Nighttime at Los Angeles's Top Hotels

  • Andaz West Hollywood

    Photo: Robert Whitman

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    What goes on at Los Angeles’s top hotels when it’s nighttime? T+L takes a look.

    From June 2011 By

    Nighttime in L.A. comes as a welcome respite. The relentless sunshine yields to moody chiaroscuro. Traffic on the I-405 accelerates from tortoise’s pace to hare’s. The little black dress comes out of the closet, refuting California’s insistence on color. The spurious custom of double-cheek air kissing gives way to actual flirtation over one last nightcap in the hotel lobby. And the hotel takes on a night life of its own. These are hours of invisible and unacknowledged activities, hours of transition to business as usual. The hotel’s public face may be highly polished, but much of that polishing happens after midnight. A housekeeper lowers the chandeliers for dusting, like the staff of Gosford Park. A porter’s brass trolley delivering newspapers to sleeping guests fills in for the traditional kid on a bike back home. And the guests who aren’t asleep play out their own noirish roles. A VIP checks in, underground and unobserved except for security cameras. The poolside chaises are swaddled in their evening attire, but a frisky couple turns the moonlit water into a private oasis. And why weren’t we all invited to the party in Room 312? Here, photographer Robert Whitman’s portfolio shot over the course of a week in glorious non-Technicolor reveals the night shift in six of the city’s most splendid hotels.

  • Andaz West Hollywood

    Photo: Robert Whitman

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    Andaz West Hollywood

    2:45 a.m.: An employee awaits guests at a check-in station in the Janson Goldstein–designed lobby. Doubles from $295.

  • Beverly Hilton

    Photo: Robert Whitman

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    Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills

    1:30 a.m.: An after-hours swim in the hotel’s Olympic-size pool. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 800/445-8667 or 310/274-7777; beverlyhilton.com; doubles from $235.

  • Peninsula Beverly Hills

    Photo: Robert Whitman

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    Peninsula Beverly Hills

    4:00 a.m.: Security cameras record the discreet arrival of a VIP guest. Doubles from $525.

  • Redbury Hotel

    Photo: Robert Whitman

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    Redbury Hotel, Hollywood

    12:30 a.m.: A housekeeper undertakes the nightly dusting of the lobby stairway chandeliers. Doubles from $259.

  • Chateau Marmont

    Photo: Robert Whitman

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    Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood

    2:30 a.m.: An employee mans the valet desk during the quiet hours. Doubles from $415.

  • Andaz West Hollywood

    Photo: Robert Whitman

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    Andaz West Hollywood

    4:00 a.m.: Room service delivers a late-night bottle of wine to No. 312.

  • Peninsula Beverly Hills

    Photo: Robert Whitman

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    Peninsula Beverly Hills

    3:15 a.m.: The weekend papers arrive.

  • Viceroy Santa Monica

    Photo: Robert Whitman

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    Viceroy Santa Monica

    1:00 a.m.: Cocktail hour stretches out in the lobby lounge. Doubles from $296.

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  • Andaz West Hollywood

    Nighttime in L.A. comes as a welcome respite. The relentless sunshine yields to moody chiaroscuro. Traffic on the I-405 accelerates from tortoise’s pace to hare’s. The little black dress comes out of the closet, refuting California’s insistence on color. The spurious custom of double-cheek air kissing gives way to actual flirtation over one last nightcap in the hotel lobby. And the hotel takes on a night life of its own. These are hours of invisible and unacknowledged activities, hours of transition to business as usual. The hotel’s public face may be highly polished, but much of that polishing happens after midnight. A housekeeper lowers the chandeliers for dusting, like the staff of Gosford Park. A porter’s brass trolley delivering newspapers to sleeping guests fills in for the traditional kid on a bike back home. And the guests who aren’t asleep play out their own noirish roles. A VIP checks in, underground and unobserved except for security cameras. The poolside chaises are swaddled in their evening attire, but a frisky couple turns the moonlit water into a private oasis. And why weren’t we all invited to the party in Room 312? Here, photographer Robert Whitman’s portfolio shot over the course of a week in glorious non-Technicolor reveals the night shift in six of the city’s most splendid hotels.

  • Andaz West Hollywood

    Andaz West Hollywood

    2:45 a.m.: An employee awaits guests at a check-in station in the Janson Goldstein–designed lobby. Doubles from $295.

  • Beverly Hilton

    Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills

    1:30 a.m.: An after-hours swim in the hotel’s Olympic-size pool. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 800/445-8667 or 310/274-7777; beverlyhilton.com; doubles from $235.

  • Peninsula Beverly Hills

    Peninsula Beverly Hills

    4:00 a.m.: Security cameras record the discreet arrival of a VIP guest. Doubles from $525.

  • Redbury Hotel

    Redbury Hotel, Hollywood

    12:30 a.m.: A housekeeper undertakes the nightly dusting of the lobby stairway chandeliers. Doubles from $259.

  • Chateau Marmont

    Chateau Marmont, West Hollywood

    2:30 a.m.: An employee mans the valet desk during the quiet hours. Doubles from $415.

  • Andaz West Hollywood

    Andaz West Hollywood

    4:00 a.m.: Room service delivers a late-night bottle of wine to No. 312.

  • Peninsula Beverly Hills

    Peninsula Beverly Hills

    3:15 a.m.: The weekend papers arrive.

  • Viceroy Santa Monica

    Viceroy Santa Monica

    1:00 a.m.: Cocktail hour stretches out in the lobby lounge. Doubles from $296.

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