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Whimsical, intimate, Mediterranean. Probably not the first words that spring to mind when you imagine a Hollywood hotel, but this recently refurbished darling tucked down a leafy avenue just a stone’s throw from the Sunset Strip is full of surprises – right up to the heated saltwater rooftop pool.
An eclectic mix of antiques, artefacts and curios set the scene for a unique stay which feels distinctly un-LA, with potted citrus trees replacing palms and a decidedly laid-back atmosphere. Feeling more like a private home (it is also a members’ club) than a hotel, it’s no surprise that Petit Ermitage has become a favourite among La La Land’s understated elite. Seductively mysterious with an infectious headiness permeating the dimly lit corridors, it’s the kind of place that makes you wish the walls could talk – because you know the staff never will.
The 80 guests rooms (including 11 “Masters Quarters”) are spacious but warm, thanks to dark-oak furniture, low ceilings, moody lighting and indulgent bed linen. Note the top-quality minibar and Le Labo bath products.
What’s for breakfast?
If you spent the night getting to grips with LA’s after-hours scene, your hangover will be handsomely rewarded with a veritable spread laid out in rooftop garden aka the “hummingbird’s home”. Should you require a little more sustenance, order à la carte where coconut chia-seed pudding rubs shoulders the likes of huevos rancheros and a gloriously louche smoked salmon and caviar omelette.
How about lunch and dinner?
Lunch is best taken poolside. Choose from generously portioned salads, sandwiches and grill plates, all executed with imagination and finesse. Dinner is a global fusion of Cali, Italian, Japanese and Egyptian influences with a thoughtfully curated wine list.
Is there a bar?
Oh, yes. The Butterfly Bar (note the winged mural) is a bohemian twilight zone where insouciantly well-dressed guests chatter over herbaceous liqueurs mixed up by the “Spirit Master”. Take your cocktail to the “Masters Lounge” just across the hall; a dreamscape of jewel-toned velvets and Turkish rugs, bedecked with candles and completed by a crackling fire.
Things you should know
It’s pet-friendly; dogs up to 25lbs are welcomed (but no more than that – this is LA, after all) and will be provided with canine treats. You’re also allowed to smoke on the roof – a novelty in tinseltown.
Garden, gym, free wifi, television, iPod dock, rooftop yoga.
Within a short walk I can find…
Probably some celebrities.
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