Weekend With The Airlines: Andaz West Hollywood

Although you have seen some pictures of the Andaz West Hollywood, it is time for the full review.

Check-In

This is something that a lot of people complain about with the property, and it can be difficult when there are a lot of people in the lobby, but the agents have no uniforms, no nametags, and about the only way you can recognize them is that they carry iPads to check you in.  Check-in was simple, and I was given my room key, as well as a complimentary glass of wine, which is available every night.

The Room

Now this is where it gets interesting.  This property was an old Hyatt and famous for the parties that rock stars would throw at the hotel.  I was fortunate enough to get on the special rate, which was the view rooms, and was given a room on the 11th floor, notorious for being rented out by Led Zepplin for their parties.

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Now one of the interesting things is that they glassed in the balconies and turned them into a sitting area.

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And the view from my room

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Now, the door key is different than most, and has them set up for the future.  Inestead of a magnetic strip, it is RFID and so eventually you could use your phone to unlock your door.  Now the hallways are a little dark, and takes some work to find your room since the doors don't have the numbers in a traditional location.

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The bathroom is another area with complaints, and while clean and good amenities, I absolutely hate the design of the bathroom.

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The water comes from a small bar, which is decent.  The shower itself is just a glass divider, and it has no door, so if you are tall, it is almost guaranteed that you are going to have water all over the floor of the bathroom..

One of the unique features of Andaz is the free minibar.  Everything except the alcoholic beverages is free.

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And to build on the rock and roll theme of the hotel, the hotel guide is in one record sleeve, with actual records in the others.  I feel that the only thing missing was a record player.

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Facilities

Here is the nice rooftop pool, and it also has a bar.

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View at night looking down over West Hollywood and Beverly Hills

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Summary

Overall, a very nice hotel, with a lot of character.  I was quite happy with my stay, and the prices are reasonable for the area.

Comments

#1
Jimgotkp October 27, 2011 at 03:34 pm

I'm pretty sure the hosts use "tablets" not "iPads"! :) I overheard a few Hyatt Corporate employees talk about using a cell phone to open the door to a room. Also, heard that they plan on allowing guests to use their GP cards as well! I believe the GP card was an idea in FT too!

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Nick October 27, 2011 at 08:48 pm

They are advertised as "tablets", but these definitely had that iPad look. Cell phones would work when they have nfc standard, and they would just need to add a RFID chip to the GP card to get those working.

@Jimgotkp: They were using iPads. The agent that checked me in had his iPad in hand when I handed over my Diamond card..