13 Most Iconic Hotels In Los Angeles
By Shontel Horne
In a sprawling city like Los Angeles, where you stay during your visit could shape how you experience the city. From a legendary hotel in the heart of Hollywood to a tranquil, Japanese-inspired oceanfront property in Malibu, these Los Angeles-area hotels are a destination in their own right.
Downtown Los Angeles
Cool and laidback, The Ace is where artists and creatives stay when they’re in Los Angeles. The rooms range from small spaces to a 633-square-foot suite complete with a private terrace, and between the attached theatre which hosts concerts, festivals, and film screenings to the events at the rooftop bar, you’ll be entertained without ever leaving the property.
Located at the 73-story-tall Wilshire Grand Building, you can’t help but marvel at this new hotel in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Choose from one of the immaculate, 889 hotel rooms and suites for your stay, which range from superior rooms that are 385 square feet to the sprawling, 2,500-square-foot Presidential Suite that has its own grand piano.
There’s a reason why no photographs are allowed in the lobby or the restaurants at the Chateau Marmont; celebrities frequent this legendary hotel more than any other hotel in all of Los Angeles. After a few days here you won’t bat an eyelash when you see A-list stars lounging on couches or having dinner at the restaurant, and a night at one of the 63 rooms, cottages and bungalows will make you feel like a movie star.
The W may be located east of all of the main action on Hollywood Boulevard, but the trendy hotel is still a great place to stay if you want to be a part of the action. There are 265 rooms and 40 suites along the hotel’s 12 floors, and this location is ideal if you’re in town for a fun weekend with your crew.
For a hotel that opened its doors in 1927, The Hollywood Roosevelt has managed to maintain its status as one of the most coveted accommodations in all of Los Angeles. The Marilyn Monroe Suite and the cabanas are worth the splurge, but the suites and rooms in the tower are also great for some shut-eye after a day of shopping or lounging by the pool.
Live out your Fresh Prince fantasy by staying at the swanky Hotel Bel-Air, where all rooms come with wood-burning fireplaces, private garden patios, and limestone floors. Spanish Colonial architecture and a California-cool vibe spill over into the hotel’s 58 guestrooms and 45 suites, and there’s a good chance you’ll see Wolfgang Puck if you dine at his restaurant on the 12-acre property.
Everyone is a star at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the welcome sign for the iconic blush-hued hotel is instantly recognizable. Open since 1912, you know you’ve made it when you’re resting your head in one of the hotel’s rooms, suites, or bungalows. Whether you’re wandering around the 12 acres of tropical gardens or having lunch at The Polo Lounge one table away from Denzel Washington, this hotel will make you feel like you’re ready for your close-up.
There’s elegance at every turn in and around the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, which is located directly across from Rodeo Drive. Designed to make visitors feel like they’re in Europe, the hotel balances contemporary elegance with a welcoming design format, and the nearby shopping and five-star dining are perfect if you’re in the mood to treat yourself.
Since 1955, this legendary hotel has hosted celebrities, dignitaries, and travelers from all around the world. Here you’ll find 181 standard rooms, 36 tropical-inspired cabana rooms, and 16 suites, and between time lounging at The Aqua Star Pool or strolling nearby Rodeo Drive, there’s no telling who you’ll spot during your stay, just don’t try to book a room when the hotel hosts the Golden Globes during awards season.
One of the newest hotels in Beverly Hills, it’s no surprise that the Waldorf Astoria has quickly become a hotspot for L.A. locals and visitors alike. Guests love the luxurious rooms and suites that all offer great views of the city, and stunning wood and white stone décor, while locals return for the rooftop bar and restaurant by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Located in vibrant Koreatown, LINE LA is industrial chic done right, with concrete walls, floor-to-ceiling views and cozy décor and accessories that make you feel like you’re at a cool friend’s apartment. The hotel has an outdoor pool that’s open year-round, cool bars and restaurants including Break Room 86 and The Commissary, and the hotel even offers free tai chi classes to guests on Sundays.
Nobu Ryokan Malibu
A Japanese-inspired, oceanfront boutique hotel just steps away from Malibu’s most famous sushi restaurant? The Nobu Ryokan has just 16 accommodations, but the rooms, all set up in the style of a traditional ryokan hotel room complete with teak soaking tubs and spacious patios, is the place to stay if you want to feel like you’re being transported to Japan without leaving Southern California. Guests also get special treatment when they dine next door at Nobu, which is a great place to be if you want to spot a few famous faces when you’re in town.
It’s not cheap to soak up the sun while lounging in a hotel in Santa Monica, but the Viceroy is one of the more reasonably priced luxury hotels in Santa Monica. The property has two plunge pools, modern rooms and is conveniently located near the beach, shops, and restaurants, and the hotel frequently has promotions where rooms are often 20% off.