Los Angeles

Hotels in Los Angeles

Given the size and variety of the metro area itself, the hotels in Los Angeles reflect a huge amount of diversity, from mainstream business hotels to hip boutique properties and over-the-top luxury hotels. To spend less time driving around, choose your own hotel based on where you want to spend—say, along the coast if you want to explore beaches.

Beverly Hills Hotel is an icon and one of the best hotels in Los Angeles: the “Pink Palace” opened in 1912 and has 185 rooms, 23 bungalows and the celeb-magnet restaurant the Polo Lounge. The Beverly Wilshire is famous with some people for being the setting of Pretty Woman (even if the film was not actually shot here); this chandelier-accented Los Angeles hotel, in the heart of Beverly Hills, was built in the 1920s but is now run by Four Seasons. If any hotel in Los Angeles harbors the most secrets and escapades of the stars, it’s this castle-like Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard, which has cottages, bungalows, suites and penthouses. If you want a plush and relaxing place to stay during a trip to Disneyland, it’s hard to beat the stately Grand Californian Hotel & Spa right in the Disneyland complex, with its own entrance to the California Adventure park.

Desert Nights at the Standard hotel is a great way to check out bands in a casual—yet very Hollywood—setting. Wednesday nights.

Straddling the line between Hollywood and West Hollywood/Beverly Hills, the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel offers travelers a bit of Southern hospitality in the City of Angels. This boutique hotel combines chic style with down home comfort in its 66 rooms.

Located in the upper San Bernadino Mountains, this lodge overlooks Lake Arrowhead and is within walking distance of a number of village shops and restaurants.

Hip digs, reasonable prices, and a too-cool night scene are the draws at this André Balazs outpost.

Centrally located in downtown Avalon, and within walking distance of the beach, this upscale hotel is a mix of guest rooms and mini-suites, plus its two-bedroom Beach House. Accommodations in the VIP wing come with a water view and extras like whirlpool bathtubs and fireplaces.

The original austerity boot camp incorporates lengthy hikes and 1,000-calorie vegan days. Famous guests: Oprah Winfrey, Ashley Judd, Cindy Crawford.

This sprawling beach-house-style inn looks like it was airlifted from Nantucket and dropped on the Santa Monica shore.

Luxury yachts were the inspiration for star interior designer Christopher Lowell when he decked out this boutique hotel two blocks from the sand in easygoing Manhattan Beach.

Named one of the nation’s top seaside inns by Travel + Leisure, this quiet B&B is housed in a blue-shingled Colonial Revival building less than a block from Santa Monica Beach.

Gorgeously revived in 2006 by hotelier Jeff Klein, this 1929 Art Deco landmark was once an apartment building to the stars (John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra all had crash pads here).

In Los Angeles, there’s no better place than Malibu to rub shoulders with film-industry elite, whether on the beaches (all are public) or at nearby hot spots. Perhaps that’s why media mogul David Geffen stepped in and reopened the Malibu Beach Inn in 2007.

This beachfront hotel is located near the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica’s Ocean Front Walk. Each of the 173 rooms have canary-yellow walls and come with private balconies and marble-tiled bathrooms.