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A tranquil all-suite hotel just three blocks from the lively Sunset Strip that seems miles away -- particularly from the well-tended rooftop pool deck
With spacious suites, a tranquil if slightly staid vibe, and a rooftop pool deck, Le Montrose suits those who want a break from the traffic and noise of L.A. The hotel encourages seclusion, with an emphasis on "suite service," which is the hotel's marketing term for room service, and a guest-only restaurant hidden at the back of the lobby. The hotel lacks the high design of the nearby Mondrian and Standard Hollywood and doesn't have the polish of the swank London but, for the price, it's a value, much like its sister property, Le Parc Suite Hotel.
Rooms, at 425 square feet, are bigger than average for the area with gigantic TVs and gas fireplaces. Standard-level suites offer only queen beds rather than kings. Renovations in 2012, however, have upgraded them considerably, with more stylish decor and great amenities. A rooftop pool and tennis court and a well-equipped fitness center with sauna provide the only diversions for visitors who don't end up ensconced in their suites. The residential neighborhood, just three blocks south of Sunset Boulevard, also provides a dose of calm -- but also means at least a short walk to anything outside the hotel.
Service isn't as good as you'd find at other West Hollywood properties, like the slightly more expensive Mondrian or London, but for the price it's acceptable. A long wait for a lunch menu at the hotel restaurant was tempered by an on-time delivery of a piping-hot room service breakfast the next morning. There's no concierge, but the front desk, which is well-staffed morning, noon, and night, can assist with simple things like restaurant recommendations and transportation arrangements.
Most guests were somewhere between 25 and 40, and a good share of them are British. (The same thing is true at Le Parc Suite.) While most appeared to be on vacation, one group of three was having an intense business meeting that didn't seem out of place at the hotel restaurant.
In a quiet residential area of West Hollywood, three blocks from Sunset Boulevard
Le Montrose is located in a residential section of West Hollywood, three blocks from the Sunset Strip, the mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard known for its iconic rock clubs and night spots and its collection of premier boutiques and restaurants.
A 2012 renovation upgraded Le Montrose's generously sized suites, which start at 425 square feet. These are larger than average in this neighborhood, but smaller than what you'd get at Le Parc Suite nearby. All furniture, linens, and carpets were replaced. They feature sunken living areas, gas fireplaces, modern (though unexciting) decor, and the large flat-panel TVs. Smoking rooms are best avoided because of cigarette burns on the upholstery, wallpaper, and carpets, though the renovation most likely fixed this.
Le Montrose has enough features that guests don't have to leave the property. There's a heavy emphasis on "suite service," which is what the hotel insists on calling room service, and the fitness center, tennis court, and pool are on high floors, far removed from the bustle of West Hollywood.
Le Montrose doesn't go out of the way to attract families, but the large suites provide plenty of extra room.
Clean, especially after 2012 renovations
According to the hotel, Privato is "exclusively for hotel guests." That's probably because no other people would come for the unremarkable salads, pastas, and sandwiches. Head a few blocks to the Sunset Strip for better dining options.
A plain yet comfortable all-suite property, Le Montrose is steps from Sunset Boulevard but far enough away to be a tranquil retreat. Renovations in 2012 upgraded rooms, some of which feature fireplaces. A saltwater rooftop pool and tennis court -- along with a decent fitness center and sauna -- are the sum of the amenities, but many guests are just happy to order room service and enjoy their 52-inch flat-screen TVs.
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