LA Hotel Flirts w/ Luxury Travel, Won’t Break Your Wallet’s Heart
Luxury travel. Just the sound of it will start a fast drain of your bank account. As a job perk, my international production company takes me to some super interesting luxury travel destinations that I love to share with you. Below is a great video example of a luxury property in Anguilla…the Four Seasons Anguilla Resort and Spa.
I also happen to love luxury travel on a personal level which doesn’t always qualify to land on the expense ledger. I am always on the lookout for luxury travel experiences that don’t break the bank in cool cities. I love to take note and share my finds so other luxury seekers can take advantage of them.
I love LA. Los Angeles is one of those cities where the hotelier’s will completely KILL your wallet. Partly because of the market they cater to, you can really get slaughtered on a trip to LA. Forty bucks a night to valet park is not uncommon especially at a luxury location. I think some of the hotels charge you per breath you take in the lobby! I’m in LA often and have stayed all over…The Peninsula, The W in Westwood, Sofitel, SLS Beverly Hills and tons more. They are all fabulous properties but continue to rise in cost. I have found a fairly new player in LA that was a complete surprise to me and is hitting on all cylinders, winning my business.
I’d like to introduce you to Hotel Angeleno. The response I’ve been getting from most people is, “Hmmm, where is that”?. It’s right under your nose at the corner of the 405 and Sunset. When you hear someone say “location, location, location”, Hotel Angeleno exemplifies the phrase. They are right smack in the middle of some of the best spots in LA. Minutes to the beach in Santa Monica and great dining in Brentwood, seconds to Beverly Hills and Westwood. You are literally looking into the backyards of A-listers out your window.
In my opinion, Hotel Angeleno doesn’t full on qualify as “luxury travel”, but it’s pretty damn close. It’s no Peninsula or Four Seasons. What is it? It’s pseudo luxury. I say that in the most positive way possible. I would describe it as a little brother to a W Hotel. It even has that great smell like when you walk into a W Hotel. It has warm modern public areas, an excellent pool area with comfy couches and tables, and a panoramic view of LA at their 17th floor West restaurant that is one of the best in LA. The gym is pretty basic, but enough to get in some cardio and dumbbells.
All of the luxury travel elements are in place, for the most part, but you really can’t call it a luxury hotel. I know…that sounds really strange…but Hotel Angeleno took over a previous property that was a Holiday Inn Express back in the day. So, they didn’t build it, they backed a smart brand into an existing shell that wound never even be in a luxury travel conversation. I am a hard critic of hotels and the level of service and experience inspired me to write this review.
The experience at Hotel Angeleno IS full luxury travel. They really have thought of everything. From the valet crew to the maids, someone is training the hell out of these people to be accommodating on every level. I was very impressed at how detailed and attentive every position performed. One of the most important elements is the bed, in my opinion, and our bed was awesome. The bed had a nice mixture of firm, yet with some soft give in the mattress. My 5 nights there were 5 of my best nights of sleep this year in a hotel.
Time to address cost. The bottom line. Getting that bill slid under your door on the last day can often times be sobering. Not at Hotel Angeleno. Valet parking is FREE, There is a FREE wine hour every day at 5:30 (Celebs show up— no kidding), Wireless internet is FREE (I was connected with great speed from my room to the corner of the pool), There is a FREE shuttle for anywhere in the area, and there are many more perks around every corner. The rate I received calling the hotel directly was $175 a night. In LA? With all above included FREE? YES! I would stay there a million times over. It was truly a fantastic experience. I do have one insider tip for you: Request a room on the 10th floor or higher as they have newer bathrooms vs. a tub/shower curtain on lower floors. I’ll just call that the ghost of the old Holiday Inn Express. I had to find something wrong with them:)