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Hotels in Los Angeles

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Actress Cynthia Foster and her environmental economist husband, Karel Samson created the hotel and have pledged a percentage of their profits to local charities. The three solar-powered bungalows are just a five-minute walk from the ocean and the boutiques of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

The most fun of the four California hotels designed by Kor Hotel Group collaborator Kelly Wearstler, the 162-room Viceroy seems like an extension of the nearby amusement park on Santa Monica Pier .

The $38 million facelift this Beverly Hills classic completed in 2012 may just be the best cosmetic work to come out of La-La Land.

In 2009, a developer turned the former site of the Marineland theme park in Palos Verdes into a Mediterranean-style seaside resort with a 50,000-square-foot spa.

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.

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.

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

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 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.