Slick, sophisticated, and always sunny, the Golden State knows how to create the perfect, picturesque backdrop. With polished service, mouth-watering food, beautiful suites, and enviable ocean or hillside views, these best luxury hotels in LA won’t disappoint. If you’re after the Hollywood treatment, you’ve come to the right place…
1 Hotel West Hollywood
Taking Southern California’s enviable surf, sea, and sun as its inspiration, 1 Hotel West Hollywood brings the beauty of the outdoors in at every turn. From the delicious farm-to-table dining options, foliage-filled reception, rooftop pool and bar, and sustainable material choices throughout, this low-key (for LA) and low-impact sanctuary is just the ticket. Wellness is top of the agenda here, with a Bamford spa, FaceGym, and tailored mind and movement programmes run by a roster of world-class trainers. Located on Sunset Boulevard, with sweeping views from downtown LA to Santa Monica, you’ll be California dreaming of making the move more permanent.
From £556 per night.
Timeless and iconic, this coral-coloured institution is an essential backdrop to a luxurious Los Angeles vacation. The self-proclaimed birthplace of the exclusive Bel-Air community, it has been the legendary setting for countless glamorous parties and events. The famous pool, which has seen more A-listers tan themselves at its edge than probably any other worldwide, was once a former horse-riding ring for the Bel-Air Stables and is framed by picturesque palms and bountiful blooms. With rooms, food, and service all top dollar, you can be sure to get the full Hollywood treatment experience here.
From £1,000 per night.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Another legendary hideaway famous – and infamous – for playing host to movie royalty, this landmark hotel has been going strong for over a century. From the Polo Lounge to the secluded bungalows, jaw-dropping suites, and pink parasol-lined pool, it has made waves both on and off the silver screen. Plus, throughout the year, spaces within the hotel double up as art galleries, displaying never-before-seen prints of Old Hollywood stars as well as works by local talent. Also a favourite with the British Royal Family, book your ‘vaycay’ here to cement your own place in Hollywood history.
From £1,000 per night.
The West Hollywood Edition
Located on the prime, Oppenheimer Group-worthy corner of West Sunset Boulevard and North Doheny Drive, precisely where West Hollywood meets Beverly Hills, this sleek and chic modern outfit boasts 140 guest rooms, with 48 suites, two penthouses and 20 luxury residences. Its signature restaurant, lobby lounge, basement club, expansive rooftop pool and a six-treatment room spa regularly pulls in both locals and jet-setters alike, as do the regular pop-ups and events on the hotel’s calendar. This is one edition you can’t afford to miss.
From £640 per night.
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
Another movie-world landmark, this Rodeo Drive hotel has been attracting celebrities, royalty, and cameramen in their droves since first opening its doors in 1928. The heart of Beverly Hills in more ways than one, you’ll be surrounded by designer shops, top restaurants, and cinematic views at every turn. With several restaurants to choose from, including Wolfgang Puck’s international steak and seafood mecca Cut (an outpost of which you’ll find in London at 45 Park Lane), and a beautifully curated pool to lounge by, rooms are chic and modern, with enviable city-scape views. You can do a lot worse.
From £711 per night.
Maybourne Beverly Hills
Boasting all the class and charm of its London sister properties (Claridge’s, The Connaught, The Berkeley et al) but with a uniquely Californian sense of place, this Beverly Hills beauty is a breakout star. The Terrace, Dante Beverly Hills and the eponymous bar offer some of the best cocktails and dishes in town, while the café serves unbeatable pastries, with views of Beverly Canon Gardens to boot. Cooking lessons, sunshine picnics, wellness programmes and in-house art installations – plus a rooftop pool, blissful spa, and beautiful suites – just add to the Golden Coast magic.
From £1,000 per night.
Hotel Casa Del Mar
This picturesque Santa Monica haunt is the beach club to be seen at by day – and the bed to lay your head in by night. Day visitors and hotel guests alike flock to Terrazza for its mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine and enchanting architectural flourishes that create a stunning window from which to enjoy the waves, followed by an afternoon absorbing the rays poolside at Casa Colada. The Sea Wellness Spa specialises in anti-ageing and tension soothing massages, while yoga on the beach is just part of the daily routine. Choose the Pacific View Suite, decked out in dark woods and oceanic blues, for the ultimate seaside sunrise.
From £615 per night.
The Georgian Hotel
This Art Deco eye candy has graced the Santa Monica seascape since 1933, with many of its handsome guest rooms and suites boasting stunning city and ocean views. The famous Library offers guests a complimentary selection of wines and digestifs around the clock, while its shelves have been curated by Arcana Books on the Arts, showcasing iconic Los Angeles authors like Eve Babitz and Joan Didion. Sound sessions and jazz events bring in the crowds as the sun goes down… on Santa Monica Boulevard.
From £530 per night.