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Hotel Check: The Kimpton Everly Hotel

Los Angeles, CA

HOW MANY ROOMS? 216 rooms and suites

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS In the heart of Hollywood, this hotel has intriguing personality in a neighborhood that demands interesting personae from everyone. The lobby alone is a buzzy communal work space that deserves plenty of attention.

PRICE Internet rates for a traditional room on the random dates we checked start at $297.

CONTACT The Kimpton Everyly Hotel, 1800 Argyle Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone +213-279-3532.

WHERE IS IT Steps from the lengthy Hollywood Walk of Fame, the main theater where most Broadway shows perform, and numerous other cultural and entertainment activities take place, The Everly enjoys an enviable position. Half of its rooms stare directly at the famous HOLLYWOOD sign in the distance, which earns the hotel plenty of acclaim.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? A gigantic glass door swings open to the cool and contemporary lobby, which is swathed in polished hardwoods, plentiful natural light, art deco furnishings, and framed artwork lining the walls. While the main lobby lounge doubles as a bar, it hardly seems that way thanks to conversation seating and communal workspaces with power outlets. This is as clever a common use space as you will find with a solid mix of leather sofas and armchairs with easy-access power outlets meant to lure the most productive. Each evening, the lobby lounge lets loose with complimentary wine as part of Kimpton’s popular happy hour designed to bring guests down from their rooms to mingle with others. There’s definitely a cool vibe here no matter where you, sit, stand, work, or sleep.

ROOM FACILITIES Guest rooms are bright with large windows facing the cityscape on either side although the choicest rooms are those facing the HOLLYWOOD sign in the hills and downtown Los Angeles. Carpeted floors still add area rugs for artistic flair, and all feature lounging sofas by the large windows. Plentiful power outlets are found by the desk and bedside, and loyalty program members can treat themselves to Kimpton’s famous Raid the Minibar credit worth $10. Another bonus for loyalty program members is free wireless Internet throughout the hotel. You’ll find incredibly comfy beds with a quartet of soft and firm pillows to help you slumber plus a thick duvet. I really loved the solid air conditioning system that actually responded when I really wanted cold air. Flat-screen cable TVs face the beds with a long range of cable channels. Closets are spacious with full-length mirrors tucked into the interior section of their doors. Atelier Bloem toiletries are the highlight of bathrooms, which feature spacious vanities (robes are in the closets) and high-power showerheads. Toiletries in the showers come from pump bottles (many travelers are not a fan despite their being eco-friendly) with incredibly scented products using lemon zest and ylang ylang. Spa quality at its finest. Suites add living space for those that want more stretch room.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS Jane Q is the main restaurant serving three meals a day starting with a sumptuous brunch that has lots of fans in the neighborhood. Happy hour is another big draw for its drink specials, artisan pizza from the brick oven, and sharing dishes. The lobby’s Ever Bar serves craft cocktails and local beer plus a variety of regional wines. Throughout the day, it fuels the coworking set in the lobby with strong coffee and refreshments.

LEISURE FACILITIES The fitness center features modern equipment, and the fifth floor pool and lounge area proves especially popular. Live music is offered on weekends.

BUSINESS AND MEETING FACILITIES Free wireless Internet works everywhere, and the meeting rooms are situated one floor below reception keeping them neatly tucked away from the main guest area.

VERDICT If you’re looking for a hotel with character, a great location in central Hollywood, and the ability to earn IHG Rewards Club points, this is an incredible bet in the heart of town. Kimpton properties always pack a punch when it comes to free amenities and fashionable public spaces.