The location is good. It is relatively easy to get to any part of LA from this location. Also, located centrally on the Sunset Strip there is plenty going on around the hotel with the Comedy Store right next door and a variety of restaurants within close distance. The vibe and interior of the hotel is sort of the new, boutique chiq you see more of now. Think of the SLS (also in LA and other cities) but without the Phillipe Starke designed furniture. The rooms and lobby were modern but comfortable. The restaurant, where we had breakfast but never dinner (why would you eat dinner in your hotel if you are in LA) was really nicely done. Finally, we both liked the “open” check in concept with no particular check-in front desk.
The staff were very pleasant and helpful. The valet staff with the cars was well above average. Great job done there. Housekeeping was a bit slow on one of our nights (we stayed 3) on Sunday. It was nearly 4 and they still had not come by… wet towels to get ready for dinner with. I suspect that is a lack of planning. Lots of checking out on Sunday. My speculation is the housekeeping staff tackled the vacancy turns first and left us last.
We were on the seventh floor facing Sunset. That room was LOUD. Non stop sirens, revving motorcycles, etc., until 2 a.m. But, Sunset is loud, so what do you expect. We got used to it but I would have really diskliked being any lower and closer to street level (we were on the 7th floor). If you really need quiet, just ask for a room facing the back. But that said, even on the only the seventh floor we had a really fabulous view of the south LA basin and the light coming into the room in the morning is a great way to wake up.
As to value, I would say we got what we paid for. Meaning, not horribly expensive by LA standards, not cheap either, but very much in the price point.
The hotel has a very nice roof pool and lounge area. Truly an oasis. Well appointed lounges and chairs, plenty of greenery, and a really great view. There is even a bar. We visited it twice (the pool that is, not the bar). Very nice just for a quick recharge.