Almost everyone's first trip to La La Land leaves them a little starstruck—the Hollywood sign, the celebrity sightings, the swanky restaurants, all the shopping (okay, fine, window shopping) on Rodeo… The city's got a luxe yet laid-back vibe that literally doesn't exist anywhere else, and once you get a taste of L.A., you'll be dying to return.
When you do, you'll need to decide where to stay for the duration of your trip, which can be difficult, since you've got some pretty chic options to choose from. Our roundup is designed to make it easier: We've sourced L.A. hotels that exude vintage glamour, lodging options that are artistically eclectic, and even one that's known as the "Pink Palace." Sold yet? We've created our very own guide to the best hotels in Los Angeles, so all you have to worry about is booking a flight.
To experience Old Hollywood glamour at its finest, check in at The Redbury at Hollywood and Vine, where you'll have a view of the iconic Capitol Records Building. Yes, you'll be impressed by the decadent red facade and bulb lights that welcome you at the entrance, but you’ll be especially thrilled when you realize this glamorous feel continues throughout all 57 guest suites. Make yourself at home in your own European kitchen, and settle in among the gorgeous brocades and rich textures that fill every room. Only in town for a short while? The hotel also does its best to accommodate one-night stays.
Los Angeles may not be the city that never sleeps, but its bustling Koreatown neighborhood runs nonstop. The Line's 12-story midcentury-modern building has pops of color on the exterior that are actually lemon-, lime-, and watermelon-hued blinds in each of the guest rooms (we love functional art). But despite the bold colors on the outside, the hotel is ideal for those wanting to explore but also seeking a tranquil room to come back to after a long day. Each of the custom platform beds ensures you get the best possible views from your floor-to-ceiling windows, and built-in headboard desks make it easy to catch up on emails. Be sure to head to Break Room 86—the bar on the premises—for tasty cocktails, karaoke, and late-night dancing.
If you're looking for more of a low-key stay, then the Tuck Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is your best bet. The newish boutique hotel has only 14 rooms, so you get extra attention and privacy. The structure was once a warehouse, which gives it an eclectic feel, and each room displays different artwork, so every suite feels special. And speaking of artwork, if you come from the entrance on Spring Street, you won't be able to take your eyes off of the three-dimensional map of L.A. PS: Don't forget to stop in for a meal at the hotel's Spanish restaurant, which serves a delicious fried egg on top of almost every dish.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Swanky doesn't even begin to cover The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard, dubbed the "Pink Palace" because of its signature pink touches. This luxury hot spot has been a favorite of celebrities since its opening in 1912, which is understandable, given that the exclusive resort is surrounded by a whopping 12 acres of lush tropical gardens that ensure optimal privacy. And have you seen the pool surrounded by rows of palm trees? Unwind on one of the hotel's iconic striped loungers, or opt for one of the private cabanas. (Even taking a dip gets an upgrade, thanks to underwater music.) When the sun goes down, meander over to the famous Polo Lounge and dine alfresco on the patio while listening to jazz. Heaven? We think so.
Hotel Casa del Mar
Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica is like a mermaid's oasis. Beachy hues and elevated seashell-and-coral décor totally fit in with the scenery, given that the accommodations are situated right on the water (seriously, as in, right on the beach.) If you're not a fan of the sand, there's also the stunning Palm Terrace Pool, perfect for catching some rays in private. The hotel is also right next to the Santa Monica Pier, so it's ideal for families who want to explore or even take a ride on the Ferris wheel.
The Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel in the historic United Artists Building in Downtown L.A. is hip and quirky, yet totally unpretentious. Like the the soft Pendleton blankets and cozy robes found in your room? They're also available for purchase in the lobby shop, along with other little luxuries. Having drinks on the rooftop is a must, but if you're only going to do one thing during your stay, make sure to catch a live performance or film screening in The Theatre at Ace Hotel, a restored 1600-seat movie palace built in the 1920s. As you take in a show, catch sight of the vaulted ceiling crafted from thousands of tiny mirrors—you won't know what to look at first.
Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills is a total favorite of the fashion set, probably because its retro interior design is so swoon-worthy. Artwork hangs over each bed, making it the perfect spot to have someone snap a photo of you. Its location is also superb: It's nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood that's just a 15-minute walk away from Rodeo Drive. If you're just up for vegging out, lay out at the sparkling hourglass-shaped pool or have a bite at one of the private cabanas. Dine at the Kelly Wearstler–designed restaurant Viviane, and don't leave without trying one of its many '50s-inspired cocktails.
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