The Chamberlain is one of our go-to landmark hotels in the US. It’s not grand or opulent, but we love the fact that being tucked away in the laid-back, leafy Norma Triangle of West Hollywood gives the hotel a neighbourhood feel. Staying in walking distance of both Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard makes you quickly feel like a local. We’ve lost count of the times we’ve staggered back from a night on Sunset Strip, merry from the proceedings.
The open-plan rooms are generous, with a sitting-room area, study, small balcony, bedroom and decent-sized bathroom. The hotel recently underwent a refit, which for us was a bit of a shame, as we liked the Art Deco vibe of the furniture, even though it was looking a little tired.
The rooftop pool is small, but provides welcome relief from the heat, while the breakfasts, served in the ground-floor restaurant, are beautifully presented. As for dinner… we still have pangs of guilt about ordering a take-away pizza and passing out before it was delivered.