- Pricey valet parking
- Farther from the Sunset Strip than sister hotel Le Montrose
Much like its sister property, Le Montrose, the 154-room Le Parc is south of the Sunset Strip, in a quiet residential West Hollywood neighborhood. There's no scene to speak of, like you'd find at the Sunset Marquis or the Mondrain, and large suites with kitchens, living rooms, and balconies make it easy to shut yourself in against the clamor of West Hollywood. Renovations in 2012 provided upgrades to all suites, introducing new carpets, paint, and furniture in various earth shades. Clean and refreshed, if still unexciting.
The decor of both rooms and public spaces is unremarkable, though the property is well maintained. Similarly, service, while perfectly adequate, doesn't compare with what you'll find at other hotels in the neighborhood, where 24-hour concierges and highly trained restaurant staff are the norm.
The occasional business sit-down happens at the mediocre hotel restaurant but most guests looked to be on vacation, from younger singles and couples to families watching their kids splash in the pool.
Adequate for the price, though food service can be slow
Service, though friendly, can be a bit slow at the on-site restaurant and at the pool -- and lacks the polish of what you'll find at places like the pricier London or even the more affordable Standard Hollywood. Room service, however, arrives quickly, whether its a request for ice or delivery of breakfast in the morning -- perhaps as a nod to the hotel's emphasis on ensconcing guests in their suites.
Thanks to Le Parc's smaller size, just 154 rooms, valets bring around cars quickly. The hotel staff keeps an eye on the water dishes at the entrance for guests' dogs, which are welcome with a non-refundable deposit.
South of the Sunset Strip, a short car ride to Hollywood attractions
A few blocks south of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, the hotel sits one block west of La Cienega Boulevard, a north-south thoroughfare. It's a short drive to Hollywood attractions, and Rodeo Drive is 10 minutes away by car. The hotel's sister property, Le Montrose, is a five-minute drive away.
The Sunset Strip, which has long been known for its music clubs like the House of Blues, the Roxy, Viper Room, and Whisky a Go Go, has gotten significantly more upscale than its strip club and head shop days in the '70s and '80s -- though some seediness remains.
Suites at the hotel start at 650 square feet, larger than the basic units at the similarly priced Le Montrose yet smaller than the rooms at the more expensive London. All guestrooms were renovated in 2012, receiving new paint, carpeting, furniture, and linens in varying earth shades. Clean and refreshed the rooms may be, but they are still largely unexciting. Laid out in railroad fashion with unremarkable decor, Studio Suites open into a living-and-dining area, while the bed and bathroom are stepped up behind a blackout shade. Bathrooms are large, with vanities, and are stocked with Gilchrist & Soames shampoo, conditioner, and soap.
Suite have two TVs, a full kitchen, and a walk-in closet, but also strangely only one phone, necessitating walks across the room to place a room service order or answer a wake-up call.
Pets are very welcome
The hotel welcomes pets, something most guests first notice in the form of water dishes at the entrance.
With large suites for the price, many families choose to stay at Le Parc.
Mostly clean with a few oversights
Suite are perfectly clean, especially after the 2012 renovations. At the pool, dirty dishes from long-ago lunches tend to hang around. Other public spaces, though, sparkle.
Unremarkable breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with better options a short drive away
The hotel's third-floor restaurant, Knoll, has menu items like burgers, salads, and pastas that are perfectly adequate for the price, but better West Hollywood restaurants are a short drive away. The restaurant also caters to pool-goers, with waitstaff running food and drinks up from the kitchen.
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