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 a hidden gem in West Hollywood that is a must visit! As soon as I arrived I was a little flustered because of the stress of LA traffic but the girls at the front desk, Itzel and Jordin were a breath of fresh air. They made check in easy and were helpful in making many recommendations so that I wouldn’t miss any of the LA experience during my short stay. The hotel itself was beautiful and the theme is inviting and relaxing. The attention to detail throughout the hotel is seen in the decoration and sweet staff. The room was part of the experience and felt less like a generic hotel room and simply a continuation of the relaxing and gorgeous theme of the hotel. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant offered delicious food, amazing drinks and a breathtaking views. Ricky the bartender made great drinks to pair with the great food recommendations from Kevin, our server. Not to mention, the hotel is in prime location so venturing out is also an option. There is so much shopping, restaurants to visit and night life to experience, all within walking distance. I will definitely be back to stay at Petit Ermitage. I highly recommend it, you won’t regret your stay!
My wife had the great pleasure of spending an all too short 24 hours in this magical little hotel. We arrived well before check in due to early morning LAX arrival. No problem. We couldn’t have asked for more attentive front desk staff and valet service. Bags stowed away and up to the 4th floor we went for cocktails and brunch. What a wonderful eclectic enclave. So many little private areas if one desires privacy. We soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed the wonderful drinks ( especially mi amore. Aptly named ). Cheese board was exceptional.
Our room (321) was beautiful. So comfortable. Especially the bed. Loved it.
We did roam around West Hollywood late afternoon but returned to have dinner and more drinks upstairs. Again the experience was fantastic. Later we had some room service dessert.
I have zero complaints. This was a fantastic experience. Love all the little attention to detail. The art. The furniture.
Usually “artsy” beautiful hotels like
This fall completely flat with the food and beverage. Not here. Only regret was we were only in LA for a quick 30 hour getaway. I’d love to return for a few days lounging by the pool.
We never located the TV remote. Don’t know if it was missing or hidden in a drawer. Honestly if you are spending too much time in a hotel like this watching TV you probably need to rethink your life ( PS: the buttons on the side of the TV worked just fine so I didn’t feel the need to make a mention of it until check out .....just so you didn’t think I took the remote as a souvenir)
Can’t wait to return !
*** also the main reason we stayed here in the first place are the great responses to reviews by management. Don’t stop !
This hotel was excellent. Great location, room was beautiful, rooftop terrace with pool is fantastic but the staff made the experience the best. The front desk staff is so friendly and welcoming, the valet staff were awesome and housekeeping was amazing. Would highly recommed this special oasis!