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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Had 2 nights stay. Room was very large and bed very comfy. Staff where very helpful.
A lot of internal noise transfer, and noise from other customers shutting doors.
Good swimming area. At the weekend sunbeds go very quickly. It becomes a young trendy area.
Nice touches around the hotel.
Be great to have a free coffee put out early in the morning , you have only an expresso coffee machine in the room. Great location on sunset.
I've stayed at the Mondrian before. I normally stay at the Jeremy next door but received an email with special rates and decided to try it again. Rooms have been redone and are nicely decorated. My problem came with check out. Upon checkin my card was charged $3000 and I was told that the bill would be adjusted upon check out. I checked out and had a credit of $220 due my card. It is two weeks later and I haven't received my credit. I have called their billing department and left two messages on two different days with no response. My next step is to contact Citibank. What a hassle. I shouldn't have to devote so much of my time to get my money. Make sure you check your statements!
Excellent hotel, super friendly staff, particularly May who served us breakfast. Very trendy LA Hotel, bright, clean and fresh decor. Hotel had a great vibe, oh and did i say the staff were friendly, yes! - Right on Sunset Strip
We’ve visited Los Angeles several times from Australia, and rather than our usual go-to hotel, decided to try a night at the Mondrian on recommendation. It has a groovy contemporary feel and great location. But thats where the accolades end. Its a tired old hotel with clunky old lifts, thats had a make-over, and the funky new veneer barely disguises its ageing old bones. But that’s not all. It promotes a weekend outdoor pool party to walk-in revellers, that made us feel excluded, unwelcome and not at all special. It was noisy and our room looked directly over the pool. I called concierge to enquire about DJ timings and noise for the rest of the night, but he was uninformed and did little to clarify arrangements.
The room itself was not clean. Hair on floor, tables and in the bath. Drink glass rings on bedside tables and surfaces. Rattling and gurgling aircon, and of course thumping music.
Unfortunately the list goes on: unattentive concierge on check in, 40 minute wait (after two attempts) for bag collection at check out.
Room was missing glassware: 1 hour to deliver.
Asked for iron and board: 1 hour to deliver, and iron did not work.
The service and staff responses to issues at this hotel was poor. It has “the look” but is that enough?
If you are looking for a hot spot on Sunset... this is it! Really a great place to stay because it’s centrally located to West Hollywood or Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It’s easy to walk, drive or Uber/Lyft to eat, sight see or play. We are 2 slightly older Southerners so the 4 day stay was just enough excitement for us, but this is definitely a high energy fun place to experience!