I have stayed at this property before while in LA, and it instantly became one of my favourite hotels to stay while in town. Hence, I chose this hotel once again, staying for 2 nights. The first night I paid the rate of $265++ which is the average for this property and for the second night I used Hyatt’s Cash + Points rate of $125++ and 10,000 Gold Passport points. This allowed me to use my remaining Diamond Suite Upgrade vouchers which was expiring, upgrading me to a suite before my stay.
The hotel is located along Sunset Boulevard in a somewhat nice neighbourhood with The Comedy Club located beside the hotel and a few other dining establishments within walking distance. Though being Los Angeles, a car is still useful to get around in town. As far as where visitors would like to be located at in Los Angeles, this is one very good location indeed.
Since I was driving, this was the property where I actually valet the car with the hotel, as I used cheaper roadside or garage parking stalls in my other previous stays during this roadtrip. For this stay, the valet cost was an additional $36 net per night.
The lobby of an Andaz is not like the usual hotel since the associate does not check guests in behind a long counter but instead, they do it with an iPad. The Andaz ‘hosts’ as they like to call them would be standing around the middle of of the lobby around the stands. Within minutes, I got my key to the suite and proceeded up the elevators.
Room No: 905 Category: Andaz King Suite
My assigned suite was located at the corner and on entering I realized how huge it was. A long dining table with chandeliers and chairs greets guests on entry.
Beside the dining area is a large living space with a premium flatscreen TV that I would like to have in my own home and there is a large L-shaped sofa to enjoy movies. There is also a work desk by the wall in the living room with a chair. Like all Andaz hotels, the in-room minibar snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary and there was a good range of snacks like potato chips, fruits and nuts combinations and granola bars. Drinks includes the usual Coke and Sprite along with Soda Water and Juices.
Beyond the living room, there is a small enclosed balcony containing 2 armchairs with ottoman that faces towards Sunset Boulevard, and the view out is definitely beautiful day or night. This is a pretty neat space to just chill inside the suite while housekeeping cleans the rest of the suite.
The living room itself has its own full bathroom with a partitioned shower cubicle. Another bathroom lies inside the bedroom, though it features the same fittings that means no bathtub. Though if I must say, I actually liked the bathroom in the living room better as it seems a little bit more spacious. Both bathrooms are similar to the standard versions found in other guest rooms though.
The bedroom is located beyond the door and there is a wardrobe and a long cabinet where one can place their luggage upon. No shortage of storage space here in the room.
A large King-sized bed takes up the centre of the room and another armchair and ottoman is placed beside the bed to watch movies because there is yet another flat-screen TV in the bedroom. It is a real suite alright, and I am definitely impressed with the room size and features.
One of my favourite features of the hotel is the rooftop deck which has a few loungers and a small sized pool. Given how hot the weather was, I was quite surprised that no one was swimming in it. The rooftop deck also had great views of the hills and the downtown skyline in the distance.
Other facilities inside the hotel includes a fitness centre located on the mezzanine level, a standing-only iMac workstation on the lobby level and a lot of lounging space.
There is also the Riot House Restaurant located on the lobby where I had breakfast on both mornings, as compliments from Hyatt Diamond membership. There is a buffet counter though Hyatt Diamond breakfast includes orders from the a-la-carte menu as well as the continental buffet selection. It was a very generous breakfast offering and even the buffet option itself was a spread since it included hot options like waffles, sausages, potato wedges, bacons and scrambled eggs.
They even changed some of the buffet selections on both days I was there so guests would not get tired of the offering. Guests could also have specialty coffee like mochas and cappuccino in addition to orange juice. However, as I had a late breakfast on both days, service in the restaurant was a bit lacking and we weren’t presented with a menu, not that we needed any since we just wanted a simple breakfast of eggs and taking some stuff from the buffet counter.
For my second stay in this hotel, it is still one of my most recommended hotels to stay in Los Angeles for its decor, its gorgeous views of the city from the rooftop pool, the great breakfast in the restaurant, the complimentary minibar and its atmosphere at night to make it feel like living in LA!