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Best Hotels in Los Angeles, California (shown: the pool at the Santa Monica Proper hotel)
Credit: Courtesy of Santa Monica Proper Hotel

This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented as a result of COVID-19. The results reflect our readers’ experiences before the pandemic, but we hope that this year’s honorees will inspire your trips to come — whenever they may be.

If you ask Travel + Leisure readers, the Westside is still the best side when it comes to deciding where they want to stay in the greater Los Angeles area. While the thriving downtown district (often referred to by its nickname, DTLA) is well represented with three properties on this year’s 15-hotel list, most of the winners are in the neighborhoods and cities near the coast or major tourism hubs like Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, and LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art).

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 ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

Buzzy DTLA and ever-popular Santa Monica both have three hotels in the mix — one of which is this year’s winner.  The lovingly restored Spanish-Mediterranean architecture of downtown’s Hotel Figueroa (No. 11 this year, and one of last year’s It List honorees) continues to draw travelers seeking what one reader dubbed “Instagram gold,” though its feminist history is also worth noting. (It was originally funded and built by women in the 1920s with solo female travelers specifically in mind.) Another historic building turned hotel took the No. 13 spot: The NoMad Los Angeles once served as the L.A. headquarters of the Bank of Italy. Now it’s earning accolades for “amazing amenities, including a rooftop pool and a lovely bar, serving fun and unique cocktails,” said a reader. Over in Santa Monica, the No. 12 Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows owes much of its success to its prime location. As one reader attested: “It’s the perfect walking distance for everything in Santa Monica.” Another echoed the point, writing that the Fairmont is “a couple steps to the beach and home to some of the most gorgeous sunsets in California.”

This year, the top spot goes to the Santa Monica Proper, a newcomer that earned its place on the list by consistently firing on all cylinders since it opened just over one year ago. Scroll on for the full list of the best hotels in Los Angeles.

1. Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Guest room of the Santa Monica Proper hotel
Credit: Courtesy of Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Score: 96.00

More information: properhotel.com

A “beautiful hotel with top-notch service and amenities,” as one reader put it, the second addition to the Proper portfolio opened last June and quickly became one of the most in-demand hotels in Los Angeles. (It even scored a place on T+L’s 2020 It List of the year’s best new hotels.) “Far better than any traditional luxury hotel,” raved another reader, this 271-room stunner impresses with Kelly Wearstler–designed interiors that feature modern tonal furniture in the bedrooms and travertine tile in the bathrooms. Its Mexican-inspired restaurant Onda — from celebrated chefs Gabriela Cámara of Mexico City’s Contramar and Jessica Koslow of perennial Silver Lake favorite Sqirl — has also been a major draw for both visitors and locals.

2. Kimpton La Peer Hotel, West Hollywood

Exterior of the Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Credit: Laure Joliet/Courtesy of Kimpton La Peer Hotel

Score: 95.62

More information: lapeerhotel.com

3. Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

Detail of a bed and headboard at the Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel
Credit: Courtesy of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Score: 93.90

More information: viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

4. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Reception area at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Hotel, featuring a large chandelier
Credit: Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Score: 92.40

5. The Garland, Los Angeles

Fireplace and lounge area at The Garland hotel in Los Angeles
Credit: Courtesy of The Garland

Score: 92.24

More information: thegarland.com

6. The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

View of the pool at the London West Hollywood hotel at night
Credit: Courtesy of The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

Score: 92.14

More information: thelondonwesthollywood.com

7. Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Gardens at the Hotel Bel-Air, in Los Angeles
Credit: Brian Guido

Score: 91.86

More information: dorchestercollection.com

8. Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Pool at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Credit: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Score: 91.36

More information: fourseasons.com

9. Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Monica

Casa dining area at the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Los Angeles
Credit: Lisa Romerein/Courtesy of Hotel Casa del Mar

Score: 91.20

More information: hotelcasadelmar.com

10. Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

Poolside cabanas at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California

Score: 90.00

More information: shuttersonthebeach.com

11. Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles

Guest room with blue palm print wallpaper at the Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles
Credit: Courtesy of Hotel Figueroa

Score: 89.57

More information: hotelfigueroa.com

12. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica

Sunset overview of the pool at the Fairmont Miramar hotel in Santa Monica
Credit: Courtesy of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Score: 87.41

More information: fairmont.com

13. NoMad Los Angeles

Richly decorated reception area at the NoMad Los Angeles hotel
Credit: Benoit Linero/Courtesy of NoMad Los Angeles

Score: 86.67

More information: thenomadhotel.com

14. InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

View from a suite at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel
Credit: Courtesy of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

Score: 86.43

More information: intercontinental.com

15. Beverly Hills Hotel

Exterior of a bungalow at The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows
Credit: Courtesy of Dorchester Collection

Score: 86.00

More information: dorchestercollection.com

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2020.