I loved it! Petit Ermitage is new, hot and hip without being modern, crowded or trendy. I guess the secret is that you either have to book a room or be a member of the private club to access the stunning rooftop bar/restaurant/pool/fire-deck area. I for one do not know the owner, Stefan Ashkenazy (who was on the rooftop both days I was there) so I had to book a jr. suite room for my anniversary. Glad I did (I chose PE largely via tripadvisor)!
All the other rave reviews (and the hotel website) accurately depict the eclectic-bohemian-mediterranean decor and vibe so I'll just try to add any important impressions (from most to least trivial):
1. The smell. I think I narrowed it down to sandalwood because I went home and smelled all these cologne testers I got from a department store. Anyway. Awesome. Just the right amount, in my opinion, piped throughout the entire indoors of the property. Maybe they change it depending on the season? Maybe a celebrity requested that smell before his/her arrival? Maybe it's Stefan's cologne and he walks just out-of-sight in front of you everywhere? I don't know but I was down with it.
2. The hotel is situated in a mature, high-end, palm-and-shrub-lined residential neighborhood. Although steps away from food/bars/trader-joes/cbtl on Santa Monica Blvd, it is quiet at night. This makes the rooftop experience serene. I partially chose PE because I want to walk to the party, not sleep in it. I read many reviews of the trendy hotels on nearby Sunset complaining of noise. All. Night. Long. Like I said, Lionel Richie's fun. Until I want to sleep.
3. Okay, it's difficult to generalize customer service for a hotel because each interaction and the people involved are so varied. But, I think I put my finger on it...PE was created for and caters to a jet-set, if not celebrity, clientele. Therefore, some clientele require a certain amount of discretion (hence the no photo/video clause) and some are looking for a place where they won't be bothered. IMO, the entire staff from the front-desk to the rooftop seem to kind of "read you" before warming up (as in our case) to that hospitable, regional tone (I'm thinking it might be a training method because we experienced it universally). And I didn't mind it. They were pleasant but concise at first and then seemed to adjust to my personality (smile, joke, kiss on the mouths?) as the days went on. Anyway, I could have just said that the staff appears to be sensitive to each client's needs and even their personality. Top notch.
Lastly, thank you for the complimentary bottle of Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary!
- 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