Visiting Los Angeles can be an most amazing experience full of sun, adventures, the beach, and celebrity lifestyle. Any experienced traveler knows that the best way to experience a new city is to check out the boutique hotels, with their own personal style and one-of-a-kind amenities. Here’s our guide to the best places to stay where you can experience the local culture and flavor.
The Grafton On Sunset
The rooms at the Grafton on Sunset are pet-friendly | Courtesy of Grafton on Sunset / Hotels.com
Located in the heart of West Hollywood, The Grafton on Sunset is a Sunset Boulevard staple that has been thoroughly refreshed and reimagined with equal doses of youthful energy and urban sophistication. Its 108 guestrooms and suites (including a handful of unique, Hollywood-themed suites) offer guests easy access to Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse and Bar 20, as well as the largest swimming pool on Sunset. Guest service is a top priority at The Grafton on Sunset, from must-have amenities like free WiFi and in-room safes large enough to accommodate a laptop to a pet-friendly policy that ensures guests can bring their pets with them everywhere they go.
The Ambrose Hotel reflects an intimate, boutique style with award winning innovations, setting it apart from the cookie cutter chain hotels. Blending elegance and function, the craftsman influenced décor creates the ultimate sense of comfort and relaxation. Just one block from the Wilshire business district and a five minute drive to the ocean and Third Street Promenade, the Ambrose Hotel is located in the heart of Santa Monica, offering guests complimentary car service to avoid the challenging beach parking hassle of Santa Monica.
Located on the iconic Ocean Avenue, Viceroy Santa Monica embodies luxury California living at its finest. The property has 162 meticulously appointed guestrooms and expansive executive suites offering sweeping ocean views. Enhanced by unique elements that blend hints of British colonial and lavish Regency style with modern materials and a bold color palette, as well as first-class amenities and unparalleled guest service, Viceroy Santa Monica provides visitors with a refined, beachside experience unlike any other.
Malibu Beach Inn is a luxury boutique hotel located along a strip of Carbon Beach nicknamed Billionaire’s Beach on Pacific Coast Highway. Each room offers a private balcony for guests to enjoy the breathtaking views and magical sunsets over the sea. With sea breezes and warm sunshine, Malibu Beach Inn offers gorgeous space to create an unforgettable experience. Guests can also sit on the patio located directly over the waves coming onto the shore. The Malibu Beach Inn offers unique experiences due to it’s proximity to the beach giving the guests the impression of sleeping right by the waves.
The Elan Hotel blends contemporary design with desirable function for a guest experience steeped in convenience and comfort. It offers the perfect home base for business or pleasure when visiting the LA area. Guests enjoy a host of amenities that enhance their stay, including complimentary expanded continental breakfast, an evening wine reception in the lobby, plush bedding, contemporary décor, eco-friendly bath amenities, and complimentary WiFi.
The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel is a fresh, inspiring oasis amid the bustling, historic Fairfax district in Los Angeles. It offers ‘a home away from home,’ with its thoughtful and approachable service designed to transcend a normal hotel experience and energize guests. For avid readers, it features a ‘take one, leave one’ bookshelf just outside the lobby, and it also offers indulgences like the daily free whiskey tour or the ‘help yourself’ basket of BBQ chips, as well as customized beach cruisers to get around the city.
Shade is Los Angeles’s seaside escape, located just steps away from some of the best surf, beach volleyball, and tasteful nightlife, along with an array of top-tier restaurants to choose from. With its intimate appeal and luxury accommodations, Shade offers an indulgent experience to all of its guests. This is an ideal location for guests who are looking to have a tranquil and relaxing experience in an atmosphere of contemporary luxury with all of the amenities they need to relax and re-energize.
This wonderful boutique hotel, perched above the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, has arguably the best location in town, right off Main Beach in Laguna and walking distance to downtown’s galleries, shops, and restaurants. The hotel is the perfect destination for those looking for a more quiet and beach-oriented stay in Los Angeles, and it features guest rooms with amazing views, a rooftop terrace perfect for a sunset cocktail, and a great pool. For guests traveling with their pets, the hotel offers a pet friendly environment and plenty of opportunities to include your four-legged best friend in the daily activities.
Laguna Beach House reflects the laid-back California beach vibe with coast-inspired décor and vintage surf and skate memorabilia throughout, including surfboards above the beds and G&S skateboards acting as towel racks. The boutique surf lodge is walking distance to downtown Laguna and Main Beach, providing guests the perfect escape for a relaxing seaside getaway. A chalkboard in the lobby displays the daily surf report, and surfboards are available for purchase on site, making the Laguna Beach House the perfect hotel for those guests visiting Los Angeles to experience the ocean and the surf.
Venice Breeze Suites is a reclaimed art deco building on the Venice boardwalk and beach. Just as perfect for executives as it is for savvy travelers, the Venice Breeze Suites offer the ultimate combination of beach location, sophisticated style, and comfort. The hotel allows guests to take advantage of the pleasure of cooking at home (in an ocean blue tile kitchen) while overlooking the ocean. Venice Breeze Suites is a symphony of easy calm, with exposed brick walls, streamlined modern furnishings like Saarinen-style marble table and Jasper Morrison chairs, nine-foot-high ceilings, and soaring loft-like space.