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Mondrian Hotel L.A.

See and be seen—or hide from the paparazzi—at this high-style Sunset Strip icon

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Everything about the sleek Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles screams West Hollywood, from its 30-foot-tall mahogany doors to its sparkling city-view pool that transforms nightly into one of L.A.’s most sought-after lounges.

Perched on the Sunset Strip, this perennially hip high-rise wears a compelling aesthetic—part mid-century modern, part urban-cool. Its minimalist lobby, with a Lucite indoor swing, gallery-sized photographs, and open seating designed for socializing, looks like it's straight out of Architectural Digest. But the Mondrian is more than just a pretty face. The guest experience matters here, as seen in its 236 generously sized rooms (the smallest is 325 square feet) with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies overlooking downtown’s skyscrapers. King beds are framed by chic white leather headboards. Bathrooms have crisp, ice-white furnishings and rainfall showers. The décor is classy all the way, with a little fun mixed in—like the huge sculptured mirrors that conceal each room’s television.

Start your day sipping coffee from a padded teak chaise by the pool, surrounded by oversized flowerpots filled with blooming greenery and L.A. vistas that extend for miles. When the sun heats up the afternoon, cool off with a quick dip accompanied by soothing underwater music. At dinnertime, dine indoors or out at the Mondrian’s celeb-chef restaurant, Ivory on Sunset. An Italian-inspired menu tips the scales with crostinis, pastas, steaks, and seafood. Start with the grilled octopus and work your way down to the European sea bass.

After sundown, hang out with a star-studded crowd in the open-air Skybar lounge. Cutting-edge DJs play deep house and electronic music as twinkling lanterns illuminate the pool’s blue-water glow and vine-covered walls. Skybar is famous for having one of L.A.’s toughest doors—all of Hollywood wants in to this buzzy spot, and yes, you need to be dressed just right—but hotel guests have guaranteed entrance. We’ll have a mezcal mule, please.

In many ways, the Mondrian seems like an extension of its cultured WeHo neighborhood. Across the street is the famous Comedy Store, with live shows on three separate stages. Sunset Plaza, a walkable enclave of 40-plus designer boutiques and eateries including the old-Hollywood-style Sunset Trocadero, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. And no visit to the Sunset Strip is complete without a peek at the legendary Whisky a Go Go, where Alice Cooper, The Doors, Van Halen, and KISS got their starts.

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