Mondrian Los Angeles
What We Love
- Fish and farm cuisine at the celeb-chef helmed Herringbone restaurant
- Poolside movies and DJ parties at Sayulita, the outdoor lounge and taqueria
- Spectacular views of LA
- Easy access to shopping on 3rd Street and Melrose
What To Know
- Skybar gets packed with Hollywood's pretty people, so some rooms may pick up noise from the scene
- The hotel is popular among twenty- and thirty-somethings
- Parking On Site
Acclaimed designer Philippe Starck’s first foray into the Los Angeles hotel scene has made the transition from hectic hot spot to laid-back Sunset Boulevard classic. The minimalist feel of the original Starck design is intact, but since the hotel’s 2008 makeover by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, it feels a lot warmer and a little more relaxed, but just as chic. The new design has a touch of Alice in Wonderland whimsy, with oversize flowerpots on the roof deck, wing chairs with hooves for legs, and mod takes on cuckoo clocks. Guest rooms have similarly fantastical details, such as a curvy framed looking glass that’s actually a flat-screen TV and gold lamps that appear to grow from the floor like trees. Even the bathrooms have quirky touches, including a funky silver hand mirror and a wall of hooks that look like beckoning fingers. But there’s a lot of substance to go with the style: rainfall showers, Malin + Goetz products and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, the hills or the infinity pool. Surrounded by blooming vines and flowering trees, the pool (complete with underwater music) is the place to hang during the day. Skybar’s sexy Moroccan vibe, all teak furniture and glowing metal lanterns, makes it a perennial favorite among Hollywood’s pretty people, with evenings crescendoing into late night dance parties. You’ll find a creative surf-and-turf menu at the Herringbone restaurant—think Edison bulb chandeliers, white Carrara marble and Italian Cypress trees on the patio—while the Sayulita taqueria and tequila bar attracts A-listers with its alfresco lounge, live music, and street-style bites.
In the Area
West Hollywood is LA’s hottest ’hood, and its epicenter is Sunset Boulevard. Perched above that strip, on the precipice between the Hollywood Hills and the vast urban blanket that spreads out toward the Pacific, is the Mondrian. Start your day with a leisurely coffee just down the hill, at King’s Road Café, before browsing the shops on West 3rd Street or Melrose. Then have lunch among Hollywood’s power players at Koi. Work it off with a hike in Runyon Canyon, favorite running spot for celebs and the dogs that love them.
How to Get There
In my opinion is, in LA this hotel has one of the best location. The breakfast is totally unforgetable. The view from the pool is wonderful. I like this atmosphere. I can recommend this hotel for everyone.
Location is great and room was lovely except that toilet did not work... called engineering to the room twice but no help. Desk personnel were nice and somewhat helpful. There is a $20 per day resort fee but you cannot get a cup of coffee in the lobby! Ivory restaurant and bar are fantastic!
I'm not one to only write negative reviews, but I struggle to find a single thing that this hotel does well.
1) I checked in at 1 PM and my king bed studio suite was not ready, so I accepted a two-double room instead.
2) The room's basic functions were horrible. Neither phone was functional. The shower did not work properly. The sink did not get hot water. The TV had several channels that would not work.
3) I realized that I could not order room service the morning after my first night, so I tried to call the front desk. Neither phone would work, so I called from my cell phone. I was redirected 5 times and every time someone new answered and had no idea that I had been waiting. I finally gave up, got dressed, and walked downstairs.
4) To their credit, the lady at the front desk immediately offered another room (of the same type). Unfortunately, it's on a low floor meaning that tonight will probably be filled with club music (the last room was on a high floor so there was not noise).
5) The new room has a functional phone. Unfortunately ,the TV in the bedroom does not work. LOL.
6) I utilized the hotel restaurant for dinner last night and breakfast this morning. Dinner food was pretty good, the breakfast food was poor. LA is experiencing Torrential rain right now, so the deck (which is enclosed with some sort of tent) had many leaks which caused many of the others dining to quickly have to change seats lest they be soaked. The outdoor dining space is cool, but I guess they were not ready for rain.
In the end, this hotel (like many in the SBE group) tries to act and bill like a luxury hotel, and it is not. There is no commitment to service. The accommodations are "cool" but they don't maintain them in any meticulous way. I made a mistake by booking this hotel when I should have just spent an extra $100-200 a night and booked the Four Seasons or Waldorf or Montage - those hotels are committed to excellence. This one is not. Visit at your peril.
This is one of my favorite properties now on the strip ... The rooms have been refurbished ...absolutely love them the bathrooms they are probably the best bathrooms of any hotel I’ve ever stayed in both internationally and in the states... double sinks and The lighting is phenomenal. Roof top is beautiful ... food is great in the restaurant.
Surprised my girls with a trip to LA and a stay at the Mondrian. They felt like rockstars and could not stop talking about the great room. The front desk was quick and when we forgot somethings in the closet after checking out, they went and got it for us-- even though we realized it hours later. The bathroom with the rain showerhead was to die for, I did not want to get out! The pool/skybar area was being renovated so did not get to experience that, but with 2 little girls, that wasn't in the cards anyway.