Los Angeles is a bucket list city for travellers all around the globe and is famous for its stunning scenery, vibrant local culture, thriving food scene and never-ending things to do. Whether you’re visiting for the Hollywood vibes, world-class shopping or the more than 75 miles of coastline full of stunning beaches and water activities, the City of Angels has something for you. After all, Los Angeles is not just one of the most visited places in the USA, it’s also one of the most well-known cities in the world. Iconic for its hodgepodge architecture, infinite museums, stylish locals and Hollywood nostalgia, it isn’t hard to see why.
Unsurprisingly, Los Angeles is also home to some of the best hotels in the country ranging from budget to boutique to luxury and beyond. Whether you’re travelling as a couple and looking for a cosy, romantic BnB or are looking for an upscale ultra-lux hotel that spells Hollywood glam; there are plenty of options for everyone. One of the best parts about LA is due to its staggering size, there are plenty of neighbourhoods to choose from to get the most out of your stay. Beverly Hills is, of course, the most popular, however, there are several other great choices such as Venice and Santa Monica.
Simply put, Los Angeles is a cultural mecca. The city is home to a very deep-rooted indigenous and Latino culture that spans millennia along with several thriving Asian communities, thanks to this Los Angeles consistently ranks as one of America’s most diverse cities. Additionally, the city is famous for being rich in the arts. It’s Hollywood roots can be seen and felt all throughout the city and are part of what makes it such a beloved American gem.
Urban, modern and stylish are just some of the words used to describe Kimpton Hotel Wilshire. This boutique hotel on Miracle Mile is just a stone’s throw away from shopping at the Grove and some of the city’s best cultural hotspots, entertainment and dining options. 74 guestrooms are outfitted with the latest in-room technologies, as well as signature animal print robes and yoga mats. It’s all about the quintessential LA amenities here: 24-hour Nitro Brew on tap, free bikes for guests, EV charging and a rooftop pool with skyline views. The Kimpton Hotel Wilshire is no doubt one of the coolest kids on the block.
The Beverly Hills Hotel captures the glamorous ambiance of Hollywood’s Golden Age and has been a celebrity mainstay since opening in 1912. Famous guests have included Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, who stayed in one of the exclusive 23 luxury bungalows which boast private gardens and plunge pools. The other 210 rooms at the ‘Pink Palace’ are just as impressive, featuring balconies with clear views of Beverly Hills and fireplaces, while the hotel itself is set on 12 acres of tropical gardens with palm trees and exotic flowers. Guests can enjoy dining by the pool in a private cabana or at the iconic Polo Lounge.
Yet another iconic hotel in Los Angeles that’s beloved by celebrities, the Chateau Marmont is a playground for all of Tinseltown. The castle-like hotel is modelled from a French castle in the Loire Valley and has long attracted A-listers thanks to its opulent luxury and legendary discretion. It’s located in West Hollywood and has 63 rooms: top picks are the hillside bungalows, which have direct access to the heated pool from a private walled garden. Want to really splash out? Book a stay in Room 64, the famous two-bed penthouse suite with a wraparound terrace and marble hallway.
This Downtown LA outpost from hip Hoxton hotel group is one of the best places to stay in the City of Angels for both locals and out-of-towners. With 174 rooms decorated in a beach-y California meets classic Hollywood glam, you get the best of both sides of LA. There’s a rooftop pool for soaking up the sun, free HOX bikes to explore the area and dining options from Brooklyn-famous cafe, Sunday in Brooklyn. For a sleek design hotel, it ticks all the boxes.
For beach vibes, consider The Surfider. It’s a 20 room, Californian beach house (complete with rooftop deck) that’s located on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, right across the street from the world-famous Surfrider beach. All rooms have similar aesthetic with natural furnishings and rain showers, and some suites even have an outdoor terrace with loungers, hammock, and an outdoor dining area that faces the sunset. What makes the Surfrider really stand out is its extra touches: guests can make use of complimentary Mini Coopers, custom surf boards and wetsuits.
Hotel Casa del Mar is a luxurious 5-star oceanfront hotel in Santa Monica. Once an exclusive beach club in the 1920s, the hotel still retains its timeless charm and elegance. Take your pick from 129 beautiful guest rooms and 16 suites, including three two-story Penthouse Suites and a Pacific View Suite. The hotel also features two restaurants, a buzzy lobby bar and lounge with nightly entertainment, luxurious indoor cabanas, an exclusive spa, fitness center and outdoor pool, which has been there since the hotel was first built.
West Hollywood’s Petit Ermitage hotel is a bohemian beauty that effortlessly blends European charm with LA cool. The all-suite hotel is centered around a saltwater rooftop pool and fire deck. Suites are opulently designed, with unique artwork and antiques, while the hotel’s daily activities are a real highlight. They range from morning yoga to mezcal tastings. The best bit? All guests are tended to by a ‘Liason of Happiness’ (a butler).
Los Angeles is huge and sprawling, so it can be hard to decide where to stay. Beverly Hills has high-end shopping, luxury hotels and restaurants, Silverlake is more artsy and obscure, Downtown LA is home to the theatres and iconic Grand Central Market food court and Malibu has beach vibes.