CHAMBERLAIN WEST HOLLYWOOD
1000 Westmount Drive
West Hollywood, California 90069
Reservations 800 201 9652 | T 310 657 7400 | F 310 854 6744
Cost: $ /$$
Hotel Decor: 89 Very Hollywood chic, but not tacky. Remodeled apartment building.
Hotel Amenities: 85 All rooms are studios with sunken living areas. There is a small bar/restaurant and beuatiful roof pool with sweeping views of Los Angeles
Neighborhood Scene: 90 Located between West Sunset and Santa Monica Blvds. If you are looking for nightlife and are into the club scene, this is a great neighborhood
Miscellaneous: Also convenient to the Beverly Center Mall (15 minute walk), theatres and plenty of restaurants
Overall Wow Factor: 85 For me I just like the scene. The hotel room is spacious and comfortable and the roof top pool at sunset on a warm night is a great urban setting.
The Chamberlain Hotel
The Chamberlain is a unique hotel in West Hollywood a few blocks down from trendy Sunset Strip. It is a converted apartment building and caters mostly to male travelers. On several occasions I’ve met screenwriters and other entertainment executives looking for a quiet and economical hotel options. Be warned that prices can increase significantly during the holiday season.
Since my Southern California office is near this location it tends to be my home away from home. I do enjoy the friendly service from Angel (yes, she is a struggling actress) who runs the morning breakfast area to the wonderful poolside service at night where I like to rest in one of the cabanas. it makes me think of starlettes in their white 50s bikinis with big sunglasses and palms trees sipping tropical drinks.
As this used to be an apartment building, each room is a studio apartment with a balcony and a gas fireplace. The bathrooms are fairly tight (a couple I know that stayed there complained about the lack of room for two people), but overall there is ample room. Interesting to note is that there is a beauty bar full of products but most of them are geared toward men which might speak more to the West Hollywood neighborhood .
Chamberlain King Bed
The king bed option is luxurious and the bed sits in the upper half of the studio and you walk down a few steps down to the living area. A flat screen television sits between the two levels. the room also comes equipped with the standard iHome clock radio which I’m starting to see in every hotel so be sure to bring you Ipod nano along. I personally do not like to put my Nano in the iHome as I don’t want to forget it when rushing out in the morning.
Roof Top At Dawn
The studio is comfortable for me and makes me feel like it is a place that I could see myself living in if I were still a bachelor. This is important to me as it helps me to get to sleep at night. The brown and blue colors as well as the fabric covered walls bring a nice homey feel to each room which makes it feel less like a hotel.
Close by I recommend getting a little lunch at one of the outdoor cafes and do some people watching on Sunset. If you aren’t from the area, it’ll just make you smile and shake your head. It is just a good way of checking out Hollywood and being part of the scene. You’ll know if there are famous people if you see lots of people with cameras snapping away. Some good places to eat are Caffe Primo at 8538 W. Sunset, Le Petit Four at 8654 W. Sunset and Le Clafoutis at 8630 W. Sunset.