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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Katrina Nattress contributed additional reporting to this article.