The Best Hotels in Los Angeles in 2016
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?
No. 10: Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, a Four Seasons Hotel
No. 9: The Beverly Hills Hotel
No. 8: Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
No. 7: Mosaic Hotel, Beverly Hills
No. 6: Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles
No. 5: Montage Beverly Hills
No. 4: The Peninsula Beverly Hills
No. 3: Mr. C Beverly Hills
No. 2: Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood
No. 1: The Redbury Hollywood
Created by photographer Matthew Rolston and nightlife impresario Sam Nazarian, The Redbury has just 57 suites, all with European (read: modern but mini) kitchens. The décor is fancy-bohemian, with paisley wallpaper, ikat mixed with suzani prints, and groupings of art on the walls. (Some leather and sheepskin is thrown in for good measure.) Situated at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, it’s helped to contribute to the neighborhood’s revival. Celebrities are frequently spotted at its restaurant, Cleo, and indoor-outdoor lounge, the Library.