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Outside of the various Starwood brands which were merged into the Marriott portfolio, the EDITION hotels are one of the more recent additions to the Marriott stable. They’re also among the more upscale hotels that Marriott offers…and there’s not that many of them.
A quick visit to the EDITION website reveals that the brand has just 10 properties in total (I reviewed the London EDITION just a few weeks ago) and only 9 of those properties are currently open – the West Hollywood EDITION is yet to see guests stepping through its doors.
The Building Of The West Hollywood EDITION
As someone who’s sometimes based not far from where the West Hollywood EDITION is located (9040 Sunset Blvd) I’ve watched the construction of the hotel from when it was just a hole in the ground….
…through the phase when it first started looking like a building….
….up to what it looked like when I walked past a few days ago:
It’s been quite a drawn-out project.
Originally the West Hollywood EDITION was scheduled to open in “late 2018” and, when it rapidly became obvious that this was never going to happen, that date got pushed back to “Spring 2019” and then, quite quickly, to “September 2019”.Well, there’s been no official announcement to let us know when exactly the West Hollywood EDITION will open its doors but the property is finally taking reservations.
As things stand, all dates up to and including November 30th are blacked out….
…but rates are showing from December 1st onwards:
I suspect that we’ll eventually see the property release dates for earlier in the year (possibly even as early as the proposed September 2019 date) but for now, December 1st is the earliest bookable date.
Why I’m Excited About The West Hollywood EDITION
I’ve got numerous reasons for being excited to finally see the West Hollywood EDITION starting to take reservations and, amongst them, are the fact that I was impressed with the London EDITION (so I have high hopes for the West Hollywood EDITION), the fact that West Hollywood is bereft of good properties which one can book using one of the mainstream hotel currencies and the fact that the one decent property that one can book using a mainstream currency (the Andaz West Hollywood) is playing games with award availability and levying a ridiculous ‘destination fee’ on all bookings.
Fortunately, as things stand, it doesn’t look like the West Hollywood EDITION is going down the dark path of charging any kind of destination/facility/resort fee:
The new Marriott property has a great location on Sunset Boulevard, a lot of the rooms should have fantastic views over the LA basin (if you look South East you should also have great views of Downtown LA) and what limited images Marriott has shared look very nice indeed.
The property will offer 190 guest rooms and suites (so it’s not very big) and, according to the information currently on the website, will boast “inspiring and sophisticated outlets which include a signature restaurant, lobby lounge, basement club, expansive rooftop pool and full service spa with 6 treatment rooms.”
The one downside here is that EDITION hotels fall into a category of Marriott brands that don’t offer elite guests a complimentary breakfast and I suspect dining at this property will be anything but cheap!
The West Hollywood EDITION has been introduced into Marriott Bonvoy as a Category 7 property which sees a standard award night costing 60,000 points….and there’s currently a lot of availability at that rate.
I strongly suspect that this property will be bumped up to Marriott’s top-tier (Category 8 costing up to 100,000 points/night) as soon as Marriott re-jigs its hotel categories again (probably early 2020, but it could happen earlier) so if you’re interested in checking out the West Hollywood EDITION without breaking the bank I suggest booking an award sooner rather than later (that’s what I’ve already done 🙂 ).
Based on what I know of the EDITION brand I expect this to become one of the go-to upscale properties in LA for those of us in the miles and points game.
The fact that elites won’t be able to benefit from complimentary breakfast at the EDITION is annoying, but there are plenty of acceptable places one can get a good and affordable breakfast within a short walk of the property so this shouldn’t be too big of an issue.
I don’t usually get too excited when it comes to hotel openings but, having watched this property rise from the foundations up, I’m really looking forward to finally taking a look inside.
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