The Best Luxury Hotels in LA

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There’s something undeniably magical about Los Angeles–be it the Hollywood glamour, the stunning sunsets, whimsical beaches, cutting-edge art, abundant nightlife or plethora of dining options, LA is a city looking to inspire. As the epicenter of the entertainment industry, it’s no surprise that Los Angeles’ hotels are setting new standards for luxury, bringing bespoke to a new level with hideaways both new and established. From the beaches of Santa Monica to the late night haunts of the Sunset Strip and the luxury capital of Beverly Hills, here are the top luxury hotels in LA for 2017.

1- Hotel Bel-Air

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As you cruise through the manicured neighborhood of Bel-Air in one of the hotel’s on-site Mercedes (at your disposal), Hotel Bel-Air will greet you with a feeling of serenity. As you amble over the swan-filled pond, the sheer glamor of those who have stayed before you–from Marilyn Monroe to Grace Kelly–becomes tenable at this luxurious enclave. Minutes from Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Hills’ elegant shopping, the hotel was recently renovated and pays homage to Hollywood’s Golden Age (you’ll notice the vibrant Tina Turner photographs adorning the wall).

Each room here are elegantly appointed with Egyptian linens, French doors and warm furnishings, and its a truly year-round must. Check out the lavish La Prairie Spa and dine al fresco at Wolfgang Puck’s inspired CUT restaurant. This hotel will truly be hard to leave, but if you do venture out for a bite, go behind the picket fence to The Ivy for a power lunch with the who’s who of Beverly Hills.

2- Montage Beverly Hills

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Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, the Montage is a staple of true Los Angeles luxury. Offering the ultimate in decadence and sophistication, the property lives up to its prestigious location, as one of 90210’s most fabulous hideaways. Rooms here are incredibly spacious, exuding vintage Hollywood style perfectly complimented by modern grandeur.

Dine at the hotel’s fabulous new restaurant, Georgie, Geoffrey Zakarian’s new LA-based modern American concept, or retreat to the 20,000 square foot spa for the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. Soak up the sun in a private cabana at the rooftop pool and enjoy signature smoothies and craft cocktails – you might just find yourself face-to-face with heaven on earth–or the cast of your favorite film, who likely could be staying there on a press tour.

3- The Peninsula Beverly Hills

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Nothing says ‘luxury LA escape’ quite like The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The feeling here is very tropicalia, with breezy palm trees, lush gardens and every amenity your heart desires at your fingertips with an award-winning concierge. Home to one of the ultimate pool scenes, opt for a cabana at this rooftop gem for added privacy, and get a taste of the luxe life as you are waited on by one of the friendly staff.

The Roof Garden is a must–and an exceptional place to watch the sunset in perfect privacy. The food on the roof is excellent; healthy, fresh California cuisine and one of the top al fresco spots in the city for hotel guests and discerning Angelenos alike. Check out our favorite Villa Suites, nestled in the tropical gardens with gorgeous furnishings and a balcony to boot.

4- Shutters on the Beach

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Experience California beach house living at its finest with a stay at the iconic Shutters on the Beach, perfectly nestled on the sand in sunny Santa Monica. This must-stay exudes the effortless sophistication and charm of the traditional American beach resort architecture of the early 20th century.

Here, guests can take advantage of all of the best California beach activities–from swimming and surfing to biking and lounging–before returning to breathtaking ocean views amidst the white-washed walls of their own personal paradise. Two ocean-view restaurants serve up the best in Californian inspired cuisine and the jazz band that plays in the hotel bar at night epitomizes the hotel’s casual, cool and sophisticated atmosphere–this is the definition of California beach chic.

5- Chateau Marmont

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6- Mr. C

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Mr. C is the eponymous brainchild of the famed Cipriani family and has some of the best service in Los Angeles. A modern fusion of old-world simplicity and European glamour, this elegant hotel is characterized by discreet, out of this world service and elegant accommodations. If you can, opt for a balcony with sweeping views of the city. The gorgeous, teak-appointed pool area is a perfect spot to relax in a cabana and the attendants here are at your beck and call. The Mr. C Spa is not to be missed–its a tranquil oasis from the business of Beverly Hills. Thanks to its owners, you know the food is fabulous. Easy, breezy and simple Italian fare take the stage at the Restaurant, serving some of the best in the city. Pro tip: take a seat in the lobby lounge (or rack up and play pool) because weekends here mean top-notch, expertly curated jazz.

7- ACE Downtown

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Occupying the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA, the Ace Hotel brings new life to the vibrant Downtown district currently in the midst of a vibrant renaissance. Throwback checkerboard floors, modern geometric stained glass, soft lighting from Deco chandeliers and walls papered with old movie scripts make this hotel a true treasure of Hollywood history.

Rooms here exude classy minimalism, boasting concrete walls, platform beds, large windows and inspiring thoughtful extras (think custom toiletries). From the pool to the Moroccan inspired rooftop bar, this is the ultimate place to take in the LA scene–you might just catch sight of your favorite Hollywood faces reading scripts over breakfast.

8- Sunset Marquis Hotel

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The fabled, and quite frankly legendary, Sunset Marquis Hotelepitomizes old Hollywood glamor. And, thanks to a major renovation, sleek updates and a facelift have revived this old doyenne near the Strip. Discreetly tucked away on a quiet street in West Hollywood, this is the temple of R&R for A-listers, whether it’s lounging poolside in a cabana or sipping a martini at the hotel’s legendary Bar 1200, this gem is a must.

Suites here are stylishly updated and rooms come with personal butlers; some even have baby grand pianos–quite fitting as this was one of Billy Joel’s favorite haunts. Sunset Marquis is a stone’s throw to LA’s buzzy boutiques and restaurants yet it feels utterly secluded. The team here even offers a complementary paparazzi-dodging service–perfect for emergency exit strategies.

9- Petit Ermitage

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Get in touch with the artsy, bohemian side of Los Angeles during a stay at the exquisite and masterfully eclectic boutique hideaway, Petit Ermitage. Perched between West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard and the Sunset Strip, this 80-room hideaway offers the perfect blend of modern artwork, romantic allure and stunning city views. Mingle with the chic crowd at the hotel’s rooftop garden, take in some rays by the saltwater pool and unwind in tranquility in front of one of the glowing fireplaces. This is the perfect home base to discover all that LA has to offer.

10- Palihouse Santa Monica

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Many things set apart the storied Palihouse from the rest, most notably the luxurious fully-furnished residences, which can be set up for up-to-three-month stints (perfect for the bi-coastal business person). This Santa Monica Historic Landmark has been in continuous operation since the Prohibition-era and boasts beautiful suites with Egyptian cotton linens, French doors and civilized, top notch service.

The vibe here is that of a gracious private residence–and you will be welcomed into your own private pied-a-terre just a few minutes walk from the bustling pier and beaches. Unwinding in the plush velvet booths at Avi Brosh’s restaurant conjures up Bertrand Russell’s famed quote “To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization”–this is where to you come to do just that.

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