Amy Risley

The Hollywood Roosevelt

with Amy Risley
  • Where:Los Angeles

  • Why:An Eastside Staycation

  • When:November 2017

  • Who:Me and Mr. Small

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Highs & Lows

  • There's really so much to do under their roof it's a great place to stay and wander from the room to dinner to drinks to bowling, to more see where this is going.

  • They bring in quite cool programming. While we were there LA's inaugural Vulture Fest was happening and we got to catch a talk by Transparent's Jill Solloway.

  • While the historic architecture is charming, double paned windows weren't a thing in the 20s hence lots of street noise from bustling Hollywood Blvd creeping into your room at night. If you like it super quiet, ask for a room that doesn't face the tourist madness below.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Large boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    A vibrant mix of Hollywood old & new.

  • Location

    Smack dab on the Hollywood strip where you're certain to see Elvis and Jack Sparrow hanging out at the Coffee Bean next door.

  • Rooms

    300- including 240 rooms & suites in the Tower and 60 bungalow style Cabanas surrounding the pool.

  • Music

    None in the common areas but the DJ at Spare Room that night brought a fun mix of everything from 80s freestyle to hip hop.

  • Year Opened

    Originally opened in 1927, the hotel underwent a $25m guest room renovation in 2015.

  • Designed By

    The recent Tower Rooms refresh was by the award winning design team Yabu Pushelberg.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes and Yes. The pool still features paint doodles by the great British artist David Hockney that date back to the 80s.

  • Restaurant

    Many many options for dining + drinking - the best bets being Public for dinner, The Spare Room for drinks and the Tropicana Cafe for poolside breakfast.

  • Bar

    In addition to The Spare Room, there's also the plush, almost hidden Library Bar where bartenders fashion cocktails with fresh fruits & herbs.

  • Minibar


  • Wifi

    Of course.

  • Children


  • Price

    Super reasonable.

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