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A Quick Getaway to the Hotel Wilshire and Another World

Article and Photos by CANDICE MERRILL unless otherwise specified
Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 7:31 PM

The Front of the Hotel Wilshire, Photo: Hotel Wilshire

I don’t know about you but I don’t get out to the West Side of Los Angeles very often, maybe once a year…..maybe. So when I was offered the opportunity to go to the West Side but stay there I jumped at the chance.

Fixin's for the perfect martini

Kimpton’s Hotel Wilshire sits mid-way between The Grove, Beverly Center, The Farmers Market and Rodeo Drive for shopping and La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Petersen Automotive Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, and The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures for more esoteric pursuits.

For the rest of the year, the Hotel Wilshire is offering three special packages for those of us who would like to get out of our comfort zone without driving for hours and breaking the bank. We experienced the Weekends at Wilshire package with rates starting at $275.00/night. Included in the package was a welcoming martini set up with all the fixin’s for the perfect martini. Also included was a $50.00 food and beverage credit to The Roof at Wilshire, the super-duper restaurant at the top of the hotel, and a $25.00 UBER gift card for a night on the town.

The view from our room on the sixth floor

Our room was on the sixth floor and overlooked the city and mountains. It was a cozy room with a modern look and plenty of amenities. A king sized bed was the focal point of the room. A lounging couch and desk were along the wall. The bathroom featured a large tub big enough for two (just saying) and the obligatory mini bar sat in a corner. A big plus in my book was that the windows opened. I hate feeling like I’m hermetically sealed in a room, I like to open my windows and get some fresh air.

Another great amenity of the hotel was the evening wine hour in the lobby living room. Both white and red wines are served between the hours of 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. There’s also morning coffee and tea in the lobby (the rooms do not have coffee makers but they are on the list of things that can be requested).

The Roof at Wilshire

We decided to go up to the roof to have a look at the pool. What greeted us was a surprise. There is a pool but surrounding it were tables filled with people eating. A small area was set aside for sun bathers but most of the roof was used as a restaurant. The view was remarkable so we decided to sit down and have a drink or two.

The restaurant is called The Roof on Wilshire and it is one of the best kept secrets in town (not now of course). They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday and the place was full. We ordered a carafe of mimosa which is a real deal at $18.00 (we didn’t eat since we had just had a big lunch and were planning on having dinner at The Roof later). I saw the mimosas being made and I can tell you that the carafe is filled almost to the top with champagne and then a bit of orange juice is added. It is so wonderful sitting atop the building with a gentle breeze blowing. If you do decide to partake of their brunch be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat as most of the tables are in the direct sun. Also you should make reservations if you don’t want to wait.

Sunset on The Roof at Wilshire

After such a relaxing afternoon we both just wanted to be lazy so we hung around the hotel until it was time to have dinner at The Roof. If brunch on the roof was good, dinner at sunset was even better. Fortified with glasses of wine I ordered the Chicken Club Sandwich and my companion the Potato Soup. The club was accompanied by french fries and filled with avocado, bacon, gruyere cheese and grilled chicken. The sandwich was hearty but the chicken was bland and in need of some seasoning.

My companion’s potato soup was an interesting mix of smooth soup, bacon leek bread pudding croutons, gruyere cheese and a fried egg. The overall flavor of the soup was great with the tastes of potato, bacon and cheese.

Chicken Club Sandwich

For dessert we shared a piece of bread pudding, which had great flavor but a dry consistency.

We had planned to go to the Grove after dinner but our energy seemed to go down with the sun. The king sized bed called our names and we just relaxed the rest of the evening.

The next morning after coffee from the hotel we checked out and headed off to Rodeo Drive to do a little window shopping. It’s an easy drive from the hotel and a fun diversion.

The Hotel Wilshire is offering three specials for the summer and autumn months (good through December 31, 2014):

Weekends at Wilshire, rates starting at $275 per night/double occ. ($50 savings)

Martinis upon arrival (2 per stay)
$50 food and beverage credit to The Roof on Wilshire to be used during your stay
$25 UBER gift card for your night on the town
Reservation must stay over a Friday or Saturday.
Book online or call (866) 650-2154 and mention rate code PWAW.

Sunday Funday, rates starting at $200 per night, double occ. ($75 savings)

$30 food and beverage credit to The Roof on Wilshire to be used during your stay
A coffee maker and coffee delivered to your room (because you’ll probably miss our Kimpton coffee hour)
A hangover kit including a rejuvenating eye mask, electrolyte enhanced water, protein bars, and the hotel’s favorite: a $15 gift card to In-’n-Out. They’ll even include some of their favorite secret menu items.
Book online or call (866) 650-2154 and mention rate code PUSN.

Penthouse, rates starting at $1,900 per night/double occ. ($500 savings)

Bottle of fancy champagne – we can pick specific brand
Chef inspired romance amenity
Couples massage
Breakfast in bed or at the roof each morning
Dinner for 2 at the roof or in room
Late Check out
Book online or call (866) 650-2154 and mention rate code PTHL.

The 411:

The Hotel Wilshire: 6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
(866) 650-2154,

The Roof on Wilshire: 6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
(323) 852-6002,