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Andaz West Hollywood
8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
| +1 323-656-1234
Photo courtesy of Andaz West Hollywood
Andaz West HollywoodA shimmering, chrome-and-white exterior with just a hint of midcentury flare belies the Andaz West Hollywood’s tabloid-splashed background. Barely recognizable in its latest incarnation, the Hyatt-operated boutique hotel was once the Sunset Strip’s iconic Riot House—alternately known to those not in the rock-star club as Gene Autry’s Hotel Continental, the Continental Hyatt House, the Hyatt on Sunset, and the Hyatt West Hollywood throughout the years. In the '60s, '70s, and '80s, musicians virtually ran the joint, taking up residence and partying for days in between shows at the Troubadour, Roxy, and Miyagi’s down the street; Jim Morrison was evicted for hanging off a balcony, Led Zeppelin occupied the 11th floor, Keith Richards dropped a television out of a window, and Axl Rose threw seared steaks to fans off yet another balcony. Up-and-coming comedians hoping for a spot at the Comedy Store next door hung out in the bar, and the late Robin Williams famously performed in the lobby for the graveyard shift.
These days, the rock-star legacy carries on mostly in hotel lifestyle: free minibar snacks replenished daily, a personal everything-you-need Andaz Host, one of the highest rooftop pools in L.A., a see-and-be-seen lobby bar, and only the most central location on the Sunset Strip. For those who need to fully live out their rocker fantasy, the only room left with a balcony is the penthouse.