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.
Though this slick downtown property is a business-traveler favorite, it caters to families through the Omni Kids program. Upon check-in, kids receive a backpack full of goodies including crayons, a hacky sack, and interactive map.
With its bright turquoise Art Deco facade, it's hard to imagine this 1933 Santa Monica hotel ever wanted to keep a low profile.
This opulent hotel, opened in 1927, is the stuff of Tinsel town lore. Marilyn Monroe was once a resident here, and legend has it that her spirit still haunts the premises.
The city of Beverly Hills was literally built up around this sumptuous 1912 resort, whose Mission Revival architecture and pink facade are synonymous with luxury.
Celebrated architects Walker & Eisen (the duo behind the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and downtown's United Theater) designed this eye-catching 1926 hotel.
Opened in 1923, this downtown grand dame boasts exquisite public spaces, including a Spanish-Italian Renaissance lobby with hand-painted carved ceilings.
The L.A. Live dining and entertainment complex hosts the Nokia Theater, The GRAMMY Museum, and the Staples Center, and this glossy Marriott puts you right at the doorstep of the action.
Stretched through a sleek glass high-rise, The Ritz-Carlton is the pinnacle of Downtown luxury.
The spherical, reflective towers that comprise this hotel are icons of the Downtown skyline. Encompassing an entire city block in the business district, it's almost a city within a city, boasting a six-story atrium lobby, galleria shopping and food court, and indoor jogging track.
It's difficult to pinpoint the coolest amenity at this chic boutique set in the former Superior Oil headquarters. Could it be the rooftop pool with stunning views, waterbed pods, and nightly DJs? The alfresco biergarten? The ping pong club? The onsite Rudy's Barbershop?
This hipper-than-thou hotel chain has spiffed up the former United Artists building, a 1927 Art Deco masterpiece, on a gentrifying stretch of Broadway.
Fans of Pretty Woman will recognize this as the hotel where Richard Gere's character wooed Julia Robert's character, and the opulence here is certainly fitting of a Cinderella story.
This beachfront Santa Monica property, ensconced in a beach club from the 1920s, delivers lavish pampering just steps from the sand. Plush rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Pacific.
Dating back to the Gilded Age, this sprawling hotel set on 23 acres in Pasadena offers sumptuous guestrooms, grand ballrooms, and pristine gardens born of that era's decadence.
Inspired by Beverly Hills estates of the 1920s and '30s, this posh property evokes the Mediterranean with Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and lushly landscaped gardens dotted with fountains.