Sunset Tower Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sunset Tower Hotel West Hollywood
Great location and great stay!!
My friend and I debated about where to stay in LA, but we chose the Argyle. When we got there we were upgraded to the penthouse!! The views were gorgeous and the room beautiful. The style and decoration is interesting and makes the hotel one-of-a-kind. The location is dynamic and close to EVERYTHING! This is a great hotel, enjoy it!
Great and Not-So Great Argyle
My wife and I stayed at The Argyle for three nights December 26-28th of 2003. We selected this hotel based on several factors: the art-deco decor and history, the reviews posted here, and its' location in the heart of the Sunset Strip. First the GOOD NEWS, the staff is unbelievably friendly and helpful! The restaurant, The Fenix serves wonderful Pacific Rim influenced food ( try the Ahi appetizer you will not be dissapointed!!) and the Sea Bass was equally superb. The location can't be beat, it's about 200 yards East of the House of Blues, so you can party in true L.A. style and simply walk back to the Hotel in about 90 seconds! The views is one to remember from Downtown to the sun sinking low over Westwood it is the definition of "panoramic". Now for the BAD NEWS, we had reserved a deco-suite with seperate bedroom and living room and while the room was "roomy" it was a wreck as far as its' condition. Stained and cigarette burned carpeting, frayed and stained sofas and scratched and dinged furniture and walls are not my idea of a first rate hotel! Our first room was #508 and it was so bad we requested another, we were given #908 it it wasn't much better but we decided to make the best of a bad situation and unpack. The ice maker wasn't working on floor #9, the ice scoop was missing on floor#8 so I had to trek to floor# 7 anytime we wanted some fresh, and I use that word with caution, ice. We had reserved the room for $159 a night but I think it normally goes for over $200!!! It is worth about $99 it its' current condition! The hotel and rooms were updated with custom furnishings and carpets in 1996 or thereabouts and that is the problem, nothing has been done since and it shows, they need to be updated again! Eight years in a hotel is a lifetime, it's like dog years to the rest of us! I wrote the General Manager, John Schulz regarding our stay. I expressed our compliments for the staff and voiced our concerns as well. Mr Schulz didn't reply so perhaps the The Argyle is following the likes of some other Hollywod legends and fading slowly into the sunset.
Fantastic... if you know what to expect
First of all, if you're gonna stay here, be sure you can afford a suite, because this place clearly isn't the Four Seasons. The regular rooms are cramped. The carpet everywhere is old, stained and somewhat musty. BUT -- if you're looking for a wild time in the heart of West Hollywood, I can't imagine a more genuine article than The Argyle.
While still small by chain hotel standards, the suites sport breathtaking views up and down Sunset Blvd., ideal for people watching on a Friday or Saturday night. The lobby bar is always hopping on weekends, and the hotel generally has the feel of a 1930s-era actor's club. If you want sterile, spacious, or quiet, this ain't the place to stay. But if you're one of the many young attractive professionals who want to play and party where the action is, and at relatively reasonable prices, the Argyle is definately your best bet.
How 'suite' it is
My wife and I stayed at the Argyle for 1 night last february. We decided to splurge on a suite, about 40 dollars more, and it was more than worth it. Large living room and bedroom with 2 glorious bathrooms, one of which had a steam shower set-up which worked beautifully. The fixtures in the bathrooms, as well as the other rooms, are ultra art deco and are unique/interesting/ and mood enhancing. My only complaint was the front desk had messed up my orbitz reservation and if I hadn't called to confirm, and if I hadn't had my confirmation number, it would of been a real hassle. So call to confirm.
We stayed at the Argyle in February and enjoyed it. Even though we booked on Expedia, we were upgraded to a large corner suite that was extremely comfortable! The Art Deco furnishings and details transport you back into another era. Unfortunately, that era was long enough ago that the plumbing could use a bit of an uodate. Our bathroom was beautiful and included a period marble bathtub, but the faucet knobs were impossible to turn, so when I wanted to soak in the tub, I had to fill it using the shower! We'd still happily stay there again, and hope for a room overlooking the city, because the view off Sunset Blvd. is spectacular at night.
Loved the argyle
I recently stayed at the argyle hotel and had a wonderful experience. I stayed in a small suite, and it was beautiful.The sink was a very cool copper design. All of the furniture and the closets were so unique.
Every detail was perfect. The prices are excellent. I paid $179 for my room and it was as luxurious as most $400-500 hotel rooms. The fenix restaurant is incredible, too. This hotel is the best deal on the sunset strip.
My boyfriend and I stayed here recently and really enjoyed it. The location is excellent, the staff helpful and our room was beautiful. We splurged on a Deco suite and it was well worth it, providing a view of LA. The $22/day parking rate is high, but that seems to be the norm in LA. I would stay here again.
Boy was I disappointed. My room was so small (for $200.00 per night one expects to be able to "stretch out"). Also, there was no way to confortably watch the TV from the bed. I had to crank my head over my right shoulder. I may never get my head on "straight" again. I based my entire visit to Hollywood on this "great place" to stay. My trip was ruined.
A very nice hotel
This is a very nice hotel in a great location, but it is in no way perfect. The architecture and furnishings are lovely, but the windows are few and narrow, except in the suites, so the standard rooms tend to be rather dark. And small. My wife and I enjoyed our stay, but found the room more suitable for one person than two. There was no couch, for example, and only a single desk-chair to sit on---so it was not a place that you'd want to hang out, reading or watching tv. Then again, you're in the heart of the Strip, just up the street from the House of Blues, Book Soup and the Viper Club, so why would you want to?
Outstanding place to stay !
My girlfriend and I stayed here in May, 2002. We selected it because we are both Art Deco fans and this is the epitome of Art Deco architecture .
We got a standard room but it was still very lavish . The attention to detail in keeping to the Art Deco theme was impressive . The room was gorgeous ! We loved the soothing shower and very comfortable bed . There is even a stereo in the room , to play your choice of music . The t.v. also had a v.c.r. Even though our room faced onto Sunset Blvd. it was very quiet .
The only thing I did not like was the $20 per day valet parking charge , but this seems the norm for nice hotels in L.A. ( so I recommend parking in the nearby neighborhood ) . We also tried the House of Blues restaurant half a block to the west . I don't recommend going there , as they only played hard , noisy rock instead of any blues music .
When I take another overnight trip to L.A. I will certainly stay at the Argyle again , even if it is a bit pricey . I got a decent deal through Expedia , though .
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