In a town where extravagance rules, moguls negotiate multi-million dollar deals over power lunches, and glamour reigns supreme, it is no wonder Los Angeles can be considered home to the best hotels in the world. With no shortage of options spanning across the vast city, from foothills to beaches, only a chosen few can truly be referred to as “city gems”. The best hotels in Los Angeles do not only consist of ultra-posh suites, deluxe spas, and award winning fine-dining, but the creation of grand experiences for guests looking to live the luxe life. Whether in town for business or pleasure, hotels in Los Angeles take extraordinary pride in catering to the guest’s every need, making sure their stays are the very best possible. Whatever the reason for visiting, this compilation highlights the very best hotels Los Angeles has to offer when it comes to exceptional service, settings, accommodations, amenities and overall guest experience.
701 Stone Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90077
To some, it is very hard to believe that just seconds away from the hustle and bustle of Sunset Boulevard, is a haven that easily resembles paradise. Upon arriving at the iconic Hotel Bel-Air, guests stroll over a fairy-tale footbridge where Hercules, Athena and Chloe are ready and waiting to welcome visitors. No, they are not the concierge, host or bellman, they are the hotel’s resident swans who reside on property at Swan Lake. In some circles, they are considered original Hollywood royalty. Hotel Bel-Air’s picturesque 12 acres of lush gardens, instantly sets the tone for the duration, while the unique landscape design makes this a “paparazzi-free” refuge. With 58 guest rooms and 45 suites, including seven specialty suites, the property has maintained a true sense of traditional values incorporating state-of-the-art modern luxuries throughout the hotel. One of their greatest amenities is their beautiful pool which is the perfect setting to sit back and relax. Regardless, if your travels are for business or pleasure, a visit to Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie should be mandatory. A quick (or extra-long) spa treatment before heading off to Wolfgang Puck for California cuisine with European and Mediterranean influences is exactly what every itinerary should include. Recently, Hotel Bel-Air announced a new fleet of Mercedes S-350 Blue TECS courtesy cars available on a first come, first serve basis making cruising around Beverly Hills quite enjoyable.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 S Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Committed to creating exceptional once-in-a-lifetime moments for hotel guests, the team at The Peninsula Beverly Hills has a very special way of turning dreams of an extraordinary L.A. getaway into a reality. Inside a world of chauffeured car service, spa treatments and luxurious five-diamond rooms, suites and villas, exists a vacation that is usually only seen on the big screen. The hotel sits in the heart of Beverly Hills and is considered the most opulent hotel in the city. With afternoon tea, guest rooms, suites and private villas nestled among tropical gardens, The Peninsula is the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in Southern California. The hotel also offers many experiences which are customized one-of-a-kind outings through The Peninsula Academy and include activities such as behind-the scenes access to a major Hollywood studio; a day at a celebrity Malibu beach estate with private surf lessons; a motorcycle-drawn carriage ride that is sure to turn heads on Rodeo Drive and more. Foodies looking to check something big off their bucket list, will have the time of their lives as well as they join Chef David Codney for a half-day of fishing on the Pacific Ocean. Upon their return to the hotel, participants will feast on a four-course dinner later that evening, featuring the catch-of-the-day at The Belvedere. Families are especially embraced at The Peninsula Beverly Hills where kids (furry-kind included,) are welcomed. Children have the opportunity to become cupcake and cookie masters at the Young Pastry Chefs Academy, embark on shopping sprees at L.A.’s finest toy store, or even be crowned “Princess for a Day”. Pampered pets are considered VIP with personalized towels, doggy beds and a special menu with items like the ‘Bow Wow Beef Burger’ or ‘Spot’s New York Strip’.
Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel)
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Setting the bar for all other hotels, Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) is the epitome of luxury, known for it’s sophisticated opulence with gorgeous suites, spa oasis, fine-dining and unrivaled service. The hotel, which sits right off of Rodeo Drive, is the perfect setting if you’re looking for some rest and relaxation or a great shopping experience. Aside from the terrific guest rooms and suites, fitness center, guests can relax at the beautiful Mediterranean-style pool, whirlpool and private pool cabanas. Great for not only families, the hotel also plays host to many business guests. The hotel features one of the best restaurants in the city, Cut, which offers patrons a chic spot in the heart of Beverly Hills to enjoy Wolfgang Puck’s cuisine. This contemporary twist on the classic steakhouse serves up some of the best and most flavorful food in the city along with one-of-a-kind cocktails.
In addition, this grand hotel has left quite a unique mark on popular culture as well. Probably, most recognizable for stealing the spotlight in the 1990 blockbuster hit, “Pretty Woman”, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, it is hard to arrive on property and not fondly remember the film. What many might not know is the Beverly Wilshire has a dedicated support team ready to customize your next stay and recreate your favorite moments from the movie. After checking into the Presidential Suite, place the finishing touches on your wardrobe by beginning your Pretty Woman weekend with a personal shopping consultation on the one and only Rodeo Drive. Following the shopping spree, a Rolls-Royce will whisk you away to Greystone Mansion for a “shoeless” picnic with cuisine inspired by the movie. Back inside the Presidential Suite, you and your guest will be privately styled before spending a romantic date night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts or the LA Opera. In case a Pretty Woman weekend isn’t exactly what you had in mind, those also looking to celebrate the silver screen, will love the hotel’s Helicopter Ride to the movies offering. Plan on a private 30 to 60-minute helicopter ride with an aerial tour of Los Angeles where passengers will get up close and personal with the Hollywood sign. Your pilot will then fly over breathtaking landscapes at sunset as the tour guide point out the homes of where your favorite celebrities reside. The ride will conclude on the landing pad of a local outdoor theater where a picnic under the stars will be waiting while Hollywood’s latest motion picture release is played.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Just steps away from the entrance of the Staples Center, high above the dueling neon lights of L.A. Live, is a sweet escape of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. The hotel, with its one-of-a-kind dining options such as WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, Nest at WP24, and others, features top-notch amenities as well. Enjoy sophistocated guest rooms and suites with magnificent views of LA, a full service spa with nine luxurious treatment rooms, an outdoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi featuring panoramic city and mountain views as well as a terrific and spacious fitness center.
The hotel, which is a haven for both families and business guests, features something special though. High atop the city on the 23rd floor, you’re welcomed to The Ritz-Carlton Club® Level. Like everything else worth waiting for in Los Angeles, only a select few have the privilege of accessing this space with their Ritz-Carlton room keycard. Club Level status provides guests looking to enhance their downtown L.A. experience with added privacy, heightened security, personalized service and impeccable attention to detail. A team of dedicated concierge members are on-hand ready to score hard to get reservations at the latest restaurants and hot spots; tickets to sold out games and shows; or invites to high-profile red carpet events. Admission to the plush, Club Lounge, also entitles you to a never ending elaborate spread of continuous food and beverages. Breakfast, lunch, midday snacks, dinner, and happy hour, as well as after-hour bites, are presented throughout the day and available while taking in views of L.A.’s most famous landmark, the Hollywood sign. Although grazing throughout the day is on fine fare is very tempting, make sure to save your appetite because you are not going to want to pass up dinner and drinks at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck which sits inside the hotel. The views are magical and the food is fabulous. So, how does one obtain this highly sought after Club Level status? Simply by opting for one of the hotel’s designated Club Level suites and guest rooms when placing your initial reservation online.
Montage Beverly Hills
225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
For those traveling to Beverly Hills with children, and in search of luxury accommodations, Montage Beverly Hills ranks very high on our Best Hotels list. Upon arrival, it is hard not to be immediately impressed with the levels of service and warm welcome. Beautiful, spacious rooms, suites and private residences allow for comfort while traveling alone or with your family making it enjoyable for everyone. The hotel, which sits in the midst of Beverly Hills’ shopping area is a great option for those looking for a respite. Guest rooms and suites here offer an exquisite decor reflecting 1920’s Hollywood with modern day luxury. Whether you choose a room with a city-view balcony or patio or not, amenities at this fine hotel are plentiful. As a guest, take advantage of Turkish cotton robes, large and spacious deep-soak tubs, LCD flat-screen TV’s and much more.
The Montage Beverly Hills exclusive children’s program, Paintbox, is thoughtfully designed to care for kiddos while you stay by engaging in exciting projects, while adults experience some of the finer things offered by the hotel. From arts and crafts, to scavenger hunts and back-of-house tours, your mind will be at ease knowing the little ones are having a blast onsite with trained childcare experts, as you to relax at Spa Montage; have a complimentary consultation with In-house Fashion Stylist, Joseph Katz; or enjoy a long overdue date night dinner at Scarpetta at the hotel. Guests of Montage Beverly Hills are also encouraged to also visit The Rooftop Pool and private cabanas, prior to enjoying a meal at The Rooftop Grill overlooking the city of Beverly Hills. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, The Rooftop Grill serves up fresh California cuisine specializing in flavorful soups, salads and sandwiches made of ingredients from local farmers markets and artisanal purveyors. A “must-not miss” is the hotel’s longstanding tradition of serving Afternoon Tea at Parq Bar. Five different “tea levels” are offered to satisfy many different tastes and preferences, including a very special Gentleman’s Tea which consists of house scotch, sliders, pie & cake; and Royal Tea served with champagne.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
2 Dole Dr
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Surrounded by a picture-perfect, idyllic garden setting, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is the ideal spot for a proper staycation or getaway. Just a short driving distance from Los Angeles, this Four Seasons property is located in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and in the center of Malibu wine country. And, although the hotel is not in the heart of the city, it features a great break from the hustle of LA. Relax in a warm blend of Southern California elegance and comfort in one of their generously sized guest rooms or suites with classic decor.
What makes this resort truly stand apart from other hotels is it’s 41,000 square foot spa inside the California Health & Longevity Institute. On property, visitors can arrange for a multitude of spa and medical treatments ranging from massages and facials to nutrition, dentistry, health and wellness programs. Your stay would not be complete without spending time at the adult-only Serenity Pool to continue your quest for relaxation, or an early morning jaunt to the beach in Malibu which is only nine miles away. Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village also organizes very special culinary adventures inside the state-of-the-art demonstration Wellness Kitchen. This is a chance for budding chefs to take part in a fun, two hour interactive cooking class where they will learn from a Four Seasons Executive Chef. Classes are offered to interested pint-sized mini chefs as well monthly. The most recent Wasabi Kids program focused on healthy eating and cooking habits while learning how to prepare sushi, Japanese noodle dishes and hibachi cooking. Speaking of culinary brilliance, make sure to reserve a table at ONYX during your stay for a taste of Chef Masa Shimakawa’s modern Japanese fare.The Red Dragon spicy tuna with snow crab, shrimp tempura and house made sriracha; and “Yakimono” Miso Black Cod are swoon worthy.
8221 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Intimate, mysterious and private are words synonymous with the famous Chateau Marmont. Privacy being the key factor, do not let the Sunset Strip / West Hollywood address fool you one bit. Once you check-in, thoughts of big city life instantly vanish allowing even the most recognized guests slip quietly into obscurity. The hotel is unique for its history, offering decor thorough the property that is reminiscent of days when Hollywood’s elite would roam the grounds. With a property that boasts suites, cottages, bungalows and penthouses surrounded by lush foliage, staying here means living in a hideaway with a rich history of days-gone-by. This “great castle on the hill” is always mindful of being contemporary though. Besides the rich decor resembling the old days, highlights of this property access to the beautiful pool (depending on where to stay) as well as full kitchen amenities, private entrances and more.
Noted as the place to spot celebs in the wild, don’t think about snapping a photo or asking for an autograph. There is a reason models gather, legends reunite and celebrities seek refuge within the confines of Chateau Marmont. It is to purposely remain anonymous while being surrounded by a beautiful calming setting and excellent service. This is precisely why many actually deem the cottages and bungalows as their long-term residences while stay in town. While visiting Chateau Marmont, it is not uncommon to be having breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the dining room or garden terrace only to be seated amongst a sea of rockstars, movie stars and international superstars. In the wise words of Harry Cohn, founder of Columbia Pictures, “If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.” The walls are thick, and the parties are legendary, but with any luck, you might even score an invite. Just make sure not to name drop or humble brag across social media platforms, because you will be asked not to return.
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Shutters On The Beach
One Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Surfside hotel, Shutters On The Beach, earns a top spot on our best list (and recently published Top 10 Beach Hotels in Los Angeles,) because it encompasses everything a beach resort should be and more. Blending the east and west coasts, Shutters On The Beach can easily be described as Santa Monica chic meets Martha’s Vineyard style. Complete with sunset ocean views and Lobster Rolls at The Living Room, there is no shortage of things to do while visiting. Guests appreciate the Adeline Adeline for Kate Spade beach cruisers that are available for self-guided tours around town, and are eager to enroll with Blue Rider Surf school where they will learn how to hang ten with real Californian surfers. While staying at Shutters On The Beach, it is more common than not for patrons to declare their time at the hotel a “Do nothing vacation!” Simply lounging poolside in one of the hotel’s cabanas, staring off into the Pacific while passing time before it’s time for their signature treatment at ONE the Spa is considered time well spent. These types of small moments make checking in to the ultimate beach house so grand. There really is no reason to leave the property, but just in case you do, Shutters On The Beach offers a complimentary Tesla S P85 house car available for local drop offs making it perfect for a quick trip to the Third Street Promenade or arriving at dinner in style.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
300 S Doheny Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90048
It should come as no surprise that all three L.A. area Four Seasons properties have made our Best Hotels in Los Angeles list. Widely celebrated for continuous five-star service and unique experiences, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills understands a staycation is just as important as a vacation. The hotel sits in the heart of residential Beverly Hills while still being walking distance to the shopping and opulence of Rodeo Drive and surrounding streets. Decorated in modern, yet comfortable Southern California decor, the five-star hotel’s 285 spacious guest rooms and luxurious suites feature sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles or Beverly Hills. Whether you’re looking for family activities, to lounge by their brand new glamorous outdoor pool, workout in their fitness center, or take advantage of a business center with a multilingual concierge, The Four Seasons at Beverly Hills is the perfect destination.
In an unexpected, but exciting travel twist, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has introduced a very special joint getaway that will satisfy even the most well-versed traveler’s craving for wanderlust. What if you had the opportunity to plan a multi-destination retreat that included not only everything that Los Angeles has to offer, but an escape to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita as well? Our sentiments exactly. After spending a few days power shopping and soaking up the L.A. culture, jet off to Mexico’s Pacific Coast to relax at Four Seasons’ exclusive beach enclave for the remainder of the week. Suddenly, one trip has become twice as pleasurable. In addition to breakfast daily, two travelers will receive VIP passes to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), special privileges on Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue while shopping, complimentary amenities, one-category room upgrade during your stay in Beverly Hills, an ocean view Casita Room in Punta Mita, round-trip airport transportation, and a 50 minute treatment in the Spa or one sports activity at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita before returning home after seven days of unadulterated bliss.
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100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Upon arriving onto the 102-acre private peninsula paradise where the hotel sits, it is understandable why Terranea Resort is considered Los Angeles’ premier oceanfront getaway. With three sides of the property surrounded by the peaceful waves of the Pacific, this luxury eco-resort offers everything beyond your typical beach property including residential-style accommodations (in addition to traditional guest rooms and suites), a nine-hole, par-three golf course, the Spa at Terranea, three ocean-view pools as well as a collection of eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafe’s and lounges. The California family friendly resort also offers their Aqua-Terra Adventures package where you can explore the world of marine life from a kayak or paddle board. Terranea (pronounced: terra-NAY-a) will even arrange fishing trips, surf lessons, or falconry at your request.
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