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The Party Scene at The W Hollywood Wrinkles The Smooth Operator's Stay

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August 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our newest special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he's spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene is up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)

The W Hollywood Hotel and Residences is the one Starwood Hotel that came with a "warning" three days prior to my visit. If you’re looking for "adult entertainment" and want to "live large, you’ve come to the right place." (see the notice I received before my stay in the gallery of photos below.)

At check-in, I was upgraded to a premium Spectacular room with a city view – which was exactly the same room I had last time and upon entering the room it was pretty obvious there was no city view – just a view of the fair going on in the parking lot across the street.

I ended up on a floor with a noisy chambermaid, and party mongers hanging out in the hallways on Saturday night through to early hours on Sunday morning, running throughout the floor.

Searching for the gym and pool I took the elevator to the top floor where I walked across the WET DECK pool area to check out the scene before locating the facilities. The pool was already, by 11am, full of eager young'ins and aggressive security guards.

Learning that I came in from the hotel, the security guard from the Drai's nightclub (which operates the pool on the weekends) asked me to leave and ordered me to return the way I came through, as if I tried to sneak through a service entrance. [Ed. Note: The hotel has had issues with hotel guests getting into the pool area before. You can read the hotel's Wet Deck Capacity rules for guests in the Welcome letter here.]

Staying here is like trying to get into a nightclub – it’s challenging no matter what side of the ropes you’re on.

Rates at the W Hollywood start at around $349 a night on the weekends. For another look at the rooms at the W Hollywood, head to our gallery HERE.

[Photos: Smooth Operator and HotelChatter]

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