The Best Hotels in LA to Check Into Now
There are a number of factors to consider when deciding to call a Los Angeles hotel home. Beach or city center, traditional or modern, access to an A-list crowd or the ability to simply get lost in a quiet corner. Fortunately, no matter what you prefer, Los Angeles’ growing hotel scene can deliver. California dream at some of the city’s best hotels, from hi-rise luxury to unassuming boutiques tucked away on quiet streets.
Santa Monica Proper
The first thing you’ll notice when you check into Santa Monica Proper—besides its enviable location near the Pacific Ocean—is the open-air layout, indoor palm trees, blond woods, and sand-colored palettes. It’s like a day at the beach without ever having to step outside. Designed by Kelly Wearstler, the hotel has 271 rooms and suites that include state of the art technology like the Proper app to customize your in-room experience and thoughtful design touches like curved, floor to ceiling windows to let that California sun in. Cozy up in the art-filled lobby lounge Palma for light bites and Mezcal, or take in coastline views on the gorgeous rooftop Calabra before dinner at the hotel's Onda restaurant, which draws inspiration from California and Mexican flavors. Next up: the 3,000-square-foot Surya Spa opening this spring complete with therapeutic massage, steam and oil treatments, cooking lessons, yoga, and meditation.
Silver Lake Pool & Inn
Yes, Silverlake is well-known for its hipster vibes, but this new cozy inn makes the overabundance of avocado toast and oat milk lattes worth it. Run by the company behind Palihotels, the interior of Silver Lake Pool & Inn includes vintage leather furnishings, California retro style and succulents to brighten the space. The 54 oversized guestrooms include custom terrazzo nightstands, leather chairs, live plants, and views of L.A.’s famous iconic sites. At the elevated pool deck, enjoy a cocktail on one of the cute chaise lounges with peach striped pillows. Downstairs, Marco Polo restaurant offers a coastal inspired Italian seasonal menu of pasta, seafood, and canapés. One of the most impressive components of Silverlake Pool & Inn is its robust events calendar, which includes everything from mini martini Mondays to poolside yoga.
The West Hollywood Edition
The Sunset Strip is a playground of trendy hotel options, but newcomer West Hollywood Edition is a step above the rest for a few reasons. A foliage oasis welcomes guests to this prime location on the corner of Sunset Blvd of Doheny. 850 tons of soil and 48 species of trees, shrubs, vines and tropicals were procured to create the entrance to The West Hollywood Edition, and British architect John Pawson maintains a chic, minimalist feel throughout the space. Rich green velvet sofas and silk area rugs are welcoming touches to the airy lobby. The gorgeous lobby bar is a prime spot to take a seat and people watch before dinner. 140 guestrooms and 50 suites feature neutral palettes and whitewashed teak wood, with artwork that defines Hollywood cool. Bathroom amenities include an addictive Le Labo fragrance created just for Edition. The restaurant, Ardor, is helmed by California native and Michelin-star chef John Fraser. This is the place to see and be seen, and fortunately, the quality of food is just as good as the company. Rub shoulders with the Hollywood elite while noshing on a silky tuna tartare and tender ribeye steak. Once you’re done eating, enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop or at the Edition’s coveted club, Sunset.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
This Beverly Hills icon certainly made a statement with its debut in 2018. The $200 million project is the first Waldorf Astoria property on the west coast. The hotel’s 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites feature art deco flair curated by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the French designer behind London's Savoy Hotel and the Four Seasons George V in Paris. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and lighting options that include Arrival, Romantic, or Bedtime -- because setting the mood is everything, right? At check-in, guests receive access to a personal concierge team that is on-call 24-7 and available to help with anything from restaurant reservations to tickets to the Hollywood Bowl. Legendary chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten heads three of the property’s dining venues: Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, The Rooftop by JG and Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Bar. Don’t miss the avocado pizza here- it’s worth the carbs.
This West Hollywood hideaway exudes Bohemian chic with eccentric decor and plenty of spaces to relax. Anyone staying here likely embraces a bit of quirkiness. The famed, ivy covered Petit Ermitage has 80 suites, 11 of which include access to a velvet clad communal space called the “Masters Lounge” on the top floor. The decor here is an international mashup of tiles from Rome, custom railings from India, rugs from Turkey, and pillow shams from Uzbekistan. The owner’s private art collection, which includes original works by Dali, Miro, de Kooning, Erté, and Rauschenberg, are scattered throughout the hotel. There’s a private, saltwater pool that’s shaded by kumquat trees, and at night, the rooftop garden lights up like a scene from your favorite fairytale. Recognized as a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary by the National Wildlife Federation, the restaurant space in the garden serves up dishes like lamb tagine and banana sesame gelato. After dinner, the Butterfly Bar is the ideal place to enjoy a seasonally inspired cocktail with ingredients sourced from local farmers markets. Guests can also enjoy complimentary yoga on the Fire Deck, in-suite spa treatments, and outdoor movie screenings every Monday with popcorn and cocktails.
Hotel 850 SVB
Los Angeles has its fair share of luxury hi-rise hotels that are sought after by the most discerning travelers around the world. Among these shining stars on a residential street on the border of Hollywood and Beverly Hills sits Hotel 850 SVB. This unassuming boutique hotel provides everything a traveler who is seeking a home away from home needs. Hotelier Jeff Klein created a space where luxury boutique meets residential living. Enter its bungalow facade and step into a lobby that feels more like a welcoming living room than hotel. Some of the 23 rooms and suites include seagrass walls, terraces and even a mini library. There is a communal living room that is the perfect place to read a book by the fireplace or finish up a deadline. A continental breakfast is included in your stay, with a spread that boasts of Ladurée’s famed croissants- delivered fresh each morning. On the rooftop terrace, enjoy complimentary wine every afternoon as you gaze at West Hollywood’s iconic hills and palm trees in the distance.
To say that downtown Los Angeles is undergoing a major facelift would be an understatement. Every month, a new hotel or restaurant pop. Among the newcomers, Hotel Figueroa is an impressive pick because of its history and dedication to the Los Angeles arts scene. Originally opened in 1926 as an exclusive women’s hostelry, the hotel reopened in 2018 and features 268 redesigned guest rooms and suites, with common spaces that still maintain the original Spanish Colonial architecture. An evolving art program features museum quality installations from local artists and literary collections from Los Angeles based authors.There are two restaurants on property, the poolside eatery, Veranda, and Mediterranean and Basque inspired Breva. There are also three bars, Rick’s, Bar Figueroa and the reservations-only, Bar Alta.
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