Chamberlain West Hollywood
Tinseltown’s Star Hotel
The Chamberlain West Hollywood is a metropolitan boutique hotel that offers a comfortable and ideal location for business travelers and vacationers. Opened since 2005, the Chamberlain is uniquely nestled in a residential area and offers guests an opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. This is a prime spot for out of towners because it is just a short walk away from the glitzy Sunset Strip and liveliness of Santa Monica Boulevard and a quick drive to the best shopping and entertainment in Beverly Hills and Hollywood. The décor is contemporary, yet elegant with touches of classical design. The lobby boasts of vividly patterned floors, large mirrors, gold accents, classic art, and furniture in cool shades of blue and green. This four-story, 112 room chic hotel remains quaint because of its private location and is dedicated to offering high quality service for their guests.
As a nice tough, the Chamberlain's luxurious guestrooms all come with a personal fireplace and private balcony. Choose from various room options depending on yours needs. The studio room is a 350 square foot studio suite, while the grand king and double are 550 square foot suites. Living rooms are adorned with suede sofas and velvet chairs, and carpets are fancifully decorated with alternating stripes of soft teals and forest greens, adding charm to its surroundings. Bedrooms, set apart by a step-up sleeping space, feature king beds with premium high thread count linens and fluffy down pillows. Bathrooms feature designer bath amenities as well as an optional beauty bar for those looking to try something new. Going up a few notches, the one bedroom suite offers a private bedroom with a king bed, and a separate spacious living room and work area. Luckily, the suite even includes an entertainment center complete with a flat screen television, DVD/VCR combo, and a CD player. This convenient addition, along with the atmosphere of a private home, will make it hard to leave your room. As for the one-bedroom kitchenette suite, it comes with everything the one bedroom suite offers, as well as dining nook, microwave, and a wet bar. All rooms have cable television and offer high speed Internet access.
As far as dining goes, there is no need to leave the hotel as the Chamberlain’s Bistro and Lounge is an intimate hideaway exclusively for guests. This upscale diner meets French bistro, with its long plush booth under the high floor-to-ceiling windows on one side, while fancy booth chairs line the bar along the opposite wall. Outside, the lush green banana palms lining the windows whisk you away as the soft lighting from small candles and artfully decorated pendant lamps overhead soothes your soul. I admire the hues of teal and sea-foam green, which resonate from the checkered floor to the swooping plaid curtains as I hum to the tunes of Johnny Cash and other eclectic artists that keep the atmosphere invitingly fun. The outside garden patio with matching white tables and chairs next to a small waterfall is great for sipping an afternoon cocktail as you lounge under the umbrellas or catching an early breakfast.
Among their specialty cocktails, the Cadillac cranberry margarita, made with patron silver, cranberry juice, cointreau, grand marnier, and lime is a different twist on the standard margarita because it is less sweet and ten times more refreshing. The classic Mojito is made just right, with plenty of lime and not oversaturated with mint and sugar. For something different, the Mexican Iced Coffee, with patron xo café, espresso, sugar, milk, and whipped cream is a cup of sweet goodness. Their wine list also features great selections, such as the Seven Terraces 2004 Pinot from New Zealand, that is soft and fruity with a great balance, or the Ramsay 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon that is full bodied with a solid bouquet and kiss of oak. The bar also offers small plates for those with a lighter appetite looking for something small to pair with their drinks.
The kitchen is headed by Chef Peter Gobin, who has worked at top restaurants like Patina and Meson G. He is passionate about French and American cuisine, and continues to create imaginative and emerging flavors through his dishes. For the first course, the calamari with espilette gribiche, lime, and green onion is sensational. I was delightfully surprised how well the small pieces of lime and slivers of green onion went with the fried calamari. The calamari was tender, not rubbery, and went well with the tartness of the lime and spiciness of the creamy gribiche. The charcuterie plate is also excellent as it comes with a gourmet selection of cured and dried meats with fruit, mustard, nuts, and jam. My favorites among the plate were the roasted garlic, flavorful Prosciutto, and thin slices of spicy chorizo. If you love cheese, the gouda fondue is thick, rich and creamy with strong flavor, and comes with butter fried toast batons for easy dipping and sharing.
As for entrees, try the filet au poivre with potato puree and caramelized onions. The hearty and flavorful filet is served pre-sliced, atop a generous serving of buttery mashed potatoes pureed to an unbelievable smoothness. The reduction sauce and caramelized onions under the puree adds to the flavor of the entrée. Other notable entrees are the pappardelle with lamb Bolognese or the turbot with mushroom crème, seared wild mushrooms, and fried capers. Chef Gobin also offers a five course tasting menu available upon request.
For fitness and leisure, the Chamberlain offers an on-site fitness room complete with weights, bikes, treadmills, and more. For sunbathing or a dip in the pool, their state of the art rooftop heated pool is stellar. Recline on their chairs, lounge lazily on their sleek beds, or unwind in a private cabana, while soaking up the sun and dining and wining away. Whether day or night, the rooftop guarantees spectacular 360-degree city views of L.A. and cannot be missed.
This hotel is secluded enough to offer guests peace and quiet in the midst of the nightlife that borders it. For the ultimate Southern California experience, visit chamberlainwesthollywood.com to view their special packages and deals to book a room today!
Chamberlain West Hollywood
1000 Westmount Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069