This article was published on June 21st, 2012
In the heart of West Hollywood, on Santa Monica Blvd, is the iconic Ramada Plaza. The current hotel was built in the 1980’s by The Ramada and has embraced is original heritage of days gone by.
The 176 guest rooms, ranging from king beds to lofts, scream of eccentric palettes and influences from the art-deco era. There’s nothing fancy here; just a clean bed and depending on your guest room, a quiet place to stay. It is evident the hotel has tried to do their best to upkeep the property to Ramada standards without having to undergo major and costly renovations.
Years ago the site was home to the Tropicana Motor Lodge. It was a popular stop for travellers as they got to the end of the famous Route 66. The Tropicana was also well known for being a favourite spot for musicians including Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen Elvis Costello, Guns and Roses and the Beach Boys.
Today the hotel property is also home to a classic American dinner called Kitchen 24, a quick-serve hamburger restaurant, a Starbucks, UPS outlet and a Wells Fargo bank.
Guests also have access to a fitness centre, outdoor heated pool, and the business services centre. There is also same-day dry-cleaning and laundry services.
Sure, it’s not a five-star hotel and the rooms aren’t cheap, but the Ramada Plaza in WeHo gets the job done. And as a bonus, other than being in a great location, the Ramada Plaza offers complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel and the staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.