The Best Hotels to Book in Hollywood, California

Many hotels in Hollywood have sweeping views of the LA skyline
Many hotels in Hollywood have sweeping views of the LA skyline | © trekandshoot / Alamy Stock Photo
Emily Draper

Stay at a hotel in Hollywood and dive into it all. The fame. The parties. The glamour. Mingle with stars and discover Tinseltown’s best, from the Sunset Strip to the Walk of Fame and the TCL (Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre and Hollywood Sign. You might find some locales are strictly stars-only, but Hollywood’s most famous – and occasionally infamous – hotels welcome us all.

1. Mondrian Los Angeles

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Rooftop pool with white terrycloth-cushioned lounge chairs and wall of windows with city views at Mondrian Los Angeles
Courtesy of Mondrian Los Angeles / Expedia

Starting at its 30ft (9m) mahogany door entrance, the Mondrian envelops guests in stylish, surrealist design. Check in at the mushroom-inspired front desk before heading to your virtually Space Age room. The service is equally stellar; allow Mondrian’s luxury Lincoln house car to escort you on your city escapades. Return to the rooftop Skybar, where views stretch over Hollywood and bartenders ensure your glass is always full.

2. Sunset Tower Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Table for four set up on the bougainvillea-filled rooftop of Sunset Tower Hotel offering 360-degree views of Los Angeles
Courtesy of Sunset Tower Hotel / Expedia

Once upon a time, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor all rested their heads at the Sunset Tower. Now, under the ownership of renowned hotelier Jeff Klein, this cherished Hollywood landmark on Sunset Boulevard brings the Golden Age to the 21st century. To get the full A-list experience, enjoy an old fashioned in the walnut-paneled Tower Bar, where you can enjoy sweeping city views under the lull of jazz pianists.

3. Sunset Marquis

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

King room at Sunset Marquis with tufted black leather headboard, dark-blue curtains and chair, mood lighting and tan carpet
Courtesy of Sunset Marquis / Expedia

While Hollywood may be famous for its film heritage, the Sunset Marquis in nearby West Hollywood is rock ’n’ roll royalty. Alongside the modern suites (with TVs firmly attached to the wall), you’ll find the NightBird Recording Studios, where U2, Aerosmith, the Killers and more have recorded. Once you’re done exploring, head to the hotel’s Bar 1200 – the Doors, the Kinks and others have all partied here. Alternatively, mingle over music and drinks in the Retreat, a private lounge with a pool table and guitars.

5. Petit Ermitage

Boutique Hotel

Rooftop pool with orange and white striped lounge chairs and sofas, wood decking and city views at Petit Ermitage
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Brilliantly bohemian in every sense of the word, West Hollywood’s Petit Ermitage takes you out of LA and into a fairytale (an often adult one). Part antique gallery, part art show, this boutique hotel is a curiosity at every turn. If the many trinkets and oddities are not enough to make tongues wag, its activities will get you mingling. It hosts yoga every day and regular movie screenings. Much of the fun centers around the rooftop saltwater pool. As they say, “Tops are optional.”

6. The West Hollywood Edition

Chain Hotel

Spacious minimalist bedroom with light-wood accents, white armchairs and a private balcony at the West Hollywood Edition
Courtesy of the West Hollywood Edition / Expedia

Straddling West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, this luxury hotel from the Marriott is surrounded by LA’s most glamorous residents. Unsurprisingly, the West Hollywood Edition is glitzy Tinseltown at its most stylish. Mingle and enjoy drinks at Sunset, a cocktail bar that draws inspiration from the clubs that were on the Sunset Strip in the ’60s and ’70s. Afterward, head to Ardor, the hotel’s “vegetable-forward” restaurant, before returning to a minimalist 21st-century suite with floor-to-ceiling views of Downtown LA (DTLA).

7. 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Chain Hotel

Rooftop pool with white lounge chairs, cushioned rattan chairs and panoramic city views at 1 Hotel West Hollywood
Courtesy of 1 Hotel West Hollywood / Expedia

At the foot of the Hollywood Hills, 1 Hotel West Hollywood combines Earth-inspired interiors, green spaces and farm-to-table dining to help you reconnect with nature (and yourself). Frolic through the Canyon garden, abundant with native greenery, to reach the Skyline Deck for a meditation session enhanced by views over DTLA. If you’d prefer, a personal trainer will whip you into shape at the Field House gym. Follow that with an immunity-boosting smoothie and sustainably sourced kale salad from 1 Kitchen.

8. The Grafton on Sunset

Boutique Hotel

Two beds with faux-fur throws in a poolside room with a desk and mounted flatscreen TV at the Grafton on Sunset
Courtesy of the Grafton on Sunset / Hotels.com
Make yourself at home in the Hollywood-inspired Grafton on Sunset, a private boutique-hotel hideaway featuring Sunset Boulevard’s largest saltwater pool. Its rooms, decorated with metal and leather finishes and “lipstick-red accents,” include eco-friendly bath products, rain showers and a lighted makeup mirror. When you’re not floating weightlessly in the pool or chilling in the room, the hotel’s central location makes it easy to reach LA’s most-talked-about attractions, from Venice Beach to the Griffith Observatory.

9. Mama Shelter Los Angeles

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Vibrant room at Mama Shelter Los Angeles with black ceiling, black-and-white patterned carpet and pastel retro-chic decor
Courtesy of Mama Shelter Los Angeles / Hotels.com

Curated by the renowned designer Thierry Gaugain, Mama Shelter – a short stroll from the Hollywood Walk of Fame – is an independent boutique hotel in Holly-weird for cool cats and the unconventional. Think chalkboard ceilings, foosball tables, gumball machines and a store selling anything absurd (including a Michael Jackson doll). From the menus to the exclusive Mama Skin by Absolution products, the hotel is all about organic. So, lather yourself up with the Mama Says It’s Totally Natural body bar before joining the city’s hippest hipsters at the award-winning rooftop bar for signature cocktails.

On a budget? Check out our guide to the best hostels in Hollywood, California, bookable on Culture Trip.

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