on March 7, 2001
Lately, the chain of W Hotels as the hip new Westin offspring has created a buzz in a few major cities like New York, Seattle, Atlanta, and San Francisco. This is not your mom''s Westin hotel. But certainly, it''s tame enough that your mom would want to stay here and feel comfortable.
I have to say, this was one of the nicest hotels I''ve ever stayed at. It was unique and elegant, yet very accommodating and comfortable. Down comforters, down featherbed, nice bath ammenities, and bath robes!
The most striking thing about the W in L.A. is that you feel like you''re in L.A. when you make your way into this hotel. The building is fairly unassuming (ivy covering a 70''s-ish style structure), yet the men in black t-shirts and headsets ready to valet your car will be a sign that this place will have the trendy factor. I''m not really into this scene, but I noticed that you don''t have to succumb to it if you don''t want to (I noticed a number of families in the lobby).
As you head up the stairs to the entrance, there is water running down the stairs resembling a waterfall. Very nice. The lobby is amazing. Maybe it was the time of day, but the afternoon sun streamed through onto the art deco furnishings and made the place so pretty, like something out of an old movie. At night the lobby and bar area turns into a club. But we retreated to our room at night with a few friends in tow and took advantage of our spacious sitting area to spend quality time with old friends. Much better than what the pounding noise had to offer. But I must admit that I was curious enough to want to see what was going on. Maybe next time...
And of course, there is a nice pool with a dining area that is supposed to be good. Next time as well. In the middle of the pool and visible from the rooms is the word WET written on the bottom it. Funny. I like a place that doesn''t take itself too seriously.
Check AAA for discounts on this hotel like we did.
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