By Sarah Bruning
July 10, 2019
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Los Angeles is known for its timeless glamour and distinctive characters — both fictional and real. Its hotels are just as distinguished and unique, and the properties T+L readers love stand out for their ability to offer a unique sense of place, unparalleled privacy, and laid-back elegance. Concentrated on the Westside, the urban properties that made this year’s list also exemplify the ways hotels serve as gathering places for both locals and out-of-towners, whether for Saturday brunch or midweek drinks.

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.

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The allure of tony Beverly Hills has proven irresistible to readers — it’s where you’ll find a whopping six hotels of this year’s top 10. In some instances, as with No. 3, Petit Ermitage, the appeal lies in a whimsical aesthetic that’s been curated over decades. “From the art-filled hallways to the guest rooms — each one designed with its own unique theme — to the rooftop garden, it’s truly unlike anywhere else,” said one reader. “The experiences you’ll have here cannot be found anywhere else.” Several readers also called out the suites and bathrooms at the London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills (No. 2), which one person described as “massive.” For last year’s No. 1, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the magic comes from the staffers who, according to one reader, “ensure that all experiences are truly unforgettable.”

Readers also gave a nod to two other in-demand neighborhoods: Downtown L.A., where the historic Hotel Figueroa (No. 5) boasts a prime location near L.A. Live and the Staples Center, and West Hollywood, where the Kimpton La Peer Hotel (No. 10) situates guests in close proximity to nightlife on the Sunset Strip and prime shopping at the Beverly Center and Melrose Avenue.

So what put this year’s No. 1 over the top? A superb location and top-tier service. Read on to find out who snagged the winning spot and which other properties made the list.

10. Kimpton La Peer Hotel, West Hollywood

Score: 89.26

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9. Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

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Score: 89.58

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8. Mr. C Beverly Hills

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Score: 90.00

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7. The Garland, Los Angeles

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Score: 90.06

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6. Montage Beverly Hills

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Score: 90.41

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5. Hotel Figueroa, Los Angeles

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Score: 90.77

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4. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

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Score: 91.61

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3. Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood

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Score: 92.57

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2. The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

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Score: 93.49

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1. The Peninsula Beverly Hills

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WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score. 93.89

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The “superb” Peninsula Beverly Hills offers readers an urban oasis in one of Los Angeles’ most alluring neighborhoods. Complementary cars, including the house Rolls-Royce and a custom Mini Cooper, can be booked to explore the area. Concierge excel at planning experiences that highlight Tinseltown’s glamour, including a red-carpet photo shoot and a historic architecture tour with a local historian, who takes visitors to vintage movie palaces and other iconic spots. For those who seek the ultimate in relaxation, a rooftop pool bathes guests plenty of Southern California sunshine, while the posh spa pampers with treatments that utilize Biologique Recherche products.

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2019.