By:Norah Bradford

 

Located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood with commanding views of Los Angeles is the Sunset Tower Hotel, celebrating the tenth anniversary and is one of the hottest places to stay, see and be seen.

Originally constructed during prohibition in the 1930s, the Hotel was one of many which took advantage of the nightlife opportunities which being located in West Hollywood.  Sunset Tower played host to the A-listers of the 1930s and 1940s including Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Billie Burke, Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra to name a few.  However, as times changed the Sunset Tower fortunes waned along with the locale, and even the name change to the Argyle did little for its prospects.

 

Sunset Hotel

Fast forward to the Milennium and enter hotelier and restauranteur Jeff Klein.  After launching the City Club and attracting chef Daniel Bouloud with his DB Bistro Moderne, Klein received numerous accolades for the attention to service and quality of the concept.  This success made him a natural to bring the Sunset Tower into the 21st Century.

Whilst the original building was cutting edge, for example having electrical outlets in the bathrooms, the benchmark today was higher still.  Klein and his team sought to renovate and modernize whilst keeping the classical features of the hotel intact.  The object of the restoration, which many guests have attested to, is the sense of timelessness that has been created.  The look and feel of Sunset Tower is one which you could imagine guests from the past feeling at ease with not to mention future generations of visitors.

 

 

Sunset Hotel

The dining arrangements focus on two distinct options, the Tower Bar and the Terrace.  The Tower Bar is very grown-up with walnut paneling, a fireplace and classic bar – located in what was formerly the room of a gangster at the Tower, Bugsy Siegel.  Another attraction of the Tower Bar is Maitre’D Dimitri Dimitrov, reputedly the inspiration for the central character of Wes Anderson’s recent hit movie The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Terrace is adjacent to the Tower Bar and offers a more casual poolside dining experience against the backdrop of views of the Los Angeles skyline.  Try the signature Hot Dog during a summertime visit.   Most of us will recognize the Terrace from its role in The Player where Tim Robbins is pitched a movie idea but for the Awards circuit it is the venue par-excellence to party.  If these walls could talk, The Terrace has played host to someof LA’s most famous bashe such as the CAA annual Golden Globes post party and the Vanity Fair Oscars Party.  However, no matter the event the Sunset Tower remains the place to be.

 

 

Sunset Hotel
For more information visit,
www.sunsettowerhotel.com
The Sunset Tower Hotel
8358 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
T: 323.654.7100

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