33 Best Hotels in Los Angeles

By Brooke Porter Katz, Krista Simmons

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Feel like a celebrity, or maybe stay in the room next to one.

Booking a hotel in Los Angeles means deciding between icons brimming with history on the east side (Hollywood) and the west (Santa Monica)—not to mention new stars all across town, including classic Beverly Hills and the constantly-updating Downtown. (Tough choice, we know.) Our advice? Split your trip and base yourself in multiple neighborhoods—the pockets of Los Angeles are so different from one another it feel like two getaways in one. Our picks span locations, experiences, and price ranges; in other words, when it comes to places to stay in this town, there's something for everyone. Without further delay, these are the best hotels in LA.

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Sunset Tower Hotel →

Piercing the blue Californian skies on Sunset Boulevard, this elegant Art Deco tower has long been a landmark of the city, home to Hollywood greats since its arrival in 1931, courtesy of architect Leland A. Bryant. In those days it was Clark Gable and Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner—and John Wayne, who apparently kept a cow on his balcony to ensure fresh milk for his coffee. Now it’s shiny again after a multi-million-dollar renovation, and 21st-century stars are coming here just for a night or to grab a drink at the see-and-be-seen Tower Bar on the notorious Sunset Strip. Maître d’ Gabé Doppelt discreetly juggles regular guests such as Jennifer Aniston with those who prefer dim lighting or need private corners for tête-à-têtes, while the bottom of the menu firmly reads: "No photographs. No phone calls." The spicy tuna tartare is nearly everyone’s favorite; the seared scallops with black leek and truffle sauce a close second. The 81 bedrooms are done up in dusty pinks and browns with dazzling bathrooms clad in metallic gold wallpaper designed by fashion illustrator Donald Robertson, and there’s a Joanna Vargas spa for those red-carpet moments. The newly refreshed outdoor terrace overlooking the small but beautiful pool is one of the loveliest spots—in a city with a strong alfresco game—for a breakfast of mashed avocado on sourdough with poached eggs, or simply to relax for an hour or so, taking in the spectacular views of L.A. and basking in that brilliant golden sunshine.

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Hotel Bel-Air, Dorchester Collection →

People who don’t live in Los Angeles have a fantasy of what life in L.A. must look like. Towering palms. Bougainvillea. Birds of paradise. And a fabulous bungalow tucked right in the thick of it, where every hour is golden hour. The Hotel Bel-Air, in the heart of the residential neighborhood of the same name, is this fantasy come to life. One of the first sights to spot across the threshold is a swan lake. A lake with actual swans frolicking in it. The 12-acre gardens are part of the magic and made for meandering, with streams, footbridges, guava, pineapple, lemon, and orange trees, as well as coastal redwoods that are most certainly not common in these parts. In 2011, Alexandra Champalimaud did a full revamp of the lobby and spa, and designed the sizable rooms to be lived in—they are cozy, with fireplaces, high ceilings and towels as thick as blankets. The bar is effortlessly cool, with photographs by Norman Seeff covering the walls, and the Wolfgang Puck restaurant, reimagined by David Rockwell a handful of years ago, is completely al fresco.

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Shutters on the Beach →

Shutters came into the world as the left coast's idea of an east coast beach house, but with Pacific sunsets and interiors designed by the man who worked on the Obama White House residence, it quickly became so much more. If you're traveling for work, this is the perfect place to guarantee that vacation feeling during limited downtime. If you're traveling for pleasure, lucky you. Note: many rooms don't have a full ocean view, so be sure when you book to secure the ones that do for the dream beach house experience.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel, Dorchester Collection →

Even if you don't realize it, you've seen this hotel before. The palm trees, pink walls, and lush gardens of the Beverly Hills Hotel are as much a part of Hollywood iconography as the sign itself. The place is the site of legends: British Royals, Beatles, and Oscar winners have slept on its pillows, Elizabeth Taylor had six of her eight honeymoons there, and a renovation completed in 2015 brought all of that history up to date so it could remain the playground it's always been. Tip: Book your reservation at the Polo Lounge at the same time you book the room.

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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows →

The Fairmont Miramar is a classic Santa Monica stay—as much of a garden hideout as a beach basecamp. Frette linens cover the beds, while suites on the top floor have two balconies (although the 31 residential Bungalows are the choice pick). One hidden perk of staying here? Access to the exclusive Miramar beach club—the staff will even drive you from the lobby in BMWs while you pretend you're in a music video. This one gets the gold star for service.

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The West Hollywood EDITION →

Los Angeles may be the city of countless stars, but its Hollywood hotelscape, until fairly recently, had become a little faded. Among the handful of dazzling newcomers, including properties from 1 Hotel and Kimpton, here’s a place that warrants top billing. A collaborative project between Marriott and hotel alchemist Ian Schrager (the man behind Studio 54 and new-wave scene-setters the Paramount and Royalton), the Edition group has been landing around the world, from London to Shanghai and, earlier last year, Times Square. This latest, though—the first on the West Coast—is exceptional and marks Schrager's return to L.A. since opening the Mondrian here in the mid 1990s. Hidden in plain sight on the Boulevard behind a screen of specially planted trees, it brings a welcome blast of East Coast energy to the city along with pared-back interiors by minimalist designer John Pawson. It all feels ultra-modern but warm, with whitewashed larch and Technicolor pops such as the banana-yellow pool table, and all-white bedrooms that feel cooling rather than stark; the huge lobby resembles an Italian piazza, albeit one lined by canvases and with a oil-barrel mobile artwork by L.A. artist Sterling Ruby dangling above it. The rooftop bar and plant-shaded pool, meanwhile, draws a local crowd for its raw bar menu and astounding panoramic views to the Pacific and Hollywood Hills, and ground-floor restaurant Ardor takes a cue from California’s inventive vegetarian scene with a spiced-up, plant-forward menu (cauliflower cacio e pepe, whipped feta and beets). This is a hotel that’s helping reboot the L.A. scene, from a brand that understands the city. —Vassi Chamberlain

Insider Tip: The basement club, Sunset, where disco balls spin like a Warhol installation, and Janelle Monae and Post Malone have been spotted. Doubles from around $450

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Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel →

The Beverly Wilshire is as close to a European grand dame as you'll find in L.A.—with impeccable service to match. It was good enough for Elvis and the British Royal Family, and exists in triumphant opposition to the informal, minimal lobbies sprouting up across the city. Regular guests love the views of Rodeo Drive and Hollywood Hills and the pool, which was based on Sophia Loren's Tuscan villa. And because this is L.A., the scene here wouldn't be complete without somewhere to eat: There's The Blvd, an all-day spot, and the Michelin-starred CUT by Wolfgang Puck, a modern-day steakhouse designed by architect Richard Meier. If you're looking for classic luxury, look no further.

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Hotel Casa del Mar →

An Italian palace feel on the California beach, Casa del Mar is the other iconic Santa Monica ocean-front property along with Shutters. Rooms feel romantic yet residential, with Italian linens and private patios facing a peaceful inner courtyard. You'll large marble bathrooms with the most tasteful products, then once you're dressed for the evening there's live entertainment every night in the lounge. This place is always worth it: for the views, fairytale four-poster beds, and the warm light that makes the adjustment from beach to room the smoothest possible.

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Montage Beverly Hills →

You know your stay is going to be good when you’re served Champagne upon arrival. The lobby at this Beverly Hills icon toes the line between Old World and modern, done up in marble floors, soothing earth tones, wingback chairs, and dark wood furnishings. The hotel has 201 guest rooms, including 55 suites in shades of beige and dark wood, making them feel sophisticated and not splashy. Bathrooms are marble with soaking tubs—and the higher the room tier, the nicer the bathroom. Think mosaic tiles, double sinks, showers with sitting benches, and inset televisions over the bathtub. When you're not luxuriating in your room, make use of the on-site amenities, like the rooftop pool and its private cabanas, the 20,000-square-foot spa—the only West Coast outpost of L. Raphael Genève—and the not-so-secret whiskey den, called £10, on the hotel’s second floor. It specializes in the Macallan Single Malt, and serves it in Lalique crystal glassware.

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Chateau Marmont →

The Chateau Marmont name is famous—and infamous. Chateau has hosted Hollywood successes and scandals, triumphs and tragedies. Discreet staff will keep your secrets, and earthquake proof buildings make sure the bungalows will survive any parties you choose to throw. But it's not all about what happens behind closed doors: the hotel's strengths are actually in its common areas, where wood-beamed ceilings and candle-lit corners could be filled by any A-lister (except for Lindsey Lohan, banned for life for not paying a $46,000 bill). Stay at this Sunset Strip icon for all the privacy and unpredictability of a Hollywood life.

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The LINE L.A. →

This hotel put Koreatown on the map for a number of visitors, and continues to keep it there. Minimalist rooms of all sizes get pops of color and culture in the form of Chairs upholstered in Mexican blankets and custom commissioned photography by Kevin Hanley and ACME Gallery. Stock up on a few Korean treats from the minibar and then sweat it off by taking advantage of complimentary tai chi classes and bicycles, or dancing the night away at the Break Room 86 nightclub, where you may well spot the friends you made in the communal lobby and workspace that day.

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Malibu Beach Inn →

Smell the ocean from the lobby at the Malibu Beach Inn. And, because check-in happens at the driveway, you'll have your keys in your hand before you've even stepped into the building. From the lobby continue to your bed and collapse onto super-soft sheets in Scandi-Japanese designed rooms, with the sounds of lapping waves sneaking in from the balcony. And while the third-floor boasts the best views, you won't complain about any of the others as you dine on your private patio, watching the ocean shoot from pink to orange to black. Come here for laid-back luxury and easy beach access.

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The Surfrider →

For a low-key, personal stay in Los Angeles you can do no better. This light-filled, design-forward spot was a motel in the 1950s before a California architect and his Australian wife transformed it. Feel at ease in the cozy library, or chat it up with the staff who are Malibu natives. There’s a proper bar with stools and multiple seating areas commanding amazing beach and sunset views—including comfy linen-covered couches facing a firepit. The roof deck is only open to hotel guests, the ocean is yards away, and Bellino linens on the beds maintain that perfect balance of luxurious and unpretentious. You really do feel like guests in one big family home.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills →

Just one deep breath of the lobby's fresh scent and you're in vacation mode. You can find your place in the Waldorf's lobby among couples in artfully ripped jeans and Common Projects sneakers, hot-shot agents, and meticulously maintained ladies in Chanel, or head to your spacious room (the smallest at the hotel is a whopping 630 square feet.) But don't get too comfortable down there—the rooftop pool has one of the best views in L.A., complete with an impressive lunch menu from Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

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InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown →

Feel like a new L.A. experience? Head downtown and step inside the tallest building in the city (and the tallest west of the Mississippi), where the hotel rooms sit at the top of the tower and check-in is on the 70th floor. This place has thought extensively about pleasing the modern traveler: room outlets are in all the right places (including on top of the desk, not under it) so you can charge up before heading up to the lounge, which also happens to be the highest open-air bar in America. For that true world-domination feeling, bring your sweats: the gym has more machines than an Equinox, and cardio machines expertly placed with some of the very best views in mind.

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Palihouse Santa Monica →

Upon entering the wrought-iron gates of Palihouse Santa Monica, you'll feel a strong urge to extend your stay before it's even begun. The gates frame a 1920s Moorish-style manor house turned 38-room hotel, and lead you to the lobby through a tree-lined courtyard with a fountain. Most rooms come with fully-equipped kitchens. Ask for a front-facing room to guarantee your view out over a gorgeous manicured garden. All of the produce comes from the local Santa Monica Farmer's Market, and it wouldn't be West L.A. without the weekend on-call yoga instructor. Just blocks from the beach, this is California independence at its best.

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Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles →

The Ace has done it again. Stay here for everything that has made the brand synonymous with contemporary travel—young professionals working in the lobby, a pool inspired by Donald Judd's in Marfa, and an in-house theatre that hosts concerts, talks, live podcast tapings, and screenings. This is New Hollywood, anchoring the revival of L.A.'s hottest neighborhood, with a nightclub on the roof as good as the feeling you'll get crashing into bed after visiting it.

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The Hollywood Roosevelt →

To get a sense of the place all you need to know is that the The Hollywood Roosevelt hosted the first ever Academy Awards. If you want to experience Hollywood up close, this is its Times Square, complete with room views of the Hollywood sign (and soundproof walls so the hustle outside doesn't encroach). The hotel stays alive until the wee hours—the chicken tenders and shoestring fries are always available to order, before it's time for a morning refresher in the David Hockney-painted pool—which you might have already seen in plenty of fashion shoots over the years. It's also home to a couple particularly hip bars—The Library and The Spare Room.

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Kimpton La Peer Hotel →

La Peer, Kimpton's latest LA opening, fits right into the Design District it calls home with custom Scandinavian interiors and natural materials (think concrete, leather and wood) throughout. But the hotel's chic minimalism doesn't mean it compromises on indulgence: the Italian seafood restaurant Viale dei Romani, tiled poolside bar and lobby hangout are all run by a James Beard-recognized chef, and the vertical garden makes the pool area feel like you've happened upon someone's private home.

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Nobu Ryokan Malibu →

An impeccably designed escape that instantly puts you at ease—and one that attracts the traveler who values his or her privacy above all else. To book a stay here, guests must send an inquiry through the website—a sign of just how exclusive the hotel is. The reward is an extremely private getaway with a relaxing natural, neutral design. A 1950s-era beach motel was transformed into this serene escape, which opened in April 2017. The hotel is a study in high-design restraint—which is clear after one foot inside its almost hidden entrance. Guests enter into a courtyard that looks out onto the ocean, which leads to a beautiful garden. Follow the path to a deck made from ipe wood that overlooks Carbon Beach and Malibu Pier.

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Petit Ermitage →

Petit Ermitage is a true hidden gem in the middle of West Hollywood that you'll want to keep to yourself. The walls are lined with art from the owner’s personal collection, including works by Miro, de Kooning, Rauschenberg, and Dalí, and the whole place feels like a hideaway for those who love West Hollywood for its location but not for the scene. When we leave the room, we go for the burger, especially in the ethereal leafy rooftop garden—an official hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary in the middle of the city. There's nothing else like it.

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The Rose Hotel →

The Rose Hotel's two owners are also photographers, and the property attracts those of its kind: people who work in the arts, fashion and design. In fact, the property is so in sync with its clientele that it's hard to tell the difference between guests and staff—the assistant GM, Eric, even teaches surf lessons to all who are interested. Rooms on the upper floor are bigger, with larger decks and amazing views, and couples and honeymooners should ask for the Simpson Suite, which has a private staircase, the best view in the house, and the biggest bed. This is as close to the beach as you can get (half a block away) without staying at an actual oceanfront hotel.



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Freehand Los Angeles →

Every hotel prizes its design, but Freehand's affordable hostel space in collaboration with Roman & Williams takes the category to a new level. Have a drink under soaring ceilings in the 1930s tiled bar as you sit in Craftsman-inspired furniture, or take dinner in the restaurant where mosaics of owls line the floor (the building used to house the Owl Drug Store). And of course, as at other Freehands, there's an outpost of the James Beard Award-nominated Broken Shaker bar. You won't really believe you're in a hostel until you see the bunk-bed rooms—which are better designed and more comfortable than a number of private suites we've stayed in.

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Hotel Covell →

At the confluence of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Hollywood, this hotel has just nine apartment-style suites, which have been in demand ever since it opened in 2015. (They began with five, and recently added an additional four more with the takeover of the building next door.) Expect to meet music and film industry types, and to learn about the hotel's namesake, George Covell, whose style influenced the design of the place. Ask for the "Parisian Atelier" room for natural light and views of the Griffith Park Observatory and swing by Bar Covell, one of the finest wine bars in the city, for a glass before bed.



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NoMad Los Angeles →

It’s remarkable how much Downtown L.A. can feel like New York City. The height of its structures. The grid. The fact that in peak summer buildings here sweat in a way native New Yorkers would recognize—but never feel homesick for. Today, cultural signposting is driving this home even more. As Downtown’s museums, restaurants and hotels more closely resemble that cityscape out east, the NoMad cements this area as L.A.’s hub for urban cool. Like its sibling in Manhattan, the hotel called on Jacques Garcia to add his flair to the interiors. His trademark, heavy, layered, tactile approach might seem like the antithesis of where we would want to be on a hazy Los Angeles Sunday. But his more-is-more approach completely does justice to this Twenties building. The hotel so blatantly channels Old Hollywood glamour that, had a designer tried to spin it into a sun-kissed dreamland, it would not have worked. Garcia’s green and purple velvet salons, and 241 elegant guest rooms, seem like exactly the type of place Hepburn and Bogart would hang out. On Fridays an after-work and pre-dinner set gather by the rooftop pool and in the lobby bars before heading off to explore the brilliant food scene that is giving New York a run for its money. NoMad has a level of cosmopolitan refinement that feels right in Los Angeles now.

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Palihotel Culver City →

Boutique brand Palisociety is quietly creating a mini empire of pretty patterns and breezy living room-style salons around greater L.A., having opened four hotels with less than 50 rooms from Santa Monica to West Hollywood in the past decade (a fifth arrives soon). Culver City, a Westside neighborhood of old film studios that’s having a creative renaissance, marks Pali’s entry into an emerging Los Angeles scene. The hotel rises above a residential corner with walls painted like the brand’s signature wallpaper, topped with a neon sign. Something about the design, which lands on the smarter side of kitsch, with heavy woods, flannel blankets, and groovy floral prints, recalls the classic, ‘60s Frankie Avalon film Beach Blanket Bingo. Yet there are no teen idols cutting a rug in Pali’s indigo-blue outdoor bar. Instead the hotel is drawing in the cool kids from Silver Lake who have finally started taking Culver City seriously and who are likely to be discussing the latest detox over mushroom sandwiches and salad Niçoise at its Simonette restaurant. As the Los Angeles hotel landscape is starting to mature quickly, Pali’s fun, young vibe is a refreshing counterpoint that taps into the SoCal spirit in a way big-wig arrivals just can’t.

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Hotel Figueroa →

Upon entering Hotel Figueroa, you'll notice the Spanish contemporary design and Old World charm. There's a gorgeous cocktail bar and lounge in the lobby, but the seats next to the massive fireplace offer the best perch for people watching. Our Deluxe King room had high wood-beamed ceilings and a comfy seating area with warm fixtures and homey accents. The bathroom had a glass-enclosed shower with rain showerhead and bright fig-leaf wallpaper evocative of the hotel’s nickname: the Fig. There’s no shortage of great dining and drinking options. With great access to DTLA's thriving arts, culture, and food scenes, this is a real urban oasis—for a great rate.

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The Mayfair Hotel →

This Beaux Arts–style building has been given a modern refresh courtesy of designer Gulla Jonsdottir, also the vision behind West Hollywood’s La Peer Hotel. She led the Mayfair’s multi-million-dollar, top-to-bottom renovation, which includes a chic and stately lobby with velvet sofas, marble accents, and charcoal-colored columns. Opened in 1926, the property carries a slice of L.A. history: It played host to the first Academy Awards afterparty. Today the common areas and guest rooms are monochromatic and sexy. Don’t miss out on peeping artist Kelly “Risk” Graval’s multi-million-dollar collection throughout the property, which was produced in collaboration with artists Shepard Fairey, Geoff Melville, Richard Mirando. The world-renowned graffiti artist is a hometown hero of the Los Angeles arts scene—and it’s easy to see why. For arts and culture lovers looking to explore DTLA, the rehabbed Mayfair is a great home base.

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