Visitors to West Hollywood or locals wishing for an escape without leaving town will adore the charm hidden away at the newly renovated Petite Ermitage on Cynthia Street.
Through many permutations over the past decade, the intimate hotel evolved from an apartment building to a boutique motor lodge to its present day incarnation as an 80-suite gem in the crown of World Hotels, a 400-strong chain that prides itself in its unique and anti-chain properties.
The Petite Hermitage immediately captures the visitor with its baroque and bohemian furnishings and décor, many of the details which can be attributed to owner/developer/craftsman Stephan Ashkenazy, who poured his own blood, sweat and tears into creating the inimitable atmosphere, with touches such as artful iron handrails in the guest rooms which he rescued from demolition in a town in Thailand, or antique mirrors and distinctive artwork in guest rooms and hallways which he personally imported and sought from art collections around the globe.
A special treat awaits guests atop the hotel where poolside lounges are primped with luxurious oversized towels and shaded by umbrellas and bamboo trees, and couples or those wishing privacy and quiet can retreat amid the peaceful sounds of nearby fountains or indulge in 360-degree spectacular views of the city.
At the Rooftop Club restaurant guests can enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared by executive chef Joseph Antonishek at the cozy garden-side tables where each morning a lavish breakfast buffet is served to guests and where diners can order from an adventurous lunch and dinner menu of California Mediterranean Cuisine.
Despite the feel of old world regality, the hotel features all the amenities the modern traveler would expect from a contemporary property, such as large flat screen entertainment centers with iPod connectivity and complimentary WIFI. Other creature comforts include Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters, kitchenettes, balconies and in suite spa services.
To complete the experience, the hotel has given clever titles to their staff. Rather than call the front desk, you ring the “Soother.” Your personal butler is the “Liaison to Happiness.” Owner Ashkenazy is known appropriately as “Master of the House.”
For the distant traveler to the city or the work-weary LA denizen desirous of a hideaway for some needed R&R, the Petite Ermitage is a gateway to a little piece of heaven, right in the middle of WeHo.
Room rates start at $200 up to $400. Petit Ermitqage is located at 8822 Cynthia Street, West Hollywood. 310-854-1114. http://www.petitermitage.com