Hollywood is the home of many notorious landmarks, including the Walk of Fame, Amoeba Music and a handful of historic theaters. Add to this a storied silver screen heritage and heaps of film studios to visit, and it’s clear why a visit to this neighborhood is at the top of many LA bucket lists. Luckily there are countless hotels strewn across its emerald hills, each offering lashings of character and a chance of spotting a celeb or two.
Mid-century modern enthusiasts are sure to love the Kimpton Everly Hotel, located in the heart of Hollywood. Exuding a sophisticated Mad Men style, the interior’s earthy tones are elevated by the occasional splash of color while rooms with yoga mats offer enchanting views of the Hollywood Sign. Head up to its roof to find a glimmering pool and adjacent lounge that serves cocktails and light bites by day, and comes alive nightly with aromatic chef demos, special screenings and live music performances.
Colorful, cheerful and luxurious, Mama Shelter oozes with SoCal charm. A foosball table, dancing-lady lamps and a chalkboard ceiling scrawled with messages set the tone in the lobby. Upstairs, rooms with neon-hued lighting and chunky baroque tiling have the added luxury of Apple TVs. The rooftop bar is a highlight – pull up a chair at one of the technicolor tables, sip on the Got It From Mama cocktail (with color-changing gin) and take in views of the Griffith Observatory and downtown skyscrapers.
The Hollywood Roosevelt faces the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The Spanish Colonial Revival hotel first opened its doors in 1927 and was home of the first-ever Academy Awards ceremony. Rooms named after past Golden-Age guests include the Marilyn Monroe suite, furnished with vintage Eames pieces and a polished leather corner sofa. For a slice of indulgence, restaurant 25 Degrees is a polished twist on the classic American burger joint, while the ’60s-style pool is lined by white loungers and splashed with a mural by David Hockney.
Torn straight from the pages of a murder mystery, Chateau Marmont’s 1920s charm seeps out of its Gothic facade, medieval-style chandeliers and vintage furniture. The storied Hollywood haunt has been called home by silver screen A-listers such as Greta Garbo and Robert De Niro and has more than a few scandalous stories to its name. Rooms are unexpectedly stripped back, but capture retro Hollywood with suede sofas and Persian rugs. The oval pool, hugged by towering trees but drenched in sunlight, is a prime spot for a glass of fizz and some celeb-spotting (though taking a snap is a strict no-no).
Dream Hollywood lives up to its name with cinematic views of the Hollywood Hills and otherworldly dining venues. Rooms include luxury perks like a bedside iPad, 24-hour room service and access to a gym designed by celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson. Head up to the extravagant rooftop pool and bar – outfitted with cushy poolside couches and cabanas – for margaritas under the sun. When night falls, tuck into yellowtail sashimi under the gaze of the Quan Yin in Tao Asian Bistro.
Situated on Hollywood Boulevard, this luxury hotel thrums with the energy of its pulsing fitness studio, rooftop pool and tropical restaurant-cum-nightclub. Each room is brightened by bursts of disco-purple and comes with a cushioned window seat – fix a drink from the porcelain-white tufted minibar and check out views of cinematic Hollywood Hills. See where the city’s movie magic comes to life with a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood, which is just a few miles up the road.
Loews Hollywood counts the Hollywood & Highland shopping mall and Dolby Theater among its neighbors. In addition to sophisticated rooms set with oak furniture and pops of atomic orange, the luxury hotel is home to a fitness centre framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can admire the Hollywood Hills while you run. A heated rooftop pool is overlooked by the Egyptian figures of the towering Babylonian arch (an ode to the famous set of 1916 film Intolerance) – but not to worry, cabanas and potted plants provide plenty of privacy.
Villa Delle Stelle’s fairytale entrance is all about gilded mirrors, crystal chandeliers and fuchsia flowers. The enchanting boutique hotel – spread across a 1920s villa and accompanying bungalows – is inspired by the glamour of the silver screen. Each room is modeled on a particular Hollywood legend, such as the Parisian suite which embodies Grace Kelly with golden details and creamy antique furniture. The plant-filled Art Deco suite, on the other hand, is an ode to Humphrey Bogart with a mid-century feel. They all come with their own kitchen and most have balconies or patios.
A fusion of boutique hotel, bar and recording studios, Gold-Diggers is the rock ’n’ roll dream incarnate. Punk vinyls, rockstar biographies and even the odd board game are stacked on the shelves of rooms with jewel-toned furniture and animal-print cushions. Recline in the snug reading nook to listen to throwback tunes from the vintage cassette players or in-room Sonos speakers. Below is a soundproofed bar, pulsing from dusk to dawn with heady DJ sets, all-vinyl happy hours and live performances.
The Prospect resides in a 1939 Regency-style building in the heart of Whitley Heights, and behind its pinstripe awnings and Gothic doorway is a blast from Hollywood’s decadent past. Rooms range from the New-York-style superior to the grand premier, complete with traditional Chinese wallpaper, a clawfoot tub and vintage furniture. A private slice of the Hollywood Hills is found in the garden – garnished with native plants and ancient fountains – while champagne cocktails and pastries from local bakery Tartine await in the lobby lounge.