Sleeping with the Stars at Los Angeles' Top Hotels

From its gorgeous beaches to its highest hills, Los Angeles sprawls for miles and miles and boasts some of America's best hotels, places where luxurious living is par for the course. If you're traveling to the City of Angels, first choose the part of town that suits your fancy, for as everyone knows, the traffic in this town can be brutal. Which means you'll want to stay near the people and places you've come to visit and to see. Be it Hollywood, Beverly Hills or by the beach, there's plenty of top-notch choices where the beds are perfect, the food divine, the service exemplary and the scene by the pool an experience that takes on a life of its own. Know that these truly are the best in town, which means elevated prices commensurate with the high quality of service, amenities and prime locations that each hotel offers. Expect to pay extra for valet parking your must-have rental car as well, for that is the norm everywhere in this city. No matter which of these gorgeous properties you choose as your L.A. home base, don't be surprised if you find yourself rubbing shoulders with a famous celebrity in the hotel's lobby, bar or elevator. After all, this is Tinseltown.


Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles
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To stay at one of the prettiest hotels in L.A., head for the Langham Huntington in Pasadena. Just nine miles from the heart of downtown LOs Angeles, the Langham will make you feel a million miles from the madding crowd. Lush grounds (make sure to wander in the Chinese garden), elegant interiors, tennis courts and a heated saline swimming pool await, all staffed by people dedicated to making you happy results in an unmatched hotel experience. The Langham offers rooms, suites and cottages, designed with complete comfort in mind. At the Club level, you'll find everything from breakfast, tea and scones, sushi, cocktails and more. And don't miss a visit to the Chuan Spa, where sublime treatments with a Chinese Traditional Medicine influence will refresh, relax and renew you.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Langham is the perfect place to stay when visiting Pasadena, downtown L.A. and/or the movie studios in the San Fernando Valley.

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The Maybourne Beverly Hills
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The Maybourne Beverly Hills Hotel replaced the Montage Hotel and is still a gem of a place, located steps from Rodeo Drive and the rest of the BH shopping district. Boasting 55 suites, 202 rooms, one residence and a huge spa (20,000 square feet of bliss), the hotel was the first in Southern California to receive Gold LEED certification for its commitment to sustainability. Find comfortable outdoor dining at The Terrace or sidle up to the out-of-the-way Cigar and Whiskey Bar and have a dram of the world's finest. Plus, the rooftop pool and cafe look out across Beverly Hills with views of Rodeo Drive and the rest of this world-famous wealthy enclave.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Maybourne Beverly Hills Hotel is part of the same group that features Claridge's in London, with equivalent quality in service and accommodations.

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The venerable Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel sure looks good for her age. Built in 1928 and the home to the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, it is still a mecca of cool, from the suite that Marilyn Monroe lived in to the Tropicana Bar perched next to the swimming pool designed by David Hockney. There's the massive Gable and Lombard suite, fine dining at The Barish by James Beard Award winner Nancy Silverton, the Spare Room bar complete with two bowling lanes and the poolside Tropicana Cafe, all designed to make you feel like a Hollywood insider. And there might just be a movie premiere's after party happening in the massive Spanish Colonial lobby, for the Roosevelt is the go-to place for the studios to celebrate their biggest film releases.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A classic hotel in the heart of Hollywood, the Roosevelt continually updates every inch of the place, keeping it right on the cutting edge.

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Sunset Marquis
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There are plenty of posh hotels along the Sunset Strip, but there is only one that combines a serious rock 'n roll sensibility with a very private, very luxurious feel. Yes, this is the place where Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Tyler like to sleep while in L.A.; and that's just the tip of the iceberg of musical legends who have stayed here since it opened in 1963. You'll see massive photos of some of them hung throughout the hotel. Choose a large suite or even a two-bedroom villa and you're likely to feel just like rock royalty when staying at this famed hotel. Be sure to dine at Cavatina, where the small-plate sharable dishes are little bites of heaven. And if the spirit moves you, there's even a recording studio in the subterranean garage, where stars like Justin Timberlake, Faith Hill and Madonna have laid down tracks.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Right off the Sunset Strip, the Sunset Marquis is a luxury hotel that also boasts Cavatina, one of the city's best restaurants.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
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If you love sea, sails and salt air, then the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey should be your L.A. home away from home. Just a few miles north along the beach from LAX, the Ritz is a classically beautiful hotel overlooking the massive marina that serves most of the boat owners in Los Angeles. Soak in the views from inside the lovely Cast & Plow restaurant or sit on the modern patio, tasting Chef Eric Duchene's locally sourced "California cuisine" while enjoying a craft cocktail and the setting sun. Stay in a Club level room or suite and you'll have views of the ocean and the city, as well as continuous food and beverage offerings in the Club Lounge. Enjoy this five-star hotel's heated pool, eco-conscious spa and, if you're traveling with children, their special Ritz Kids program designed to keep them occupied and happy while visiting Southern California.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: With the opening of Cast & Plow, the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey added a not-to-be-missed "community made" localvore restaurant to its already first-class hotel offerings.

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The Beverly Hilton
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The Beverly Hilton Hotel was the jewel in the crown of Conrad Hilton's hotel chain when it was built in 1955. Situated at the bustling corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, the recently renovated hotel has countless awards shows, charity benefits and other Hollywood industry events held here all year round. So don't be surprised to see a traffic jam of limos in the circular driveway during your stay; and do watch for your favorite actor strolling into the lobby wearing black tie. Enjoy a cocktail at Circa 55 restaurant, take a dip in the Olympic-sized Aqua Star Pool or take an easy walk to Rodeo Drive to shop. As an added bonus, the rooms are spacious and most have great views of the surrounding city.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A classic Los Angeles hotel, the Beverly Hilton has as long history of treating its visitors right. That's why presidents and stars stay here!

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
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The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is an elegant, gorgeous place. Choose a suite or a room with a wonderful view and a balcony; and suites have private terraces that are perfect to share a sunny SoCal brunch with some bubbly. Dine with panache at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, the world-class fine dining restaurant with caviar and champagne at the ready and Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's incredible culinary creations. Book in at the La Prairie Spa, that offers 5,000 square feet of pampering that covers plenty of indulgent treatments. Try the "Harmonious Escape" for two, a heady combination of massage and facial that could make you both just swoon with happiness. And don't miss sunset at the Rooftop by JG, where views of ocean and hills will make you want to stay forever.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Gracing the corner where Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards meet since 2017, this world-class hotel is elegance personified.

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Hotel Casa Del Mar
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When it comes to fabulous beachfront living, look no further than Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. Here you'll find a room (or a suite) with views of the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica pier and Ferris wheel, and the glistening Strand. That's the bike path that wends its way along all the SoCal beach communities. Rent a bike and take a ride, or perhaps try a surfing lesson or a yoga class right on the sand; the hotel offers all those experiences and more. Later, shop until you drop at nearby Santa Monica Place, spend time in the hotel's spa, share a few small seafood plates at the hotel's highly rated Catch restaurant or simply sip a cocktail in the comfortable Lounge Bar and watch the the sun set over the ocean. It's a magical place devoted to making every minute of your stay a memorable one.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Sun, sand and luxurious surroundings make Casa del Mar a beachfront hotel that is an oasis of relaxation and perfect for a fabulous SoCal vacation.

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Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel
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Still known as the "Pretty Woman" hotel (as memorable scenes from that classic film were shot here), management of the Beverly Wilshire was recently taken over by the Four Seasons Hotels and it shows. Impeccable service and beautiful rooms await, all located right at the beginning of Rodeo Drive. Add in the welcoming spa, secluded pool and Wolfgang Puck's award-winning Cut steakhouse and you've got a hotel that puts others to shame. Plus, there's almost always a celebrity-filled event happening in their posh ballroom, so star spotting is a snap here. The hotel is split into two halves, with the valet parking bisecting the parts; for views of Rodeo Drive and the hills beyond, be sure to book into the front section, facing Wilshire Boulevard.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Built in 1928, the hotel has been a long-term home to Elvis Presley and Warren Beatty, but everyone who stays here is treated like a star.

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Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
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The Four Seasons is the undisputed king of L.A. hotels. For this is where the staff prides itself on knowing the clientele personally and catering to every guest's specific needs. You'll know you've made the "A" list from the moment you enter the lobby and see the massive, always spectacular yet ever-changing floral arrangement; and don't be surprised if one of Hollywood's top stars is checking in, too. Movie junkets (interviews with the stars held before a film release) often happen here almost every weekend. But don't even try to book in on Oscar Sunday, for the Four Seasons is always filled to the hilt with nominees then. Be sure to visit Culina Ristorante for a spectacular seasonally inspired Italian meal designed by Sicilian-born Chef Giovanni Spatoro; and enjoy a treatment at the award-winning spa as well. And hit the pool, too, where star sightings are commonplace.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: World-class accommodations, top-notch service, excellent restaurants and the spot Hollywood A-listers love to sleep make the Four Seasons Hotel the best of L.A.'s best hotels.

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