Courtesy of Hotel Bel-Air
Rachel B. Levin
December 22, 2014

Los Angeles may not have the romantic cachet of, say, Paris or Florence, but that's not to say the city is devoid of places that inspire intimacy and passion. After all, if there's one narrative that Hollywood knows how to sell, it's the love story! Hotels, of course, make the perfect backdrop for romance, as they invite couples to retreat from everyday life and enter a magical space of pampering in private rooms and public spaces. Los Angeles's most romantic hotels boast evocative settings, whether natural or constructed. These five picks promise environments as varied as an oceanfront promontory, a lake filled with swans, and a butterfly sanctuary. Their interior décor draws inspiration from places as far flung as Paris, Shanghai, and Marrakesh. And the amenities − from in-room fireplaces to sexy lounges to sumptuous spas − provide plenty of romantic diversions for a weekend (or more) à deux.

Hotel Bel-Air

Secluded in the posh hillside neighborhood of Bel-Air, this luxe hotel was formerly a private estate in the 1940s. Starry-eyed couples can wander through the 12 acres of lush gardens or picnic by Swan Lake. Bungalow-style rooms feature fireplaces and private outdoor spas. Let Wolfgang Puck cater your breakfast in bed!

Maison 140

The black-and-crimson color palette at this converted Beverly Hills mansion sets the stage for a sultry getaway. Choose from deluxe Mandarin rooms or more intimate Parisian rooms, inspired by both Asian and French takes on romance. Enjoy candlelit conversation and cocktails in Bar Noir, a speakeasy modeled after Parisian salons.

Figueroa Hotel

Lavishly decorated with exotic North African tile work, iron fixtures, and rich fabrics, this downtown hideaway conjures Casablanca. Details like dramatic drapes, piles of soft cushions, and four-poster beds in the guestrooms and Moroccan-themed suites set an ultra-romantic scene. Find a quiet nook amid the bougainvillea at the poolside Veranda Bar.

Petite Ermitage

This fanciful WeHo boutique makes for a très grown-up getaway, with plenty to delight the senses. Their garden is a registered hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary; the rooftop hosts a heated saltwater pool; and the alfresco "Firedeck" screens silent films. The top-floor Masters Quarters include personal butler service, champagne, and fresh flowers.

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