Last Updated on January 8, 2024
West Hollywood is one of my favorite areas of greater Los Angeles. This vibrant and eclectic neighborhood is a bohemian-spirited amalgam of independent fine dining, fashion, design, architecture, storied music venues. and trendy hotels. It has been a nurturing, safe haven for the LGBTQ+, elders, and creative communities for generations.
People worldwide visit WeHo to experience its lively entertainment districts on the Sunset Strip and the Santa Monica Boulevard corridor. You can see live music ranging from intimate jazz clubs to infamous rock haunts like the Viper Room and The Troubadour.
The streets are dotted with quaint cafes, trendy bars and world-class restaurants. From hole-in-the-wall spots serving street food to upscale establishments helmed by acclaimed chefs, West Hollywood offers an exciting blend of local and international cuisine.
About Hotel Ziggy
I was smitten with Hotel Ziggy the instant I walked in. One glance around the lobby revealed an establishment imbued with great character and joy.
Hotel Ziggy is sexy. It’s fun. It’s musical and full of zest for life.
The boutique hotel which opened in April 2022 is in a fabulous location on Sunset Boulevard next to the famed Mondrian Hotel. Hotel Ziggy is designed for young people and the young at heart, an ideal place to stay and to play.
My eyes quickly landed upon the shelves of vinyl records behind the front desk. Guests can check out a record player and a stack of records for your room. How cool is that?
Music is core to the mission here, and as the Hotel Ziggy website states, they are “crusading to keep the spirit of the Sunset Strip, an epicenter of music culture, alive and rooted in counterculture and originality.”
The hotel’s live music lounge, Backbeat, hosts local bands, and there are weekend D.J. pool parties.
It’s saltwater—the largest in L.A.—and sits in a rectangular outdoor courtyard replete with lounge chairs, benches, and bar service. Stunning!
Regarding sustainability, the hotel has taken numerous measures in that direction like low-flow shower heads and toilets, LED lighting in 80 percent of their applications, and eliminating disposable cups. On the horizon are a recycling system and installation of a green roof with solar panels.
Hotel Ziggy is an ideal spot to base yourself for a few days of SoCal fun, whether during the week or for a long weekend. Guests should plan to spend a day just enjoying the hotel itself.
The venue is also pet-friendly, charging no fee for your canine pals weighing less than 50 pounds.
Stylish Rooms to Relax In
My queen room was impeccable, exuding a sense of luxe comfort. Mirrors and a floor-to-ceiling vinyl pillowed headboard adorned the walls, and colored pillows accented the couch. The work desk and WiFi were solid, and I could imagine doing a digital nomad stint here.
The bespoke mini-bar held items like trail mix, macarons, chips, and a top-shelf whiskey, vodka, and tequila selection—think Don Julio.
The beautifully tiled bathroom was tasteful, with thirsty towels and top-notch toiletries.
I’d reserved a walk-up with a door leading right out to the pool area, an attractive courtyard oasis covered in long, light brown tiles surrounding a bright blue rectangle of water.
The hotel walls are coffee brown with one wall brightly painted in a psychedelic rock n’ roll style.
Benches under cabana facades line the walls, and brown lounge chairs with turquoise cushions frame the ends of the pool. A green living wall with the iconic Ziggy logo is located at the far end.
The whole experience was amazing, and I immediately resolved to come back for a more- extended stay with friends. And my dog, of course.
Food and Libations at B-Side Pizza
Start your stay off right with Ziggy’s daily margarita happy hour from 3-4 pm, right at check-in time. My immediate thoughts were, “My kind of place. Don’t mind if I do, and make it a double lined with tajin.”
Foodies will find plenty to love at Ziggy’s B-Side Pizza located just off the lobby, doubling as a bar at night. The menu is scrumptious, and the service is attentive and friendly.
The breakfast pizza is insane! It’s a magical combination of flavors and textures made with whipped burrata, potatoes, breakfast sausage, mozzarella, sunny-side-up eggs and shaved black truffles. If that’s too much so early in the day, they’ve got you covered with several more traditional breakfast options.
Regarding all-day items, the eatery serves a snacking menu any gourmand would relish, including fried chicken sliders on brioche buns, arugula salad with parmesan, or a smash burger. Plus, of course, mouthwatering pizza made with whole milk mozzarella. I loved the Cacio e Pepe with its black peppery bite.
The cocktails are creative. Opt for a refreshing Evil Ways with mezcal, cucumber juice, jalapeño simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Or go decadent with a Cherry Bomb made with mezcal, luxardo maraschino liqueur, Aperol, and lime. They’re decently priced at $15.
Mocktails are also available and the wine and beer selection is good, too.
Wolfgang Puck’s Ospero
For a change of pace, there’s a terrific trattoria just a few steps from the hotel.
Wolfgang Puck’s Ospero is located at The Pendry. It has a terrific coffee bar with homemade pastries and full breakfasts. It’s open all day, and the lunches and dinners look delicious, featuring wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas and much more.
Entertainment at Hotel Ziggy
More than a place to stay, Hotel Ziggy offers a space for local creatives to come and play with regular live music and other events taking place at Backbeat, just off the lobby.
On the night of my stay, I arrived back to a packed house with a chill vibe and people grooving to a local band. Backbeat hosts a regular “We Found New Music” showcases as well as a weekly Jazz Night, free for guests and neighbors with an Eventbrite RSVP.
Weekly pool parties are held on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer from noon to 6 PM featuring live DJs, food, and libations. You can even host your own hip West Hollywood party there.
Hotel Ziggy also offers musical rentals for guests. Musicians and music enthusiasts will find electric and acoustic guitars, amps, ring lighting for vlogging, ukuleles, tambourines, headphones and cassette tape Walkmans to borrow, along with record players and a vinyl collection.
Rock and Roll Your Next Retreat at Hotel Ziggy
Hotel Ziggy’s 4th floor offers spaces for small group meetings and conference room needs including The Loft, an adaptable area with a semi-private lounge, media and board room. The media room is a 208-square-foot space with high-speed WiFi, a Samsung touchscreen TV and a record collection to get the creative juices flowing.
The classic boardroom includes a conference table for 8-10 people with the same amenities as the media room plus lovely Sunset Strip views. You can line up catering and refreshments from B-Side to round out the experience.
Valet parking is $65 per night, and E.V. charging is available.