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Los Angeles is an iconic travel destination for everyone from Hollywood buffs to surfers. This sprawling city is the largest in California (and the second largest in the U.S.) and offers a huge wealth of sights to visit and experience.
The luxury shops on Rodeo Drive are a draw for fashionistas, while Universal Studios Hollywood will keep film fans happy. Historians can delight in the city’s rich past by visiting Union Station and the Hollywood Forever cemetery. Finally, Beach lovers can unwind at Playa del Rey, Venice Beach, or take in the views at Santa Monica Pier.
L.A. has one of the nation’s hottest hotel scenes as well. There are plenty of stunning boutique hotels that are as varied and rich as the surroundings and the residents of the city. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite picks.
Price: From $199 per night
This unique 4-star hotel in historic downtown Los Angeles is located in the United Artists building that dates back to 1927 and is within walking distance of some of the most exciting experiences in the city.
There are rooms to suit anyone’s taste at the trendy Ace Hotel, including lofts, suites, and accessible rooms. These spacious and sun-filled accommodations offer fully stocked minibars, claw-footed tubs, and private balconies. Some even come equipped with full bars for guests to enjoy.
There are 2 places to eat on-site, both of which provide world-class dining experiences. One is the rooftop bar, which boasts incredible views to go with your poolside meals and cocktails.
Price: From $305 per night
The 4-star hotel Ambrose Hotel offers an inviting, home-like experience. The California Craftsman style and chic decor are modern and fresh, and the rich furnishings are amplified by details like vaulted ceilings, patios, premium showers, and bath products by L’Occitane.
Located in a relaxed residential environment only 2 miles from the bustle of Santa Monica Pier, you can practically feel the beach breezes permeate the entirety of the property.
Guests have access to a 24-hour fitness room and loaner bicycles and shuttle service are available. The hotel offers priority parking to those with hybrid or electric vehicles.
Hot Tip: Santa Monica Pier offers tons of fun for travelers of all ages — you won’t want to miss it, no matter who you’re traveling with!
Price: From $625 per night
This Mediterranean-inspired Casa del Mar is found in a beautiful Renaissance Revival building dating back to 1926 and is the perfect setting for travelers looking to enjoy a stylish beach holiday.
The luxurious rooms at this property take full advantage of the amazing views at the hotel’s disposal. Among them are 2 penthouse options that are truly out of this world. The Pacific View rooms provide panoramic vistas of the entire coastline, while the Ocean View ones allow guests to bask in the sight of the beach right in front of them.
Located in the thick of L.A.’s so-called “Silicon Beach” area, this lavishly appointed hotel includes exclusive dining courtesy of Executive Chef Gemma Gray. It also offers easy access to surf equipment, bikes, and boogie boards, allowing guests to take advantage of all the beach has to offer.
Price: From $254 per night
Located adjacent to Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, this trendy spot provides an intimate oasis in the heart of the city. Featuring suites designed by Perkins + Will, you can be sure you’ll have a luxurious stay at The Chamberlain.
The light colors accented with gold details contribute to a sumptuous but relaxed atmosphere, and all rooms feature balconies and fireplaces to up the comfort level. Guest bathrooms are fitted with plenty of marble and glass. Suites include 60-inch TVs, luxury bath amenities, and an in-suite safe for extra security.
Fitness lovers will have 24-hour access to the wellness center, and the hotel’s restaurant and rooftop bar cater to the discerning traveler with delicious meals and cocktails.
Hot Tip: Check out the best things to do in Los Angeles, including museums, theme parks, and sporting and music events.
Price: From $231 per night
The Charlie is a wonderful 4-star property that’s somewhat of a hidden gem in trendy West Hollywood. It offers a taste of the English countryside under the glorious L.A. sunshine. Charlie Chaplin once owned this exclusive 2-story cottage complex, and the design continues to evoke the 1920s today.
Rooms are designed to offer luxury, comfort, and privacy. They have names like “Marlene,” “Valentino,” “Marilyn,” and “Dylan,” so you can expect to be transported to the heyday of Old Hollywood when you stay at The Charlie.
With rich finishes and materials, a stay at The Charlie will create memories that will last a lifetime. Only minutes away from the bustle of Melrose Avenue, this dog-friendly hideaway is a great way to explore the charms of Los Angeles.
Price: From $288 per night
In the beautiful Hollywood Hills, guests can enjoy the luxury experience provided by this modern hotel located practically in front of the Hollywood sign. This highly-polished property offers amazing views of the Los Angeles skyline, downtown, and the hills.
The Dream Hollywood has stunning rooms and suites that cater to every traveler’s taste. You can choose your preferred room size and view, but any room you choose will have quality and comfort in spades.
Bronze and Silver king rooms and the 1-bedroom penthouse feature access to private Juliet balconies for maximum enjoyment of the amazing views. The sprawling rooftop includes a restaurant and a lounge at which you can enjoy world-class dining and vistas of the city’s incredible skyline.
Price: From $339 per night
Designed by Rita Konig to provide a home-like experience, this West Hollywood boutique hotel offers an abundance of luxury and comfort. The rooms and suites at Hotel 850 SVB include premium quality features and materials that cater to all tastes.
From the Carriage Room, ideal for single travelers, to the sprawling 850 Suite, the accommodations include features like original artwork, gorgeous color palettes, wood-paneled walls, and custom details.
Space and light are at the center of this property’s design, as are innovative elements like seagrass wall treatments, luxury Italian linens, and marble baths with signature fixtures. Most rooms even have fireplaces and balconies for even an even more luxurious experience.
Price: From $179 per night
This pet-friendly 4-star boutique hotel in Koreatown offers unique rooms in a rich and diverse location full of history. Amenities at The Line LA include free Wi-Fi, valet parking, and bicycles. And its world-class multilingual staff is there to provide whatever guests need.
There are various types of accommodations, from apartment suites to studios and double rooms. All of them are spacious, full of light, and feature high-quality details and finishes. The combination of industrial-looking concrete and warmer wood accents creates an eclectic vibe that stands out in this city full of cool hotels.
If you stay, you can’t miss the second-floor garden terrace with a pool — it feels like an oasis in the middle of the city!
Price: From $170 per night
French luxury designer Thierry Gaugain’s vision for this outpost of Mama Shelter LA was the Californian landscape — and it delivers. Beautifully integrated with its surroundings, this 4-star hotel sprawls over 6 floors and features cozy rooms with unique themes.
All rooms have king-sized beds with premium linens. There are “Medium,” “Large,” and “XXL” room options to accommodate groups of all sizes with ease. The Medium is ideal for up to 2 people, the Large for up to 3, and the XXL for families.
All guests will have access to free unlimited movie streaming during their stay and organic amenities in the bathrooms. The exclusive rooftop features an almost-360-degree view over the city and includes a bar and restaurant that cater to all tastes.
Price: From $404 per night
Providing European comfort in the ever-popular Beverly Hills, Mr. C Beverly Hills offers glamor and personalized service. This stylish boutique hotel has a spa on the premises and a range of rooms to suit any traveler’s tastes.
There are 3 types of suites, studios, and king or double rooms with views over Beverly Hills or towards downtown L.A. All rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and elegant hardwood floors.
The suites offer 5-fixture bathrooms, separate living and sleeping areas, exclusive teak or dark oak floorings, a library, and a private bar. Whichever room type you choose, though, this property’s Italian design and modern amenities are sure to leave an impression.
Price: From $309 per night
This beautiful West Hollywood hideaway is full of glamor and upscale bohemian vibes. This all-suite 4-star property’s design was inspired by the North African nation of Morocco. Hidden behind beautiful bougainvillea bushes, the Petit Ermitage is a respite for travelers, even though it’s in the middle of hectic Los Angeles.
The incredible private rooftop features a warm saltwater pool and an exclusive dining experience at The Garden, an open-air restaurant that doubles as a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary.
The property features a variety of different suites — some have direct access to the rooftop, some have kitchenettes, and others have in-room fireplaces.
Price: From $290 per night
This 4-star hotel serves up understated elegance in all its guest rooms. The creative focus is placed on textured details and earthy tones: floors are made from ebonized hardwood, while bathrooms are made from premium marble.
A quiet oasis in the middle of one of L.A.’s wealthiest enclaves, Sixty Beverly Hills offers a variety of rooms, suites, studios, and penthouses, and boasts Juliet balconies that provide stunning Southern California views.
Nespresso coffee machines are available in all the rooms, as are luxurious bath amenities provided by CO Bigelow. Guests also have access to a rooftop pool and restaurant that serves quintessential Southern California fare alongside excellent cocktails.
From the towering Hollywood sign to the breathtaking Griffith Observatory and the exclusivity of Beverly Hills, there is much to experience in Los Angeles. Make one of these incredible boutique hotels your home base for exploring the city, and you’ll have a trip you won’t soon forget.
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