The 15 Best Luxury Hotels in Los Angeles

Take your vacation to the next level and relax in one of LA's most luxurious hotels, the Beverly Hills Hotel
Take your vacation to the next level and relax in one of LA's most luxurious hotels, the Beverly Hills Hotel | © wendy connett / Alamy Stock Photo
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19 November 2020

The City of Angels wouldn’t live up to its star-studded reputation without its numerous luxury hotels. Here, many of LA’s most gossip-inducing scandals, break-ups and make-ups have occurred, many of which have been immortalized by gossip websites and tabloids. For your next trip, why not rub shoulders with celebrities and stay in properties steeped in silver screen history at one of the 15 best luxury hotels in LA.

Sunset Marquis

Boutique Hotel, Luxury
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If walls could talk, those at the Sunset Marquis would have a few stories to tell. Having hosted musicians, actors and other Hollywood stars over the decades, the hotel has cemented itself in LA lore. Situated just off Sunset Boulevard, Sunset Marquis is an oasis from the bustle of West Hollywood and offers quiet rooms and some of the comfiest beds in the city. The in-house bar and restaurant are popular celebrity hotspots, and you might just see a musician or two pop in for lunch after a recording session at Nightbird Studios in the basement.
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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

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The Waldorf Astoria epitomizes luxury, with a focus on classic style and flawless execution. Rooms are sumptuously decorated with Italian marble and elegant furnishings. World-famous Jean-Georges Vongerichten is in charge of all in-house dining, catering to all tastes with the refined dishes at the formal restaurant as well as the more casual poolside menu at the Rooftop by JG. Opt for the latter for the first drink of your stay – the views would impress even the most jaded guests.
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Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

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The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has been a go-to for celebrities since it opened in 1975 and welcomed guests such as Liz Taylor, Richard Burton and Lord Olivier. The 116-suite property, in a quiet, residential neighborhood, is conveniently located just a mile (1.6km) from the bustling high-end shopping hub that is Rodeo Drive. 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 services such as babysitting services, board games, books and bath toys, as well as pool toys and treats while lounging at the rooftop pool where you can enjoy sweeping views of the city.

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Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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A staple for the Los Angeles elite since its doors opened in 1928, the Beverly Wilshire has become one of the most iconic, and certainly historic, luxury destinations in LA. Elvis Presley, the Dalai Lama and the British royal family have all driven up the cobblestone driveway, but the 395-room hotel found widespread fame as the set of Pretty Woman (1990). There is even 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, try the Michelin-star Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Cut.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

Spa Hotel, Hotel
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Another Los Angeles institution, the Beverly Hills Hotel has been around since 1912. Also known as the Pink Palace, the hotel has welcomed clientele such as Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon, but is probably most famous for featuring on the cover of the Eagles record, Hotel California. History aside, the Beverly Hills Hotel offers a pool, spa, fitness center, golf course and dining at the acclaimed Polo Lounge – a popular Hollywood hotspot, it has LA’s prettiest patio, which is dripping in bougainvillea. If you really want to treat yourself, you can splurge on the presidential bungalow, where you’ll be greeted with fresh fruit, bubbly and your own private infinity pool, complete with underwater speakers.
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The London West Hollywood

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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The London West Hollywood, on a quiet side street just off the Sunset Strip, is an all-suite luxury hotel combining British elegance with California cool. The spacious, sophisticated rooms boast balconies with city views, but if you’d like to spend some more time outside, you can always soak up the surroundings by lounging at the rooftop pool. For breakfast, guests are treated to complimentary European offerings at the on-site restaurant, Boxwood. However, the best part about staying at the London has to be Garbanzo, the hotel’s English bulldog that likes to greet guests in the lobby.

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The Hollywood Roosevelt

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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The Hollywood Roosevelt is for anyone who prefers to pair luxury with a bit of old Hollywood style. The historic property opened in 1927 and boasts 300 guest rooms and 63 suites. Accommodation options range from standard guest rooms to penthouses, but if you’re looking to splurge, the iconic Marilyn Monroe suite features a loft-style floor plan, stylish white furniture, sleek wood floors and a wrap-around balcony overlooking the Tropicana pool café. 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, as well as a top-notch burger joint called 25 Degrees that will curb cravings 24/7.

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Hotel Bel-Air

Spa Hotel
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Hotel Bel-Air prides itself on exclusivity and seclusion. The mission-style property in Stone Canyon – only a mile (1.6km) from Beverly Hills – sits in a blissfully pastoral setting, with swans swimming on the lake as you pass through the gate. The 12-acre (5ha) grounds are home to 483 specimens of trees and more than 4,000 plants – with giant ferns and palms lining the walkways between rooms, and myriad peaceful gardens and courtyards. All the rooms come with heated limestone bathroom-floors, Egyptian cotton sheets and super soft robe; some even have a private patio and fireplace. For those seeking the ultra high-end experience, the presidential suite comes with its own chef’s kitchen, a grand piano and private full-size pool.
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The West Hollywood Edition

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Bringing a slice of New York to the City of Angels, the West Hollywood Edition could feel incongruous, but instead fits seamlessly into the Sunset Boulevard scene. In stark contrast to the old-world opulence of many Hollywood hotels, its sleek all-white-and-blonde-wood rooms feel almost ethereal. Luxury touches include porcelain floors, cosy fur throws and bathrooms stocked with Le Labo products. Signature restaurant Ardor feels plucked straight from the Tulum jungle, packed with tropical plants and decorated with enormous Persian rugs. Its menu, however, is hyper-LA, with a focus on fresh veggies and the best of California produce.
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1 Hotel West Hollywood

Chain Hotel
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This impressively sustainable hotel is as quintessential LA as it gets – at least if we’re talking about the green juice- and yoga-obsessed side of the city. The 1 Hotel West Hollywood offers sustainability with a luxurious slant, in contrast to the rustic eco-friendly hotels of yore. Much of the hotel has been built from repurposed materials and the decor is also eco-conscious, with natural materials used throughout. It has even managed to eliminate single-use plastics. Dining is focused on farm-to-table ingredients – mainly sourced from the hotel’s own garden and beehive. With dreamy pillow-top mattresses, in-room yoga mats, curated minibars and seasonal rooftop cocktails, a stay at the 1 Hotel West Hollywood will leave you feeling pampered and revived.
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  • Petit Ermitage

    Boutique Hotel
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    The Petit Ermitage is as bohemian and romantic as it is luxurious. This Moroccan-inspired West Hollywood hotel is draped in handwoven Turkish carpets and mosaic tiling. Named after the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, hand-picked pieces from the owner’s personal collection are on display, boasting work from artists including Miró, Rauschenberg and Dalí. The rooftop is a guests-only oasis with a heated saltwater pool, health-conscious dining choices, daily yoga on the fire deck and a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary.

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    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

    Resort, Hotel
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    Situated on the bluffs of upmarket Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea is the ultimate coastal getaway. The 102-acre (41 ha) property offers guests a nine-hole golf course, spa, four pools and eight dining options, as well as paddleboarding, horseback riding and snorkeling options if you feel inclined to venture off the hotel grounds. Terranea also provides a variety of accommodation options, including guest rooms, suites and bungalows, as well as more residence-style options like casitas and villas. Most rooms come with a view of the Pacific Ocean.

    Chateau Marmont

    Boutique Hotel
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    Chateau Marmont hotel on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California
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    If you were to describe any hotel as legendary, it would be Chateau Marmont. A grande dame overlooking the hallowed Sunset Strip, it was built following the exact plans from a castle in the Loire Valley and has been the setting of celebrity rumors too numerous to count. The Hollywood Golden Age decor is all mid-century furnishings with a contemporary touch and a hint of palatial architecture. It isn’t the most modern hotel in LA, but it trumps them all with its history and prestige. Be sure to pack your best threads – you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the rich and ultra-famous – who knows who you’ll share an elevator ride with?

    The Paramour Estate

    Luxury
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    This boutique hotel in a Spanish Revival mansion is a maximalist’s heaven. Its lack of amenities – apart from the historic pool – is more than made up for with the opulent rooms, featuring kooky touches and contrasting patterns that somehow work. Towering parlor palms, crystal chandeliers, chinoiserie wallpaper and royal-purple Persian-style rugs are just a few of the touches you can expect – combined with unpredictable decorative accents such the huge angel statue in the bathroom of Suite 3. Breakfast is served, fittingly, in the Butler’s Pantry, and the high-end boutiques of Silver Lake are within walking distance. It’s a delightfully glamorous and over-the-top experience.

    Nobu Ryokan

    Hotel, Ryokan
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    Sitting directly on the sands of Malibu, Nobu Ryokan offers oceanside luxury that’s hard to beat. Wake up to views of the Pacific and fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping the sand. The rooms beautifully fuse the design of a traditional Japanese inn with a minimal SoCal aesthetic, and some have wall-to-wall doors that can be flung open to let in the breeze. Italian linens, teak soaking tubs and a complimentary minibar are some of the deluxe amenities that come with all rooms, plus if you fancy some Nobu to go, a quick phone call will have it delivered to your door in no time at all.

    Katrina Nattress contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on November 19, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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