Love Is in the Air at L.A.'s 10 Most Romantic Hotels

Los Angeles is famous for its romantic hotels, those special spots where Hollywood romances both real and imaginary have played out. But you don't have to be a movie star to have a spectacular experience in one of the beautiful hotels found all across the L.A. basin, from ocean to mountains to right in the heart of the burgeoning downtown scene. One thing they all have in common is fantastic service; add in incredibly comfortable beds, private patios or balconies and other special elements and you may never want to go back home again. There are secluded sanctuaries like the Hotel Bel Air, nestled in the elegant hills of the city's most exclusive neighborhood; lovely beachfront resorts far from the madding crowd like the Malibu Beach Inn or the Portofino Hotel; or high-rise urban oases like the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Whichever wonderful hotel you choose, there's sure to be just the elements that make love blossom, be it champagne and strawberries, a stand-up paddle boarding experience for two or a luxurious couple's spa treatment that will make the rest of the world simply melt away.


Hotel Figueroa Downtown Los Angeles
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The exotic Hotel Figueroa is one of downtown Los Angeles' special spots, a place that has been completely transformed into a fantastic modern hotel right in the heart of the city. Housed in what was once the YWCA (built in 1925), the hotel is literally across the street from L.A. Live, Staples Center, the Grammy Museum and the Convention Center, making it perfect for pleasure plans in this bustling district. After a two-year reimagining, the Hotel Fig has emerged as a mix of old and new, keeping the original Spanish Colonial feel combined with luxurious contemporary elements that have elevated it from an inexpensive budget choice into a chic, sophisticated place that's perfect for a romantic stay. Add in Chef Adrian Garcia's inspired California-Mexico City inspired food offerings in Breva and Veranda, two of the hotel's top-notch restaurants. Book one of the cool signature suites for a really special romantic experience.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Hotel Figueroa is truly reborn as a place where lovers can meet and enjoy both DTLA and each other.

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Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel
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Check into the Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel for a luxury love experience that just might rival one you've seen in the movies. Of course, we're talking about "Pretty Woman," the Richard Gere-Julia Roberts romantic comedy that unfolded in the Presidential Suite in this Old-World hotel. Book that massive suite, order up the Taittinger champagne and armfuls of roses and bubble bath and get the party started! In fact, the hotel offers a "Pretty Woman for a Day" special experience, with everything from a chauffeured Mercedes-Benz experience, couples spa treatment and a night out on the town. Add in dinner at Wolfgang Puck's award-winning Cut steakhouse on premises and your Hollywood fantasy will truly be complete.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Hollywood anointed the Beverly Wilshire Hotel as one of L.A.'s most romantic spots back in 1990; that honor holds true 30 years later.

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Malibu Beach Inn
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Hop in your convertible, step on the gas and ride on out Pacific Coast Highway until you get to the cozy Malibu Beach Inn, located on Carbon Beach near the Malibu Pier. With a complete feeling of secluded luxury, this boutique hotel is designed with personalized, private service in mind. Choose an oceanfront room, enjoy one of the bar's tasty cocktails as the sun sets and then waken to the sounds of the sea. Lovers can wander the beach in search of shells, whales or maybe a dolphin taking a ride in the surf. Or perhaps take a hike into the hills, visit one one of the nearby boutiques or simply stay snuggled together in one of the beautiful rooms. No matter what you choose to do, one thing is practically guaranteed –" the Malibu Beach Inn will help put you into a state of relaxed and loving bliss.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This special boutique beach hotel is a splendid place to get away from it all in Malibu, one of L.A.'s most exclusive beach communities.

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Los Angeles Airport Marriott
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Coming into Los Angeles for a lover's meetup? Then there's no place better than the LAX Airport Marriott for a romantic rendezvous. The hotel has been part of the fabric of the Westside airpot area since the 1970s; now it is completely renovated and a perfect place to have a getaway weekend as you wing in from different cities. Book a room or suite on the M Club level and you'll have great views of the runways and the sunsets beyond, as well as access to the club with its breakfasts, happy hour and more. Spend time by the ultra-cool swimming pool, with palm trees and a jazz walk of fame, and stay in to eat at two excellent restaurants, the JW's Steakhouse and the Social Market + Eatery, where they pay homage to SoCal's iconic foods. The Torta, a slow-roasted pork shoulder sandwich, is a must try.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: An iconic hotel near LAX, this Marriott is a top-notch hotel that's perfect for a weekend getaway in SoCal.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
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When the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills appeared at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica, it immediately became one of the most talked about hotel openings in all of Southern California â€" and for good reason. It's an elegant, gorgeous place, with plenty of possibilities for romance. Register and you'll find a suite or a room created by design legend Pierre-Yves Rochon with a wonderful view. There will be a balcony, too; and suites have private terraces that are perfect for a sunny SoCal brunch with some bubbly. Romance is in the air at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, the world-class fine dining restaurant with caviar and champagne at the ready. And then there's the La Prairie Spa, 5,000 square feet of pampering for you and your love. Try the "Harmonious Escape" for two, a heady combination of massage and facial that could make you both just swoon with happiness.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Luxury, elegance and top-notch service make this beautiful hotel a breathtaking place to have a romantic interlude.

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Hotel Casa Del Mar
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When it comes to fabulous beachfront romance, look no further than Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. Here you and the one who makes your heart go pitter-patter will find a room (or a suite) with a view – one that encompasses 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, so why not 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 spa, share a few small seafood plates at the hotel's highly rated Catch restaurant or simply sip a cocktail in the comfortable Terraza Lounge Bar as the the sun sets over the ocean.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Who wouldn't feel in the mood for love at Santa Monica's most elegant beachfront hotel?

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Montage Beverly Hills
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The Montage Beverly Hills Hotel is a gem, a five-star hotel located steps from chic Rodeo Drive and the rest of the Beverly Hills shopping district. Lovers of all things luxurious can choose from 55 suites and 201 rooms to find the one that's just right for a romantic interlude. Spa Montage (20,000 square feet of bliss), will certainly beckon, and for a special treat, a visit to the hotel's little jewel, the £10 whiskey bar, is unforgettable Lovers who share a yen for fine cuisine will find Gilles restaurant, where Chef Gilles Epie proves each night just why he has been honored with a Michelin star. Find that eatery inside the Montage or, for more sensual, world-class dining, romantics can simply wander across the street to Wolfgang Puck's Spago for a tete a tete to always remember. Share the Spicy Tuna Tartare cones there for a sublime moment together.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: There's much to love about the Montage Beverly Hills: if just for the incredible spa, this is a must-visit SoCal hotel.

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Portofino Hotel & Marina - A Noble House Hotel
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Set sail on a romantic escape by the sea, by booking a stay at the charming Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach. This pretty waterside hotel located in King Harbor is reminiscent of a Nantucket inn, with its elegant nautical furnishings and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Seals, dolphins and sailboats meander past your windows; choose a room or suite with a private balcony to have a nightly view of the best sunsets SoCal has to offer. Borrow two complementary beach cruisers and bike along the famous Strand beach path or grab your sweetie and rent a sailboat to get right out into the water. Be sure to taste the fresh seafood served up at the hotel's Baleen Kitchen, one of the best restaurants in the South Bay, or wander down to the Redondo Beach Pier for a drink and a bite at classic spots like Tony's on the Pier, Kincaid's or Captain Kidd's.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Charming and somewhat secluded, the Portofino Hotel is a waterfront enclave made just for lovers who adore being near the ocean.

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The Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills is the undisputed king of L.A.'s hotels. 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 most famous couples is checking in, too, for celebrities flock to this beautiful place. Lovely suites overlook the hills nearby, so plan to have a heady, private time in your romantic room with a view. Meander down to the sunny swimming pool, where a private cabana awaits, and be sure to share a flight of wine paired with Italian share plates at Vinoteca, the hotel's newest wine bar addition, and/or have dinner at Culina, the hotel's delicious Italian eatery. Book a luxurious massage treatment in your room or visit the serene spa together, then head off on a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive –" the roundtrip ride's on them!

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: If spotting Hollywood royalty excites your romantic juices, then there's no place like the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills for a SoCal lovers' getaway.

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Hotel Bel-Air
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It's not easy to find the Hotel Bel-Air, tucked away as it is among the hills that make up L.A.'s most prestigious neighborhood. But once you've found your way through the winding streets, the hotel is a stunningly private, spectacularly beautiful place, a lovely spot for a romantic tryst. Lovers can wander the lush gardens, sharing the space with the hotel's famous swans, or book into the couples' suite in the secluded Spa by La Prairie for a sensuous experience complete with treatments, a deep soaking tub and your very own private patio complete with waterfall. Be sure to sample some room service, too, served up by Wolfgang Puck and his talented team. We suggest the caviar and champagne for starters.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: One of the grandest luxury hotels in all of Southern California, the Hotel Bel-Air's secluded setting is designed for the complete privacy that lovers crave.

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