Grafton On Sunset
What We Love
- All 108 rooms were recently revamped in a multi-million dollar renovation
- Prime WeHo location on Sunset Blvd, close to the neighborhood’s most popular and iconic sights
- The central saltwater swimming pool is the largest in West Hollywood
What To Know
- Free basic WiFi
- The saltwater pool is in the shade for much of the day, so it’s better for laps than lounging
- Guestrooms overlook the pool or parking lot
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a prime spot on the Sunset Strip, this 108-room crash pad is fresh from a top-to-toe renovation that’s ushered in a sleek new, Hollywood-glam style. The light-flooded lobby is an elegant mix of wood, granite and mirror accents, with a floor-to-ceiling mural of the cityscape and an installation-like fireplace. On the same level, clubby Bar 20 is a popular spot for happy-hour cocktails and classic small-plate bites like tacos, wings and sliders. Guestrooms start at a big-for-the-city 260 square feet, done up in a crisp white and gray palette with red splashes from the throw pillows to the bathroom vanities. Beyond the good looks, guestrooms have all the modern comforts, including 37” HDTVs, stocked minibars, complimentary WiFi and Gilchrist & Soames amenities in the simple tiled bathrooms. On the dining front, Oliver’s Prime dishes up grill favorites and seafood specialties for dinner, plus lighter bites for breakfast, lunch and poolside snacks. The hotel pool is the largest in WeHo and a welcome spot to unwind after a full day exploring the Sunset sights, and there’s a well-equipped fitness center that’s open 24/7.
In the Area
If you’re inspired by the hotel’s design, the neighborhood is home to some of the West Coast’s top interiors shops, including the Pacific Design Center. Or, if clothes are more your retail poison, zip over to designer shopping mecca Fred Segal, which has a hip café so you can refuel while flexing the plastic. Grab a picnic lunch and head out to the Getty Center, which is 20 minutes away, to walk the museum and take in the panoramic views of the city. For a taste of old-school LA, book a table at checkered-tablecloth retro Italian joint Dan Tana’s.
How to Get There
I was pleased with this stay for the most part. I was always greeted with a smile upon arriving, and the location was great for us. The internet was a little slow in my room, though, hence the 4 instead of 5. Also, I found the breakfast to be terribly overpriced, but I guess that's LA pricing. Good, clean and sizeable room, though.
My friend shattered her her wrist in two places during our stay; spent the night in the ER resulting in a late checkout. Manager charged us $50 despite the medical emergency and was extremely unsympathetic. Kept referencing the 'policy' which I understand, but very poor customer service given the situation. Hard to believe that $50 is worth leaving such a bad taste in our mouths and adding additional stress to someone in pain who has spent the night in the hospital.
Additionally- room was dirty and had a weird smell, generally extremely overpriced, many better places to stay in LA in terms of value and overall experience
Very convenient for Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios and other downtown attractions. Mixed opinion on staff, some incredibly helpful and motivated, others try their hardest to ignore you. Special mention for the lady who serves at breakfast, excellent customer service skills and just the right amount of friendly. Rooms good and bid, large screen TV, shower but no tub. Service levels for dinner mixed, slow at times. Overall better than a chain hotel, but reflected in the price of course. Would recommend.
I was so pleasantly surprised with this place. We booked a package through Virgin, and had no idea about the area, and wasn’t keen that we were not staying in a big chain hotel. Wow. No ‘big hotel chain’ was needed. This place was perfect!! Lesson learnt:
1) Fabulous rooms, super cool decor
2) Location location location! A 5 minute walk to the left takes you into the heart of the strip. A 10 minute walk to the right takes you to your standard food outlets.
All the iconic sights are super close by car too.
3) The Guy each morning in the lobby, I’m so sorry I didn’t catch his name. But he is a credit to you. He made us smile every single day, and was so polite greeting us each day and asking how our day had been. Really made us feel welcome.
4) Rebecca was the lady on the check-in desk when we arrived. Very chatty, very friendly, made us feel so relaxed straight away, thank you!
5) The lady on the bar with the dark hair. We ordered room service and my partner took the tray from her and dropped a drink all over her. Firstly, we’re STILL SO SORRY! Secondly, she has the patience of a saint. Nothing was too much trouble and she was always so smiley and happy. Thank you!
6) The Guy on the bar, great sense of humour, made time to talk to us
7) Gloria on housekeeping, she’s an angel
If I was to be super picky, the only negative thing about this was the valet parking cost. The valet staff are fantastic, really efficient, really great guys! Just the cost left a little sour taste in our mouth!
Honestly, please ignore any other negative reviews.
This place is great, il recommend it to anybody and il definitely, definitely be returning as soon as I’m able to get back to America!!
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay.
We picked this hotel for the location - it's a handy base for walking to bars and restaurants on Sunset. Liked the funky room decoration. Friendly staff. The only thing to beware of - assuming you are driving there - is that the signage is far too discrete. We drove past three times unable to find it before we spotted the tiny name plate beside the valet parking guy.