This was our first time at any Kimpton hotel. And we were very pleased with all aspects of this hotel! So much so that we will make a special effort to look for Kimpton hotels on our future travels.
We did get a great rate from Hotwire at $170 including taxes on a Fri. and Sat. night.
We loved the location of the hotel (we had a rental car which you pretty much require in LA), close to West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
And from the moment we walked in we just loved the feel and the ambiance.
Check in was easy and the staff was very helpful and friendly.
In the hip, modern lobby, they offer complimentary ice water all day, as well as coffee in the morning and wine between 5 and 6pm (all complimentary).
One small negative for us about this was that they do not have coffee makers in your room, which means that you can’t just roll out of bed and have that first cup of coffee...you’ve got to get presentable to go down to the lobby. I did however recently read Kimpton’s response to a reviewer’s post that all you have to do is ask and they will send a coffee maker to your room. Too bad we didn’t know this while there, and they do not offer this information.
Free, fast wi-fi in the rooms for Kimpton members (which only requires a free sign-up on their website).
We requested and received a quiet room all the way down at the end of the hall and never heard any noise.
The room had a stylish, modern decor and was very spacious with lots of storage and a VERY comfortable bed and lots of good pillows!
The room had an iron/ironing board, ipod docking station, fridge, safe, plasma TV, and robes.
The bathroom was nice with granite countertop, magnifying makeup mirror, good water pressure in the shower, plenty of hot water and full size hair dryer (nice touch). Also lots of counter space.
There was a sign in the bathroom advising that if you forgot any type of sundry they would provide it for free (shaving cream, toothpaste, nail kit, etc, etc...it was a very long list!)
Another thing we thought made this hotel unique and special was that they allow pets. And they seem to treat them extra special. There is a bowl of water out front and a chalkboard with the names of the current special “guests”.
We didn’t have our pets with us. We just thought that it was sweet how they treat them and that it must be really great to have such a nice play to stay when you go out of town with your pets.
We did wonder though what happens if there is a dog barking in the room next to you....so not sure if it really is that great of an idea after all....maybe they put all the guests with pets on a separate floor? Anyway, we’re just such animal lovers that when we saw pets in the lobby we got a kick out of it.
As is the case at most hotels in L.A., parking is very pricey, $35 a night (for valet, no self parking, hybrids half price). We were able to find free street parking one block from the hotel each night.
Most of the parking around the Palomar required a resident sticker. The exception is Manning St. It has free two hour parking each day from 8 AM to 6 PM. This means you could park there overnight from 4PM on as long as you move by 10AM.
It was safe and well lit. There was street cleaning one day a week (parking not allowed during that time) but it was mid-day.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. It just had a good feeling overall, very comfortable and inviting. It felt good returning each night after a long day of sightseeing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Westwood is a stunner of a boutique hotel in Los Angeles’ most vibrantly beautiful neighborhood. Located on Wilshire Boulevard’s Golden Mile, this stylish “Art in Motion” hotel is steps from UCLA, Westwood Village, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. The luxurious guestrooms feature sweeping city views and modern artistic décor. Double Take, our on site restaurant is a stylish, modern American bar and restaurant for guests to enjoy fresh and flavorful cuisine using local sustainable products. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Kimpton