Kimpton La Peer Hotel West Hollywood review

Los Angeles is famed for being a leader in the style stakes, and a stay at La Peer puts you in the heart of the Design District. The hotel’s design blends classic Art Deco and modern interiors by the award-winning Icelandic-born designer Gulla Jónsdóttir, who draws inspiration from the architecture in California in the 1920s and 1930s. 

Traveller: Cathy Wagstaff
Room: King Studio Suite
Address: 627 North La Peer Drive, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Date: December 2023
Price range: from US $389
Best for: Chic business, couples or solo travellers

Location

La Peer was the first hotel to open in West Hollywood’s “design district”, a neighbourhood known for its many interior and clothing outlets. Spread over 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the hotel is perfectly positioned between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.

Within a short walk you can find

Its prime location offers convenient access to renowned attractions like the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood, making it an ideal hub for both leisure and business travellers. 

La Peer West Hollywood lobby
The stylish lobby © La Peer West Hollywood

La Peer claim to fame

The four-story property is part of the Kimpton chain, a group famous for ensuring every venue is unique and reflects its location and community and their West Hollywood addition is no exception.

The showstopper

With only 105 rooms, it’s considered a boutique operation, which is part of its charm. You enter via a private off-street courtyard – made for A-list arrivals – where the design fun really begins. The bold communal spaces to warehouse-style rooms instantly lure you in – think leather walls, white oak herringbone floors, art installations, and Juliette balconies with views over West Hollywood.   

La Peer West Hollywood rooms
Sleek rooms © La Peer West Hollywood

My room at La Peer

My King Studio Suite is a spacious 450 square feet corner room dressed in muted tones with a King bed, writing desk, Chaise Lounge and cocktail shelf with mid-sized bottles ready for refreshment. A rainfall shower with a separate bathtub is tucked behind a frosted glass wall with Atelier Bloem bath amenities designed exclusively for Kimpton Hotels.

Beyond the rooms

The pool area is decked with Gaudí tiles, leafy olive trees and a vertical garden wall for a casual WeHo vibe. It’s design-forward LA urban style at its finest. Yet its secret masterpiece is the 3,900-square-foot roof deck. If travelling in the summer months, it transforms into a hip pickleball court, making for an ‘only-in-West Hollywood’ experience. 

La Peer West Hollywood pool
Pool © La Peer West Hollywood

Dish to dine for

The hotel’s restaurant, Ladyhawk, Top Chef Middle East-winner Charbel Hayek draws on his Lebanese roots with modern Eastern Mediterranean cooking and California hospitality. Sharing plates of mezze dishes like spicy hummus (with the perfect balance of tahini, lemon and garlic), quinoa-based tabbouleh and seared halloumi to meats from the wood-grill (dry-aged Rohan duck with honey and rose; olive-crusted rack of lamb are two favourites). Matched to a small production list of Mediterranean and California organic and biodynamic wines. 

Modern Eastern Mediterranean cooking at Ladyhawk © La Peer West Hollywood

Spa life

There isn’t a spa on site, however, fear not as we are in LA after all.  Barbara Sturm, the famed skincare doctor, is very close to the hotel with her LA spa and boutique the largest location worldwide. It features three treatment rooms, two express facial rooms and two infrared saunas with a wide ranging spa facial menu.

On the green

Did I mention the 3,900-square-foot roof deck?

La Peer West Hollywood pickleball
The hip pickleball court © La Peer West Hollywood

Staying in

The Middle Eastern food theme continues in the Courtyard Bar, between the restaurant and pool. It offers a heady list of spice-and-herb-based cocktails made for the LA climate. Meanwhile, in the Drawing Room, you’ll meet the latest artist-in-residence, which is fitting for this artsy area. Here, guests can book experiences and activities to unleash their inner Van Gogh.

Stepping out

With LA’s Most Walkable Neighbourhood on your door, it would be sacrilege not to go out and explore. The Design District neighbourhood features hundreds of interior design and clothing outlets right out the front door. Plus, lots of dining options. My favourites is the popular plant-based, open-air eateries including Gracias Madre for a tequila fix. Also nearby in the Rainbow District (Santa Monica Boulevard), Bottega Louie a French take on pastries and ideal for lunch.

The Design District © Visit West Hollywood

The family factor

At 685 square feet, La Peer Suite can accommodate up to four people with a King Bed and a sofa bed in a separate living area. The bathroom is bigger than most other rooms and features a separate soaker bath plus a walk-in rainshower. It also boasts a private terrace with Juliette balcony views over the boho neighbourhood.

Suite with private terrace © La Peer West Hollywood

Before booking at La Peer

Hollywood is abuzz during awards season and La Peer’s hip location becomes a go-to for celebrities (January to March) to get red carpet ready. That doesn’t mean you can’t join the fun, just makes sure to book well ahead.

Insiders’ tips

Stay longer and soak up all West Hollywood has to offer with La Peer deals. Stay four nights or more and save up to 25% off La Peer’s best flexible rate. 

I wish I could take home

The in-room JadeYoga mats that come in handy for an easy workout in the privacy of your room. Open-air yoga classes often take place on the rooftop, so ask reception at the time of booking about classes. 

V&T expert rating – La Peer

La Peer is a design-forward hotel made for guests who love an artsy touch yet a chic stay in the heart of Hollywood.

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