Amy Risley

Sunset Tower

Los Angeles

by: Amy Risley

  • Why

    A Valentine's Day sleepover

  • When

    February 2013

  • Who

    Me & My Sweetheart

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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.

: 48/50
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  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

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Important Bits

  • Type

    Hollywood Landmark Luxury Hotel

  • Vibe

    Low key chic

  • Location

    West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip.

  • Rooms

    74

  • Music

    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

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes

  • Restaurant

    The Elegant Tower Bar & Casual Poolside Cafe (with fab views of LA)

  • Bar

    Posh & sophisticated...where you can imagine sipping fireside screwdrivers with Truman Capote. (yes, that was his favorite drink, and this was his favorite hotel)

  • Wifi

    Yes, and free!

  • Children

    Yes, but it's not really a kid scene.

  • Price

    Rooms start around $295 and the experience is well worth it.

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