An unassuming modern apartment block on the outside, this mod-inspired, all-suites getaway on a quiet West Hollywood street is exactly the place where one imagines celebrities hiding from the press. Despite flashy decor—zigzag marble floors, walls of mirrors, and modern art—the Chamberlain is a low-key spot, where nothing is too much trouble and no one will bat an eyelash if guests choose to spend the whole day on a poolside lounger. Everything is exclusively for guests (and friends, of course), so neither the lounger-lined rooftop pool nor the sultry bistro with its breezy terrace becomes a scene at the precise moment when the craving for a quick swim or a refreshing cocktail hits.
The suites themselves are dramatic, adorned in geometric patterns and bold blocks of black, white, blue, and gold, and they're expansive enough to feel like proper pieds-à-terre for longer-term stays. Each has a gas fireplace and a private balcony, and the beds are famously comfortable—perfect for that beauty sleep. In case celebs do decide to throw on oversized shades and just move on in, it's nice to know that their pooch can come, too. Anything for a star lying low.
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The Chamberlain sits on a sleepy residential street in West Hollywood, sandwiched between the Sunset Strip and Santa Monica Boulevard. The hotel offers a free car service within three miles, but there’s also plenty to do and see within walking distance. Sunset is packed with nightlife such as the Roxy, Viper Room, and Whisky a Go-Go, as well as hip restaurants like Eveleigh and Night + Market, and independent shops such as Book Soup. Melrose is just a few blocks south, and is home to favorite boutiques such as Ten Over Six and popular restaurants like Urth Caffe and Fig & Olive. Beverly Hills and West Third Street are both just a few minutes away by car, and Santa Monica Boulevard goes straight out to the beach.
Need to Know
Rooms: 114 suites. From $249. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Parisian-inspired Bistro is open only to hotel guests, serving fresh California cuisine such as prosciutto flatbread and pan-seared seabass. Slide into the turquoise leather banquette or nab a table on the leafy patio for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—or order straight from a poolside lounger. An extensive wine-and-cocktail list pairs well with meals, but a little aperitif or digestif at the sultry Bistro bar wouldn’t go amiss, either, especially since the bar has two happy hours each day. Room service is available until the restaurant closes (at 11 p.m.), but the hotel encourages ordering from the extensive, 24-hour menu at Kitchen24 for late-night dining. Spa and gym details: The 24-hour fitness center not only has a full range of top-of-the-line equipment, but is also outfitted with a ballet barre, yoga mats, and an attached dressing room. The heated, saltwater pool on the rooftop isn’t quite big enough for morning laps. There’s no on-site spa, but treatments can be arranged by the helpful concierge.
Who's it best for: Private couples and independent travelers who prefer a more residential-style stay. Our favorite rooms: The spacious, open-plan Executive King Suites feel like a cross between an elegant apartment and a luxury hotel room, with a gas fireplace, plenty of room for entertaining a few friends, and a decadently oversized marble bathroom. On the third and fourth floors, the One-Bedroom Suites have corner views and private balconies; the large trees outside make the room feel like a private tree house. Bring the party: Invite friends back to the room; the largest cabana by the rooftop pool sits up to 25 people and can be reserved for private events.