This is a swanky hotel in a good location right next to Santa Monica Blvd. It's a little tricky to find and sort of hidden (we're from out of town), but this made for a nice locale. The rooftop pool, bar and restaurant is definitely the attraction of this place. During the day, it's a relaxing atmosphere for laying out, and at night it turns into a party. The staff is on top of everything here, always checking to see if you need anything. The pool is saltwater and is on the small side, though most people here were just soaking up sun. There is a great mix of non-lyrical music playing during the day to set a relaxing mood, and there's even an outdoor fireplace in one of the sitting areas by the pool that was very nice to sit by at night. The rooftop pool was full of people during the day we spent up there, and we had to wait a while for a pair of chaise lounges by the pool to become available, so I would have gone out there a little after noon or around 1pm, although we parked it on one of the large outdoor mattress things for a half our while waiting, and it was fine. The best feature, I think, of the outdoor pool, is the excellent, near 360 view of West Hollywood. It's really spectacular both during the day and at night.
Our room had a queen bed and small sitting area, and it was of decent size for two people. The couch folds out into a bed, and the pull out bed was actually more comfortable than I would have imagined a sleeper sofa to be. Our TV was a nice, large flat panel on the wall, but we noticed that several of the channels were fuzzy. Sufficient-sized closet with robes and complimentary slippers and a safe. There was a gas fireplace in the room that we enjoyed, controlled by a switch on the wall, and the air conditioning is an in-wall unit operable by a remote control, which we couldn't figure out how to work during our 4-day stay (it seemed like whatever adjustments we made to the fan speed or temperature made no difference). But we certainly weren't too hot or cold or anything. Our room was near the elevator, and we thought it might be noisy, but it really wasn't a problem at all. I would try to avoid any rooms directly below the bar on the 4th floor, can't remember which numbers that is specifically, but just ask when making a reservation, they will certainly accommodate.
I'll say, the BEST feature of the room was the shower. Seriously, I did not want to get out of the shower, and each morning I got excited about taking a shower because of how awesome it was. They use Waterworks fixtures (which I looked up online after returning home and realized they were crazy expensive), so I guess that's why the shower experience was so great. It was almost like a waterfall. I bet this hotel has huge water bills because of everyone taking long, enjoyable showers.
I also noticed in the bathroom at night, there's a very dim, green light on the ceiling that is motion-activated which allows for just enough light to see without waking anyone up. Also, the closet light is motion-activated.
The front-desk staff were friendly and eager to assist in any way we might need. There was a brand new iMac available for use (free) in the lobby with a printer, which was helpful in planning on our daily itineraries--a hike at Franklin Canyon, which I recommend for those who like a little outdoors. Also, there's a jar of cookies sitting on the check-in desk that seems to run out each day, so they must be good!
This hotel charges $30/day for valet parking, which is necessary, as in the neighborhood, parking is somewhat difficult during the day, and almost impossible at night (after 9, when you must have a residential permit to park on the street).
Overall, a fantastic hotel in a great location that will tend to all of your needs!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fashioned after a private pied-a-terre, Petit Ermitage offers guests an intimate sanctuary in which to take refuge from the bustling city of Los Angeles. Nestled on a quiet street in West Hollywood, but located just steps from the Sunset Strip, Petit features an extensive art collection, eclectic European antiques, custom-crafted mattresses, 618 thread count sheets, in-room fireplaces, balconies and hand-woven Turkish carpets. The Private Rooftop Club - replete with native gardens, a salt water pool, cabanas, an outdoor sunken fireplace and 360 degree views of the Hollywood Hills - is considered one of the premiere dining spaces in LA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Petit Ermitage Hotel West Hollywood
- Le Petit Hotel
- Le Petit West Hollywood
- Valadon Hotel