Renowned around the world for being the home of Hollywood, Los Angeles is an incredible place to visit that boasts a host of famous and iconic sights. Besides the Hollywood Hills, Sunset Strip, and Universal Studios, the ‘City of Angels’ is also blessed with a warm and welcoming climate and lots of fantastic beaches.
As the States’ second-most populous city sprawls over such a large area, it is well worth deciding what you want to see and do before booking any accommodation. Thankfully, Los Angeles has an astounding array of world-class hotels for visitors to choose from, whatever their interests. Whether you want to explore Hollywood and Beverly Hills or Santa Monica and Venice Beach, these are the hotels that you don’t want to miss out on.
1. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
If you’re looking for a luxurious beachside stay, you can’t do much better than the Fairmont Miramar. Lying just across Ocean Avenue from Santa Monica Beach, this five-star hotel guarantees a peaceful and pleasant stay with some of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable.
While the rooms are all delightfully decorated, guests can also choose to stay in any one of its 31 residential bungalows. Besides its fantastic service and location, the hotel also has a fitness centre, outdoor pool, and on-site spa for visitors to enjoy.
Location: Ideal for a beachside stay and those looking to explore Santa Monica, the Fairmont Miramar lies less than a kilometre away from the beach, pier, and aquarium. Otherwise, Downtown Los Angeles is around a 25-minute drive away.
2. Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
An absolutely gorgeous, glamourous, and elegant hotel, the Millennium Biltmore has been warmly welcoming guests ever since 1923. Since then, it has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, such as Ghostbusters and Fight Club.
Recently refurbished, its rooms are stylish and modern, while its ballrooms, lobby, and Rendezvous Court look just as dazzling and opulent as before. The undoubted highlight is its stunning Roman-style indoor pool.
Location: As the hotel is located in Downtown Los Angeles, lots of restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions lie nearby. Otherwise, Pershing Square Station is just a stone’s throw away for longer journeys.
3. Sunset Tower Hotel
Located on the Sunset Strip, this marvellous five-star hotel has been attracting the rich and famous ever since it opened in 1931. The iconic and elegant Art Deco tower is one of Los Angeles’ most recognisable landmarks; from its higher floors, you can enjoy stupendous views out over the city.
Recently renovated, the Sunset Tower Hotel boasts chic and sophisticated rooms equipped with all the latest amenities. In addition to this, there is the brilliant Tower Bar restaurant to try out, as well as an excellent rooftop pool and a full-service spa.
Location: Perfectly placed for exploring Sunset Boulevard and West Hollywood, Sunset Tower Hotel lies four kilometres away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
4. Hotel Bel-Air
Another fabulous five-star hotel, the Bel-Air is the place to go if you’re after a relaxing and romantic stay. Set amidst lush and lovingly landscaped gardens, the hotel boasts a beautiful outdoor pool with hummingbirds and brightly coloured birds flitting about.
While the hotel’s serene and secluded setting is sure to guarantee a magical stay, the rooms and staggering array of wellness facilities are all top of the range. Part of the Dorchester Collection, the Bel-Air is one of Los Angeles’ most luxurious hotels.
Location: As it is located in the residential Bel-Air neighbourhood, guests will most likely need a car to get around LA. Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip are both around a ten-minute drive away.
5. SLS Hotel
A Luxury Collection Hotel, the SLS is a wonderful place to stay that showcases a very sleek and cool decor. Exquisitely decorated, its modern rooms are all equipped with flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations.
While its artistic design has attracted plaudits from guests and critics alike, its fabulous facilities have just as many admirers. Of these, the state-of-the-art gym, rooftop pool and luxury restaurant are the picks of the bunch.
Location: SLS Hotel is ideally placed for exploring Beverly Hills, with both Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip lying 20 minutes away by bus.
6. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Towering above its surroundings, the 12-story high Waldorf Astoria certainly stands out from the crowd. Its gleaming and glamourous Art Deco interior sparkles before your eyes and attracts only the chicest of guests.
While its rooftop pool and bar boast divine views out over LA, its rooms are equally impressive for their size, style and sophistication.
Location: The Waldorf Astoria is within ten minutes walk of Rodeo Drive and a host of Beverly Hill’s best shops, restaurants, and bars.
7. The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles L.A. Live
Despite its location in Downtown Los Angeles, the Ritz-Carlton feels a million miles away; its gorgeous interior is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Tastefully decorated, its rooms come fully equipped with all the latest amenities, and many of them boast phenomenal views out over LA.
Besides its fantastic location, excellent service and sophisticated atmosphere, the five-star hotel comes with a wonderful Wolfgang Puck restaurant, as well as a wellness centre and rooftop pool.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton is just a block away from the Staples Center and is within easy access of LA’s business, finance, culture, and fashion districts.
8. Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills
If you’re looking for the star treatment, then the Viceroy L’Ermitage might just be the place for you. Besides sumptuous suites with private bars and walk-in closets, guests can enjoy a fabulous free car service that sees them driven around Beverly Hills in a Maserati.
Equally impressive are the rest of the five-star hotel’s services and facilities, with its trendy Lounge, brilliant Avec Nous restaurant and relaxing rooftop pool the standout features.
Location: The Viceroy L’Ermitage is just a ten-minute walk away from Rodeo Drive, with plenty of shops, bars, restaurants, and entertainment options nearby.
9. The NoMad Los Angeles
Only opened in 2018, the NoMad has already earned rave reviews thanks to its delightfully decadent design and decor. Its rooms, for instance, each exhibit their own unique style and are decorated with original artworks and elaborate furnishings.
As it is located in the historic Giannini Building (the one-time Bank of Italy headquarters), there is a very Italianate style about the place; its lobby is particularly eye-catching. With several on-site dining options on offer, as well as a rooftop pool and bar, the NoMad is certainly here to stay.
Location: Located in Downtown LA, The NoMad is just a short walk from Los Angeles Theater, with a number of bars and restaurants around it. For longer journeys, the 7th St/Metro Center is just ten minutes away on foot.
10. Kimpton La Peer Hotel
Fittingly located in West Hollywood’s Design District, Kimpton La Peer is effortlessly and exquisitely decorated in a sleek and cool Scandinavian style. Equipped with all the latest devices and amenities, its rooms are just as stylish as its lobby, lounge, and communal areas.
Besides its attractive design, the hotel also has a lovely outdoor pool for guests to enjoy, as well as a spa and wellness centre and a divine Italian restaurant.
Location: Lying just off the Santa Monica Boulevard, Kimpton La Peer is only a short bus or car journey away from Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip, and Farmers Market.
11. Beverly Wilshere, A Four Seasons Hotel
An iconic LA institution, the Beverly Wilshere has been welcoming the rich and famous – celebs, royals, and presidents alike – ever since it was opened in 1928. Its grand exterior is matched by its opulent interior, which you may recognise from films such as Pretty Woman.
Staying in this fabulous five-star hotel is sure to be a treat, with a spa, wellness centre, and pool all on offer alongside its magnificent Michelin star-rated steakhouse.
Location: Just a five-minute walk from Rodeo Drive, Beverly Wilshere lies around a 20-minute drive from both Hollywood and Santa Monica Beach.
12. InterContinental – Los Angeles Downtown
As it is located at the top of the tallest building in LA, it’s fair to say that the InterContinental boasts the most breathtaking views of the city imaginable. Remarkably, Spire73, its rooftop bar, is actually the highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere.
While the panoramas are simply staggering, the hotel’s stylish and sophisticated rooms are just as appealing, and guests can enjoy dining out at any one of its excellent eateries.
Location: Located within walking distance of the Staples Center, the InterContinental also lies right next to 7th St/Metro Center if you should want to head further afield.
13. Hotel Erwin
A laidback yet lively place, Hotel Erwin is set in a wonderful spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just a stone’s throw away from Venice Beach Boardwalk. Perfect for a beach getaway, the four-star hotel has a lovely open-air rooftop lounge, as well as a great restaurant serving Californian cuisine.
Its modern rooms all come with HDTVs, iPod docking stations, and free WiFi.
Location: Hotel Erwin is set in a perfect location just minutes from Venice Beach Boardwalk. In addition, it also lies next to lots of bars, restaurants, and shops, as well as some museums and art galleries.
14. Loews Hollywood Hotel
If you love all things Hollywood, then this is the place to stay, as it lies right in the heart of the action. While outside bustles with life, its peaceful and stylish interior is sure to guarantee you a relaxing stay.
Its luxurious rooms are perfectly complemented by its fantastic outdoor swimming pool and wellness centre, while its kitchen and bar serve up delicious California-inspired cuisine.
Location: The hotel is on Hollywood Boulevard next to all the main tourist attractions such as the Walk of Fame, Wax Museum, and TLC Chinese Theatre.
15. The Beverly Hills Hotel
Long a playground of the rich and famous, the Beverly Hills Hotel is one of the most iconic places in Hollywood, with rock stars, royals, celebrities, and film stars all having stayed here. Myths and legends swirl around the Pink Palace; this is, in part, what makes it such an enticing place to stay.
Besides the fabled stories, the five-star Dorchester Collection hotel boasts beautiful gardens, gorgeous rooms, and an iconic outside pool overlooked by palm trees.
Location: Set on Sunset Boulevard, the Beverly Hills Hotel lies five to ten minutes away from Rodeo Drive and Sunset Strip by car.