Hotels play starring roles in our travels — and perhaps no place more than in La-La Land.
There’s the Hotel Bel-Air — à la Katharine Hepburn, refined without being austere, with just 45 suites on 12 acres of landscaped grounds. Mr. C manages to be a little modern, a little retro, and a lot handsome, even though the initial stands for Cipriani instead of Clooney. “Quirky, romantic, hip, and fabulous,” is how one Travel + Leisure reader described Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood, with its Venetian-plaster walls and a gypsy brunch on the menu.
Need it be said that these hotels are all award-winners, too?
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated hotels on their rooms/facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value. Properties were categorized as city or resort based on their locations, and Los Angeles includes the greater metropolitan area, including West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and other neighborhoods.
Beverly Hills, in fact, dominated the roster, with seven of the top 10 properties in L.A. That includes the Beverly Wilshire — a.k.a. the Pretty Woman hotel — the Beverly Hills Hotel (sometimes known as the “pink palace” for its rosy hue), and the Montage Beverly Hills.
Though many classics made the list, the No. 1 winner isn’t one of them — at least, not yet. The Redbury Hollywood opened six years ago and has become popular with the celebrity set, thanks to its all-suites setup and sexy vibe. “A true gem in the heart of Hollywood,” reported one of our readers. What better place to be?