In Los Angeles’ circles of cool, trying too hard won’t win points; so it’s fortunate for L’Ermitage that it doesn’t even have to try. Most luxury hotels here go in and out of style, but this timelessly elegant Beverly Hills icon sticks to what it knows best—privacy, clean-lined style, and first-class service—and the rich and famous keep coming back. The bar and restaurant may be industry hangouts, but the atmosphere is more that of shop talk over a refined glass of wine or perfectly grilled steak; no buzzing paparazzi scene here. Though the walls are lined with rotating gallery-worthy art, and the understated rooms and suites are larger and better furnished than many an apartment, there’s no need to kick up a fuss. An air of serenity pervades the whole place, and everyone is treated like an honored guest, greeted with a welcome drink, and offered free coffee all day. The rooftop pool, with its panoramic views, is mercifully private, so guests needn’t worry about the public peeking in on their poolside massage. Children, too, are VIPs here, thanks to a full range of amenities, from kids’ menus to baby bathtubs. Even leaving this oasis and venturing into Beverly Hills can be done in style: the hotel offers free town car service within the neighborhood.
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L'Ermitage is located in a sleepy, well-heeled neighborhood just a few blocks out of the Beverly Hills Golden Triangle, which makes it both quiet and an ideal base for exploring the ritzy area on foot. Iconic restaurants such as Spago and Bouchon are both within walking distance. See and be seen over brunch at the Ivy, and grab coffee at nearby Coupa Café. Take the hotel's car a few blocks south to Rodeo Drive, lined with international luxury stores by the likes of Bottega Veneta and Hermès.
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Rooms: 118 rooms, 14 suites. From $412. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: A refined, California-Italian osteria, the romantic Livello serves simple, fresh food such as caprese salad and grilled branzino. Livello’s airy, high-ceilinged dining room has a wall of windows looking out on a lush and equally elegant patio dotted with umbrella-shaded wooden tables. The restaurant is popular for power lunches (tree-fringed tables make deals harder to overhear, right?). The Livello Lounge and Bar, with its fireplace-framing leather chairs, is also a renowned industry hot spot with an impressive wine and cocktail list. Casual plates, including a kids’ menu, can be ordered poolside as well. Spa and gym details: While the saltwater pool on the roof is big enough for laps, it’s more popular for a quick dip after a few hours of lounging. The hotel’s signature spa offers a full range of treatments, available in-room, poolside, or in one of two treatments rooms; locker rooms and steam rooms are here, too. The bright, wood-floored gym is stocked with state-of-the-art equipment, and personal training, fitness assessment, and yoga sessions can be arranged. The concierge can also help arrange salon services.
Who's it best for: Paparazzi-shy celebs, luxury-loving couples, and families with a refined palate. Our favorite rooms: The sleek and spacious Premier Rooms have panoramic, top-floor views of either Beverly Hills or the Hollywood Hills from private balconies (accessed via French doors), while the eight extra-large Grand Lux Suites have two balconies each, as well as a living room, pantry, and private bar. Pool spot: Unlike many pools in Beverly Hills, L’Ermitage’s rooftop swim spot is open to guests only, making it relaxed and unpretentious at all hours—and virtually guaranteeing you’ll recognize a few faces behind those shades.