This L.A hotel rocks

Headed to sunny California? Stay at one of the hottest spots on the Sunset Strip, the Andaz West Hollywood. Known as The Continental when it opened in 1958, the hotel won fame for attracting prominent rockers. 

Jim Morrison lived there when the Doors played Whisky A Go Go—until he was evicted for hanging off the balcony by his fingertips. Led Zeppelin frequently reserved the entire 11th floor, where tour manager Richard Cole rode his motorcyle down the hall. In the ’80s, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses barbecued steaks from his balcony and threw them to the fans below. 

Now a little more tame after two renovations and rebranding by its parent company Hyatt, the Andaz still pays homage to its rock-n’-roll past with tons of artwork throughout and with its Riot House restaurant, which recalls a moniker the hotel was fondly given in its rock-shenanigans heyday. Other amenities include a 360-degree rooftop pool with views of downtown and the Hollywood Hills, private cabanas and a seasonal full-service bar. There are also pet-friendly perks, a 24-hour fitness center, meeting rooms, complimentary wine hours every night, free snacks and nonalcoholic drinks in-room, and unlimited wi-fi. 

And, if you’re looking to stay in a unique room, book the Andaz (RED) Suite. Designed by Jonathan Adler, it lets you sleep soundly knowing you’ve aided a good cause. Thirty percent of the suite’s nightly rate is donated to (RED) to fight AIDS.  

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