We’ve “mentioned” the like it or hate it nature of Los Angeles in one other latest piece. I’m not saying that West Hollywood – or WeHo to its buddies – will persuade you both means, however there’s a surprisingly distinct vibe to the realm. Some high-quality historical past – musical and in any other case – to not point out many nice eating places and bars, from the fashionable to the fabulously old fashioned. 

In my expertise, LA solely is sensible if you begin to see it as a collection of separate cities that, collectively, simply occur to type someplace known as Los Angeles. If it is advisable kickstart that sense, then WeHo might be the proper neighbourhood during which to start out… 

The rooms at Sunset Marquis are utterly stunning

Why keep right here? 

Some locations are inherently cool. Some locations are so inherently cool, they make you’re feeling cooler by affiliation. The Sundown Marquis is so inherently, massively, unassumingly cool that it will possibly even have that impact on, say, a chunky, bald, 50-something journalist with a wardrobe that’s nearly completely denim, fleece, Allbirds and Charles Tyrwhitt shirts. You understand, simply as a wholly random instance. Cough. 

And it’s a sense that begins from the second you step contained in the remarkably unassuming exterior, and grows as you stroll previous the superb bar and reception. After which grows some extra as you amble previous the pool – nicely, extra precisely, one of many swimming pools – and into some 3.5 acres of logic-defying, aromatic grounds which can be in some way squeezed in behind a aspect avenue simply off Sundown Boulevard. Severely, it’s just like the designer of the TARDIS retired and began a panorama gardening enterprise… 

The villa pool at Sunset Marquis

And, dotted round these 3.5 acres are, nicely, easy bedrooms. And a few villas. There are suites, in fact, and all of the above with poolside views. Villas with semi-secret entry to a second, quieter pool. There are two bed room variations of the above, plus Grand Deluxe and Presidential lodging (with, apparently, non-public parking, chef’s kitchens and screening rooms) that, frankly, you most likely received’t discover except you’re meant to. It’s a outstanding achievement, a splendid place to wander, and an excellent higher place during which to overlook making an attempt to search out a celeb in favour of simply chilling. In addition to, even when you do spot a celeb – and, given this lodge’s historical past and status, there’s an excellent likelihood you may – you’ll be too inherently cool by then to pay them any consideration anyway.  

The rooms are totally beautiful too. The mattress is a factor of padded magnificence – shorter company may very well require a run up – and my rest room seems to be larger than many reasonable lodge rooms I’ve beforehand discovered myself in: apparently TARDIS man additionally studied plumbing. There’s additionally a Japanese bathroom which, nicely, this being a household publication, I received’t go into particulars, but when you realize, you realize. On the very least, having it gentle up gently and the lid rising easily as you strategy it in the midst of the night time is a gimmick that by no means will get previous. The lounge can be pleasant, housing a TV of fairly outstanding proportions and a settee that’s, now I contemplate it, the approximate size of my whole lounge. Maybe the most effective trick the Sundown Marquis achieves, nonetheless, is that each one of this appears totally cheap and by no means gaudy. 

Cavatina is a proper Californian hang out

Consuming and consuming

Whereas completely positioned to Uber or drive to WeHo’s array of eating choices and bars, the Sundown Marquis’s personal restaurant Cavatina is damned close to the proper Californian hang around – a relaxed, fashionable mix of the totally coated, the terraced and the pure al fresco.

Open from breakfast to dinner, it ticks all of the native produce and excessive protein/low carb packing containers you’d anticipate from a lodge with this ZIP code and clientele, but additionally nods in the direction of the kind of excesses you’d, nicely, anticipate from a lodge with this ZIP code and clientele. The Sundown Wagyu Cheeseburger is each bit nearly as good because it sounds, and it’s very exhausting to withstand a menu that contains a dish billed as “Chilled Colossal Prawns” (and, for the document, they’re all three).

The drinks record can be moderately nicely thought out and surprisingly priced (or no less than have been till the final chancellor did his factor) with craftily made cocktails coming in below $20, sub-$10 beers and glasses of issues resembling Trefethen Oak Knoll for $26. For these right here elements, and these right here environment, that’s remarkably good worth. Do you have to want additional proof, there’s additionally a five-course tasting menu for $95, with very first rate wine pairings for $40. Sure, I did a double-take too.

Enjoy cocktails and live music at Bar 1200

What to do

Effectively, just some yards away (up a surprisingly steep hill) lies Sundown Boulevard and its cluster of legendary spots. Somewhat additional south, you’ll discover the Troubadour, the place Elton John performed that well-known US present. In between, a flick by means of a primary LA information e book and also you’ll discover many different factors of TV, movie, comedy and musical curiosity. You may even see an LA legend or two simply wandering down the road or ducking in someplace for espresso (do you have to have an interest, it was Dyan Cannon, on my final go to). 

In fact, you don’t even have to depart the lodge to immerse your self in leisure historical past because the Sundown Marquis has most likely seen everybody wander by means of the bar, hang around by the pool or, within the case of sure rock varieties, throw their TVs and bed room furnishings into it. Many of those names are documented through the images that adorn lots of the partitions or within the Morrison Lodge Gallery, positioned within the foyer, the place you’ll be able to – suitcases allowing – purchase prints of musical icons, previous and current. 

Morrison Hotel Gallery

Some tales are nicely documented – the lodge has coated many in their very own e book, If These Partitions Might Rock, which celebrates 50 years of the Sundown Marquis – whereas others shall stay secrets and techniques between the Sundown’s staff (and legendary, and legendarily discrete, GM Rob Gruendyke) and the performers themselves. Belief me, I attempted and was deflected endlessly and charmingly. 

As of late, much more names have most likely handed by means of the lodge en path to its underground, low-key, superbly battered, however absolute-state-of-the-art recording studio NightBird. “Lodge recording studio” appears like a gimmick, however the names and the sheer amount of Grammy-award successful information written, produced and/or recorded right here have made it genuinely certainly one of LA’s best. Thoughts you, its proximity to this lodging, these swimming pools and that burger could be motive sufficient. 

NightBird is the hotel’s own state-of-the-art recording studio

The right way to get there

As with a lot of LA, the Metro is coming. Nonetheless. Ultimately… Bits of WeHo are nicely coated, however this stretch nonetheless requires a – checks Google – two hour/six mile stroll. That’s not a lot enjoyable in temperate climates, and would require no less than two showers and full adjustments of garments in LA. 

However come on… you’re on the Sundown Marquis. You don’t need to slum it on public transport, and moreover, Ubers are orbiting just about each minute. Though, frankly, when you really feel the necessity to go away the lodge too typically, you’re doing one thing incorrect. 

This can be a lodge that merely does the whole lot proper. As somebody who avoids locations populated by the skinny and delightful individuals – I at all times suspect they’ll ask me to depart to allow them to squeeze in one other 4 skinny and delightful individuals – I’ve not often felt as cool, or at dwelling, as I did in 48 hours on the Sundown Marquis. If this place is just not already in your bucket record, add it now.  

Sundown Marquis, 1200 Alta Loma Street, West Hollywood, California. Suite costs from £310, villa costs from £536, excluding taxes and costs; sunsetmarquis.com and visitwesthollywood.com