Everything old is new again at The Prospect Hollywood, a decadently dressed bolthole with vintage-inspired interiors by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard that evoke the neighbourhood’s historic heyday. Channel a secretive screen siren by holing up in your jewel-box bedroom, cocooned in an oversize Derek Rose London bathrobe, sipping something sparkly from the minibar’s crystal stemware. When you must emerge (for more ice, perhaps) the hotel’s lushly landscaped gardens await and, beyond that, the vaunted Hollywood Hills. Who said the Golden Age was gone?
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A bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, plus free early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both can be flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £163.55 ($227), including tax at 14.195 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $22.84 per room per night on check-out and an additional service charge of $2.28 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include a daily Continental breakfast served in the lobby with pastries from local bakery Tartine and Vittoria coffee.
While you’re staying at the Prospect, you’ll also be a temporary member of NeueHouse Hollywood, a co-working space and social club just next-door.
At the hotel
Gardens, free WiFi, valet parking, free access to NeueHouse Hollywood (a private co-working club next-door). In rooms: TV, Diptyque bath products, Derek Rose London bathrobes, Bluetooth entertainment system, and marvellous minibars with crystal glassware.
Our favourite rooms
Each room was designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard who packed every one with pattern and pizzazz. For oh-em-gee drama, spring for the Grand Premier with Terrace (unofficially known as the Mata Hari Suite) – it’s got a lucite four-poster bed, custom wallpapers and vintage lacquered nightstands. There’s a little private patio, too, for soaking up the garden views and SoCal sunshine.
Prep a playlist to set the mood – Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday should be in heavy rotation.
Some Superior rooms on the ground floor are adapted for wheelchair users.
Nab an outdoor table under the palm trees near a softly gurgling fountain – wear a large hat, even bigger sunglasses and let people wonder who you are.
Ladies, go for 1940s glamour in a pencil skirt, mohair cardigan and lashings of lipstick. Major points for having a marabou-feather nightie stashed in your suitcase for later. Gentleman, suit up in tailoring that’s razor-sharp and Rat Pack-inspired.
Breakfast is the only meal served on-site, so after filling up on baked treats from Tartine and artisanal coffees, set out and explore LA’s stellar culinary scene.
In keeping with its vibrant and velvet-swathed surroundings, the bar menu goes heavy on champagne cocktails and decadent bar snacks (caviar, anyone?).
Breakfast is served between 7am and 10am.
There’s no room service, but you can use Uber Eats (or other meal-delivery apps) to deliver LA’s best dishes right to your door.
The Prospect Hollywood is just minutes from busy Hollywood Boulevard, but the street has quiet, residential appeal and no passing foot traffic, so you’d never know it.
You’ll fly into LAX airport, a major international hub; it’s about a 35-minute drive from the hotel, but allow for longer journey times in the famous LA traffic.
If you’re arriving by rail, you’ll end up downtown, at Union Station. From there, the hotel is 25 minutes away by car.
Cars are a necessary evil here (public transport in LA has a long way to go), so set aside a healthy Uber budget or rent a car at the airport. There’s valet parking at the hotel for $35 a night.
Worth getting out of bed for
First things first, pilfer a few Tartine pastries from the breakfast spread, pour yourself a strong Vittoria coffee and take it outside for an alfresco breakfast in the gorgeous gardens. The lush outdoor space was designed by LA-based landscapers Terremoto and it’s full of secluded little spots for gathering or working in the day and convening over cocktails by night.
Ready to explore? There’s not much right on your doorstep (unless you want to find your favourite star on the Walk of Fame) but just summon a ride to discover WeHo’s restaurants, bars and bakeries.
For a hearty start to the day, sidle over to Salt’s Cure, a breakfast joint with amazing oatmeal griddlecakes (they come with cinnamon and molasses butter, for crying out loud) and eggs any way you like ’em. Barn-style eatery Eveleigh, with cosy communal tables, is another popular spot for a sunlit mid-morning feast. For lunch, plug into the LA zeitgeist at Gracias Madre, an all-vegan Mexican joint with a see-and-be-seen patio. Be sure to sample a few of the small-batch mezcal cocktails, too. More of a carnivore? Laurel Hardware is a hip farm-to-table restaurant in a former hardware store serving pizzas, pastas and steak frites. For dinner, Delilah delivers Twenties va-va-voom with classic cocktails, an all-American menu and lounge-style live performances.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this lush abode in Los Angeles and unpacked their silk eye masks and fedoras, a full account of their trip to Tinseltown will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Prospect Hollywood…
We like to imagine that, had Elizabeth Taylor owned a hotel, it would look a lot like the Prospect Hollywood: discreet on the outside but a riot on the inside, oozing lacquer, lucite and leopard print (with gaggles of gilded palm trees for good measure). In fact, the man responsible for the unapologetically OTT interiors is maestro Martyn Lawrence-Bullard – whose romantic use of Hollywood Regency style will capture your imagination, transporting you to an infinitely more glamorous era. Be warned, you may start to act strangely, saying things like, ‘thank you, darling’ when handed a crystal champagne flute, or pronouncing the chinoiserie wallpaper in your bedroom ‘simply divine’. Try to get a hold of yourself as you explore the secluded gardens, dotted with fireplaces, fountains and, ah, a hidden corner where star-crossed lovers might meet by moonlight. Oh dear, you’re doing it again…