Luxury hotels in Los Angeles are not just for tourists: they have often served as de facto residences for Hollywood luminaries. Perhaps that's why the most swish hotels in the city are more like opulent second homes than just merely fancy crash pads. In addition to lavish guestrooms and bungalows with bend-over-backwards service, the city's most luxurious properties also boast oodles of spoiled-rotten amenities, from Michelin-starred restaurants to anti-aging spas to specialty fitness classes. Diamond facials, poolside massages, and chocolate-themed afternoon tea, anyone? It may seem as if you never need to leave the hotel! While posh Beverly Hills certainly has a high concentration of luxury properties from which to choose, by no means does the rich-and-famous city have the lock on lavishness. These top five properties are spread throughout Los Angeles, from the foothill town of Pasadena to the exclusive Hollywood Hills to the shores of Santa Monica.
Montage Beverly Hills
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. The divine treatments at the Spa Montage and the delicate Italian fare at Scarpetta restaurant transport you to the lap of luxury.
Langham Huntington Hotel
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. It's the kind of place where you can sit for an extravagant afternoon tea or dissolve your cares at the Eastern-inspired spa.
Casa del Mar
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. Ocean-themed luxuries include fresh seafood at Catch, ocean-view massages in the poolside cabanas, and even yoga on the beach.
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. Shop nearby Rodeo Drive, feast on steak at Wolfgang Puck's CUT, or get red-carpet ready with a diamond facial in the spa.