Contributor/ Amy Guttman
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The Jeremy only opened last year, but its location is a defining factor. Located at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and La Cienega, the property sits at the heart of West Hollywood, or WeHo, as the locals call it. Its decked rooftop lounge and outdoor swimming pool attract residents and their guests for evening cocktails. Service is warm, friendly and responsive.
The Good Stuff
Location, location, location. West Hollywood is its own walkable city and a perfect way to begin any SoCal experience. From its base below the Hollywood Hills, adjacent to Beverly Hills, WeHo makes for easy access to some of the best areas of Los Angeles and it’s division into three main sections: Sunset Strip, Santa Monica Boulevard and the West Hollywood Design District means its easier to navigate. Side streets off each of these main drags are lined with sidewalks (pavement) and create fascinating, informal, self-guided architectural tours takingin drool-worthy homes ranging from Spanish colonial to Craftsman, Tudor, contemporary and ultra-modern. Runyon Canyon, featured in many films for its dramatic backdrop, is a short Lyft ride away.
The larger-than-life, warehouse-style lobby anchored by cement pillars is spacious enough to accommodate the media and “industry” types who inhabit The Jeremy and all seem to be talking about ‘projects in development.’ But, the vibe is not exclusive; the hoi polloi are here, too. Techies queue for breakfast in their chinos and sensible shoes and sneakers, making the rest of us feel somewhere happily middle of the road.
Inside the hotel – 8/10
Elevators at the far end of the cavernous lobby ascend to the more than 250 rooms and suites with unobstructed views of the sunrise over downtown Los Angeles, stretching farther than the eye can see. Beds are perfectly firm, linens suitably soft and pillows just right. Bathrooms are spacious and well stocked with Appelle’s products including a rather luscious pot of exfoliating scrub. Breakfast is grab and go or counter-service coffee, breakfast burritos and yogurt and granola bowls.
Outside the hotel – 9/10
WeHo is famed for its nightlife and its LGBTQ community. At weekends, a complimentary trolley-style shuttle carries partygoers and lounge lizards from one hotspot to another. Opposite the hotel is Pink’s, an upmarket convenience store. Barry’s Bootcamp is just a few minutes down the hill, and once you’ve had a good sweat, head further south to Melrose Place, where Alfred Coffee serves up popular Stumptown coffee as well as excellent lunch boxes. We give the seared tuna Nicoise and the Wagyu beef salads a thumbs up. Each of the WeHo neighbourhoods surrounding The Jeremy has its own distinct personality and warrants a solid look around which will almost certainly include some celeb-spotting.
Image courtesy of The Jeremy