The Best Hotels With a View to Book in Los Angeles, California

Why bother hiking up to the Hollywood sign when you can catch a view of it from the comfort of your own room?
Why bother hiking up to the Hollywood sign when you can catch a view of it from the comfort of your own room? | Mama Shelter
Molly Codyre

Wake up to views of palm tree-lined streets or watch the sunset over the Pacific at one of the best hotels in Los Angeles. Whether you prefer a Sunset Boulevard high-rise or a salt-washed beachfront bolthole, these are the best hotels in LA with a view.

1. Mama Los Angeles, for views of Hollywood

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Mama Shelter properties are well known around Europe for their sense of fun, usually themed around their locations. Think Italian extravagance in Rome, Parisian sophistication in the capital of France and… mustard in Dijon. Its that jovial atmosphere you’ll notice as soon as you enter the expansive lobby MAMA has set up in Los Angeles. The rooms are spacious and thankfully within a short walk from the madness of Hollywood Boulevard. Take it from us, you want to be close to the action but definitely not in the heart of it, so you can’t get a better location than this. Head up to the rooftop where you can dine in the sunshine and grab a drink with an unbeatable view of the iconic Hollywood sign. There are neat touches in every room so keep an eye out for the bedside reads which range from Californian guides to scripts from Quentin Tarantino!

2. Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, for holistic wellness suites

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Classy bedroom featuring a leather headboard, leather chairs, a white dresser, a TV and a private balcony at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
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This hotel offers guests a harmonious retreat in star-studded Beverly Hills. With a focus on wellness and relaxation, the Four Seasons offers carefully designed wellness suites for a holistic experience. The views from your private balcony of the Beverly Hills skyline or the hotel’s palm-fringed pool and citrus tree garden will definitely contribute to your sense of Zen. If you’re not out shopping on Rodeo Drive or exploring the city’s most notable attractions, take some time to unwind at the on-site luxury spa – we can bet you’ve never felt this relaxed.

3. Mr. C Beverly Hills, for Italianate glamor

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Beige-toned room with a leather-frame double bed, white leather couch, white writing desk and a private balcony with DTLA views at Mr C Beverly Hills
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Honoring the timeless glamour of Beverly Hills and its own lavish Italian roots, Mr. C Beverly Hills offers an elegant and sophisticated stay. Contemporary amenities such as the 4,500 sqft (418sqm) pool and the on-site spa are complemented by personalized experiences; the concierge service will make sure all of your needs are taken care of and your wildest wishes accomplished. All suites feature expansive Beverly Hills or city views, but we suggest booking the Premium City View King and taking it all in from your private balcony – after all, this is not a sight you’ll want to share.

4. Andaz West Hollywood, for soaring views

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Highest rooftop pool in LA surrounded by pool chairs and 360 degree views at Andaz West Hollywood
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So much more than an LA hotel with a view, the Andaz West Hollywood was the first hotel on the Sunset Strip and remains an iconic landmark today. While it no longer caters to long-haired rock stars, the modern rock n’ roll decor ensures you can still have a taste of old Hollywood glamour. Though floor-to-ceiling windows are a common feature throughout the hotel, we recommend booking the Panorama Suite for one-of-a-kind views of the Hollywood Hills, Sunset Strip, and downtown LA that are best enjoyed from your own private balcony. If a two-bedroom luxury suite isn’t on the cards, you can still take in the soaring views, and the Southern California sunshine, from the hotel’s rooftop pool – the highest of its kind in LA.

5. Mondrian Los Angeles, for drinks at the Skybar

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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

Located in West Hollywood, perched on the neon-lined Sunset Boulevard, the Mondrian is right in the heart of Tinseltown. The location not only means that many of the area’s best sights, restaurants, and shops are on your doorstep but being at the foot of the Hollywood Hills also means unparalleled views. Drink it all in, cocktail in hand, at the uber-cool Skybar, which is one of the best spots in town. Its pool is perfect for cooling off from the LA heat, and the picture frame-style windows capture the twinkling lights of the city beyond.

6. Sunset Tower Hotel, for movie-set magic

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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

An otherworldly structure inside and out, Sunset Tower wouldn’t look out of place in a Wes Anderson movie. The best place to bask in the ethereal atmosphere is up on the rooftop, where candy-striped chaise lounges line a deep-turquoise pool with clam-like umbrellas floating above. From here, far-reaching views of the city unfold and you can marvel at the beauty of Hollywood over a sunset drink, though the Tower Bar and a select few rooms have equally captivating views.

7. 1 Hotel West Hollywood, for a sustainable stay

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Modern sitting area featuring two couches and two armchairs as well as a balcony overlooking DTLA at 1 Hotel West Hollywood
Courtesy of 1 Hotel West Hollywood / Expedia

With sustainability at its core, 1 Hotel West Hollywood, is soothing and nature-inspired. Complimentary electric cars are on hand to zip you around the city, much of the hotel was built using recycled materials, and there’s a focus on farm-to-table food at all the eateries, making this one of the city’s most ecofriendly stays. The sustainable sensibilities are reflected in the earthen-toned rooms, which have floor-to-ceiling windows offering unobstructed views of the city – book a Skyline King to get to the best of them.

8. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, for epic parties

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Rooftop pool surrounded by pool chairs and views of skyscrapers at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Courtesy of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles / Expedia

Set in the 1920s United Artists Theatre, the Spanish-gothic details of the Ace Hotel facade have been fully refurbished, while an artfully eclectic interior blends industrial elements with chic furniture. But the best bit is arguably the pool area and Upstairs Bar, a spot that’s often buzzing with locals who flock to its patio for day parties with DJs and night-time cocktail hours against a backdrop of sparkling DTLA views.

9. InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, for drinks on high

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Rooftop deck with lounge chairs and banquette seating with spectacular views at Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown
Courtesy of Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown / Expedia

With stylish and high-end design, the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown offers an elevated experience for travelers. Head straight for the 70th-floor lobby, where you’ll get your first taste of the hotel’s phenomenal views. Depending on when you arrive, your second port of call should be the 73rd floor, which is home to the tallest bar in the Western Hemisphere, or one of the cabanas up on the open-air pool deck – both of which offer equally impressive panoramas.

10. Shutters on the Beach, for a waterfront location

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Outdoor pool, white sun loungers and a shaded sitting area decorated with blue cushions and towels just steps away from the beach at Shutters on the Beach
Courtesy of Shutters on the Beach / Expedia
LA evokes images of hotels on the sand, waking up to the lapping of the waves and the sea breeze drifting through your window; and there’s no more beloved waterfront spot than Shutters on the Beach. The elegant rooms, ONE Spa, and 1 Pico restaurant were all designed by Michael Smith, who designed the private quarters of the White House for Obama – some areas in the hotel have even been featured in shows such as Entourage. With a prime location on the Santa Monica boardwalk, Shutters on the Beach has the best ocean views of any hotel in the city; treat yourself to a city beach holiday with a stay in one of their beachfront rooms.

11. Hotel Casa Del Mar, for sun and sand

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Outdoor pool overlooking the beach at Hotel Casa del Mar
Courtesy of Hotel Casa Del Mar / Expedia
Located on the beach in Santa Monica and offering trendy bathrooms with Italian marble and multi-jet tubs, a stay at boutique hotel Casa Del Mar is difficult to beat. Designer Michael Smith also had a hand in the hotel’s decor, though some aspects of this early 20th-century property long predated him – including the entrance, which features a sweeping staircase under an iron chandelier and stained-glass window. The Terrazza Lounge is a hotspot for cocktails and beach views, as is the guest-only pool, where you can swim with the waves crashing in the background.

Mara Curechian and Cassam Looch contributed additional reporting to this article.

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