I stayed at three very different hotels during my recent trip to Los Angeles. The Four Seasons LA is a deluxe oasis of restrained elegance, set back from the road behind trees, in a residential part of Beverly Hills, and the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons is slap bang in the middle of some of some of the most famous (& expensive) retail real estate in the world, all old world luxe with service that runs on rails.
Andaz West Hollywood is something very different. Set on the Sunset Strip, across the street from the House of Blues, and a scant mile from Hollywood Boulevard, it’s combines a rock n roll heritage with a distinctly modern sensibility. In its former incarnation (which I discuss on the video below), it was known as the Riot Hyatt, the go-to LA hotel for rock stars, bad behaviour and the kind of excess that makes the history books.
When I checked in the only excess I noted was the tray of opened wine bottles, free for residents to help themselves to as an early evening apéritif and the glorious free snacks and sodas in my room (which lasted about five minutes),. The hotel has no front desk, just a group of chino-clad hosts who mill around, netbooks in hand, ready to check you in on the hoof, offer you a glass of wine and make any necessary reservations.
My LA friend So Lovely and I ate at RH, the hotel’s standalone restaurant, the recent recipient of 3 stars from The LA Times which, whilst it could have been busier, served really good, South West France inspired food, with an admirable emphasis on locality and provenance of its ingredients. From the crudities which appeared at the start to the decadent pudding with which we finished, we thoroughly enjoyed everything.
LLG was a guest of Andaz West Hollywood