Ramada West Hollywood
The Ramada West Hollywood stands where the famed Tropicana Motel once saw rockstars and art icons carouse in its colorful rooms and around its infamous black-tiled swimming pool.
Though the building no longer has the hedonistic reputation it once did, it’s still a fun place to stay in WeHo, for its location on exciting Santa Monica Blvd., and for its clean, comfortable and stylish rooms.
A little more about its awesome history: “TheTrop” as it was called, was where Jim Morrison and Tom Waits lived and where Andy Warhol filmed his movie “Heat.” Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, the Beach Boys, and Elvis Costello were frequent guests at late-night parties there throughout the 60s and 70s.
Built on site in the 1980s, this hotel may be one of Ramada chain’s most unique. For one, it’s adjacent to one of the WeHo’s hottest restaurants- Kitchen24. K24, which also has a location in Hollywood on trendy Cahuenga Blvd., features around the clock dining, a full bar and coffee bar. The modern yet retro pink and brown-hued hot spot has won acclaim for its food, everything from burgers for dinner to benedict for breakfast (but you can order either anytime you get a craving). K24 is the official room service restaurant for the Ramada, and it’s an amenity anyone who stays there should take advantage of.
Another special facet here is the hotel’s famed “Spiral Loft Suite,” complete with fabulous spiral staircase, balconies overlooking Santa Monica Boulevard, 42″ HDTV – LCD, wet bar, upstairs loft room with king-size bed and funky decor throughout. It’s not the only room at Ramada WeHo with funky flair. Nearly every room has some great art, photography or hip furniture piece in neutral hues of grey black, white or brown, making for a cool place to hang for travelers of all stripes.
Still, the Ramada WeHo is probably best suited for fans of the area’s bustling nightlife as its located in the heart of it with clubs and bars, gay and straight, attracting locals and people from around the city as well. Some popular hotspots include The Abbey (as seen on a recent E! TV reality show), Bar 10, Trunks, and Fubar. Drinking and dancing on the street are a must do, especially on weekends and WeHo even has a way to do it safely: the WeHo Pickup Trolley, which transports partiers on the boulevard for free (http://www.wehopickup.com/route-and-hours.html) and features the Ramada as one of its main stops.