The W Hollywood has an appropriate red carpet theme and a great location on Hollywood and Vine. Guests are across the street from the Pantages Theater and a few blocks down from the Chinese Theater. Lots of awards shows and premiers are held at the Chinese Theater, if you’re lucky you might get to see a few celebrities!
The guest rooms at the W Hollywood are typical W – mostly white with lacquer accents and small pops of color here and there. Some of the things in the room (like the iPod dock or coffee table books) are for sale, which I personally find a little strange. The window seats are cute, I love sitting there in the morning and taking in the views of Hollywood. Guest rooms range from 400 to 1,660 square feet. The one I stayed in was 400, but the large suites look spectacular. I find the W guest rooms (and bathrooms!) to be on the smaller side, especially for the price. The room we stayed in at the Bellagio was half the price and three times the size! I guess they’re going for the modern look, but I could use a little extra space, especially in the bathroom. It’s kind of hard to get ready for a fabulous night out in a little tiny box!
The thing I really like about this W, especially in comparison to the San Diego W, are the bar/lounge spaces. The Living Room is the lobby lounge and bar. There is a huge chandelier, grand staircase, chic lounge furniture and red carpet – great place for pre-dinner or going out cocktails.
Station is an outside terrace adjacent to The Living Room and features fire pits, wicker lounge furniture, and a bar. You can order from a late night bar menu and their delicious cocktail list. My favorite is the bellini! They say they have a “reverse” bellini, which sounds great, but every time I visit, they never are able to make it. So I guess I’ll just stick with the regular bellini for now…
Delphine looks much better in person than it does in the pictures on their website. I love the blue and white tile floors and neutral color tones. It feels very light and airy. They serve modern Mediterranean food with influences from France, Spain’s Costa Brava, and the Italian Riviera. I went for brunch and loved it, and saw that they also have a raw bar which I am dying to try next time! Supposedly they have a great Monday Happy Hour, with $1 and $2 oysters and $5 Sparkling Rose.
Drai’s Hollywood is the nightclub on the roof of the W. It’s definitely very Hollywood – a lot of people standing around and staring at each other. They also have pool parties on Sunday at the WET deck, which leads me to the next weird thing about this W – they don’t own their pool, and guests of the W have to stand in line and hope they are allowed in on Sunday, when Drai throws the pool party. I prefer the SLS pool, where it’s hotel guests only. But i guess if you’re going to go with the Hollywood theme, you should really go for it…
If you’re someone with great discipline that works out on vacation, W has a great fitness facility, SWEAT. If you’re someone who prefers to get pampered, BLISS spa is the spot for you! They have jazz music, a brownie bar, movies while you manicure, saunas, 7 pampering rooms, and waxing and salon services. This mod mani-pedi lounge is the perfect place to treat yourself to some relaxing services while sipping a glass of champagne.
If you need to get to work, the 24 hour Business Center can accommodate all your work needs. They have PCs, Apples, and lots of other equipment so you can get it done and get on with your vacation!
W Hollywood also has a complimentary car service for short distance trips around Hollywood.
Check the site for special offers before you book, I noticed that they have deals like complimentary cocktails, 2 tickets to Pantages, and $100 credit at Delphine.