From its days as the Hyatt Riot House that attracted legendary rockers in the mid-60s, Andaz West Hollywood has had a fun history from the Sunset Strip’s first hotel to now remaining one of the area’s most popular hotels.

The Andaz West Hollywood, one of the Hyatt brand’s inaugural properties, offers a remodelled rooftop pool, oversized rooms – book a suite and score bonus benefits like a marble tub or a balcony – excellent meeting space and a happening bar, Riot House.

To find out more about this legendary property, Wayfarer Host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, exclusively spoke on camera to Andaz West Hollywood General Manager, Julian Tucker, a 25-year Hyatt veteran, at the property recently.

Essentials: Getting to Los Angeles

Fiji Airways flies Los Angeles via the airline’s hub in Nadi from Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Melbourne, San Francisco, Singapore, Sydney, Wellington and across the South Pacific.

The flights are operated by Fiji Airways’ world class fleet, which includes the flagship Airbus A350-900, headlined by the carrier’s all-new Business Class that features flatbed seats with all-aisle access.

Onboard Fiji Airways flights at the pointy end, expect top food and wine, particularly thanks to the new Business class menu from renowned Kiwi-Fijian chef Richard Cross, fantastic entertainment (including Wayfarer TV episodes!), a sleeper service for overnight flights and some of the world’s best onboard service.

In economy class, passengers can upgrade their journey with some additional benefits such as the My Bubble and My Island seating arrangements allow passengers to purchase an extra seat or row respectively in economy for extra space and comfort. My Island comes with a mattress topper, Business class pillow, additional blanket and seat belt extension.

Travellers onboard all services will enjoy the award-winning Fijian hospitality and travel perks including increased baggage allowance from 23kg to 30kg for economy class passengers on all international flights and a complementary ‘Our Ocean Our Life’ in-flight activity pack for kids.

Fiji Airways recently announced the launch of Vancouver flights, which commence on November 25, and alongside the new services, Fiji Airways’ CEO, Andre Viljoen, has bigger plans for the company, including doubling Los Angeles and upping San Francisco flights, adding extra Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and continuing to up the onboard food and beverage ante.

The plans come alongside soaring performance for Fiji Airways, with the carrier reporting phenomenal forward bookings in 2023 that are already ahead of 2019’s solid numbers.

To find out the latest, Wayfarer Host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, spoke exclusively on camera to Viljoen at Nadi Airport recently.

When it comes to flying to the United States, Fiji Airways offers services to Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco. For bookings, visit

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management