A friend and I stayed at the W Hollywood while in town for the weekend for the Emmy Awards. I’ve never stayed at a W Hotel before, but I certainly would again! The hotel is in a good location in Hollywood. Right on the Walk of Fame, across the street from the Pantages Theatre, the Capital Records building, and about a 10 minute walk from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and a large outdoor mall with lots of dining. I wouldn’t recommend taking the walk to the mall at night though, it’s a bit of a shady area further down Hollywood Blvd. The hotel is also on the same block as the L.A. Metro station, which is an easy way to get around the area. We took it from Universal Studios and found it to be simple, fast & inexpensive. There is a Trader Joe’s grocery store right on the same block if you want to grab some liquor or groceries. We also had our hair done at “Blo” Drybar (on the same block as the hotel) before we attended the Emmy’s. They don’t cut or color hair, they just curl and style it, so it’s perfect for a night out. It was handy to have the salon so close, even though it isn’t advertised on the hotels website.
The W Hollywood is very modern / trendy and attracts a young, hip crowd. They offer a live, local band every Sunday night that draws a huge local crowd including some celebrities. It was a lot of fun, but get there early to get a seat! The employees at the hotel seemed to fit in with the W “theme” and were young, attractive & helpful. We found that the front desk staff, concierge and everyone else who worked at the hotel to be friendly & fun. I really liked the Acura Service offered by the hotel. It’s basically a free car service offered to hotel guests where they can drive you anywhere within a 5 mile radius of the hotel. It can be booked in advance, or you can walk up to the desk & see if they’re available.
The lobby here is large, with a great outdoor seating area with lots of comfy lounge areas/outdoor fireplaces, etc. The lobby offers free WiFi, but you have to pay for it in your room. One thing I wasn’t a big fan of was that there aren’t any coffee makers in the room. You have to come down to the lobby to get your coffee. Also, we tried to get into the restaurant one night at about 10:30pm, but they were just closing down. Besides room service, there wasn’t a whole lot open in the area if you want to have something to eat later in the evening. The pool / lounge on the roof was neat and very popular with guests. The pool itself wasn’t very large, but there were lots of chairs & pool beds for lounging.
The rooms were nice & very modern. I really liked the window seats! They were large enough for a couple people to sit down and have a drink at while checking out the view! The beds were really comfy & the bathrooms were fairly large. I also liked the steam shower and all the Bliss amenities. We heard people yelling down the hallway in the middle of the night once, but otherwise found the room to be very quiet. There is lots of liquor in the room if you’re interested, but you’ll pay a premium for it.
Overall I really liked this hotel & would certainly stay here again & recommend to others (especially to the trendy, beautiful 20’s - 30’s age group!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The W Hollywood Hotel is always ready for its close-up at the entertainment capital of the world's epicenter, where glitz, glamour, power shopping, vibrant dining, and cutting-edge style meet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w Hollywood Hotel Los Angeles