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Petit Ermitage
  • Where:Los Angeles
  • Why:Because you need a home away from home in L.A.
  • When:April 2013
  • Who:Just me and Ted.
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All floors are numbered by Erte pieces.

The best part is that the rooms are huge and super comfortable. All rooms are suites and each has a fireplace.

Ted loved the bed.

C.O. Bigelow products in the bathroom...
and love a hammered metal accessory.

Beautifully styled breakfast buffet.

They call their cocktails ‘Love Potions’.

The newspapers are right there under the Dali. NBD.

Pretty sure they all go to the same place, but lolz anyway.

The terrace. You can close the canopies for extra privacy.

How gorgeous are those plants on the roof?

Sick view.

‘Keep your server off the pole’ ha.

Sick table on the terrace.

Love the stained glass and neon sign at the entrance.

Highs & Lows

  • Owner Stefan Ashkenazy was hanging out when we got there. Love that. It made us feel very at home. He’s v. nice.

  • With Ashkenazy’s collection of Dali, DeKooning, Erte and more lining the hallways, it’s basically like staying in a very comfortable gallery.

  • It’s a registered hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary. You’re eating dinner and a hummingbird is hovering nearby. It’s magical.

  • The bathroom sinks are really deep. This pleased us for some reason.

  • Non-hotel guests can apply for membership for access to the restaurant and pool. You need to know a member first, though. It’s all very clandestine! They don’t like to talk about it.

  • The slippers have pointed toes like Moroccan leather slippers. Actually, the only other place we’ve seen pointy slippers is at the Heure Bleue Palais in Essaouria, Morocco which happens to be one of our favorite hotels on the planet.

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

    Bohemian eclectic French-Moroccan. Very art-focused.

  • Vibe

    Moroccan-meets-Mediterranean tranquility

  • Location

    West Hollywood

  • Rooms

    80 suites.

  • Music

    A special Petit Ermitage playlist plays on a fully functioning gramophone in the lobby.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    The owner, Stefan Ashkenazy.

  • Pool/Gym

    There is a newly-renovated gym. The heated saltwater rooftop pool is one of the most gorgeous in LA. The hotel also arranges personal yoga sessions, should you wish to stretch out in your spacious suite.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, it’s also on the roof. Open all day from 7am to midnight/1am.

  • Bar

    Yes. On the roof!

  • Children

    Not really one for the kids. The pool is 18 and over. Disney is that way, guys!

  • Price

    From around $240 per night.

just look at this french toast.

Breakfast on the Terrace

8822 Cynthia St, West Hollywood, CA

just look at this french toast.

It is the happiest place on earth after all.


Disney Land

It is the happiest place on earth after all.

Yeah it's a drive to Los Feliz but as the best Italian in LA, it's definitely worth it.

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2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Yeah it's a drive to Los Feliz but as the best Italian in LA, it's definitely worth it.

Petit Ermitage

8822 Cynthia St, West Hollywood, CA

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