Mondrian Los Angeles, West Hollywood
West Hollywood , California
Tel: 323 650 8999
Fax: 323 650 5215
Concierge.com's insider take:
The attitude problem at this once insanely hot hotel has gone down a few notches, perhaps in keeping with the recent unveiling of a softer design. The owners of the famously forbidding Mondrian, originally designed by Philippe Starck, tapped up-and-comer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz to help warm up its icy image with a refresh and redesign. The once white-on-white lobby is now home to the ADCB lounge, a much-needed overflow option for the packed Skybar. It's a glamorous spot, with billowy chiffon curtains and fuzzy orange couches that beg to be sunk into. The 237 rooms, once sparely furnished, feel a lot plusher thanks to an earthy new color scheme, curvaceous headboards, and a mischievous touch or two. Every room comes with a giant Alice in Wonderlandinspired looking glass; on one side you'll find a full-length mirror, on the other a mirrored plasma TV (perhaps aimed at narcissistic industry types who want to see themselves and watch TV at the same time?). Most rooms have floor-to-ceiling plate-glass windows with inimitable views of the city or the Hollywood Hills. The best vistas, though, are from the pool area, which morphs into the Skybar lounge at night. It's no longer the center of the universe, but it's still a super-sexy spot that attracts, well, the super-sexy.