live music, cocktails and hearty bites (chicken pot pie and lobster tacos), was formerly Bugsy Siegel’s apartment. Make sure you look the part and book an appointment in the sprawling white marble two-story salon and spa (they can even give you a Botox shot) before you venture out — and be sure to relax in the hammam, as it’s the only traditional Turkish wet room in L.A.
How to Get There
For a massively expensive hotel, the noise levels in some rooms... ok in my room... are really shocking. Writing this long after midnight with a party on the pool terrace 10 stories below. Impossible to sleep. the windows in this corner suite have zero audio protection. If you ever have to come here, try to do so when no one else is.
We stayed using American Express' Fine Hotels & Resorts promotion. My wife and I don't usually treat ourselves to the fanciest of hotels, so we wanted to try it out! After staying for four nights, this is what I observed:
+ GREAT location. You're probably as close to most of what you would want to do in LA while staying here.
+ The hotel has a lot of history, it's pretty fancy & "old Hollywood" swanky (if you're into that sort of thing), and it's very private.
+ You are likely to run into celebrities from time to time there, as it's a popular hangout spot for many A-listers due to the hotel's exclusivity and privacy.
- Parking. First of all, it's $50/night, and they don't tell you until you're checking out. I had to initial a bunch of waivers and NOTHING said anything about parking cost. That seemed a little dishonest.
- The rooms are extremely small and we can hear the conversations being had in the rooms next to us, and they weren't even talking that loudly. Interestingly, we had a "free upgrade". I would hate to see the size of the non-upgraded rooms. Think of the cheapest room you'd get in a cruise ship, but with a view. That's the size of the room you're likely getting.
- Restaurant is extremely expensive. I used to live in LA and I've had expensive. But this is simply insane. The food is good but not great, and not worth the price. If you want a really good upscale dining experience, I'd recommend The Beverly Hills Hotel. Great food for a similar, or possibly slightly lower price, and you still get a similar feel.
- Back to parking: it's a pain. At times expect to wait about 15-20 minutes for your car. You have no choice but to valet, so you're pretty much stuck waiting unless you call from the room a few minutes before leaving.
- You can get better complimentary continental breakfast at Holiday Inn. Not kidding.
Lastly, if you book with AMEX Fine Hotels, make sure you're explained how to apply your $100 credit towards dining/spa at check-in. They didn't with me, and I had to form a whole hoopla with AMEX to get that credit back.
The front desk team and bar service is some of the best you’ll find in Hollywood.With easy pick up access for your chauffeur or Uber the front drive to the hotel is a great advantage. 24 hour access is essential.