FYI: Edition Hotels are quickly popping up in every metropolis around the world and becoming a celeb favorite for stays, hangs, and pre-awards-show prep. One location in particular, the West Hollywood Edition, attracts A-listers on the regular. Are we surprised? I’m lucky enough to have been treated to a stay here twice now—once for the fabulous, star-studded opening in November 2019 and again in 2021 for a low-key weekend.
Excuse me as I quote Miley for what will not be the only time in this story, but at the WeHo Edition, everybody looks so ~famous~. Was that Ed Westwick on the roof? Yes. Did Janel Monet just shoo me out of the way so she could pocket a ball on the pool table? Yes. Even for those of us who haven’t become household names yet, this is the place to be seen. You don’t need to see my follower count to tell I’m not an influencer, but here’s what I did to cosplay like a celeb at this v bougie hotel. Because if I can do it, you definitely could.
Real quick, here’s what you need to look the part:
I treated wellness like it was my job
The hotel’s location is so close to every celebrity’s go-to hiking spot, aka Runyon Caynon. L.A. residents are known to start their days early and get active, so I did as the Angelenos do and put on my best matching athleisure set and went for a hike. I took the easiest route with the least elevation change because let’s be honest, I was there for the view. After a short lil exercise, I looked to the right and I saw the Hollywood sign. (Heh. Sry not sry.) I snapped a few pics—as I should—and with the day’s exercise complete, I took a short car ride back to the hotel.
The kind people at the Edition treated me to a massage because as we all know, being a person in the limelight is exhausting. And after an hour of some deep tissue and accompanying essential oils, I relaxed in the serene wellness center. Dimly lit and decorated with light wood accents and white cushions, the area had a calming vibe I wasn’t ready to leave. The hotel’s signature black tea Le Labo scent filled the space, and for about an hour after my massage, I cozied up with some mint tea under a faux-fur blanket. Is this…the life?
I chilled poolside on the roof
If the Ed Westwick tidbit wasn’t enough to get you up to the roof, the luxurious pool def will. I reserved two loungers for a few hours so I could lazily alternate between sipping a drink in my chair, taking a little dip in the water, and drinking my (same) drink at the pool’s edge. BTW: If you’re not into swimming—or even lounging, really—then the views and photo ops are definitely worth the elevator ride.
The hotel’s location on the Sunset Strip allows for an uninterrupted view of downtown L.A. and the mountains behind it. I ended up spending a lot of time by the pool during my stay, not just for the insane guac, cocktails, or leisurely vibes but for the Instagrammable scenery. Priorities! Oh, and a pro tip: Come at golden hour and watch the sunset. Your feed will thank me.
I became part of ~The Scene~
Walking into the lobby, decorated like an unpretentious lounge but with a stoic museum vibe, was an experience in itself. First, the Edition’s signature aroma filled my nostrils like a hit of dopamine, then I looked around and quickly realized that not only did I want to hang out here, I wanted to be seen hanging out here. Among floor-to-ceiling travertine, including the pool table, the seating options, aka posing stations, were plentiful. Velvet green chairs sat near a grand, fully stocked bar, and plush sleek couches were centered in the room.
In one of my pre-pandemic evenings spent at the hotel, the lobby filled with celebrities and beautiful people, all gathered for cocktails and candid photo shoots. The WeHo Edition lobby has become a fixture in the hotel’s tagged photos—and with the minimalist-glam vibe, it’s the place to be spotted or at least document on your Story. Take it from these pros:
And I discovered partying there is like entering a whole new world…
If there’s one thing the Edition Hotels know, it’s nightlife. I mean, hello, the founder is Ian Schrager, none other than the Daddy of Studio 54. The influence of the legendary spot is clear in the WeHo Edition’s underground nightclub, Sunset. Clusters of disco balls cover the ceiling and there’s a sizable dance floor for boogying. When I visited the club in November 2019, I spent the night grooving to ’70s hits in the same airspace as people I had seen on my screen or had the bone structure to be on camera.
The space is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, so on the most recent visit, I spent a night out at another aptly named spot, Offsunset. With the WeHo Edition’s convenient proximity to Sunset Strip’s newest club, I knew my VIP experience wouldn’t be complete without another “I’m on the list” evening.
Offsunset is a friends-and-family-only club that caters to the Hollywood elite with a no-cell-phone policy and a “what happens here, stays here” vibe. After “pulling some strings,” aka calling in a favor or talking to the PR people, I was deemed influential enough to be granted entry on their opening weekend. *flips hair* As I walked through an unmarked door, I was immediately given a sticker to cover my phone. Although I’m sworn to secrecy and I can’t reveal any celeb spottings from that night, I can say that Diplo frequents the DJ booth and Selena Gomez celebrated Halloween at the club. If it’s good enough for Selena, it’s good enough for me.
P.S. The writer received a free stay and spa treatment in order to write this story.