West Hollywood has become a haven for music lovers and A-listers looking for sun-soaked escapism and a peek into the area’s rock’n’roll heyday. Its emblematic Sunset Strip is lined with neon-lit bars and steeped in ‘20s gangster history, while Santa Monica Boulevard has become the beating heart of LA’s LGBTQ community. Whether you enjoy far-reaching city views from a rooftop pool, sipping craft cocktails, or feasting at a five-star restaurant, these places to stay in West Hollywood have all the staples you’re looking for.
Art, fashion, and architecture – all synonymous with West Hollywood’s Design District – are reflected in Icelandic designer Gulla Jónsdóttir’s fresh decor, which features concrete and leather walls, white oak flooring, and bronze columns. Kimpton La Peer’s elegant rooms have custom wooden furnishings, dangling prismatic lights, and unusual touches like golden balloon-style rabbit statuettes, while yoga mats encourage morning meditation. For deep-soaking tubs and a sprawling private terrace, splurge on the penthouse at this hotel in West Hollywood, with its vivid violet neon signs and paint splatter-style rug, all of which ooze edgy luxury. In true LA style, the Gaudí-tiled patio bar serves up CBD-infused cocktails and the ground-floor restaurant, Viale dei Romani, specializes in Italian seafood, pasta, and thin-crust pizza.
Perched just above the Sunset Strip, this landmark boutique hotel was first built in 1929 and is modeled after the Château d’Amboise in the Loire Valley, France. Steeped in celebrity scandal, the Chateau Marmont has housed entertainment’s biggest names since Hollywood’s Golden Age. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool surrounded by lush gardens, nine Spanish cottages, and four private bungalows, all designed by mid-century architect Craig Ellwood. The indoor suites are extremely private and well-maintained with 24-hour room service. You can sip handcrafted cocktails at the hotel bar or dine at the restaurant among Hollywood’s elite.
A mix of class and quirk, Mondrian LA is a modern high-rise with a whimsical design twist. The building’s signature 30ft (9m) mahogany doors, Lucite indoor swing, and mushroom-shaped reception desk accentuate this through-the-looking-glass concept. With floor-to-ceiling windows and bamboo flooring, this West Hollywood hotel’s suites feature flat-screen TVs disguised as mirrors. The sun-drenched rooftop pool provides underwater music and unparalleled city views. At night, the poolside patio becomes Skybar, an LA hotspot for pumping DJ sets and buzzing dance parties.
Opened in 1963 just off West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, the Sunset Marquis has made its name as a rock’n’roll hangout. Legendary musicians such as Elton John and Madonna have found inspiration here, while up-and-coming artists can shoot their shot at this West Hollywood hotel’s live acoustic showcases. Go for a swim in either of the two heated pools and recline leisurely in a private cabana before heading to Cavatina, the on-site restaurant, for upscale California cuisine in a classy indoor-outdoor setting. The crown jewel of the luxurious hotel is the presidential villa, complete with a booze-laden complimentary bar, an exclusive screening room, and the use of a Bentley.
Rubbing shoulders with the Sunset Strip and the LGTBQ nightlife hub of Santa Monica Boulevard, Chamberlain West Hollywood is in good company. Days can be spent under the pinstripe cabanas of the rooftop pool – amid postcard-worthy rolling hills – before heading in for parmesan yucca fries and tongue-tingling passionfruit mojitos in restaurant Fit. The fashion-inspired space is awash in stylish details like marbled surfaces, geometric divides, and a living wall punctuated with a gallery of mirrors. Monochromatic rooms spoil you with fireplaces and 60-inch TVs, while an eco-conscious mindset is reflected in the LED lighting, biodegradable straws, and low-flow showerheads.
Dating back to 1931, this historic art deco hotel located on the Sunset Strip has housed countless Hollywood heavy hitters, including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra. Combining old-world charm with modern convenience, the Sunset Tower Hotel promises an elegant experience that is surprisingly personal. The bright rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and unrivaled views in a subtly luxurious environment. The Tower Bar is a dignified haven offering classic cocktails and critically acclaimed cuisine backdropped by soothing live jazz. Relax poolside while taking in sweeping views of the city or take a day to rejuvenate at the world-class salon and spa.
This urban oasis merges Hollywood style with London sensibility, creating an atmosphere that is both luxurious and social. Rooms are spacious and elegant, with balconies that provide impressive views of the city. Keeping with the theme, rooms also offer free calls to London. The hotel’s restaurant, the Boxwood Cafe, serves up a complimentary European-inspired continental breakfast in a bright and open setting every morning. A rooftop pool provides a guest-only entrance with food and drinks served during the day. It’s also open to the public for cocktails and dancing at night.
A Moroccan-inspired luxury boutique hotel in West Hollywood, Petit Ermitage is romantic and luxurious. Named after the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia, the hotel houses a hand-picked collection of artwork from the owner’s personal collection that boasts such names as Miró, Rauschenberg, and Dalí. The airy suites further emphasize a bohemian eclecticism with handwoven Turkish carpets, Italian mosaic tiling, Israeli pillow shams, and antique furnishings. The private rooftop features a heated saltwater pool, a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary, and a deck with an open fireplace. The cuisine at the hotel’s private restaurant is healthy, and there are plenty of alternative options within walking distance.
Hotelier Jeff Klein’s 850 is a chic and friendly B&B in the center of West Hollywood. The residential-style design, complete with fireplaces, oak flooring, marble sinks, and panoramic city views, is reminiscent of a cozy European inn. Brightly colored walls and bespoke wallpaper give off Wes Anderson vibes. There is a complimentary breakfast, an honor bar in the living room and a meze hour served on the terrace every evening. Keeping with the home-away-from-home feel, staff are friendly, attentive, and happy to answer questions or give recommendations.
This family-friendly hotel in West Hollywood, located near the Grove shopping mall, has loft-style suites that are comfortable and spacious, with modern furniture and simple color schemes. The large rooftop terrace has a heated pool and hot tub and is lined with shaded private cabanas for guests to recline in. There is also a tennis court for those in the mood and a good-size sauna. The traditional hotel decor and informal restaurant allow for a stay that is both luxurious and laid-back.
There are so many reasons why you need to visit LA. After visiting the city’s top attractions and dining at the best restaurants, rest your head at one of the best boutique hotels or a top luxury stay, which you can book with Culture Trip. On a budget? Check out our pick of the best hostels in Hollywood, California, bookable on Culture Trip.
Chloe Byrne contributed additional reporting to this article.