Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Everyone, or almost everyone, in Los Angeles has either been to or heard of the "Riot Hyatt" (the nickname stuck after some well-known musicians chose this hotel as their home away from home when they played at the clubs on Sunset, and systematically trashed the rooms, lobby and environs after every gig) on Sunset Blvd.

That was then, this is now, and now The Hyatt has transformed into a new concept hotel named the Andaz (it is still part of the Hyatt chain, so you can still accumulate points for your stay here). The most striking thing about this new hotel is the lack of a front desk or concierge; when you walk in, you are greeted by a personal host who greets you and arranges everything from your check-in to your reservation at RH, the in house restaurant with a communal dining table and open kitchen. After you are settled into your room, any services you require are a phone call away, whether you want room service or a manicure.

Think of a night at the Andaz with the views and the service, as a taste of life in the Hollywood Hills, but without the threat of hillside fires or a multi-million dollar mortgage. Instead, you get a sleek facade, rooms that feature a 42” flat screen television, along with a well appointed ergonomic work space, robes, black out curtains, iHome stereos, complimentary wireless internet, and complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar refreshments. Rates start at about $300 a night, but you can sign up for their newsletter to get reduced rates, and even an AAA card will get you a discount.

The nighttime view of the sparkling city below is enough to make you consider living life here among the stars.

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