Hotel Bel Air
This boutique hotel was built in 1922, but has only been a hotel since 1946. The Spanish Mission-style building has 103 rooms—including a suite named after frequent visitor, the late Grace Kelly—and sits on 12 acres. Meals can be taken at the open-air Wolfgang Puck of Bel-Air, while cocktails are available at The Bar + Lounge. Rooms are a mix of luxury and technology, featuring iPads for ordering room service and, in select rooms, wood-burning fireplaces, rain showers and jacuzzis. The most luxurious suite of all—the Presidential Suite—has its very own swimming pool, but it’ll cost visitors about $17,000/night. The hotel also has a host of amenities, including a fitness center, pool and spa.
701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 472 1211
The Montage Beverly Hills
The Montage in Beverly Hills has 201 guest rooms and 55 suites, as well as a 20,000-square-foot spa and a large, saline pool. Visitors can take in sweeping views from The Rooftop Grill, or visit Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Georgie. Guests begin their stay with complimentary champagne, which they could enjoy in their room’s marble soaking tub. The hotel’s Residence 7A suite is 3,865 square feet and features a full kitchen and a private wine cellar which can accommodate up to 600 bottles.
The Montage, 225 N Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, USA, +1 310 860 7800
The Peninsula Beverly Hills is a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated hotel, opened in 1991. The hotel has 195 rooms, which includes 38 suites and 17 private garden villas. The vibe here is classic, refined luxury with attentive services, whether guests are traveling solo or with children and pets. Their posh afternoon tea, which features a classical harpist, is a popular event at The Living Room, while celebrities and brides-to-be frequent the hotel’s indulgent spa. The Roof Garden serves seasonal, California cuisine, and has a pool and private cabanas, while restaurant The Belvedere offers Mediterranean fare. Luxury vehicles, including a Rolls-Royce, chauffeur guests to destinations in Beverly Hills and Century City.
Viceroy L’Ermitage is a 116-room hotel that is, like the Peninsula, also considered a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star hotel. Business travelers enjoy complimentary wifi and local car service, while locals and visitors enjoy French cuisine and cocktails at the hotel’s Avec Nous. The Presidential Suite contains a 12-seat formal dining room, as well as a games room and media room.
Viceroy L’Ermitage, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA, USA, +1 310 278 3344
Beverly Hills Hotel
This iconic hotel contains 208 rooms and suites as well as 23 bungalows. It’s been around since 1912, and has seen generations of celebrity clientele including the Fred Astaire, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon. Since the 1940s, it’s been a pale pink color, earning it the nickname the “pink palace.” And though perhaps not lyrically accurate as you can in fact check out and leave, it’s the Beverly Hills Hotel that’s seen on the cover of The Eagles’ Hotel California album.
Amenities include a pool, spa, fitness center and golf course, while lunch at the famous Polo Lounge is popular with Hollywood types. The most expensive lodging option is the Presidential Bungalow, where guests will be greeted with fresh fruit and champagne, and may enjoy a private patio with a waterfall edge plunge pool with underwater speakers.
Mr. C Beverly Hills was founded by the Cipriani brothers in 2011. The hotel takes inspiration from the brothers’ Italian heritage, including the Venetian cuisine found in the restaurant and the bellinis served at the hotel bar, which guests can enjoy in the spacious lobby during check-in, versus standing in line. A pool deck and bar offer prime lounging opportunities, while elegant guest rooms feature lovely hardwood floors, rain showers, stunning furnishings and a wet bar with bottled craft cocktails. Luxury services include in-room aromatherapy, a custom-drawn bath, and the option to rent a Ferrari California T or a Colnago bicycle.
Mr. C Beverly Hills, 1224 Beverwil Drive, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 877 334 5623
The Redbury, located steps away from Hollywood and Vine, is an all-suite hotel with 57 rooms. Rooms here ditch the beachy hues of the western edge of town and offer rooms in bold reds and patterns. Each one contains a kitchen and other thoughtful touches, like a selection of vinyl and an accompanying record player. Dining options include the Mediterranean restaurant and cocktail bar, Cleo, and lounge The Library. A very short walk from the hotel is Katsuya, whose Japanese cuisine can be ordered in-room at The Redbury.
The Redbury Hollywood, 1717 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 962 1717
Nobu Ryokan Malibu opened in April 2017. Once a motel, the property has been converted into a 16-room hotel next to Nobu Restaurant and features the coastal views of Carbon Beach. Touches of Japanese design include tatami mats and teak soaking tubs, while cuisine comes via Nobu and can be ordered in-room. Guests can fall asleep to the sound of the ocean, while a fitness room, access to a private racquet club, and 37-foot pool round out the amenities.
Shutters on the Beach
Ocean views are a key selling point of the picturesque Shutters on the Beach. Elegant rooms feature interior design by Michael Smith and personal libraries. Dining options include 1 Pico and Coast Beach Cafe and Bar, and wellness treatments are offered at ONE Spa. Guests can keep up on their fitness routines in the hotel’s fitness center or along the nearby 26-mile bike path.
Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 458 0030
Tuck Hotel is a small boutique hotel in downtown Los Angeles with only 14 guest rooms. It’s a different kind of luxury, set in an urban versus coastal environment, and with sleek, minimalist design as opposed to time-tested Hollywood glam. Rooms feature crisp design, luxury liens and toiletries from L’Occitane. Locals have recently begun flocking to the hotel for brunch, which is served daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The lobby bar, however, opens at noon and serves until 2 a.m. Rooms begin at $300/night.
Tuck Hotel, 820 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 947 3815
Casa Del Mar
It’s hard to beat the view at Casa Del Mar, a gorgeous Santa Monica hotel that faces the Pacific Ocean. An opulent lobby is ideal for a cocktail at sunset or for catching up on emails in the afternoon. Restaurant Catch focuses on seafood, while Terrazza offers Italian cuisine inspired by seasonal California produce. Amenities include a guests-only pool with a view of the beach, the Sea Wellness Spa, and in-room hydrothermal massage tubs.
Casa Del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 581 5533
The SLS Hotel is not as pricey other Beverly Hills hotels, but manages to encapsulate a playful and modern sense of luxury throughout. Chef José Andrés helms the menus at restaurant Bazaar, the lounge Tres, and SAAM, a secluded tasting room that features a 22-course tasting menu. A patisserie features beautiful bon bons and other pretty desserts. The Altitude Pool offers great views, while the Ciel Spa is a vision all in white. All rooms feature custom furniture via designer Philippe Starck, while the hotel’s lifestyle suites include workout equipment right in the room.
SLS Hotel, 465 S La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 247 0400