A sophisticated retreat in a great West Hollywood location.
Created by the group that gave hipsters the Viceroys in Santa Monica and Palm Springs, this four-story, 112-suite property is located on a tree-lined side street between Santa Monica Boulevard and the Sunset Strip. The interior was designed by David McCauley, who blended English Modern and neo-classical aesthetics. The fusion design trend gets plenty of play here, beginning in the lobby, with its herringbone-patterned tile; bronze, drum-shaped coffee table; and oversized reception desk that recalls an ancient Asian steamer trunk. Done in aquatic blues and teals, the bistro dining room is situated off the lobby and serves American and Californian cuisine. Its twenty-foot wall of windows looks onto the garden patio, which also offers restaurant seating. Suites are done in a palette of muted gray, blue and ivory, and all come with gas log fireplaces, private balconies, eighteenth-century architectural lithographs, entertainment centers with LCD flat-screen TVs, CD and DVD/VCR players with a selection of DVDs and work stations with high-speed Internet access, two-line speaker phones with private voicemail and laptop-size safes. Studios and Grand Rooms measure from 350 up to 550 square feet and include step-up sleeping areas; some of the one-bedroom suites have fully equipped kitchenettes. The residential style and homey amenities are intentional, for accommodating long-term stays, and although this isn't a dedicated business hotel, it's a good choice for business travelers looking for comfort. There are also business center services and a meeting room for up to 25. Along with the tasteful décor, highlights include a rooftop terrace with heated pool, cabana lounges and 360-degree views of the city. Reasonable starting rates, a solid location and a nice range of amenities make the Chamberlain a good choice for visiting scenesters and corporate travelers alike.