Vibe: Drawing inspiration from London’s history and influence on style, fashion and design, The London has a relaxed, residential vibe, despite being in the heart of West Hollywood’s buzziest spot.
Area: Situated just off the Sunset Strip, round the back of the infamous Viper Room. Although the name refers to Beverly Hills, that is actually some blocks away.
The DNA: Refined and sophisticated, stepping into the hotel lobby is like entering a gloriously plush apartment building, with gleaming marble, smart black accents and velvet sofas – all very Art Deco. As a nod to its name there are plenty of British touches here, like pictures of men in bowler hats on the lift doors, Union Jack cushions and statues of British Bulldogs dotted around.
Suite-Me-Up: All rooms are suites here, and spacious ones at that, each with private terraces overlooking the billboards on Sunset – yet somehow they still remain mercilessly quiet. The two-story, Vivienne Westwood designed Penthouse Suite (main photo and images below) is billed as Los Angeles’ largest. Westwood used her iconic idiosyncratic style with fabrics, wall coverings, cushions and artwork throughout. This “villa in the sky” has a large roof terrace offers views over the Los Angeles hills and across the city, and includes a large seating area with day beds, large sofas, a fire pit and high-bar tables.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 226 rooms & suites (67-1,022m2) (721-11,000 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2008 (formerly Le Bel Age Hotel) • interior design: David Collins • bathroom amenities: C.O. Bigelow• parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible