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Sunset Tower Hotel
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in West Hollywood
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
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“Amazing stay.”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Exceptionally friendly staff, gorgeous art deco interiors, clean rooms. My boyfriend and I will definitely be staying here again next time we visit LA!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

I return to the Sunset Tower Hotel with my husband whenever we are in Los Angeles--and that is often because our son and his family live there. We love the Hotel and the staff is terrific. Tim Cunningham greets us with a smile and welcomes us warmly each time we arrive. We feel as though we have come back home. We love the quality of the hotel, all the amenities and the restaurants--especially the TERRACE where a very wonderful waiter naed ANGEL seems so glad to see us. He remembers our names, what we like to eat, and even how we like it prepared. He is attentive, diligent, and efficient. We always feel that he loves what he does, takes pride in serving us, loves the patrons, and even the very hotel itself. He tries to accommodate us with anything that we ask for-and he does it with a smile. The Sunset Tower is blessed with an ANGEL. He is a true treasure and SO IS THE SUNSET TOWER. !!

Room Tip: Some rooms have a beautiful shower, but no bath. A suite with doors that close off the bedroom is...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Many people claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
A good way to start your day is breakfast on the Terrace at the Sunset Tower Hotel.
Known for his genuinely friendly and impeccable service Angel is making this experience the best part of your day. His personal and caring attention will stay with you long after your breakfast.
Enjoy your stay at the Sunset Tower where glamour, graciousness and hollywood meet.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Elegant art deco hotel with amazing hospitality. I have stayed here a number of times on business and each time they remember my name, the room I like to stay in and always leave a little welcome gift at my first night turn down. It's quiet and private. Nespresso machines in the room are also a bonus. A perfect hide away in LA.

Stayed October 2011
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

The Sunset Tower is a great art deco hotel right on Sunset blvd and perfectly located should you wish to enjoy the West Hollywood nightlife. Though the standard room reminds me of a NY hotel the larger rooms are very nice and offer great views of Los Angeles. The personnel is professional and very helpful. The pool is the right size and remains private...for an LA hotel pool. The rates are decent for this type of hotel.
I recommend this elegant and quiet hotel for those who want to walk in John Wayne's footsteps or just feel at home on the road.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

I've stayed at the Sunset Towers twice now and absolutely love it. The rooms are great, the pool area is fantastic and the staff make your stay so easy and worthwhile. It's a few minutes walk to the Strip, a quick taxi ride to Hollywood and great for just strolling around the neighborhood.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

I spend about a third of my time on the road, so I’ve become a bit jaded about what hotels call “hospitality.” Even very good hotels, rarely exceed my expectations. With so much travel, I am always happy to be heading home – except when I stay at the Sunset Tower.

Somehow, the Sunset Tower keeps distinguishing itself as the only hotel in the US that I actually regret having to leave. I find myself looking out the window at a panorama of LA, or luxuriating in the tub, or in the shower with the window open overlooking a dog park, or sitting on a chocolate-colored couch just looking around the room while sipping espresso or a cocktail, or relaxing on the terrace or at the bar … and thinking… gawd, I really love this hotel… why can’t I come up with a reason that I need to live here for a few months?

Every interaction with staff, the placement of every item, the unexpected little things that manifest extensive consideration for each guest – it's all done perfectly. I don't know how that is accomplished at the Sunset Tower, when it apparently is unachievable elsewhere. One wonders if there is a hotelier here with obsessive-compulsive disorder that has been channeled in the most productive way.

While the hotel's physical plant and amenities are superb (see below), what really makes it a standout is the staff. It takes great hiring and training (or incredible luck) to develop a staff where every interaction I’ve ever had has left me feeling extremely well taken care of. There’s the right mix of service, humor and care, whether you are dealing with the front desk, doormen, room service or housekeeping. It is five-star service that makes this a five-star hotel. Tim Cunningham is the hotel’s ambassador steering the front desk, and you can feel his concern for guests even when he is not on duty.

The hotel itself is a landmark art deco 14-story apartment tower (in fact, it’s a classic example of Zig Zag Moderne and you’ve seen shots of the exterior in lots of movies) that sits atop Sunset Boulevard, and which has housed a slew of famous residents, including Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Truman Capote and Howard Hughes. Little mementos of that history can still be found (such as a very funny letter from Truman Capote about his apartment there that hangs framed, and largely unnoticed, on a wall in the wood paneled Tower Hotel Bar and Restaurant, which is located, incidentally, in what was once was Bugsy Siegel’s apartment), as well as bits of art in the rooms that recall the bygone era.

The apartment building got converted at some point in the 1980s into a hotel (dba The St James Club and then The Argyle). Thankfully, about seven years ago, it was saved by hotelier Jeff Klein, rehabbed into the Sunset Tower and completely refurbished in soothing shades of brown (beige, coffee, mocha, chocolate) with a simple understated elegance (that is beginning to become comfortably worn).

There is a terrifically intimate and casually elegant bar and restaurant where Maître de Dmitri Dmitrov seems to have arrived directly from central casting to orchestrate your evening. He greets you as though you are the biggest star in Hollywood (who may actually be tucked away at a nearby table) and tends to you as an honored guest and special friend. The menu is wonderfully simple and comforting, even as the live jazz and attentive service makes the meal feel special. The terrace/pool is a great place for lunch or breakfast or just as a place to refresh for a few minutes between meetings. There is a small but adequate hotel gym in the basement. There is also a small spa and I can recommend reserving the Turkish bath marble “hammam for two” as a great way to unwind with a partner.

Because its bones are that of an art deco apartment building, the rooms and suites vary a lot – each with a special quirkiness that would make an apartment dweller proud to call this unit “home.” I recommend the Premier Suites, Premier Suites with terrace or one of the two penthouses with180 degree wraparound terraces, if they are available and fit your budget. If not, the standard rooms and junior suites have the same qualities – just cozier.

If you are going to stay at the Sunset Tower, I am happy for you... and a little bit jealous.

Room Tip: The Premier Suites (and up) are really incredible. Ask about an upgrade at check-in.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Sunset Tower Hotel
Address: 8358 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069-1516
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Location: United States > California > West Hollywood > West Hollywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in West Hollywood
#1 Luxury Hotel in West Hollywood
#1 Business Hotel in West Hollywood
#2 Romantic Hotel in West Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sunset Tower Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 81
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Designed in 1929 by architect Leland A. Bryant, the Sunset Tower Hotel was a trendsetter from the moment it opened. Its location on Sunset Strip and proximity to area restaurants, nightlife, and boutiques make it a popular choice for guests visiting West Hollywood/Beverly Hills. Guests enjoy elegant Art Deco styling combined with modern conveniences and amenities including the famous Tower Bar. The Sunset Tower Hotel also features a luxurious pool area, fitness center, group facilities, and pet amenities. Tucked away inside of one of Hollywood's most recognized architectural landmarks is the Cure Salon & Spa, which features some of the most celebrated international stylists, aestheticians, therapists and med-spa practitioners. Rooms reflect the elegance of the property with stunning views from floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, Kiehl's Bath Products, gourmet mini bar, flat screen TVs, custom furnishings and artwork. Complimentary WiFi is offered throughout the property. At Sunset Tower Hotel, our goal is to provide a Hollywood-style experience to each guest and ensure their stay is not only comfortable, but exceptional. ... more   less 
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