Ramada West Hollywood Puts You at the Center of the Action
The vibe is cool and relaxed—and the bustling location is hard to beat
The Ramada West Hollywood stands where the famed Tropicana Motel once saw rock stars and art icons carouse in its colorful rooms and around its infamous black-tiled swimming pool.
Though the old hotel and its hedonistic reputation are long gone, the Ramada has taken its place as a fun place to stay in West Hollywood. It has a great location on Santa Monica Blvd, as well as clean, comfortable, and stylish rooms.
A little more about its awesome history: “The Trop,” 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. The original building was demolished in 1987.
Built on the same site in the 1980s, the Ramada West Hollywood may be one of Ramada chain’s most extraordinary hotels. For one, it’s adjacent to one of West Hollywood’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 Benedicts 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 a fabulous spiral staircase, balconies overlooking Santa Monica Boulevard, 42″ HDTV – LCD, wet bar, and an upstairs loft room with a king-size bed and funky decor throughout. But that’s not the only impressive room at Ramada West Hollywood. 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 West Hollywood is probably best suited for fans of the area’s bustling nightlife. The hotel is located in the heart of it, with clubs and bars, gay and straight, attracting West Hollywood locals as well as people from around Los Angeles. Some popular hot spots include The Abbey, Trunks, and Fubar. Drinking and dancing on the street are a must-do, especially on weekends. West Hollywood even has a way to do it safely: the WeHo PickUp Trolley, which transports partiers back and forth on Santa Monica Boulevard for free on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights and features the Ramada as one of its main stops.