Dare I say…travel is back? Could it be? I decided it was about time to dust off the travel archives and write a travel post. This has been the strangest 15+ months. I have never been so grounded. While there are parts of being a home body I have definitely enjoyed, the wanderlust has been coming on strong this last two months or so. You all know I LIVE to travel, and historically I’m on the go many times a month, so sitting still for so long has been a bit of an exercise in patience. Well, we are vaccinated and ready to go…so we went…even if it was just up the street. 😉 The 1 Hotel West Hollywood opening was about 8 months before the world shut down, so it is basically still brand new. Cute John knew I had been itching to get away, and planned a surprise to sneak away for the weekend and enjoy some time at this gorgeous oasis and celebrate my birthday.
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The lobby of the 1 Hotel West Hollywood is gorgeous and calming, a signature of all the 1 Hotels. It kind of allows you to forget that you are in the heart of a big city and escape the chaos for a bit.
You know I love good design and all of the materials used in the hotel have such great texture and are all natural. Fresh greenery, the giant live edge/ tree trunk reception desk and stunning rustic ceiling beams are just a few of the things that greet you when you enter. I love this wall behind the reception area too…
Here are a few more pictures of the common areas of the 1 Hotel West Hollywood…
so many pretty spots to sit and relax.
John opted for a Skyline King room and it was situated on a higher floor at the end of the hall. We always ask to be away from the elevator when we are checking in, especially when we are staying at hotels that are club hotspots so we have less of a chance of listening to loud guests returning to their rooms after last call at 2am. 😉 For our peace of mind, it was really nice to see this on the door when we arrived at our room:
The corner, skyline view room offered floor to ceiling windows and awesome views of downtown LA. It was also a fun place to watch the pool scene at the Mondrian a few buildings over too. 😉
The room was huge and gorgeous. Jute carpet, concrete ceilings and posts, open shelving, minimalist decor, white linen clad sofas and bedding, a platform bed and rustic furniture all kept with the sustainable, natural vibe.
Those floor to ceiling windows stole the show though!
I’m such a sucker for attention to detail. Even the room keys are cute and fit the theme.
The bathrooms are pretty with marble floors and tub surround and a rustic wood vanity.
Your bathroom will not come with me in the mirror though. 😉
The 1 Hotel West Hollywood complex (it’s made up of two big buildings) houses 3 fun places to grab a bite to eat. 1 Kitchen, Juniper Bar, and Harriett’s Rooftop.
1 Kitchen is a concept by celebrity chef Chris Crary for all you Top Chef fans. All the menu items are sustainably sourced, many ingredients come from the on-site organic garden on the property, and cuisine is a farm to table menu. Reservations were easy to come by when we were staying, but that may not always be the case, so I suggest securing reservations when you book to guarantee you can get in. You can always change things later. 😉
Harriet’s Rooftop is the place to be. This place was booked over a month out for every meal. Bless John for trying, but we just could not get in…unless we wanted to pay the $500 minimum for a table after 10pm when it turns into more of a club. Now, we’re pretty cool (at least we think we are still…our kid’s might argue otherwise, lol!), and we were celebrating…but that was a little much for us this trip…so we politely declined. 😉 It looks beautiful, the views are killer, and the menu sounds mouthwatering…so if you can get in I would totally do it. Maybe make reservations here BEFORE you book the hotel just in case. lol!
If you can’t get a spot at Harriet’s or you just don’t want to pay the $500 minimum for a table there on the weekends, Juniper Bar is the main lobby of the 1 Hotel West Hollywood and lets just say it’s a millennial hot spot on the weekends! I could not believe how PACKED the lobby was starting about 9pm. It was fairly busy at all times, but by later evening it was crawling with people. I can see why. It’s a beautiful place to sit and relax, and serves gorgeous drinks and has a great bar menu. Live music (which was not allowed at the time of our stay due to Covid restrictions) is the norm, which would make this place even more fun.
The entrance to the hotel, directly off of the busy, famed Sunset Strip, instantly transports you away from the hectic urban jungle to a calm, greenery filled garden of sorts…that also serves as a valet parking area. 😉 Parking is only available by Valet, and is usually $52 a night. That parking fee at big city hotels gets me every time. It is always SO expensive. At the time of our stay, they were running a free parking promotion, so that was a big savings. Always check the specials before you book to see if they are running any kind of promotions like that. Here’s a look at where you pull up for parking at the hotel…those big wood doors are the entrance to the lobby.
While parking is expensive at the hotel, it’s also expensive and nearly impossible to find cheaper parking anywhere else in the city, so just chalk it up to the fact that you are enjoying a big city and so you are going to pay big city prices. There are lots of restaurants and things to see and do within walking distance too, so depending on how much you might use a car, an option like Uber might save you some money instead of parking a car. Just be sure to weigh all the options before booking.
The 1 Hotel West Hollywood pool area is another beautiful spot you don’t want to miss. It was busy on a Sunday morning with lounge chairs filling up fast, so get there early to claim your spot. Because of the way the hotel is oriented, later afternoon is not the best time to be at the pool because the sun has moved too far around the side of the building and so the pool sits in the shade at that time of day. If you are hoping to work on your tan, get there in the morning or early afternoon. You can enjoy the beautiful skyline of DTLA while you soak up the sun.
There’s a nice little snack spot just adjacent to the pool for small bites and drinks, and a pretty cabana if you feel like renting that to secure a spot at the pool all day.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at 1 Hotel West Hollywood and I would visit again in a second. I would love to stay a little bit longer next time and really take advantage of the pool and lounge areas even a bit more. If you are looking for a great place to stay right in the heart of West Hollywood, be sure to check it out!
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