Rated 4 out of 5 by Djlny Great hotel, convenient location for business in Westwood.
The W in Westwood was what I have come to expect from W hotels. As it was a business trip I didn't have much opportunity to use the pool but did eat in the pool area and it looked lovely. The lobby was quite nice with plenty of seating. This level of hotel however should be offering free Wi-Fi in the rooms, especially when they are aware you have booked a corporate rate .it is ridiculous that it does not. Rooms are kept clean, bathrooms are large but could use a little sprucing up. Bedding could be a bit more plush as it is in some of the sister hotels in the Starwood organization. Overall a solid hotel.
May 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Matteo925 Great hotel, nice/quiet location
Booked a Fabulous suite which was terrific, great living room, bed and bathroom. Everything was working and clean. The pool area- while a nice atmosphere- was extremely small. We attempted to use the afternoon we arrived but there was no seating available (keep in mind it was Labor day). Grabbed a drink at the bar there, but service was not friendly: "do you have Stella?" "if it's not on the menu you're holding we wouldn't have it!" Ouch!
Overall though, nice hotel, great rooms, good location for walking around downtown. Valet is a bit pricey at $38, but I would stay again if you need to be in that area.
September 5, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by jillkirk49 Great for an event
My company has been using this as a venue for an annual event for a few years now, but this is my first year organizing for them. Everything was wonderful: from my stay at the hotel to the event itself. We had a cocktail party out by the pool and the entire staff was very attentive and the food was great. Shannon, my event contact, was absolutely wonderful to work with and super helpful - even getting me a room for my stay in LA. I now know why we continue to come back to the W Westwood year after year. They certainly make putting on a client event a breeze.
September 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Carlos2222222 LA chic in Westwood
My wife and I love this hotel and the W hotels in general!... This hotel is located near UCLA on an adjacent street called Hilgard Avenue.
The rooms are typical W chic trendy and hip with usual W amenities
The staff are attentive and friendly and as SPG member they treat you like royalty.
The pool was closed but they had a Chill event where you can ice skate with "snow " every hour. We hung out at the Backyard Pool Bar for great happy hour drinks and wonderful service.
There is an indoor bar that had a large hip party when my wife and I came back from dinner and we had a couple of great well mixed drinks. overall no complaints!
Room Tip: Request higher floor and corner room if possible
May 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by oliver22 excellent hotel
a really beautiful hotel. the rooms are huge and are extremely comfortable. the staff at the front desk could not be any more friendly and helpful. I had to extend my stay twice while I was there and they managed to make it so that I could stay in the room I was originally in and got me a great rate. the only negative is that the staff in the Backyard pool and bar is extremely slow. the bartenders are all friendly and personable but expect to wait at least ten minutes before you get your first drink. it's obvious they're understaffed back there. looking forward to my next stay here in two weeks.
June 26, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by JCBam Trying to be balanced.....
Not my typical WHotel experience, mostly due to the fact that the hotel was undergoing significant renovations. It would have been nice to have been notified before my arrival or at least some acknowledgement and some idea of what we could expect and not expect when we checked in for our five night stay. So once we got over the fact that there was no Living Room to enjoy, nor restaurant options, we set our sights on the the rest of our experience being exceptional. So I'll start with what was exceptional...my Platinum status was recognized and our suite was very nice, high floor and plenty of room! The female bartender serving at The Backyard was outgoing and remembered we liked our Pink Ladies with Cointreau. Parking valet guys were great, very pleasant, and accommodating with their offer of water and directions.
Now for the disappointing parts in addition to the renovations going on...bar glasses were not replenished in our suite and I had to call WheneverWhatever, three times before they were finally delivered. You would think that when I called the second time and said I needed to take my medication and was trying to go to bed, that would have created some urgency but another ten minutes later, I had to make a third call and still wait another ten minutes. I shared my displeasure with both the staff member answering the phone and the staff member delivering the glasses, expecting I would hear something from management the following day - but no follow up, which was very disappointing. Server at The Backyard on our third night was no where to be found when my drink was served with a salt rim vs a sugar rim nor when we ready for our check. At least the manager stopped by to extend her apology about the drink and check on us during the meal. Workout area was very dark...surprised that anyone would want to workout there! On our fourth day, housekeeping forgot to make our bed! And the elevators were all screwed up...one day only one of the three was operating.
Future travelers, call first and make sure all the renovations are complete.
November 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ausacademic Great hotel and lovely location
Very pleasant stay. Staff were helpful and the room was amazing. Would definitely stay here again.
November 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jchiguy1 W Really Means Wonderful Here
I had an excellent experience at this hotel. Friendly, attentive service, spacious well maintained suite and convenient location. Fabulous Suite category is highly recommended with large bedroom, nice living room plus useful office area.
Gym is a little small and could use more weight equipment and elevators are a bit slow but facilities are otherwise top notch. Welcomed as Platinum member but given the dreaded "we upgraded you" speech for the category I had booked. My stay was otherwise perfect and the W Westwood wins my highest recommendation as the finest domestic hotel in the chain.
June 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by sherburr Love the simplicity
We transferred our LA accommodation allegiance from one of your competitors last year and were still delighted we did with this recent stay. There is an edgy elegance about your Westwood facility that suits us and we look forward to more of such in the future. We were startled, however, by a dramatic slip in the food quality at the poolside restaurant. What we recalled as being quite satisfying from the summer of 2012 paled this past weekend. Our Friday evening meal of tomato soup and a shared pizza was bland and unremarkable. This was not reflected in the fine service we received that evening. I would like to mention several superb staff members we encountered: Britton, Ariel, Adam, and Robert.
May 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lori49 One item needs to be addressed...
Wherever there is a W Hotel location in my travels, I always choose to stay there. Because my daughter attends UCLA, I always stay at the W Westwood. Everything is usually excellent accept for 2 items this weekend. We only called maintenance about one of the items but it did not solve the issue.
1) Poor shower pressure. Maintenance tried to increase the flow of water but did not help the pressure.
2) We stayed in the PH Suite. The AC only cooled the living room. Both Bedrooms were blowing warm air especially in the evening. We even tried to keep all the bedroom doors open so as to increase the flow of cool air from the Living Room to the bedrooms with no success. You may want to look into that....
May 24, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Carol01 Great staff but bathrooms lack space for toiletries
There are a variety of rooms and some bathrooms have a side table, but if not, you have to use the desk right outside to store toiletries, make-up, curling irons, etc...not enough vanity space - but rooms are spacious - lighting is lacking and outlets by the bed for cell phones require you to unplug the clock radio. Did not always have water in room other than the cash bar, but housekeeping did a good job when notes were left. Hotel is in a great location and minutes from Beverly Hills. Restaurant breakfast staff is more responsive than in the past when I stayed here. Thanks!
July 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LUFCForever Magical Memories
I just wanted to say a big thank you to the whole staff of the W Los Angeles who gave me, my wife and daughter the most amazing time during our recent stay at the hotel. From the moment we walked in to be greeted by Poe and Carrie at the front desk, we knew we were in good hands. The (upgraded) room was absolutely fabulous and the service as good as anything I've experienced in the many luxury hotels I've been fortunate to visit around the world. My wife was particularly moved by the glorious orchids all around the building which we learned were refreshed each day. Alfredo, the hotel's charming Head of Operations took time out to chat with us and ask if there was anything else we might need. The bar staff at Backyard, especially Ria, were really great and we just can't thank you all enough for helping us to make some magical memories. We all really really hope we can find an excuse to come back very soon. Thanks to you all at the W.
March 5, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by emelle33 Great Location
We had to wait over 10min for a staff member to arrive before we could check in. When he showed up, Joseph gave me a little attitude. I'm not sure if the patrons before us flustered him or maybe he didn't like my disgusted look at having to wait... He quickly recovered however, was extremely polite and upgraded us to a Mega Suite.
Unfortunately as spacious as our room was, it was dirty. Stains on the carpets, long hairs and dirt on the couch, the beds were sloppy. One of the bathrooms had mold in the grout.
One bright spot: the parking valets that day were very friendly and helpful.
April 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Liz00 Nice hotel but details did not meet expectations
This was my second stay at the W Westwood, and I enjoyed most aspects of the hotel. The staff is friendly and professional, and the place has a great vibe. They've done a great job at being stylish and hip without the pretentiousness that often accompanies that type of hotel. I confess to a bit of disappointment about some aspects of the room, however: bath towels were old and rough; shower did not drain well; bedding was skimpy and not cozy, and the housekeeping service was not up to the level of the many W properties I've visited. Perhaps it's just getting old and needs a facelift.
August 24, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ernie Status of Suite #608
The toilet water practically dripped only after flushing and you have to wait several minutes for flushing again. The bathtub must have old plumbing. The shower head is brand new and has a nicely strong water for showering. However, the water accumulates on the floor of the tub up to the ankle of your feet even if you remove the metal stopper. We had a much better experience in our previous stay in another suite (at the penthouse) of this hotel. We also wished there were more towels in the bathroom, unlike the previous stay when they were more generously placed in the bathroom.
February 4, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by SteveBio This hotel needs to get their act together
I had two major complaints about the hotel:
1) I tried to report that I had left two dress shirts in my room and was unable to do so. That was extremely frustrating. Moreover, I don't think it was honest that the hotel didn't inform me that I had accidentally left behind two expensive shirts.
2) The facilities of the hotel were totally disrupted by a TV shooting. This impacted parking and restaurant/bar availability.
As a result, I will not stay at this hotel again unless I hear better reports, especially given the number of other hotel options that I have available nearby.
March 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BMURR Amazing Hotel and Friendly Staff
Just stayed at the W Westwood and I was impressed, The property was beautiful and the staff was very friendly. From the moment I checked in to the friendly Wheels staff the trip was amazing. The wet area was beautiful and the WET staff was very accomidating. It was my first time in LA and the location of this hotel was perfect. I would definetly recommend this property!!!
October 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Protectplace Whimsical with Warm, Friendly Staff
The W had tons of character and whimsy. Great location. Fantastic rooms. Super friendly staff. Only two complaints: the AC system in my bedroom was super loud and, for some reason my room did not get cleaned. Good hotel though.
October 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SBCouple Staff was wonderful
We checked in fairly late after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night. When I inquired about late checkout the front desk offered 4:00 p.m. We actually checked out around 3:30 but these extra few hours on Sunday allowed us to have wonderful "get away." We had brunch at the pool restaurant with the waterfall and spent a relaxing few hours by the pool on Sunday. This is actually the same hotel hours as if we had a 4:00 p.m. check in and a noon checkout but the time shift made all the difference in the world for an excellent stay. It was a pleasant surprise not to have to call down first thing in the morning to ask for the late checkout. This out of the ordinary courtesy will definitely convince us to stay there again AND recommend the W!
September 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by zdmf mostly good, some poor service
I like the W brand as a rule, and Westwood is one of the nicest as noise is not an issue.
The registration was easy and I was given a nice room. The AC needs another fan level as it was in the 90s and the room took a few hours to cool down.
My stay was mostly nice except.....curbside the valet made no move to help me with my bag and I had to drag it up about 12 stairs. Awkward.
And my 2nd day I spent 1.5 hours at the pool and was never greeted or asked if I wanted anything. The male server was very attentive to the party near me, 8 people, coming by, serving, clearing etc. This sends a really bad message to solo women about the hotels' attitude.
And pay for wi fi in the room? Come on.
Other than that, all was pretty good.
September 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Aquaman Wonderful Service Wonderful Property
We stayed there last year and will stay there again next week. The staff was very friendly and welcoming.
December 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by SMF426 you cant beat it!
I just would never stay anywhere else in this part of town-- it is a great place
July 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by HandsomeDan Favorite W Hotel
This is my new favorite W hotel, and a great location in LA. Other Ws tend to be pretentious and sterile, but this property was quite welcoming and relaxing. The biggest difference between this hotel and other Ws are the guest rooms. They are warm and relaxing while remaining crisp and modern. Also, this is a very quiet hotel. On a busy weekend, I felt like I was the only guest because it was so quiet which says a lot of the quality of the building.
The staff could not have been nicer or more welcoming, and the location made it easy to get all over the city. It is a short drive to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica and Malibu. There good restaurants and shopping nearby, and you feel like you are in a neighborhood, not a city hotel.
January 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WorldTraveler73 Lots of Nice Big Suites in a Chic Setting
Always love coming to this hotel when in Los Angeles. First, there are a very large number of nice sized suites at this hotel, so chances for a nice upgrade are very good. Secondly, it exudes a "Southern California Cool" atmosphere, especially with its bars, pool and cabanas. The location is superb in Westwood Village with its numerous restaurants, shops and nightlife, and is also in between Santa Monica and LAX on one side and Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Century City and Downtown on the other. Finally, service is usually very friendly and superb.
January 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MsMichelle13red Refuse to stay anywhere else!
not only was our first stay in March AMAZING, every little detail, but we are staying again this month and due to fraudulent activity on my bank acct, I had to freeze it 2 days after submitting full payment for our upcoming stay. The hotel deducted the payment, the bank confirmed, prior to the freeze. Being completely paranoid, I called SPG to confirms the funds went through, the reservation was paid in full, and all was still well....not only did the SPG technician confirm through their system, she also called the hotel directly to confirm. IT IS PAID IN FULL as verfied by all sources, so there will be no problems with the reservation, check in, etc. WHEW! Cannot wait to arrive and relax in the splendor that is the W Westwood! :) Michelle
June 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PHN1 Service
The staff is very friendly and they go out of their way to assist a guest. The room a very large with comfortable beds.
October 14, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by NY2013 Staff Response
Our room, on the 9th floor, overlooked the outdoor terrace above the front door. A loud wedding party could be heard quite loudly in our room. When we we called the front desk to inquire how late the wedding would continue a rude front desk clerk told us "the wedding paid and you'll just have to deal with it." As an SPG member it is not the type of response I've come to expect from a Starwood property.
As a side note, we found the restaurant menu to be completely uninspired and never ended up eating at the hotel, despite the SPG discount
April 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Marco2013 Very nice W
The staff were excellent, and provided recognition of my Platinum status with an upgraded room. The hotel is very nicely decorated. However, my only complaint is that the pool area is too small to allow non-hotel guests to use it. Limit it for the guests who are actually paying for a night's stay at the hotel as a benefit for us, not the general public. The location is great, and the customer service was excellent. I would stay here again any day!
September 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TSimmons Great Hotel
I stayed here for 2 nights. When I checked in the staff was fairly nice, the room was clean and comfortable. The pool was a bit small but still nice. I didn't order any of the food since I previously heard it wasn't that great. The only problem was at check-out. I paid a $200 incidental deposit in cash at check-in but upon check-out was told that the hotel was "out of cash" and would have to mail out a check. I thought this to be very strange considering this is a 4-star hotel. Other than that, I found my stay to be quite pleasant.
September 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ezekiel Subpar service, fantastic stuites, even better location
I stayed in their massive suite for a couple nights with a friend. We were happy to see that there was an additional pull-out bed in the office area. It was only that night where we figured out that there were no sheets for the extra bed. I ended up having to sleep on the couch, which wasn't as bad of a backup plan as I expected, but it was still disappointing to see that there weren't any sheets for the extra bed.
If you plan on having room service, be careful to note the fine print so you don't double-tip, and leave enough time for the food to be brought up. We ordered three plates of food, and it took more than 40 minutes before we received any of it. The food was great, but the wait was too long for the price paid. Aside from that, when the AC refused to turn off during the day, it took three calls over the course of four hours before anyone was sent up to look at it.
The view from the room was amazing at night. I enjoyed sitting at the dining table and looking out over the city to wind down for bed. There are a few local restaurants within walking distance, and many of the fancier restaurants are within a 15 minute drive, and Hollywood Blvd is right around the corner from there.
I still really enjoyed the room. It was clean, modern, and the open floor layout left nothing to be desired.
October 13, 2014