Romance is in the air all over Los Angeles, and not just in the Hollywood movies being made here. Our City of Angels is the perfect place to canoodle, especially if you choose the right venue for such a situation. That said, following are five love nests that make for great staycations, ideal for the Angeleno who wants to woo but doesn’t have time (and maybe not even the inclination) to take a proper vacation to a faraway place.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
900 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Downtown Los Angeles is really romantic, especially after dark when office dwellers leave the scene while less work-oriented urbanites take it on. That said, hands down the best full-service hotel for romance in this part of the City of Angels is The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. The centerpiece of LA Live, this well-groomed property exists high above the fray for some super memorable ways to get in the mood for love. Consider the hotel’s swank swimming pool, a rarefied rooftop retreat serving up panoramic views of the mountains and the skyline. Also note the ultra luxurious, marble-endowed Ritz-Carlton Suite on the 25th floor, taking up nearly 3,000 square feet of prime real estate. The latter is ideal for passionate trysts right here in town, as are all the accommodations on the club floor where you’ll delight in constant respite in the form of canapés and salads and flowing champagne from a private lounge, all included in the price of the room in which you’re bound to fall in love all over again.
6610 Palos Verdes Drive S.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Who wouldn’t feel the love while peering directly down into the Pacific from a luxurious bungalow window overlooking the Palos Verdes Peninsula? Book at Terranea Resort and you shall receive the best of romantic intentions from this magical retreat’s lush accommodations. Indeed, this is the place many honeymooners pick for their special getaway because of the setting and because of all the accoutrements on offer here. Still, you don’t need to get married in order to enjoy this magical place, so get a grip on this romantic property and its sprawling grounds right on the water for the model staycation for two. Of note at Terranea: An adults-only pool overlooking the beach and special spa treatments for couples performed in spa rooms that come complete with copper bathtubs, fireplaces, infrared saunas and Swiss showers are available. Both amenities are sure to put you in shape for a glorious evening ahead.
1717 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
If you’re looking for a Hollywood hideaway that’s intimate yet dynamic, choose The Redbury. From the moment you enter this 57-room retreat evocative of Golden Age glamor, you’ll smell how special this place is since the hotel’s signature fragrance in the form of a rich plumeria with Oriental notes takes over the entire edifice. The romance continues all the way to the expansive accommodations, all of which feel as if they’re apartments rather than hotel quarters. Each comes with a full kitchen, so you can cook up a memorable respite to feed to each other or you can order from room service coming via the in-house Cleo eatery serving Mediterranean fare or Katuya, a celebrated Japanese fusion restaurant located nearby that delivers.
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10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hipsters on the prowl for an overnight retreat will likely enjoy the ambiance and special amenities at this spiffy hotel from Kimpton. And don’t worry if, when you arrive, you keep seeing red — on the walls, in the floral arrangement, in the artwork and in the furnishings — because that’s all good. In fact, that’s all in the theme of this rarefied retreat where bold hues are meant to excite. Before hunkering down for the evening, take advantage of some of the special activities this boutique property has on offer, including the use of custom-made bikes from Public that can be ridden to a nearby park to enjoy a private picnic prepared exclusively by the hotel (and yes, the bikes have baskets). Ready to settle in? Consider opting for an in-room spa treatment like the one called Lavender Dreams to launch your experience, a good way to soothe any leftover nerves from life as you typically know it. Talk about getting away from the fray. No doubt the Palomar knows how to get you to do that.
701 Stone Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077
No list of romantic hotels in Los Angeles is complete without mentioning the legendary Hotel Bel-Air. Fresh from a major overhaul and surrounded by 12 acres of lush gardens, including its signature duck pond, the secluded setting on winding Stone Canyon Road can’t be beat for lovers looking for peace and quiet while being pampered to the nth degree. Before disappearing for the evening, couples will enjoy the best dining experience in the City of Angeles courtesy of celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck on their private guest room patio or in the restaurant bearing this irrepressible culinary creator’s world famous name.
Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.