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
This was my second time to LA and booked a different location. Using my Qantas app. And searching specifically for West Hollywood, I came up with the Mondrian. Booked and paid for 6 months in advance, and not having read any reviews of the hotel.
The week prior to the stay, I received a Welcome email. A great touch.
I arrived at the hotel from Washington DC after a 5 hour flight touching down at LAX about 11 am and got to the hotel about midday. I accepted that check in was after 1500 hrs, I thought I would drop my luggage off and explore until 1500 hrs.
The chap at Reception was remarkably helpful and thoughtful (young chap of an Asian (?) heritage) and while there was no vacancy, he offered to phone me when the room was ready. Within an hour of exploring and having had lunch, I ventured back to the hotel and was given access to a room. How efficient and warm is that ????????????.
The hotel lobby itself had an amazing exhibit of drawings / painting. It was a joy interpreting the exhibits. Loved the wooden chair outside the main entrance too where I sat waiting for Ubers.
My room was massive with a very comfortable bed. The large screen TV was a great addition when there was good reception, but on some programs, the picture and sound was disruptive by poor reception.
The bathroom had a great jungle shower and there was a see through screen where you could watch telly while showering. I wasn’t quite sure about this set up as when in bed, you could look through the transparent screen and see the shower as well as the funny seat. Fair enough that I have likely explored every inch of my partner but I didn’t fancy seeing him on the dunny doing a dump???? and vice versa ????.
The hotel minibar was well stocked. Alas the fridge was way overstock especially when I travel, I tend not to buy the far too overpriced items in any hotel minibar which is usually twice / thrice the price of a similar product from the local or convenience shop. So when I did get my usual stash of snacks, there was no space to place my cold drinks. I prefer if the bar fridge had ample space for my own drinks, bought at a lower price being the cheap geezer I am.
But!!! I was very impressed by some of the other un-refidgerated products, which included a ‘Dollar shave club’. I had been curious about that after watching my favourite Youtubers (Special mention Adventures of Zac and B, and Andrew Neighbors), that I purchased it as we don’t have this in the antipodes).
And Congrats too to the hotel for having a safer-sex pack (though it was over priced but it did contain a vibrating condom) and I hope more establishments would follow this trend - speaking here as a Sexual Health clinician and STI specialist.
I didn’t end up using the pool as the days I was there, it was fully crowded and the young guard stated to me it was for guests only...presumably there were private events booked the three days I was there. So I didn’t argue but spent the time next door at this fabulous doggie leash free park and meeting the locals and their furry friends. There was an opportunity one of the evenings to sit by the pool, reading my Kindle with a glass of wine, but had to think twice having a swim after the crowds just hours before I ventured into that area.
I did try the restaurant beside the pool side. It was a lovely evening but alas all the outdoor seatings were booked, even though it looked empty. So I sat inside and had some pasta. The lady at the front of reception was lovely and friendly as was the waiter - a cute English man...can’t remember his name.
The hotel is located on Sunset Boulevard and the bus that goes down towards Santa Monica Beach stops just outside. The walk to TCL Chinese theatre was about 30 mins, but through some rather non descript boring streets. However, lovely shopping on Sunset Blvd Plaza. It was also conveniently 2 blocks from the gay bars and businesses on Santa Monica Blvd.
Staying here for several nights. The room next door sets up a recording studio and a 24 hour party. Call hotel front desk at 12:38- nothing is done. Call hotel staff at 2:40, nothing is done. At 4:20 am (wait for it, you will be shocked) smoke filled roommleft wide open and a giant speaker brought into the hall as the party moves downstairs. This time get Drew Patel the night manager who repeats maybe three times, “this is the first time I am hearing about this.” Twenty minutes later no security.
Worst night in a hotel perhaps ever. I have two more to get through - thinking of moving hotels.
Stayed here last week with some girlfriends while we explored LA for a few nights. We booked about 30 minutes before arriving due to a mix up at a rental and being extremely tired and jet-lagged, we were so happy to be met by such a swift and easy check-in and friendly faces. They made a very late booking and potentially stressful situation completely painless. The lady on the desk (who I think was one of the managers) was lovely and made sure we had a good room ready immediately on the 10th floor, for which we were really grateful! We were very happy with the overall service, the clean, modern room and valet parking. We also loved the rooftop bar. A great base in West Hollywood. Would return :)