Photography by Mike Schwartz and John Russo, courtesy of the Andaz West Hollywood
Andaz West Hollywood, California, USA
We can’t say that we’ve ever really had the urge to throw a TV out of a hotel window. But when in West Hollywood … just kidding. In any case, we actually couldn’t. On checking into our room at the Andaz (once the infamous Continental Hotel), we realised that the balconies that Led Zeplin graced with their television-lobbing antics have now been turned into garden rooms. But fear not, the hotel team are happy to regale you with tales of drug-fueled orgies and motorbikes being ridden down the corridors.
The Andaz is still set up to let you holiday like a rockstar. Its rooftop pool is one of the highest in L.A. and the (ANDAZ)RED suite designed by Jonathan Adler lets you rock out (and in) with a conscience; as 30% of the room rate goes towards helping fight AIDS.
Just outside, the Sunset Strip teems with sites of rock interest. It’s the place where notorious bands played small dive bars and went on to make it big. It is also the home of legendary music venues like the Viper Room and Roxy, and attracts world-class acts and their fans from around the world. Cult rock jewellery maker Mitchell Binder (aka King Baby) has a store on the Strip too and you can get yourself kitted out at the rock world’s favourite high-end designer John Varvatos at his Melrose Avenue flagship.
Lest to say, it’s not all RuPaul’s Drag Race in WeHo. It’s also a place to rock out in your favourite (designer) band t-shirt and relive some iconic rock history.