Petit Ermitage: A Secret Getaway in West Hollywood
Private and regal with a dash of bohemian allure, this hotel sets the stage for an elegant retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle, a healthy dose of decadence or well deserved pampering–whichever you desire.
“Hello darkness,” reads the red neon sign framed by lush ivy at the entrance of the Petit Ermitage. A pair of solid bronze crocodiles, stout and sly, stand sentry at the door. The building, on a leafy side street between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard, was constructed in 1979 and, about 11 years ago, became the 79-suite Petit Ermitage. Since then, it has acquired a sterling reputation for serving a diverse clientele, many of whom are artists and art lovers. In fact, the hotel’s art collection includes original works by Miró, De Kooning, Rauschenberg and Dali.
We caught up with one of their regular cast of characters, Toledo Diamond. Here’s what he thinks of the spirit of Petit Ermitage:
What to Expect
Arrive with an open mind–you never know who you’ll cross paths with. Oh, and Petit Ermitage’s private rooftop is quite something: for starters, globally inspired fine fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 360 degree views of the Hollywood Hills and a heated saltwater pool and cabanas. (Saltwater is known for its therapeutic effects.)
The Butterfly Bar
Don’t leave without trying seasonal “spirited love potions” at the Butterfly Bar. Ingredients are sourced from farmer’s markets or local farms. The hotel’s garden space is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a sanctuary for hummingbirds and butterflies.
The Master’s Lounge
Relax by the fireplace with a coffee and a book by day, or hang out after hours for any number of interesting activities that take place weekly. You never know who will swing by and start tickling the ivories of their hand-painted piano. (Trust Us. Ask about their special Master’s Lounge activities when you check in.)
Amenities & Soirees
On Monday evenings, the Petit Ermitage screens films on the sunken outdoor fireplace, known as the Firedeck. Enjoy fresh popcorn, cocktails, and other delightful fare as you watch a movie under the stars.
Feeling virtuous? Strike a pose at the Firedeck’s complimentary yoga classes on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Or, if yoga’s not your thing, the hotel also has an on-site gym. Spa treatments can be provided in your room.
Feeling adventurous? You are mere steps away from the excitement of world-class entertainment venues (mainstays include the Roxy Theatre and the Troubadour). For retail therapy, Melrose Avenue is hard to beat. And, for a relaxing dinner, there are plenty of outstanding restaurants nearby: The Church Key, Petrossian, Lucques, Catch, Katana, Craig’s and E.P. & L.P., to name a few.
Farther afield but still easily accessible by car: Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Downtown.
Santa Monica Blvd
8822 Cynthia Street
West Hollywood, CA 90069