Los Angeles, United States

Sunset Tower Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$345.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Updated Hollywood classic


Central on the Sunset Strip

Classic Californian luxury awaits at the Sunset Tower Hotel, smack bang in the middle of West Hollywood. Once you’re ensconced in your suite or at your table at the infamous Tower Bar – gazing down over the Sunset Strip’s neon below – you’ll feel almost as elegant as the vintage silver-screen stars who once called the hotel home…

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Need to know


Eighty-one, including 30 suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $345.00, excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD398.48), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast.


Pets are pampered guests at the Sunset Tower Hotel, where mini-Sunset Tower beds, bowls, treats, and a pet dining menu are all on offer. Adjoining the hotel is William S. Hart Park (bequeathed by the silent film actor), where dogs can run around off leash. There is a $100 non-refundable pet fee.

At the hotel

Gym, open 24 hours. In rooms: Egyptian linens, Kiehl’s bath products, mini bars, in-room spa sessions, flat screen TVs, iPod stations, on-command movies and music, free Wi-Fi, free Nespresso coffee.

Our favourite rooms

Our favourites are the Premier Suites, particularly room 1207 – the private terrace has views of Downtown and the Hollywood Hills, and the oversized tub might make you never want to venture beyond the curved walls of your suite.


Soak up the SoCal sunshine in the hotel’s outdoor pool. If you would prefer a small respite from the sun, make your way to a table and sip your cucumber mojito in the shade.

Packing tips

Oversized sunglasses, your wrap-party best, and something that says ‘I woke up like this’ for Sunday brunch.


The hotel’s thoroughly wheelchair accessible, with specially adapted guest rooms and a lift.


All welcome, but not catered to. This isn’t particularly a family stay.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Grab one of the more secluded nooks in the Tower Bar for a romantic tête-à-tête and some stealthy celeb spotting.

Dress Code

Angelenos invented dressy casual, so don’t be surprised to see the actress at the next table looking otherworldly in jeans and no make up. For the rest of us, a blow-out and matte red lip won’t be out of place.

Hotel restaurant

Housed in infamous mobster Bugsy Siegel’s old apartment on the ground floor, the Tower Bar and Restaurant boasts a fireplace and discreet niche seating for privacy. The menu focuses on fresh local ingredients, while taking inspiration from northern Italy and the French bistro. Is lounging glamorously poolside working up your appetite? The Terrace serves up the entire restaurant menu, assorted small bites, and drinks – you won’t have to move a (perfectly tanned) muscle. 

Hotel bar

Sip your cocktails and soak up the old-school glamour: in the bar, jazz pianists provide the soundtrack and Hollywood views the backdrop. Choose from an ample wine list or some of the signature cocktails, including the Dimitri (named after the bar’s renowned maitre d’ Dimitri Dimitrov). 


Last orders

The Terrace serves dinner until 6pm, and the Tower Bar and Restaurant is open til 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 11.30pm Friday and Saturday.

Room service

The 24-hour room-service menu includes an array of appetisers, entrees and desserts.


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Sunset Tower Hotel
8358 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood
United States


Major airlines land at Los Angeles International Airport and local puddle-jumpers make their way to Bob Hope Airport in nearby Burbank. Either way, you’ll have no problem finding a flight.


If you’re arriving in town by rail, you’ll end up downtown, at Union Station. From there, though, you’ll have to proceed by car to West Hollywood.


Driving in Los Angeles – where the first things locals do after meeting friends anywhere is compare notes on which routes they took – can be intimidating. Cars are an almost entirely necessary evil, though (public transport in LA is deeply unromantic) so either set aside a healthy cab budget or steel yourself for some serious traffic.

Worth getting out of bed for

Start your weekend getaway with brunch at The Eveleigh, a leisurely eight-minute walk down Sunset Boulevard from the hotel. Feeling the alternative eating movement vibe? Head over to Gracias Madre and embrace California vegan food culture at this Mexican eatery. Or perhaps you’re having more carnivorous cravings, in which case you should hit up Animal

Runyon Canyon and its fabulous views Los Angeles (and rampant people-watching and celebrity spotting opportunities) is just north of the the Sunset Tower Hotel. Grab your trendiest ‘I’m so breezy, I do this all the time’ workout kit and a water bottle and hit the trail. Well worth it for the outdoorsy sense of accomplishment and that vantage point.

In the evening try AOC Wine Bar and Restaurant. Share the small plates with your dinner companion and sample the extensive wine collection. Or head to innovative ink. restaurant sit at the prep bar to watch the chefs in action.

West Hollywood is the perfect location for rooftop cocktails. Slip into your date night best and head to Palihouse West Hollywood's Sunset Cocktail Lounge, an open air bar with summer cocktails, small bites, and 360 views of the Hollywood Hills. For a mix of rooftop drinking meets secret garden, head to Pearl's Liquor Bar


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Anonymous review

On arrival at a hotel, there’s little more warmly welcoming than an upgrade, which is why I was thrilled when I checked in to art deco stay Sunset Tower, in Los Angeles, and my room was bumped up to a One-Bedroom Suite. It’s just one example of how staff at the coolly chilled-out front desk – and throughout – are gracious and friendly; the service at Sunset Tower cannot be faulted. 

Sunset Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood; it’s one in a strip of noted stays, which one can ricochet between if hotel bar-hopping is high on your to-do list. In the morning, kick things off with a stroll to Earth Bar for a health injection (quite literally) – sip a smoothie then get a nutrient-boosted IV treatment. Wander to Standard hotels’ Hollywood outpost for lunch at Alma restaurant, Sushi Park for dinner, the Chateau for drinks, then end your night watching a band at the Roxy. It’s a rarity to have everything within walking distance in Los Angeles. I miss walking, so it’s nice to have eateries and nightlife close by, and to avoid the crazy rush-hour traffic.

The hotel may not have sweeping grounds, but the building itself – a statuesque 1930s folly by famed architect Leland A Bryant – is grand with lots of character. Indoors there’s a beauty salon; I didn’t have time to try it out, but if you need a last-minute blow wave it’s a handy wander downstairs, especially since Los Angeles is so vast and often it’s hard to find somewhere close by. The gym, albeit tiny, is well equipped – with apples and water to rehydrate guests – and a necessity for me when on the road. I was the only one in there, so my workout was relaxing and speedy. The hammam is a great addition to the spa; it’s not free to use, but for unwinding pre- or post-flight, it’s worth every cent.

Sunset Tower’s rooms are outfitted in chocolate, taupe and cream hues, with a treasure trove of extras: Kiehl’s toiletries, bathrobes, windows that open to let in the LA sunshine and cookies! Every night, you return to find the best home-made chocolate-chip cookies, which are too good to resist. The decor in rooms could do with some refreshing, but the worn-in look is all part of the charm, in my opinion; it’s homey and lacking in pretension, and the repeat clientele are testament to this. 

The doormen running the valet-parking service here work hard for their tips: when the hotel driveway gets a bit congested, they remain unflaggingly charming. If celebrity car chaos strikes, their pastel polo shirts – in soothing pistachio and lilac tones – are a calming sight. Once you’re in, the hotel’s pool is small, but much less mobbed than the entrance – a refreshing change to the more sceney poolsides in Los Angeles hotels. I think this serenity is what appeals to me most. Breakfast is served outside on the terrace, at tables overlooking the pool. The menu’s extensive and dishes are delicious, complemented by speedy service, an imperative if you have a long day of meetings ahead of you. 

The hotel is moodily lit but feels cosy rather than sombre. Walls are adorned with photographs of old Hollywood scenes, and the personalities who’ve frequented the hotel; it’s all very inviting, and I’m charmed. If, like this busy bee, you have to fly out the door and don’t have time for breakfast, get a little caffeine pick-me-up at the self-service coffee and tea station set up near the front desk. If you find yourself with some free time, the concierge is very helpful and quick on the draw with recommendations: a day exploring Los Angeles’ art galleries, hikes in the hills, restaurants for romantic meals… Even DHL paperwork assistance, if required! 

The hotel’s main draw is the buzzy Tower Bar. Its alluring, dark and intimate ambience epitomises old-Hollywood glamour, and there are usually a few celebs enjoying an undisturbed meal here. Barkeeps mix a mean martini, margarita, anything you desire… so there’s never a dull moment. The wine list is extraordinary, and I had the best tequila I’ve ever sipped here. It’s a good spot to meet and mingle with resident Los Angelenos too, especially if you’re travelling sans a fellow Smith. Book in advance, or show up early to secure a table, but if arriving fashionably late don’t fret – hotel guests usually get priority seating. The Tower Bar’s food is consistently delicious – lobster tacos are dangerously moreish – and I’d wholeheartedly recommend the restaurant to anyone who arrives hungry, even if they’re only staying for a few nights. Cool cocktails, a true sense of style and a laid-back attitude: the restaurant, and the hotel housing it, really capture the feel of the city. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Sunset Tower Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Art Deco decor, lazy Sunday by the pool, extremely friendly service! Go to Chateau Marmont across the street for cocktails.


Stayed on 8 Oct 2016

We loved

Quiet elegance. Very attentive staff. Beautiful pool. Loved the pool and dining poolside

Don’t expect

Loud, active bar scene


Stayed on 27 May 2016

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