West Hollywood

A thriving LGBTQ community anchors this lively destination for haute, cocktail, and musical couture.

Hyper-liberal and brazenly accepting, West Hollywood (you can call it WeHo) invites bold expression and all-night entertainment. It's stylish, it's glamorous, it's audacious. It's also warm, welcoming, and encouraging of eclectic creativity. Gay-friendly businesses blend together with West Hollywood's impeccably-designed urban decor and discerning shopping and dining establishments. Walk the Sunset Strip and wander Melrose District by day. Twirl, sip, and swirl by night—WeHo is a 24/7 destination.

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On the Map

West Hollywood is bordered by Hollywood Hills, Mid-Wilshire, Laurel Canyon, Hollywood, Bel Air/Beverly Crest, and Beverly Hills

LAX Airport: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour & 30 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 25 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 10 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 30 minutes by car
The Grove: 5 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

Non-Stop Energy Along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip

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When it comes to style, design, and decor, West Hollywood, or WeHo, ranks highly.

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Stretched out between Beverly Hills and Bel Air, WeHo claims fabulous neighbours.

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Although West Hollywood shares Beverly Hills and Bel Air's design-minded ideals, it doesn't stay quiet like them.

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Instead, WeHo wholeheartedly embraces high energy with unabashed reckless abandon.

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The Sunset Strip and Sunset Plaza remain entertainment destinations for locals and visitors looking for stylish respites in an urban setting.

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Bookstores, art galleries, yoga studios, and cross-fit bootcamps line up along the Sunset Strip.

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The Centre of Los Angeles' Gay Community

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West Hollywood is one of California's most proactive gay-rights advocates.

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Its atmosphere is defined by its dauntless efforts to champion equal rights.

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Bold, brazen, and vibrant, WeHo's boutiques, cafes, and cocktail lounges are defined by their openness.

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Here, the energy is palpable.

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Eat. Drink.

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Be Mary.

Melrose District: WeHo's Ultra-Fashionable Escape

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Renowned for its shopping, dining, and entertainment options, Melrose District doesn't disappoint.

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The parade of boutiques, eateries, and venues begins at WeHo's border with Beverly Hills and stretches all the way to Silver Lake, another LA favourite for hip exploration.

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Design-Minded In West Hollywood

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Home to Pacific Design Centre and Museum of Contemporary Art, LA Pacific Design Centre, WeHo promotes conscientious creation and spatial shaping.

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Contemporary art museums, actors studios, and music venues infuse West Hollywood with creative culture.

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Culinary Destinations In West Hollywood

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The Abbey has been proclaimed West Hollywood's premier LGBTQ and straight-friendly lounge, bar, and restaurant.

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West Hollywood's cafes, restaurants, and diner spots boast star-studded clientele and well-groomed return customers.

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Signature cocktails and jukebox tunes fill WeHo's one-of-a-kind restaurants from today's early morning to tomorrow's early morning.

Little Russia In West Hollywood

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Russian community members infuse WeHo with a strong cultural heritage indicative of their roots.

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LA's West Hollywood Russian-speaking population rivals New York City's cultural enclaves.

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Russian grocery stores, restaurants, and spas form West Hollywood's rich cultural fabric.

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The Private Life of West Hollywood Residents

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Although multi-story apartment complexes are prevalent in West Hollywood, cottages and California bungalows nestle themselves into the neighbourhood's tame side streets.

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When the Lights Go Down In the City

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After the sun sets, the Sunset Strip's energy rises.

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Bars, lounges, music venues, comedy clubs, and performance galleries invite nighttime walkers, gawkers, dancers, swishers, and sloshers.

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WeHo's prevalence of intimate show spaces and storied recording studios establishes it as a sonic destination for musical artists and aficionados.

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The Troubadour is one of LA's favourite small venues. Get so close you can see the detail of the artist's forearm tattoo.

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West Hollywood moves fast.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."

Alyson Aliano

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Alyson captures a subject’s quirks and habits without invoking self-consciousness. She blends well with people from all walks of life due to her charming personality and spunky humour. She has taught photography at NYU Sternhardt School, Columbia University, The Ministry of Education in El Salvador, and at UCLA in Los Angeles, where she currently resides. Her clients include GQ, The NYTimes Magazine, Newsweek, Time, People, and The Wall Street Journal.