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A comfortable but not quite luxurious boutique hotel surrounded by trendy shops and restaurants
You could almost mistake the Orlando, a cozy 95-room boutique hotel, for one of the many trendy cafes and shops that surround it on a lovely stretch of Third Street, just a few blocks east of Beverly Hills. Tourists may flock to Rodeo Drive, but many locals and shoppers in the know prefer to part with their money on Third Street.
Just five stories tall, and with vibrant orange awnings, the hotel easily blends in with the chic neighbors. Inside, the stylish lobby -- complete with an iMac for guests to use at no cost -- gives way to rooms that are relatively large and comfortable, but not quite luxurious. Terrycloth robes await guests on the beds, but the beds themselves are only moderately comfortable; pillows and comforters are stuffed with poly filling, not down, as they are at the Luxe Rodeo Drive and Maison 140, two boutique hotels in Beverly Hills proper with rooms that are more luxurious but also about two-thirds the size. And despite contemporary dark wood furniture, flat-screen televisions, and iPod docks, certain room elements feel cheap.
In 2011, the hotel announced major renovations, which brought all new guestrooms to the property, bigger and more stylish bathrooms, refurbished decor and furniture throughout public spaces, an updated fitness center and massage room. They also installed new lighting, signage, elevator interiors, a new roof, and air conditioning and plumbling. Not to mention a new restaurant and meeting space. In short, a complete overhaul. The vibe largely stayed the same, with earthy color palates and dark wood furniture, with clean lines and a modern sense of style. The bathrooms are especially an improvement, featuring marble surfaces and stylish above-the-counter sinks.
The service is unpretentious and professional. The front desk staff doesn't address guests by name when they pick up the phone, but they answer calls promptly, and are known to go the proverbial "extra mile." Turndown service is provided each day.
Ultimately, the Orlando is a good hotel in a great location. For roughly this price, you'll find a more luxurious (but smaller) room at the Luxe Rodeo Drive or Maison 143, a better party scene at the Standard Hollywood, or a more stylish pool at the nearby Le Parc Suites Hotel. But for travelers looking for a calm, cozy boutique hotel with a dash of style on one of Los Angeles' best streets, this is a solid, affordable pick.
An ideal location in the middle of some of L.A.'s best shopping and dining, and centrally located for exploring the rest of the city
The Orlando is in West Hollywood on lovely Third Street, a popular, pedestrian-friendly stretch of upscale boutiques and great cafés and restaurants, like Toast, a hot spot for brunch, the Little Door, a romantic Mediterranean restaurant with a lovely garden, and AOC, a wine bar with a James-Beard-award-winning chef. In addition to boutiques like Trina Turk on Third Street, the hotel is within easy walking distance of two of the city's best malls: the phenomenally popular outdoor Grove and Farmers Market (11 blocks away) and the Beverly Center (two blocks away).
Pets under 15 pound allowed
Only standard rooms on the 2nd floor are open to pets. Animals are not allowed in public spaces, save for transit to and from the room, and they must be on a leash any time they're outside the room.
A location right on Third Street, one of L.A.'s best stretches of trendy shops and restaurants, is this mellow boutique hotel's most notable feature. Its 95 rooms are large and comfortable but not quite luxurious, and there's no party scene. Plus, the hotel underwent extensive renovations in 2011, so at least the spaces are clean and new, with some definite style. For a centrally located base for shopping or business, the stylish and affordable Orlando is a solid pick.