The greatest asset of this modern, four-story boutique hotel, a converted apartment building, is its location on a leafy residential street two blocks from both the Sunset Strip and Santa Monica Boulevard. A close second is the generous size of its rooms, each a spacious suite with separate living and sleeping areas. Variations on the large, gleaming lobby’s predominant motif of black and white geometrical patterns carry into guest quarters and take on muted yellow and blue accents. All units have gas fireplaces, two HD TVs, mini fridges, desks, and a small balcony. The gym and rooftop pool are small but adequate, and the pool has terrific city and hillside views. The Bistro restaurant is fine for a snack or a light meal, and room service will deliver to the roof (just be prepared to wait). For dinner, I recommend sampling some of the many restaurants in the immediate area. While the Chamberlain’s physical attributes don’t necessarily stand out from the competition, its location proximity to famous night spots such as the Whiskey A Go-Go and Viper Room, and businesses along Santa Monica Boulevard, make it a good mid-range choice. Tip: Avoid ground-floor rooms, which are dark because of the hotel’s shady, downward-sloping street.
- Frommer's Staff