This hotel has views, and not just any views. Occupying the top four floors of a 26-story, LEED-certified tower in downtown L.A., every room, restaurant, fitness machine, and rooftop poolside lounger has unparalleled, panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin. That alone would be enough to rest on, but this is the Ritz-Carlton, so the hotel is also home to two Wolfgang Puck restaurants, one seriously decadent spa, and sleek, modern rooms with everything you’d expect from the classic luxury brand.
The other impressive thing about the hotel is its location at the heart of the entertainment-residential complex L.A. Live. This puts the best of downtown’s entertainment quite literally at guests’ feet, with the Staples Center, Nokia Theatre, Grammy Museum, and loads of restaurants and shops all right there. Outdoor movies and concerts, red-carpet events, and sports events happen right here all the time; if you don’t have tickets, just ask the concierge.
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The L.A. Live complex has been leading the way in downtown's revitalization of recent years, and the area around the hotel is now packed with shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife for all ages. The complex is home to the Staples Center, Nokia Theatre, and Grammy Museum. Red-carpet events are held here regularly. Outside this bubble, though, there’s plenty more to explore on foot in the surrounding area. Downtown is a pedestrian’s heaven, filled with street art, historic architecture, and an ever-increasing collection of restaurants and shops. Grab breakfast at the Original Pantry Cafe, just up the street, peruse the Museum of Contemporary Art, and get tickets to a show at the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Rooms: 123 rooms, 14 suites. From $389. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The 24th floor is home to two signature restaurants by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck—the fine-dining WP24, and its more relaxed little sibling Nest at WP24. Both serve modern, gourmet interpretations of traditional Chinese cuisine amid sleek, avant-garde decor and panoramic city views. The 23rd-floor Club Lounge, open to guests staying in Club-level rooms, offers free buffet-style snacks and drinks throughout the day. As the hotel is attached to the J.W. Marriott and L.A. Live, other dining options are available without even leaving the building, including an Italian-style café by the renowned espresso brand Illy, a relaxed gastropub open all day, and two lobby bars. Snacks and drinks can also be ordered poolside. Spa and gym details: The 8,000-square-foot signature spa offers every treatment imaginable, many of them with all-natural products made using plants grown in the rooftop garden. The 2,000-square-foot gym—equipped with all the latest equipment —looks out on the city’s rooftops from its 26th-floor perch, next to the scenic pool deck, where free yoga and meditation classes are held regularly. Private training can be arranged.
Who's it best for: Business travelers and luxury lovers who need to be in the heart of downtown. Our favorite rooms: As they’re on the 22nd through 26th floors, all of the rooms have exceptional views, but those facing north can see such landmarks as the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory. Good to know: Book a Club-level room to get access to the Club Lounge—a sleek, living-room-style space with floor-to-ceiling windows, free drinks, and snacks throughout the day, a private concierge, and elegant meeting space.