Answers from Our Experts (9)
There's no shortage of outstanding hotels to check into on your next visit to Los Angeles — the California capital of films and fashion has six Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotels and three Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotels, each with its own style and charms. The recently reopened and renovated Five-Star Hotel Bel-Air, tucked away in the leafy confines of the exclusive Bel-Air neighborhood, has elegant, spacious guest rooms, beautiful flowering gardens and a restaurant and room service menu overseen by star chef Wolfgang Puck. At the historic Five-Star Beverly Hills Hotel, you'll find classically decorated rooms, more Hollywood history than anywhere else in Los Angeles, and perhaps the city's best spot for star-sightings, the illustrious Polo Lounge. The exclusive Five-Star Peninsula Beverly Hills features the Hong Kong-based hotel chain's signature polished and formal service, elegant guest rooms and a rooftop pool that's one of the city's best spots for quiet relaxation. Nearby Five-Star Montage Beverly Hills is the city's newest luxury hotel (opened in 2008), offers crisp, light-filled guest rooms, affable, professional service and an alluring rooftop pool with an outdoor restaurant that's a prime spot for power deals. Also in Beverly Hills is L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, a Viceroy Hotel, with a quiet brand of luxury and service that makes this property feel like an indulgent retreat from the city. Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills sports a beautiful outdoor pool that makes for a relaxing vacation (or even staycation). Finally, be sure to check out our Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotels, including the storied Beverly Hilton, Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel), and Mr. C Beverly Hills.
I would say there’s something about The Peninsula Beverly Hills. It’s not a hotel for everybody for every occasion. Over the years, so many high-end hotels have had their moment in the limelight, and that one has endured and has a loyal customer base. They have really set themselves apart.
Atmospherically, my favorite is Chateau Marmont because of the history and the way that it looks and the location, although I do miss the Marlboro Man that used to be in front. I think it’s fun to go to The Beverly Hills Hotel for a drink just because it’s The Beverly Hills Hotel.
If you want the beach vibe, I would say at Shutters on the Beach down in Santa Monica or the Malibu Beach Inn. They just redid it, and it’s really beautiful, and the restaurant is gorgeous and has good food. If you want to stay in Hollywood, I would stay at The London. If you want something a little less pricey and kind of cool and off the beaten path, Le Parc Suite Hotel is where I tell a lot of my clients to stay. It’s not fancy, but its rooftop is so cute. The staff is great. It’s just a really cool, nobody-knows-about-it hotel.
I don’t end up staying at hotels in L.A., but I do go over to some, and I also put people up in hotels. So I would say Shutters gets a hands down. I really love it. I think that The Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Montage Beverly Hills consistently do great jobs if people are staying there.
I like the Roosevelt just because there’s a lot of things for adults to do. They’ve got a lot of different concepts there. They’ve got The Spare Room for bowling, and then they’ve got a good restaurant. For me, it’s kind of like an adult playground hotel. And the SLS. Then there are old-school hotels up on Sunset.
I like Casa del Mar by the beach. It’s a fun hotel and has good rooms. I like Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, the classic. It’s a great place to go hangout. I’d say those are my top two.
When you say you want to stay at the best hotel in Los Angeles, you’re not asking for a needle in a haystack. Los Angeles’ hotels have to appeal to a tough crowd, that’s why all of them are top notch. Each has style, sophistication and celebrity-certified service in the heart of Los Angeles.
The very best hotels are those that have earned Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star distinction. Only a handful of hotels can claim Five-Star status: The Beverly Hills Hotel, with its iconic pink walls; the posh L'Ermitage Beverly Hills; glamorous Hotel Bel-Air; stunning Montage Beverly Hills; the classic Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills and the oh-so sophisticated The Peninsula Beverly Hills.
If you can't find a room in one of the city's coveted Five-Star hotels, there are plenty of Four-Star options to ensure your stay in Los Angeles is as luxurious as possible. Take your pick from The Beverly Hilton, The Inn on Mount Ada, Mr. C Beverly Hills, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Shutters on the Beach, Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills or Casa Del Mar.
You don’t have to travel far to find masterpieces of modern design such as the Mondrian, The London, Andaz and The Standard to classic hidden treasures such as Sunset Tower, Sunset Marquis, and The Charlie. Los Angeles offers several hotels that can enhance your personal style and give that real L.A. feel.
A number of all-suite hotels tucked away in neighborhoods – such as Le Parc Suites, Le Montrose, Petit Ermitage, Chamberlain and Palihouse Holloway, let you experience the life of an A-list local.