What We Love
- In-suite meals prepared by chef Russell Platoff
- Saltwater pool and chic cabana lounging
- Extensive collection of fine and decorative arts
What To Know
- The pool may be used by guests under 18 only when accompanied by an adult between 7 a.m. and noon
- Additional fee for parking; parking in the neighborhood is restricted
- Spa services are offered only in-suite; activities for children are limited
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Within walking distance of the Sunset Strip, the 80-suite Petit Ermitage is close to the action in West Hollywood, but it has a refreshingly low-key scene. Inside, the vibe is bohemian-chic, thanks to hand-woven Turkish carpets and Italian mosaic tiling. Every element begs a closer look, from the Roman stones at the porte cochere to the antique gramophone at the front desk. A former apartment building, the hotel — named for the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg — feels cozy and intellectual but without a trace of stuffiness (a wonder, considering the walls are covered in works by Miró, Rauschenberg and Dalí).
Bed and Bath
Upstairs, the 80 airy suites emphasize bohemian eclecticism and comfort; the beds are covered with 600-thread-count linens, goosedown pillows and comforters. There are also Israeli pillow shams, antique furnishings and hand-woven Turkish carpets. Seventy-seven of the suites have working fireplaces, and some have balconies or kitchenettes. All the requisite technology is here too: iPod docks, WiFi and flat-screen televisions. And marble bathrooms have boutique products from the Dead Sea.
But the real draw is the rooftop, which has a heated saltwater pool, Moroccan-style lounges and fantastic views of the Hollywood Hills. Sure, it’s a scene, but it’s not overwhelmingly slick — there’s also a butterfly and hummingbird sanctuary, an open-air fireplace lounge and Monday night screenings of international films. Meals are available around the clock, in the restaurant, in suites or at the rooftop, and they’re made by executive chef Russell Platoff, who designs seasonal market-driven menus. One of the nicest spots — if not to eat, at least to imbibe — is the moody Butterfly Bar, which serves Russian-inspired cocktails.
In the Area
Is a bookstore worth a special trip? It is if it’s Book Soup, just up the street from the Petit Ermitage. Celebrity authors do readings there weekly — when they’re not simply there to browse. You’re also likely to see them working out their plastic on Robertson Boulevard, which is within walking distance of the hotel. Storefronts include Maxfield and Kitson. Also within walking distance are the Cesar Pelli–designed Pacific Design Center (with 130 showrooms), a free Museum of Contemporary Art satellite, a two-acre garden and two Wolfgang Puck eateries. When you tire of retail bingeing, head out to the Getty Center, 20 minutes away, to take in the panoramic views of the city. For a taste of old-school L.A., book a table at checkered-tablecloth retro Italian joint Dan Tana’s.
How to Get There
I've stayed here many times and it's always lovely. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, the restaurant is comfortable and charming and the staff are usually very nice and accommodating. The location is great if you need West Hollywood (although Uber drivers can get confused!). I just wish they had in-room coffee makers and phone chargers in the rooms.
My fiance and I decided to do a little staycation and were overall happy with this hidden gem. I had passed it several times without noticing - just assumed it was a nice apartment building. Inside is a bit of a quirky layout with dark hallways but the room was spacious with a lovely vine covered patio looking onto the neighborhood. The room is eclectic and had some beautiful antique furniture and decorations. It was very "old Hollywood" but also felt a bit tired. The stairways were weird with graffiti art that had nothing to do with the rest of the hotel and honestly took us out of the moment every time we left our room. The bathroom left a bit to be desired but maybe that's just me being a princess. The best part was the ROOFTOP POOL! The cocktails were very creative and you could tell it was a popular night spot for locals. I recommend it if you want a unique vintage-glam WeHo experience!
Had always stayed at the Bel Air or Beverly Wilshire or Peninsula.
...yet this past trip spent some nights in a funkily fab suite with dreamy beds! Looooved the rooftop restaurant which actually is better than a lot of "hot spot -restaurants" in the same area - a big plus to me!
The most beautiful wait staff and nice also and the assorted "celebs" hanging around which is standard of those hotels....Martin at the roof adorable and super helpful. Will definetely go back!!!
Location, location, location. Can’t beat it! Combined with TOP NOTCH guest service and spotless grounds, this place is a dream.
I’ve stayed at many Hotels, but this one, by far, has the best trained staff and provides the BEST service in all of LA. The location is terrific, especially if you’re traveling as a tourist versus business (which I have only done here once). You don’t need a car - everything is within walking distance. Pool: gorgeous, lobby: gorgeous, restaurant: delicious, staff: incredible (especially on the rooftop)
Will be back
This is the first time I tried staying at Petit Ermitage and I’m not sure I will do it again.
First of all there is a lot of ambient noise making it hard to sleep, but fine - this is West Hollywood. The layout resembled the 1970's, including the kitchenette.
But the gym situation is unacceptable. I picked the hotel in part because its website boasted that its gym had been renovated.
When I looked for it, the front desk told me it was the room with the sign that said “yoga session.” I was told it had not started yet.
When I opened up the door I realized there was no way I could use it: several people blocked any passage with their downward dog.
I tried to walk discretely out, only to have the yoga instructor follow me out, and shame me with “we have a sign, brother,” helpfully pointing to the sign on the door. Thanks, bruh.
I tried to complain to the managers. I talked to the front desk. I emailed multiple times. But nothing.
So I thought I would put my thoughts here to see if it would get their attention.