Inside West Hollywood Edition, The Sunset Strip's Starriest New Staycation Spot

The stunning hotel is the brainchild of Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager and Marriott.

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Now that the West Hollywood Edition has been christened by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Lenny Kravitz, Paris Hilton, Billy Idol, Diplo, and Janelle Monae (to name but just a few), as well as no shortage of socialites and fashion influencers, the buzzy luxury boutique hotel has officially arrived in Los Angeles, joining equally-cool lifestyle mecca 1 Hotel WeHo on the Sunset Strip. The dreamy destination recently fêted its first West Coast outpost with a slew of soirées that included VIP dinners, live performances by Monae and others, launch parties, and many other starry festivities.

Located at the border of WeHo and Beverly Hills, the staycation-ready mecca is the brainchild of legendary Studio 54 co-founder and hotelier Ian Schrager (whose iconic Mondrian hotel ushered the infamous stretch's rebirth in the mid-'90s) and Marriott International and was designed by renowned British architect John Pawson.

The opening marks Edition's first West Coast outpost and full-circle moment for Schrager: As a college student in the late '60s and early '70s, he frequented the former Scandia restaurant — where Frank Sinatra even had his own private office and shower upstairs — at the very same spot where the hotel now stands.

Photo: Danielle Directo-Meston/UncoverLA

A decadent wall of native Southern California foliage (which includes 56 indigenous plants) welcomes guests as they pull up from the boulevard, while oversized front doors made from Western Red Cedar and a grand lobby decked out with Italian travertine make up the entrance. Once inside, visitors are greeted by swanky white leather armchairs, green suede seating, a stunning installation L.A.-based artist Sterling Ruby (which hangs above the living room-like area), and an outdoor courtyard with a sleek fire pit.

There's also the three-story Lobby Bar, which serves breakfast and elevated bar bites by Golden State-born, Michelin-starred chef John Fraser, who's also behind the hotel's signature restaurant, Ardor. Upstairs, there are 140 guest rooms ($395 and up), 50 suites (including two with penthouses), 20 luxury residences, all stocked with Le Labo toiletries; as well as a picturesque rooftop pool. The rest of the property features plenty of spaces for meetings and events (as evidenced by its recent VIP parties), such as the hotel's subterranean club, Sunset.

Ardor at West Hollywood Edition. Photo: Danielle Directo-Meston/UncoverLA

At the ground-level eatery, Ardor, Fraser's"vegetable-forward" (read: healthy) menu features dishes like maitake mushrooms in a bouillion with leeks and Chino Farms eggs, raw cauliflower cacio e pepe with pomegranate and ancient grains. The space is brimming with indoor greenery and sleek wood accents, while its terrace offers a Napa Valley-inspired outdoor oasis.

Upstairs at The Roof, diners can indulge in Fraser's Cali-Mexican dishes and a 360-degree view of L.A. from Santa Monica to Downtown. There, expect baja tofu tacos with avocado, pickled onions, and chipotle crema; Dungeness crab nachos with sweet corn avocado; and hamachi and tuna veracruz with Castelveltrano olives, basil oil, and tomato water; alongside SoCal-influenced mezcal and tequila cocktails mixed with citruses.

The spa at West Hollywood Edition. Photo: Courtesy of West Hollywood Edition

It wouldn't be a luxury retreat without a well-appointed spa, a 2,600-square-foot space with six treatment rooms and a co-ed relaxation lounge decked out in washed Siberian larch wood and Venetian plaster. On offer are holistic treatments that use plant-based products and cutting-edge technology, such as the 30-minute Align facial that uses gemstone- and mineral-infused collagen masks and reiki ($125), the lifting and firming Glow facial that incorporates transdermal infusion and LED light therapy ($375 for 50 min. and $450 for 80 min.), the 110-min. 1K facial that gets guests red carpet-ready with Jet Peel technology and products by celeb dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross ($1,000), and an 80-min. Detox body treatment that uses Osea's marine algae-powered skincare and a mud mask to reduce fine lines and wrinkles all over ($325), to name just a few.

The pampering menu also includes massages ($225 to $450) as well as all-day packages that include recovery therapies for restoring the mind and the body, sound healings, and tea ceremonies. The spa will also feature a rotating "In Practice" residency program that will bring renowned practitioners across the wellness space to hotel guests and visitors. There's also a wellness shop stocked with skincare by Odacite, Osea, and the Lost Explorer; fragrances by Fiele; sleep accessories by AllSwell; and other lifestyle essentials inspired by coastal drives.

Fitness fiends can sweat any time of the day on state-of-the-art machines at the 2,077-square-foot, 24-hour gym, which offers Peloton indoor bicycles.

Scroll through the gallery above to explore the dreamy destination, and see below for the address and booking info.

West Hollywood Edition, 9040 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069; (310) 953-9899

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