Hotel Palomar Westwood
Sometimes a family just needs to get away, even if they have to take a stay-cation right in the heart of their own city. This is exactly what we did when we decided to stay at Hotel Palomar in Westwood, CA. As local Angelenos, we know the area well, but were drawn to the hotel’s family friendly features – and of course varied amenities. It was just what we needed for a little family togetherness and pampering.
Poshbrood arrived on a Friday afternoon, and while our room was not immediately ready, we were set at easy in their stylish yet comfy lounge, complete with a glass of wine for my husband and I. The Palomar offers a daily evening wine hour in hotel's living room, which is a great amenity after a long (or lazy day.) My son was asleep at the time, otherwise, the lobby might not have remained as quiet as it was – but they didn’t seem to mind, they had a very “more the merrier” attitude.
Their very friendly and knowledgeable concierge, who just happens to be a dad of a toddler girl, approached us. He was a wealth of information on stuff to do with wee ones in the area. Seriously, you name your game, and he’ll point you in the right direction. In fact, he gave us a suggestion for dinner – a family friendly Italian restaurant with an amazing wine list (and kids menu) – and it was hit across the board.
If you’re looking to venture into the City, this place is a great central hub. You’re in walking distance from downtown Westwood (near the University of California Los Angeles), the Hammer Museum, art galleries, and more. And, you’re just a short drive from Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive.
All of the rooms at the Palomar were designed by Beverly Hills designer Cheryl Rowley and they are as effortlessly stylish as they are comfortable. Think modern furnishings with colorful twists. Our bed was decked out with a super cool zebra print throw, black spread and aqua pillows. I might admit to trying the look at home later on. Hey, I’m not above it. Each room has a large bathroom complete with an HD flatscreen for your viewing pleasure as you relax in the custom in-room Jacuzzi. That was a big hit too, to say the least, as were the matching leopard print bathrobes that we discovered in the walk in closet. Seriously - nothing cuter than a two year old in a leopard print robe watching cartoons, fresh out of the bath.
Oh, and the view. Don’t get me started. It was a clear day, and you could see the city and in the distance, the coastline. If you’re an urbanite you can easily forget how beautiful a skyline can be, especially at night. We really didn’t leave the hotel much, because there was lots of room for us to spread out, and enjoy the comfy couches and chases. In fact, we ended up turning in early after a big swim in the pool and partaking in the hotel’s free wine hour.
Morning was brunch at the hotel’s BLVD 16, a highly regarded restaurant in town that serves organic, fresh plates that are big on size and flavor. Again, plenty of options for all. I had the eggs benedict (my fave), the husband had the all American Breakfast (eggs, hashbrowns, bacon) and the kid had a yogurt parfait. Perfection.
Would we go again? You bet. The hotel is eco-friendly, totally smoke-free, and if you have a pet, feel free to bring the little pooch (or kitty) along. These people are TOTALLY pet friendly. Go ahead and make it a family travel event!
Room rates start at $189 a night, but at press time, they were running a Winter Special for $155/night!
Submitted by Christina Montoya Fiedler