If you’re headed to sunny California and wanting to stay at one of the hottest spots on the Sunset Strip, look no further than the Andaz West Hollywood. Formerly known as The Continental when it opened in 1958, the hotel made its name in the 1960s for attracting some of the most prominent rockers and entertainers of all time – Jim Morrison famously lived at the hotel during The Doors’ residency at Whisky A Go Go, until being evicted for hanging off the balcony by his fingertips.
What’s more, Led Zeppelin frequently reserved the entire 11th floor for themselves where then tour manager Richard Cole was known for bringing his motorcycle into the hotel and riding it down the hallway. And, in the 80s, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses would barbecue steaks from his balcony and throw them to the fans below.
Now a little more tamer having undergone two renovations and rebranded by its now parent company Hyatt, the chic interior of the Andaz still pays homage to its rock-n’-roll past with tons of artwork throughout the hotel and its aptly named Riot House restaurant, a moniker the hotel was fondly given during the heyday of rocker shenanigans.
Other amenities include 360-degree rooftop pool views of downtown and the Hollywood Hills, with private cabanas and a seasonal full-service bar, as well as pet-friendly perks, a 24-hour fitness center, meeting rooms, complimentary wine hours every night, free snacks and non-alcoholic drinks in-room, and unlimited wifi.
And, if you’re looking to stay in a truly unique room, book the Andaz (RED) Suite. Designed by Jonathan Adler, 30 percent of the nightly rate from the suite goes to fight AIDS with a donation to (RED).