The Best Hotels in Los Angeles

Location is everything in this sprawling town, so choosing the right hotel is important for L.A.-bound travelers. Luckily, there’s a range of places to stay across the city, from the iconic towers of Sunset Strip to boutiques in quieter neighborhoods.
Collected by Afar Magazine
Photo courtesy of Peninsula Beverly Hills
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
A grand hotel in the Old World tradition, the Peninsula Beverly Hills oozes luxury and decadence from its gilded chandeliers and wood-paneled walls. From the moment a white-gloved valet opens the oversized front doors, the entire experience...
Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
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...
Photo courtesy of The Line Hotel
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
As the first boutique hotel in Koreatown, the Line might have been able to get away with cutting a few corners while still attracting a cool clientele. It probably didn’t need to get the hottest young Korean-American chef in L.A. on board...
Photo courtesy of SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
Beautiful and dramatic, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is a fantasy of design, set right in the heart of Los Angeles’ most decadent neighborhoods. Decorated by the inimitable Philippe Starck in a style that blends ornate wingback chairs with...
Photo courtesy of The Crescent Hotel
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
Up-and-coming starlets in the 1920s and '30s would have stayed at the Crescent. When the palm tree–lined art deco building opened in 1927, it was as lodgings for the budding actresses who'd just signed studio contracts and moved out to L.A....
Photo by Lauren Coleman
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
Somewhere between a hip designer’s loft and a rock star’s party pad, the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is unlike anywhere else and the logical progression in the boutique hotel brand’s expansion. It’s also exactly what...
Photo courtesy of Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
There’s something to be said for the place that gave Beverly Hills its name and turned it into one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country. Opened in 1912 amid the fields of the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Beverly...
Photo courtesy of Palihouse West Hollywood
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
Imagine having your own pied-à-terre within walking distance of the Sunset Strip, Melrose’s best shopping, and West Hollywood’s hip bars and eateries. The pad itself would feel like a loft from some cross between London and New...
Photo by Aaron Wolfe-Haxton
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
The first true boutique hotel on L.A.’s east side, the Hotel Covell fits into its trendy Los Feliz neighborhood so well that it feels like it should have been there for years. Created by a veteran of the Los Angeles bar and restaurant scene,...
Photo by Ryan Phillips
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
Before it was the sprawling metropolis at the beating heart of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles consisted of verdant acres of farmland, many home to fragrant orange groves. Farmer’s Daughter brings this oft-forgotten past into the...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Bel-Air
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
Originally opened in 1946 as a luxury hideaway for the rich and famous, the Hotel Bel-Air’s brilliance as a Hollywood icon has, if anything, increased since its renovation, finished in 2011, by the renowned design teams at Alexandra...
Photo courtesy of The Chamberlain
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
An unassuming modern apartment block on the outside, this mod-inspired, all-suites getaway on a quiet West Hollywood street is exactly the place where one imagines celebrities hiding from the press. Despite flashy decor—zigzag marble floors,...
Photo courtesy of Andaz West Hollywood
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
A shimmering, chrome-and-white exterior with just a hint of midcentury flare belies the Andaz West Hollywood’s tabloid-splashed background. Barely recognizable in its latest incarnation, the Hyatt-operated boutique hotel was once the Sunset...
Photo courtesy of Chateau Marmont
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
In a city built on dreams, Chateau Marmont is the place where imaginations run wild. Opened in 1929 as luxury apartments in the style of a French château, the building became a hotel in 1930 and, over the decades, has hosted an exhaustive...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Shangri-La
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
An art deco icon, built in 1939 for the silver screen stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the Hotel Shangri-La is a beachfront beauty made for decadence. As the original Shangri-La—the big chain is just leasing the name—the boutique...
Photo courtesy of Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
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...
Photo courtesy of Montage Beverly Hills
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
A vision of stately luxury, this Mediterranean-inspired landmark hotel has everything going for it: an iconic restaurant, the largest spa in the neighborhood, a glamorous rooftop pool, and seriously prime Beverly Hills placement overlooking...
Photo by Amanda Friedman, AFAR Media
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
Think of the Mr. C Beverly Hills as a trip to Italy without the jet lag. Opened in 2011, the 138-room property was the first hotel by the Cipriani family of Italian restaurateurs. Through and through, it’s true to its Old World heritage,...
Photo courtesy of Palihouse Santa Monica
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
For a beachside pied-à-terre, Palihouse Santa Monica is surprisingly moody and dramatic, with nary a white linen slipcover or seashell detail in sight. Which is, of course, a good thing, because a Nantucket-style seaside aesthetic...
Photo courtesy of Palihotel
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
Part English lodge, part industrial garage, Palihotel Melrose is a trendy hipster haven in the unlikeliest place: practically at the corner of Melrose and Fairfax in the heart of one of Los Angeles’ busiest neighborhoods. The dramatic decor...
Photo courtesy of Shutters on the Beach
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
If a stately Nantucket mansion—complete with gray siding and white trim, shaded verandas and shuttered windows—were picked up and dropped on the Santa Monica shore, it could do no better an impression of a New England seaside retreat...
Photo courtesy of AKA Beverly Hills
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
The AKA Beverly Hills has a private entrance to Wolfgang Puck’s iconic restaurant Spago. Let that sink in. AKA guests—residents, actually, because the sleek, apartment-style suites are meant to be lived in for at least a...
Photo courtesy of The Rose Hotel
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
A breezy little beach hotel filled with rough wood, natural linen, and flea market finds, the Rose seems, to the uninitiated, like a pure product of quirky Venice’s hipsterfication. In fact, the historic, wood-and-stucco building was built...
Photo courtesy of Venice Beach Eco Cottages
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9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
Venice’s leafy side streets are lined with the kind of charming little bungalows that make an out-of-towner sigh, wishing they’d beaten the zeitgeist and bought one back before this quirky little beach town was trendy. A temporary...
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