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
I live in LA so I've never spent the night at the Mondrian, but I love hotel pool aka Skybar. I've been to several pools in the area including The Standard, Roosevelt and others and Skybar is my favorite. The decor and vibe is classy and comfortable, with wood panelling and greenery all around, and there's a nice view of downtown LA.
But what makes it stand out is the staff. It really seems like they are happy to be there and want to do everything they can to make sure you're happy and taken care of. Rain (not sure how it's spelled), the blonde woman who seems to be in charge, is constantly walking around, helping people out, making sure everything is good, and the servers are super friendly, especially server Jessica who legit made the whole experience feel VIP. Honestly it was quite nice, you don't get that everywhere.
One thing I will mention is that the music is nice and chill, (pretty sure there is a DJ on site), with a mix of house beats and popular tracks, but at one point they randomly decided to crank up the volume so you had to yell over the music. It seemed kinda unnecessary and didn't quite match the otherwise chill vibe, but it wasn't uncomfortably loud, like you wouldn't need earplugs or anything.
If you're looking to chill in the sun and it's not quite warm enough at the beach, I can't recommend Skybar enough. Great way to spend a warm day in LA!
The Mondrian was amazing ! Special thanks to Richard the night manager for being professional and helpful during our arrival and stay ! Plan on staying here every time I come into town for business! Would highly recommend the Mondrian on Sunset to everyone!
Stayed here a few weeks ago as a couple and we were really looking forward too it!
The rooms are beautiful and just as they looked on the pictures!
However, taking $200 a night off you for damages, when your already paying around £300 a night for the room, its quite offending that they think your the kind of person to trash the place
$44 dollars for valet parking, which is the only parking available, again pretty ridiculous. your already $1000 dollars down before you even consider eating and drinking out on your holiday!
The staff at reception were helpful and friendly but everywhere else they were rude, stuck up and obnoxious.
Going round the pool is just a joke, outside guests clearly come before hotel guests if they are seen as 'cool' or have a bit of money! Treated like peasants in your own hotel, is not cool!
£300 a night and you can't even get round the pool without been put on a waiting list or been stared at by pretentious snobs! The staff look at you like your a joke when you want to sit round the pool??
also the pool is about the size of my bath tub but photos will tell you otherwise!
this hotel is over rated and I would not stay here again!!
Great spot on sunset. Is my second time staying there. Front desk accommodating after a long flight and were able to get me into a room by 11am. Rooms are great, comfy beds. Only downside is pool still had roof cover and the weather was warm enough to sit by.... It is a bit of a scene so don't stay here if you can't cope with that. I can do a few days only..
Clean, smart but terribly overpriced. Noisy, can’t use the pool as people are partying all the time. Lots of street noise. Coffee maker only does espresso and there are only cardboard cups! That is disgusting. Mini bar is extortionate! A packet of Kettle chips $7!, half a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc $35!, a bottle of Evian water $14!
We arrived at 5pm to find our room not ready even though check in is from 3pm.
Valet parking only, which is $44 a day! And you still have to pay for a movie!!
I really wouldn’t stay here again.