Arrival/Check-In: Los Angeles was my last stop on a week-long business trip that included meetings in Miami and Dallas. I arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late at night and, after an easy cab ride, was so happy to arrive at The London West Hollywood. Tucked away in the busy West Hollywood area, pulling into the 5-star property feels more like arriving at a private home.
I took in the gorgeous lobby while one person checked in before me. Despite the brief wait, as only one attendant was manning the desk given the hour, the entire process was quick, and I was en route to my room in just a few minutes. I was ready to sink into bed almost immediately but noticed a small leak in my room upon entering. Happily, the issue was addressed and serviced quickly, without too much disruption to my nighttime routine. I drifted to sleep with plans to take full advantage of the accommodations the next day.
Guest Quarters: My room’s interesting yet very spacious layout struck me immediately upon entering. I’m so accustomed to my guestroom opening into a hallway with the bathroom immediately to one side, it was a surprise when my London Suite opened onto the back of the bed. However different, the room configuration made great use of the space and an open floorplan.
The back of the king-sized bed also served as additional storage and luggage space in addition to a closet, which shared the wall with the entrance. Between the closet and door was the generous bathroom, boasting both a shower and tub, two sinks and a water closet. I’ve been in entire guestrooms the size of the bathroom.
Continuing into the room, two nightstands, each offering additional built-in storage and convenient outlets, flanked the comfortable bed. In front of the bed sat an L-shaped couch, dividing the area into a separate sitting room. The flat-screen TV could be seen from each angle. A table and chairs offered even more space to spread out.
Tucked in the corner was a wet bar area with a sink, Keurig coffeemaker, mini refrigerator and other minibar amenities. A patio with views of the Hollywood Hills completed the experience.
Services/Amenities: In addition to ample meeting and event space, The London West Hollywood offers signature Breakfast Table dining complimentary for all guests at Boxwood Café, which also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Themed nights at the eatery include London Nights at Boxwood, #RoseAllDay and Duo at Boxwood on Saturday nights. The London Bar serves a curated list of international wines. My visit coincided with the seasonal launch of Boxwood on the Roof, where I enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails and a sumptuous meal on the roof while drinking in the views of Los Angeles.
The roof also features a pool, sundeck and private cabanas with all-day dining and cocktail services. Other amenities include complimentary WiFi, complimentary calls to London, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, Alex Roldan Salon (with in-suite services available) and the Alex Roldan Boutique.
◆ During my stay, on the heels of the hotel’s recent $27 million renovation, I had the chance to check out the impressive, 11,000-square-foot Penthouse Inspired by Vivienne Westwood.
◆ An on-site, fully equipped Screening Room offers 110 seats, Dolby surround sound and 3D capabilities.
◆ For this Beverly Hills, 90210 fan, it was exciting to learn The London West Hollywood was the former Wyndham Bel Age Hotel, one of the most prominent locations in the 1990s television show and an iconic area hot spot. Following a huge renovation in 2007, it reopened as The London.
The London West Hollywood
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
tel 310 854 1111
I had just taken off my sandals, stepping onto the white-sand beach for a late-morning walk to a secluded spot I heard about from a front desk clerk, when I glanced down and saw the time on my phone. It had just turned 11 a.m., which meant it was only 7 am back home, the perfect time to call and say good morning to by husband before he left for work. Not quite ready to head back to my room, I decided I’d test the WiFi signal and made the call as I continued walking toward the shoreline.
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