by: Amy Risley
A Valentine's Day sleepover
Me & My Sweetheart
The quirky postcard that came with our dining tab now has a permanent spot on the pin board at home.
A corner banquette in The Tower Bar...great spot to imagine combing through script notes with your pal Clooney.
There are concierges, and then there's Tim...Sunset Tower's dashing hotel ambassador. You want to sit with him for hours and hear his stories, but he's too focused on catering to whims with enviable grace. When I first saw him he was moving mountains to ensure a couple got a last minute table in the bar to celebrate their 50th anniversary, on Valentine's Day!
The bed. Exquisite linens and a wonderful night's sleep.
The perks are plural. A $25 certificate to use in the spa!
A bathroom fit for Marylin. Monogrammed robes, a TV in the candle-lined tub, and Kiehl's amenities.
Ohhh don't mind if i do...and check out that twilight view!
Breathtaking views of Hollywood and Downtown LA.
Warm cookies delivered at bedtime. Yes.
Our living area the morning after an indulgent room service feast. I love eating cheeseburgers in a fancy setting, and this one was beyond delicious.
Enjoying a simple, healthy breakfast spread on the terrace while peeking over our shades in an attempt to celebrity spot.
Classic Hollywood portraits illustrated with comical quotes line the walls, courtesy of the hotel's interior designer Paul Fortune. Nothing compliments class and good taste like a little dose of humor!
The pool terrace is intimate and crazy comfortable. In a down-to-the-last detail way, even the metal railing has a cosmetic treatment. Perhaps a little-known fact: non-guests can cozy up and catch rays for a $75/day fee.
A massage room for two at the Argyle Spa.
I wish my camera could do this steamy nook justice. The private hammam, complete with its waterfall wall, is a hidden treasure that must be experienced.
Sunset Tower. A Hollywood celebrity in its own right and home to the illustrious Vanity Fair Oscar Party...you can't help but feel like you're walking the red carpet when you arrive.
Highs + Lows
For a place so grand and iconic, there's still an intimate vibe. The staff have a way of making you feel as if you're the most important person there regardless of whether you have an IMDB page.
The history, and the current ownership's way of preserving it. Postcards, old photographs and printed booklets are at the ready to give you a sense of the legends that have been there before you.
Attention to detail. From the perfectly polished art deco features, to the abundance of fresh flowers and the way the bellmen sweep open the door, you know a lot of thought goes into the way this place ticks.
The Argyle Salon & Spa takes primping to the next level, even if you're not being prepped for the Oscars.
Pampered People Problems: The TV in the bathtub didn't tilt down far enough for me to watch soaps while I soaked...sigh.
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Hollywood Landmark Luxury Hotel
Low key chic
West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip.
Contemporary crooners, live jazz if you're lucky.
- Year Opened
Originally opened in 1931, Renovated in 2006.
- Designed By
Original Architect: Leland A. Bryant | Current Interiors by Paul Fortune
The Elegant Tower Bar & Casual Poolside Cafe (with fab views of LA)
Posh & sophisticated...where you can imagine sipping fireside screwdrivers with Truman Capote. (yes, that was his favorite drink, and this was his favorite hotel)
Yes, and free!
Yes, but it's not really a kid scene.
Rooms start around $295 and the experience is well worth it.