I love discovering unique travel accommodations. Whether staying at a cozy Airbnb, a tent in the middle of the wilderness, a trendy hotel in a new city, I love it all. A couple weeks ago I stayed in a stunning boutique hotel in West Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard called the Andaz – where luxury meets Rock-n-Roll.
One of my favorite things about this hotel is the music history. The Andaz opened in 1963 and was called the Gene Autry Hotel back then. A few years later, it was renamed the Continental Hyatt House, and then eventually became the Hyatt on Sunset. Fast forward to 2009 when the hotel was renovated and renamed the Andaz West Hollywood. The Andaz is part of the Hyatt family, a personal favorite of hotel chains that I have always stayed at. One of the highlights of the Andaz is the location; Sunset Boulevard. AKA: the Los Angeles hub for touring rock groups, notably English bands Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Rolling Stones. With the hotel’s proximity to popular clubs and music halls, the Andaz quickly became the desired hotel for traveling rock bands and was nicknamed the “riot Hyatt”. They even give you a complimentary pair of ear plugs for your stay.
I’m totally going to brag now – we had the penthouse suite during our stay. [I’m not a big deal or anything, but my parents are loyal Hyatt members and got the ultimate hook up] The penthouse was so rockstar. Upscale amenities, luxurious and trendy furniture, lighting effects, stunning views of Sunset, walk-in closet, most comfortable bed everrr, and a giant balcony with succulents and cozy patio furniture. Even the toilet had an iPad with flushing features, lighting, and music! We soaked up the entire experience that weekend; laid by the pool with beers and nibbles, yoga on the balcony, enjoyed late night bites and cocktails in the lobby restaurant, strolled along Sunset Boulevard, saw a band in West Hollywood, and of course, jumped on the bed like we were five. I bet rockstars did it too.
Everything about this hotel screamed glamorous Hollywood and classic Rock-n-Roll. From the animated furniture to the photos of famed musicians on the walls, this hotel has beautifully embraced their history as the “place to stay” for traveling rock bands. And being located right on Sunset Boulevard means endless things to do the second you walk out the hotel lobby. So whether you’re a fan of rock, or a curious shopper in Hollywood, or vacationing in Los Angeles, be sure to visit the Andaz. Walk the halls that so many famous musicians did before. It’s a Hollywood treat. Can’t wait to return one day!
DID YOU KNOW?
– In the mid-to-late 1970’s, Led Zeppelin reserved approx. six floors of the hotel for the band and entourage. Drummer John Bonham supposedly drove a motorcycle along the hallways [some say it was tour manager Richard Cole].
– Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards threw a TV out the window of room 1015 in 1972. The Who’s Keith Moon also threw a TV out of a hotel window. In the film Rock Star, Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, throws a TV out the window in rage. Poor TV’s…
– Lemmy wrote the song “Motorhead” on one of the hotel balconies in the middle of the night.
– Scenes from the film Almost Famous which depict the hotel were actually filmed in the hotel. Parts of the hotel were staged with the exact same decor that existed in the 1970’s.
– Little Richard lived in room 319 at the hotel through most of the 1980’s – 1990’s.
– Jim Morrison lived in the hotel until he was reportedly evicted by management for hanging out of a window by his fingertips, dangling over the pavement.
– Elton John and his entourage stayed at the hotel on Elton’s first trip to America in August 1970.