Story and photography by Melanie Votaw
10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90024
What I love most about Kimpton Hotels is the décor. Each property has interesting design elements that are usually a bit on the funky side. (See my review of the new Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia.) The four-star Hotel Palomar in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California is no exception.
The lobby area is filled with interesting lighting, wall accents, graphic rugs, a zigzag design wood floor, and a fireplace. A large coffee and tea area provides non-stop drinks, fruit, and other goodies, and you also get the signature Kimpton wine hour in the lobby from 5:00 to 6:00, which sometimes includes live music.
Our room was relatively small at 350 square feet, but it had a spectacular view of Los Angeles from the window. I loved the round bowl sink in the bathroom, the textured black velvet throws, and the bright turquoise pillows on the beds. I also loved the animal print bathrobes – leopard and zebra – in our closet.
I always enjoy the ETRO bath toiletries in Kimpton bathrooms. Of course, the room had many amenities you expect in a luxury hotel, such as a 42” LCD TV, a minibar, a safe, and a pillow menu. WiFi is available for free if you sign up for Kimpton InTouch. This is free, so simply do so before your arrival. Then, you won’t have any trouble using your laptop or iPad.
The different room types at the Hotel Palomar include the Deluxe 350-square foot room with a king sized bed or double beds and the Vista Deluxe rooms, which are also 350 square feet but with the city view. This was the room we enjoyed.
If you’re up for something larger, there are King Spa Suites that are 650 square feet with Fuji soak tubs or Vista King Spa Suites that also provide you with that great panoramic city view. The Presidential Suite is a 1,044-square foot parlor that can also be used for meetings or parties. It has a separate living area and can connect to rooms on either side to become a one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite.
Hotel Palomar’s Westwood neighborhood is close to UCLA’s campus and Westwood Village, and it’s easy driving distance from most of what you’d want to see in Los Angeles, including Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Venice Beach.
The hotel’s van will take you anywhere within a three-mile radius (when it’s available), so when you’re not in the mood to drive, this can be a big help. If you’re more in the mood to ride a bike, complimentary rentals are available.
The hotel is 100% smoke free and eco-friendly. It contains 268 rooms on 19 floors and has a 40-foot outdoor swimming pool, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, business center, and spa. The fitness center has many machines with televisions to make your workout less boring. For a relatively small boutique property by California standards, all of these extras are impressive. I was surprised to learn that the building contains 5,000 square feet of event space for business meetings, weddings, or private parties.
The hotel is pet-friendly with dog beds available for the asking and even a pet room service menu. There are no size restrictions for your animals either, so if you have a large dog, you’re AOK with the Hotel Palomar, although I assume this doesn’t mean you could bring a pet horse. There are also many accessible areas for the disabled. So, this is a great property for people with particular requirements. This includes a King Deluxe Accessible room with a roll-in shower and special communications amenities.
The restaurant and bar is called Blvd 16, and it provides 24-hour room service under the direction of Chef Richard Hodge. In keeping with the hotel’s desire to accommodate what you need, you can ask for vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free meals.
Before my arrival, I received an email from the hotel’s concierge asking me for a digital file of a photo that they would print out and frame for me. This is a fun idea, and I enjoyed having a photo of a loved one in the room upon arrival. They’ll also put a goldfish in your room upon request.
My friend forgot his iPad in the room, and the hotel staff promptly found it and arranged to mail it to him. So, the service at the property was certainly friendly and helpful.
I enjoyed my stay at Hotel Palomar. It’s in a great location, it’s visually creative, and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again.
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