This place has quite a unique “feel” which comes from the mix of 1950s architecture, celebrities arriving with their luxury cars to events such as Golden Globe and the location close to places such as Rodeo Drive. Review based on a five night stay in October’09 (background of spending 80+ nights per year in different hotels around the globe)
There’s basically nothing in the immediate neighborhood, but if you are willing to walk for 10min or so there are many shops and restaurants for example in Rodeo Drive and Century City mall (which also hosts the nearest supermarket). But just popping out to get for example a packet of chips and a bottle of water from 7-11 around the corner is not doable here (unless you have a car, of course). In case you are interested in using the public transportation, it’s just $1.25 to visit Santa Monica with the rapid bus number 704 going just beside the hotel on Santa Monica Boulevard
I had a Poolside Cabana room which was rather unique, not many times I’ve have had the opportunity to jump into the pool by walking two meters from my room! Room was relatively large, not the biggest I’ve seen but certainly enough for me as a single traveler. Décor was somewhat bland, I wouldn’t mind a bit more of 50s style since this is rather historical hotel. Otherwise room (like the rest of the hotel) was very clean and in good shape, no stains etc anywhere. Apparently they have done a complete renovation for the whole place a couple of years ago.
There was large LCD TV and another small one in the bathroom with normal equipment such as mini bar, safe and ironing board. WLAN coverage was quite bad at least in my room but LAN worked OK.
My only issue in the room was the shower head which obviously dates back to 50s since it is basically designed for people that have max 160cm height.
Some noise on Saturday evening with some kind of private event going on at the pool, but the sliding door & thick curtain combo insulated sounds pretty well so no major disturbance as such.
It was quite interesting to see the Rich and Famous to come here for some fancy party with their limousines, on my way out one evening I almost bumped into Morgan Freeman! Every night there were Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, S-class Mercedes etc parked in the front of the hotel.
As Hilton Honors Diamond member I received complimentary continental breakfast & two bottles of water in the room. There’s no Executive Lounge here.
Breakfast was good with quite a largish selection in the buffet section, breakfast outside by the pool is also possible. I did not try the hotel restaurant or bar otherwise due to them being out of my price range (company is paying my hotel bills but not restaurant bills, unfortunately…)
Would I return there?
Yeah sure. It has a good location and rather unique 50s historical feel mixed with celebrities
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