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Andaz West Hollywood, California

The Andaz West Hollywood, situated on the fabled Sunset Boulevard, is a jewel in Hyatt’s crown, and a model of what hotels ought to be — bereft of stuffy check-in counters with staff rooted to their station and in their place, welcoming hosts equipped with tablet PCs to process check-ins and who multifunction as concierge-extraordinaire.

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The overall feel of the place, from the architecture to the lobby decor to the guestroom furnishings exude an urbane, contemporary vibe without crossing into pretentiousness.  Hence, guests feel relaxed, welcomed, and at ease.

Andaz in Hindi means “personal style” and the host who checked me in thoughtfully asked if this was my first stay at the property, and when affirmatively informed, proceeded to switch the originally assigned room that was to face Hollywood Hill to one on a high floor (the 12th) that faced the city–a magical sight of the Sunset Strip at night with its glittering and shimmering lights, and on a clear day, the silhouette of downtown Los Angeles beckoning in the horizon.

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The View King room I was so thoughtfully assigned to was one of the most spacious I’ve stayed in, and generously appointed.  In addition to a study desk, there is a section by the floor-to-ceiling window–partitioned by heavy curtains–a chill-out area featuring a chaise lounge and loveseat sofa. With the exception of alcohol, guests are free to partake of the minibar that is stocked with organic tea, orange juice, soda, and snacks.  The bathroom features delightfully-natural toiletries from Mill Valley, CA-based Pharmacopia.

There is an adequately-equipped gym on the mezzanine floor, but the best-kept secret is the rooftop pool offering panoramic views of the surrounds, from the gated abodes of the wealthy on Hollywood Hills to the gleaming towers of downtown LA and everything in between.

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All-in-all, Andaz West Hollywood has been one of the more distinctive Hyatt properties I’ve stayed at, and I look forward to being able to return in the near future.

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