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.

Set on the waterfront of a small-craft marina, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the more traditional hotel spaces in Los Angeles. Public spaces, such as hallways and the lobby lounge, have a rich, ballroom feel from a mix of polished wood and fabric furnishings.

Inside the 80-suite property, you’ll find handwoven Turkish carpets, Roman and Dutch tiling, and art from de Kooning and Rauschenberg on the hand-troweled walls. Upstairs, nearly every room is outfitted with a working fireplace and an updated kitchenette. The rooftop club is the real draw here.

Hidden down a tree-lined street, this hotel’s three separate buildings are all decorated in quirky, Nixon-era style: Lucite tables in the curvilinear lobby, rosewood and bamboo accents in all 84 rooms, and enough Eames-style chairs and modern light fixtures that you won’t need to visit L.A.’s Arc

Known as the “Riot House” in the 1960’s and 70’s, this hotel was a notorious party spot for touring rock bands like Led Zeppelin, the Who, and the Rolling Stones.

This boutique hotel near the Beverly Hills shopping corridor is aptly named; its lobby lounge is decorated in mosaic-tile accents. Out back, palm trees and lounge chairs surround a private heated pool.

This octogenarian grande dame has never looked more beautiful—although, like many L.A. ladies, she’s had some work done. The hotel’s 1923 Italian-Spanish Renaissance interiors are textbook elegant, with refurbished hand-carved wood detailing, ornate gilded ceilings, and magnificent chandeliers.

This Craftsman-inspired hotel is situated on Santa Monica’s residential interior. The property features four floors, 77 guest rooms and is a short drive to the beach and Third Street Promenade shopping corridor.

As luxurious and understated as a perfectly cut Armani suit, the Beverly Wilshire is, appropriately, just steps from iconic Rodeo Drive boutiques like Versace and Cartier.

This luxury retreat in the Santa Monica Mountains is focused on exercise, nutrition, and a tech disconnect from everyday life. Ten hours of daily exercise, mostly hiking, is mandatory during the week-long stay, along with a regiment of yoga, stretching, and toning.

Behind the Marmont’s lush, paparazzi-shielding hedges, discretion and privacy rule—a trait that has made it an infamous favorite of celebrities.

"The airport stay is now officially cool," claims this 1960's-style boutique hotel not far from LAX and the beaches (3 ½ and 1 ½ miles away, respectively).