Home to Rodeo Drive and many of Hollywood’s most famous faces, Beverly Hills is renowned as a place of luxury. A stay here will ensure a hotel that matches the grandeur and glamor of the star-studded mansions lining the boulevards of Los Angeles. Here’s our pick of the best places to stay in Beverly Hills.
This low-key accommodation option feels as much like a private residential block as it does a hotel. Communal spaces have a familiar and comfortable feel – a positive change from the sterile lobbies and business centers that can be found in Downtown LA. The “backyard” pool offers respite from the intense LA heat, while the surrounding sun loungers provide an idyllic means of lapping up as much sun as you can get. In-house eatery Double Take ensures you start the morning right with a fresh California-inspired menu – which will especially appeal to the avocado aficionado – and also shakes up a range of pre-dinner cocktails to kick-start your evening.
The only thing that’s strikingly “un-London” about this hotel is the beautiful palm tree-lined swimming pool in the back. That, and the fact it basks in year-round sunshine – but beyond this, you’ll spot references to the UK capital behind every corner. Take, for instance, the two resident English bulldogs, Winston and Churchill – they’ll probably be dozing somewhere in the lobby, and your pooch would be welcome to join them if you can’t bear to leave it at home. Beyond its pet-friendly credentials, the London is a sophisticated hotel that knows how to make guests feel well looked after. The concierge service is renowned, and the rooftop pool is a hotspot for fruity cocktails and striking Hollywood views.
The Mosaic Hotel makes for a more low-key alternative to some of its grander Beverly Hills hotel counterparts. A monochrome and muted gray color scheme characterizes the rooms, while smart business amenities include USB charging stations and an in-house business center. The Mosaic Restaurant serves up contemporary Californian cuisine all day long – you can dine inside or al fresco on the heated patio by the outdoor pool. Lined with cushy sofas that cry out for a sunset drink, this is a secluded spot to settle down with a cocktail or two at the end of the day.
The Crescent Hotel comes with stacks of character. Housed in an Art Deco building, it’s full of visual delights outside and in. The eclectic bar and dining space are packed full of eccentric features such as mirror ceilings, mismatched chandeliers, and a chess set for whiling away a quiet afternoon. The personality doesn’t stop in the shared spaces, either: in your room, you may find your headboard adorned with an enormous painting of a peacock feather, a hummingbird, or a butterfly. A true boutique establishment with only 32 rooms, the Crescent Hotel is a very safe bet for excellent service in an incredible location – with Rodeo Drive only three blocks away, prepare for some serious window-shopping.
With its striking curved exterior, the Carlyle Inn makes a big impression before you’ve even checked in. The art deco touches continue beyond the facade, with black-and-white striped pillars and parasols, and upscale rooms that feature geometric lines, metal finishings, and retro telephones – transporting you back to the 1920s. While there’s no formal bar or restaurant, the hotel does offer a happy hour for complimentary beer and wine, and a continental breakfast buffet in the morning.
While not as over-the-top as some of the big resorts, Sonder Beverly Terrace provides a more affordable option in a relaxed and comfortable setting. With only 39 rooms, guests receive individualized attention, and the rooftop terrace and garden courtyard offer lush settings to relax in. Guests receive complimentary breakfast at the boutique hotel’s restaurant, Cafe Amici. The Hotel Beverly Terrace is also located close to West Hollywood, offering easy access to both neighborhoods.
The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a favorite among celebs and travel publications. Each of the 170 rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies – or garden terraces for those in Villa Suites. The 3,215sqft (299sqm) Presidential Penthouse is equipped with its own fully stocked kitchen, home entertainment system, and gym. In typical Beverly Hills style, the hotel contains an expansive rooftop pool, a 5,000sqft (465sqm) spa, and multiple on-site restaurants headed by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. A private Rolls-Royce provides a complimentary drop-off service within a 2mi (3km) radius – and just when you thought it couldn’t get any more Hollywood, there’s also rooftop yoga on Sundays.
Open since 1928, the Beverly Wilshire is a Four Seasons Hotel that has also seen its fair share of celebrities and dignitaries, including Elvis Presley, the Dalai Lama, and the British royal family. It has also been used as a spot for filming, perhaps most notably as the setting for Pretty Woman – its Pretty Woman Package features a private behind-the-scenes tour of shops on Rodeo Drive. The hotel contains 395 rooms, including 137 suites. Of course, there’s also an outdoor pool, spa, and a restaurant headed by Wolfgang Puck.
Still haven’t found your perfect LA stay? Check into one of the top luxury hotels, or opt for a boutique hotel – bookable now on Culture Trip. There are so many reasons to visit LA, and make sure you don’t miss LA’s must-visit attractions. After a busy day of sightseeing, book a table at one of the best restaurants in the city.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Katie Watkins.
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