In a city famous for glitz and glamour, it’s no surprise that LosAngeles has more than its fair share of high-end hotels. Rub shoulders with celebrities and stay in properties mired in silver screen history at one of the 15 best luxury hotels in LA.
The City of Angels wouldn’t live up to its star-studded reputation without its numerous luxury hotels. These are where many of LA’s most gossip-inducing scandals, breakups and makeups have occurred, many of which have been immortalized by gossip websites and tabloids. Between classic relics, the city’s A-list history and the flashy new hotels on the block, LA has some of the most luxurious stays in the country. This is our pick of the best.
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 – so who knows who you’ll share an elevator ride with?
If walls could talk, the Sunset Marquis’s would have a few stories to tell. Having hosted musicians, actors and other Hollywood bigwigs over the decades, it has cemented itself in LA lore. Set just off Sunset Boulevard, this oasis from buzzing West Hollywood offers calming rooms, and we’re willing to bet the beds are among the comfiest in the city. The in-house bar and restaurant are celeb hotspots, many of whom pop in for lunch after a recording session at Nightbird Studios in the basement.
The Waldorf Astoria epitomizes luxury. This hyper-glamorous hotel focuses on the classics and doing them well. Rooms are sumptuously decorated with heavenly ivory walls, Italian marble and elegant furnishings – and the quality doesn’t stop there. World-famous Jean-Georges Vongerichten is in charge of all in-house dining, including the refined dishes in the formal restaurant as well as the more casual poolside menu at the Rooftop by JG. Opt for the latter for your first drink of the holiday – the views would impress even a jaded LA native.
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, in a quiet, residential neighborhood, is conveniently located just a mile 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, and pool toys and treats while lounging at the rooftop pool where you can enjoy views across the city.
A staple for the Los Angeles elite since its doors opened in 1928, this 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 fame when Pretty Woman (1990) was filmed here. It even 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, try the Michelin-starred Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Cut.
Another Los Angeles institution, the Beverly Hills Hotel has been around since 1912. Also known as the Pink Palace, it has seen clientele such as Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon pass through its doors, though it’s most famous for featuring on the cover art of the Eagles album Hotel California. History aside, it offers a pool, spa, fitness center, golf course and dining at the acclaimed Polo Lounge – long a Hollywood hotspot, it has LA’s prettiest patio, which is dripping in bougainvillea. If you want to treat yourself, you can splurge on the presidential bungalow, where you’ll be greeted with fresh fruit and bubbly, and your private infinity pool comes with underwater speakers.
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; however, the best way to 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 English bulldog who likes to greet guests in the lobby.
The Hollywood Roosevelt is for anyone who prefers to pair luxury with a bit of old Hollywood swag. The historic property opened in 1927 and boasts 300 guest rooms and 63 suites. Accommodations range from standard guest rooms to penthouses; the iconic Marilyn Monroe suite is a loft-style floor plan done out with 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, handcrafted wooden board games and a top-notch burger joint called 25 Degrees that will curb cravings 24/7.
Hotel Bel-Air prides itself on exclusivity and seclusion. The mission-style property in Stone Canyon – only a mile (1.6km) from Beverly Hills, is a blissfully bucolic setting, with swans on the lake as you pass through the gate, and the 12-acre (5ha) grounds are home to 483 specimen 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 floors in the bathrooms, Egyptian cotton sheets and super soft robes; 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.
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 veg and the best of California produce.
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. Food is focused on farm-to-table ingredients – mainly sourced from the garden and beehive – and much of the hotel has been built from repurposed materials. It has even managed to eliminate single-use plastics. Decor is all ecoconscious, with natural materials used throughout. This is sustainability with a luxurious slant, rather than the rustic ecofriendly hotels of yore. Focusing on dreamy pillow-top mattresses, in-room yoga mats, curated minibars and seasonal rooftop cocktails, leaving you feeling pampered and revived.
Sitting directly on the sand of Malibu beach, Nobu Ryokan is 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 a Nobu takeaway, a quick phone call will have it delivered to your door in less than 45 minutes.
This boutique hotel in a Spanish Revival mansion is a maximalist’s heaven. Its lack of amenities (only a historic pool) is more than made up for in the opulent rooms, with 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.
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 Ermitage 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.
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 snorkelling options if you feel inclined to venture off the hotel grounds. Terranea 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.