As far as accommodations of every variety go, Los Angeles can’t be beat, but their trademark hotels are in the luxury category. From a coastal resort on the Rancho Palos Verdes bluffs to hotels that celebrities have frequented since the Golden Age of Hollywood, these are the 15 best luxury hotels in LA.
The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has been a go-to for celebrities since it opened in 1975 (hello Liz Taylor, Richard Burton and Lord Olivier). The 116-suite property is tucked into a residential neighborhood yet is conveniently located just a mile from the bustling high-end shopping hub, Rodeo Drive. Some of the hotel’s many amenities include complimentary local car service, complimentary yoga on Saturdays, and in-room business centers with multi-line phones. The Viceroy is also accommodating to pets and families, offering perks like babysitting services, board games, books, and bath toys, and pool toys and treats while lounging at the rooftop pool with 360-degree views of the city.
There’s nothing facetious about the name “Shutters on the Beach” — the luxury hotel is literally nestled on the beach. The property offers elegant rooms with unimpeded views of the Pacific Ocean (and possibly some celebrity sightings). Though so conveniently shore side, visitors may find it difficult to leave the property at all — Shutters boasts exquisite dining options in 1 Pico, Coast, and the Living Room lounge, as well as ONE Spa for those who really want to treat themselves.
Beverly Wilshire has been a staple for the Los Angeles elite since its doors opened in 1928. Since then, it’s become one of the most iconic, and certainly historic, luxury destinations in the city. The likes of Elvis Presley, the Dalai Lama, and the British royal family have driven up the hotel’s cobblestone driveway, but the 395-room hotel became famous to the masses when Pretty Woman filmed on location. In fact, the Beverly Wilshire offers a Pretty Woman package that features a private behind-the-scenes tour of shops on Rodeo Drive. For those more interested in food than shopping, the property also houses a Michelin-star, Wolfgang Puck restaurant, CUT.
Just south of Shutters on the Beach is its sister property, Casa Del Mar. Where Shutters has more of a Cape Cod kind of feel, this luxurious property transports its patrons to the Mediterranean. The lobby is decorated with Spanish tiles and ironworks, and the rooms are equipped with hand-painted armoires and bathrooms wrapped in marble. Dining options include Terrazza, Italian cuisine made with seasonal local produce, and Catch, which focuses on seafood.
When guests arrive at Montage Beverly Hills they may have to double check their itineraries to make sure they’re in LA and not somewhere along the Mediterranean Sea. The archways, towering columns, and bubbling fountains give this luxury hotel a European feel. Once inside the 201-room (including 55 suites) property, it may be hard to leave. The rooftop pool boasts views of the Hollywood Hills and iconic Hollywood sign; the onsite restaurant, Georgie, offers mouthwatering California cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients and run by famed chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and the two-storey, 20,000 square foot spa is a must-visit all in itself.
The Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles sits on the fringe of downtown LA. The towering, glitzy building houses 123 guest rooms and suites, as well as an 8,000 square foot spa and a rooftop pool on the 26th floor with panoramic views of the city. The room decor is minimalistic, with wooden and cream-colored furnishings, crisp white linens, and accentuating pops of color. Among the hotel’s many restaurants is Wolfgang Puck’s 24th floor Asian-inspired eatery, WP24. However, visitors boast the best thing about the Ritz Carlton isn’t its amenities, it’s the customer service.
There may not be a more iconic hotel in Los Angeles than the Beverly Hills Hotel. Upon opening in 1912, the Pink Palace has seen clientele such as Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon, though it’s most famously known as the locale for six of Elizabeth Taylor’s honeymoons and the cover art for The Eagles’ Hotel California. History aside, the Beverly Hills Hotel offers guests a pool, spa, fitness center, golf course, and dining at the acclaimed Polo Lounge. Those who really want to treat themselves can splurge on the Presidential Bungalow, where guests are greeted with fresh fruit and bubbly, and can relax on a private patio complete with an outdoor fireplace and private infinity pool equipped with underwater speakers.
The London West Hollywood is located just off the Sunset Strip, on a quiet side street away from the madness. The all-suite luxury hotel combines British elegance with California cool. The spacious, sophisticated rooms boast balconies with city views; however, the best way to really soak up the surroundings is by lounging at the rooftop pool. For breakfast, guests are treated to complimentary European offerings at the onsite restaurant, Boxwood. But the best part about staying at The London has to be Garbanzo – the hotel’s signature English bulldog who likes to greet guests in the lobby.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills is the definition of treat yo’self. The customer service can’t be beat – guests are able to check in and out whenever they please. The 138-room luxury hotel also offers 38 suites and 17 French chateau-esque garden villa suites that act as a lush garden oasis in the heart of Beverly Hills. Aside from breathtaking accommodations, The Peninsula Beverly Hills also offers an array of decadent dining options, as well as a spa, fitness center, and 60-foot rooftop pool.
The Hollywood Roosevelt is for anyone who prefers to pair luxury with a little bit of Old Hollywood swag. The historic property opened in 1927 and boasts 300 guests rooms and 63 suites. Accommodations range from standard guest rooms to penthouses and the iconic Marilyn Monroe suite – a loft-style floor plan donned with white furniture, sleek wood floors, and a wrap around balcony overlooking the Tropicana pool. Patrons can also enjoy a plethora of food and drink options, including the Prohibition era-style bar called the Spare Room, which is equipped with a vintage, two-lane bowling alley and handcrafted wooden board games, and a top-notch burger joint called 25 Degrees that will curb cravings 24/7.
Mr. C Beverly Hills has been a Los Angeles staple since it was founded by the Cipriani brothers in 2011. The siblings pair elegance and sophistication with the comfort and style of their European heritage. The on-property restaurant boasts Italian offerings like beef carpaccio and Baked Tagliolini, which pair nicely with a bellini. Guest rooms are equipped with hardwood floors, rain showers, primo furnishings, and a wet bar with bottled craft cocktails. Patrons can visit the spa or let the spa come to them with in-room treatments available.
Hotel Bel-Air prides itself in exclusivity and seclusion. The Mission-style property sits in Stone Canyon, which is only a mile from Beverly Hills but seems like a world away when guests pass through the gate to be greeted by swan lake, with its four elegant namesake birds paddling gracefully through the water. The 12-acre hotel grounds house 483 specimen trees and more than 4,000 plants, and accommodations range from guest rooms to suites. For those looking for the ultimate experience, the Presidential Suite comes with its own chef’s kitchen, grand piano, fireplace, patio, and private full-size pool.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is the newest piece of Los Angeles luxury, not to mention history. Housed in the Grand Wilshire building in the heart of DTLA, the hotel opened in 2017 and prides itself on being the tallest building in Los Angeles. Guests check in on the 70th floor, as they admire 360-degree views of the City of Angels. The building’s 1,100-foot silhouette was inspired by Yosemite’s Half Dome, and it houses 889 chic guest rooms and suites. With such a massive property, it’s no wonder the InterContinental offers a variety of dining options, including the French-inspired steakhouse La Boucherie on the 71st floor and Spire 73, the tallest open air rooftop bar in the Western hemisphere.
Petit Ermitage is as bohemian and romantic as it is luxurious. The Moroccan-inspired West Hollywood hotel is draped in handwoven Turkish carpets and mosaic tiling. Named after the Ermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, hand-picked pieces from the owner’s personal collection are on display, boasting work from artists like Miró, Rauschenberg, and Dalí. The rooftop is transformed into a guests-only oasis with a heated saltwater pool, health conscious dining choices, daily yoga on the Firedeck, and a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary.
Situated on the bluffs of the posh Rancho Palos Verdes, Terrenea is the ultimate coastal getaway. The 102-acre property offers guests a nine-hole golf course, spa, four pools, and eight dining options, as well as paddleboarding, horseback riding, and snorkeling options for those who feel so inclined to venture off the hotel grounds. Terrenea also provides a variety of accommodations, including guest rooms, suites and bungalows, as well as more residence-style options like casitas and villas. Most rooms comes with a view of the Pacific ocean.