Ben Pundole

Petit Ermitage

  • Where:Los Angeles
  • Why:Bit of work, bit of play.
  • When:November 2015
  • Who:Me
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A gym with levity.

Welcome vibes. 'Play My Piano' by Olivia Steele.

WHOOOALLPAPER.

Breakfast vibes.

If you're looking for a slick and modern room, move on. If you're looking for large, cozy rooms you're exactly where you need to be.

Mini bar deliciousness.

Room view. There were humming birds buzzing around just outside my window...for a British New Yorker, this was something special.

The rooftop pool, restaurant and bar. Guests and members only.

Not a bad office for the week. Rooftop vibes.

Rooftop fireplace heaven.

Petit Ermitage was once an old apartment building. It's located on a quiet street in West Hollywood. Perfection.

Highs & Lows

  • The rooftop pool/garden/restaurant is enchanting with Kumquat trees and humming birds. And it’s restricted to members and hotel guests only, so it’s never a madhouse.

  • Friday night cabaret on the rooftop Masters Lounge is incredible. You have to catch Toledo’s show!

  • The location is perfect, pretty and quiet.

  • There’s a surprise around every corner - from the Olivia Steele neon artwork to the reception cookie jar, the bathroom/ATM ‘artwork’ and the outdoor rooftop fireplace…there’s a sense of true wonderment everywhere.

  • Rooms could do with a little refurb, but they’re huge.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A hotel that feels like a European guest house with a great members and residents rooftop pool/restaurant.

  • Vibe

    Magical, unexpected and whimsical. This hotel is not for everyone (thankfully).

  • Location

    A pretty tree-lined West Hollywood street.

  • Rooms

    79

  • Music

    Classical to cabaret to electronic.

  • Year Opened

    2007

  • Designed By

    The owner, Stefan Ashkenazy.

  • Pool/Gym

    Pool on the roof, and fitness room.

  • Restaurant

    Magical rooftop garden restaurant.

  • Bar

    Yes, also on the roof.

  • Minibar

    A Great mini bar!

  • Children

    Bring them if they’re well behaved.

  • Price

    SO reasonable compared to hotels on the strip.

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