Need to know
80 suites, including 11 in the Masters Quarters.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a half-day charge. Earliest check-in, 4pm. Required check-in age is 21.
Double rooms from $293.00, excluding tax at 15.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $0.80 per room per night on check-out and an additional resort fee of $25.41 per room per night on check-out.
Rates exclude à la carte breakfast (from US$22).
Resident artist Marcus Suarez is behind details such as the Tuscan wall finishes. Head to the Firedeck, the hotel’s outdoor event space. Imported 18th-century tiles sourced in the Dutch West Indies decorate the fireplace. On Sunday nights, catch a film and snack on popcorn. Show up for the Gypsy Brunch (US$35), a buffet of eggs, pasta and fruit served in the Garden.
At the hotel
Garden, gym and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar, iPod dock, flatscreen TV, and CO Bigelow bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Go for 405, which has a wraparound balcony, or request one of the 11 suites in the Masters Quarters on the top floor (you’ll get access to the Masters Lounge, which has potent cocktails and plenty of places to relax). You’ll also be tended to by a designated ‘Liason of Happiness’ (a butler, to you and me). Room 323, a Junior Suite, is particularly quiet – located in the middle of the floor away from the elevator – leave the balcony door open and let in the night breeze while you sleep.
The heated outdoor saltwater pool is surrounded by kumquat trees and striped loungers with umbrellas. There’s also a cabana for lounging and city-gazing. (Under-18s are welcome in the pool, with adult supervision, from 7am to noon every day. After that, it's adults only.)
Bring a high-speed video camera to capture the blink-and-you'll-miss-them hummingbirds in the rooftop sanctuary.
Dogs up to 25lbs are permitted in some rooms. They'll be given doggy treats, and there's a $150 flat cleaning fee. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles.
Although Petit Ermitage is best for grown-ups, cots can be added to rooms free and a sofa-bed can be added for US$35. Babysitting is available with a local nanny for US$20 an hour (three hours minimum), with 24 hours’ notice.