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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Petit Ermitage is in a brilliant location in WeHo within walking distance of the best spots; it's also easy to find on a quiet street and you are immediately welcomed with free, delicious cookies on reception!
The bedrooms are spacious (although the bath cannot feasibly be called a bath - you have to crouch!) and the food particularly the breakfast, is delicious. Really recommend the french toast.
The outside garden decor is particularly pretty as are the striped sun loungers and it's lovely and quiet first thing in the morning.
It is definitely a party hotel though: we didn't realise Petit Ermitage is also a club and the pool was chocca block with people smoking (in the actual pool) and is very loud etc. So not a good one for relaxing! The bar also overflows into the corridor at night so would recommend requesting a room that isn't on the 4th floor. The hotel is officially child-friendly but would not recommend taking kids there as there isn't really any space for them in this environment.
Another note is that they charge $46 per night for parking, so definitely worth factoring that into your budget as we didn't realise until we got there.
I wish I'd added one more night's stay, but even after only one, any other regular hotel is going to be so boring and so terribly mundane.
If I had to pick one word, it'd be character. The Petit has it in spades, from its ambiance, to interactions with its staff. It's obvious that everyone, from its owners and management to its wait staff on the spectacular rooftop patio (think Moroccan street cafe-courtyard), care about people and the experience they have when staying here.
If you want a modern, perfectly sterile-feeling, Hllton-esque glass and chrome setting, this is not for you. If you want to *feel* the place you're in, feel every gram of effort those responsible put into it, and don't mind a dash of oh so delightfully eccentric, you won't find anything like the Petit. It's a special place, and those working in it make you feel special just for staying there.
Thanks for the memorable one-night stay, everyone, and thanks for the genuinely pleasant conversation, Martin and Nancy!
Taylor and the team were awesome! Definitely recommend speaking to them on the phone to coordinate and customize your stay. Definitely a unique place and experience and looking forward to visiting again.