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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.