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For us? A trip to Los Angeles means finding your ideal swimming pool. Duh. Most hotels in the California city have one—phew—so picking a hotel is really all about deciding which neighborhood and vibe you want to be part of for your stay. Whether you’ve got a huge budget or you’re traveling on pennies, there’s something for everyone in L.A. From Hollywood glamour at Hotel Bel-Air to downtown cool at the Ace, here are the 19 best hotels in Los Angeles at every price point.
Starting rate: $29 (for a shared room)
Located in the heart of Downtown L.A., Freehand is a laidback, hip hotel with both shared and private rooms, making it ideal for travelers on a tight budget. Even the shared rooms are comfortable (though probably not ideal for current times), and the property features several eateries, including cocktail bar Broken Shaker and the Exchange Restaurant. In “normal times,” there are often DJ performances on the weekends and the rooftop pool really emphasizes the fact that you are in sunny California. If you prefer to splurge, book the Loft Suite or Burroughs Suite.
Starting rate: $169
We love a Hoxton, which have spread across the globe from Europe to the West Coast. L.A.’s edition of The Hoxton is downtown in a historic Beaux Arts building. Guests can select from four levels of rooms. Grab some food in the lobby diner-inspired restaurant Sibling Rivalry or take in the views from the rooftop restaurant Pilot (there’s also a rooftop bar and pool). Psst: The hotel is dog-friendly.
Status: Temporarily closed
Starting rate: $229
The Ace is Downtown L.A.’s OG hipster hotel, opened in the 1927 United Artists building, which still contains its original theater. Rooms and suites vary in size and price (but all have solid views), and the hotel features a coffee counter, restaurant and, obviously, rooftop pool and bar. In regular times, the theater features touring musicians, films and special events, and it’s an amazing place to see live music if you can time your stay with the arrival of Patti Smith or The National…ya know…after this pandemic is over…
Status: Temporarily closed
Starting rate: $240
Situated in the heart of Koreatown, The LINE L.A.—when it’s open—is a great option for visitors who want to be in a cool, lively neighborhood with access to lots of good food. The hotel itself is a pet-friendly sleek and modern reprieve with floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. There’s also the requisite pool on the roof, plus a restaurant, Openaire, built into a sunny greenhouse (as pictured above). When you do get the change to check out this property, don’t miss Alfred coffee in the lobby—it’s got some of L.A.’s best caffeinated drinks.
Starting rate: $253
If the beach is your vibe, reserve a room at Hotel Erwin, opened in 1975 and located right up along Venice Beach. It’s got a funky aesthetic that matches the neighborhood and guests can select a room with a view (look for the Ocean View King Room if you can snag it). The rooftop bar, High Lounge, is popular with locals and, in normal times, becomes a buzzing spot on the weekends. There’s also a restaurant, as well as very easy access to the beach and the Venice Boardwalk.
Starting rate: $269 (for a private room)
The Wayfarer DTLA is a brand-new entry into the downtown L.A. hotel scene, and it features both shared bunk rooms and private rooms. There’s a communal cooking space, a beer bar and a rooftop cocktail bar with its own fire pit. Plus, the hotel has an underground bar, Lily Rose, that features performances like magic and burlesque. Because it’s so new, the hotel has plenty of special offers available. Be sure to check online for discounts before booking.
Starting rate: $299
Pasadena, located just north of Los Angeles, is a truly underrated destination. The area is great for vacation thanks to its cool downtown and proximity to Huntington Gardens. The Langham is the city’s most iconic hotel, featuring 379 rooms, suites and cottages, as well as memorable spa and fitness center. It’s the sort of luxury complex you could really lose yourself in for a few days, but it still has good access to nearby restaurants and attractions. If they’re offering it (and it’s safe!), be sure to book yourself in for their high-end “The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood.”
Status: Temporarily Closed
Starting rate: $315
A sister to New York’s iconic NoMad Hotel, the NoMad Los Angeles can be found near Grand Central Market in Downtown L.A. in the former Bank of Italy building. Its rooms and suites are contemporary with ornate touches, and there’s a particularly cool rooftop pool with its own bar and outdoor café. When open, there are several other dining and bar options, although the surrounding neighborhood is also flush with eateries, and the hotel features a 24-hour fitness center so you can look good for the SoCal natives.
Status: Open. Email for updated protocols
Starting rate: $315
Each suite at Hotel Covell, a boutique hotel located over Los Feliz wine bar Bar Covell, is based on a fictional writer. The modern luxury property is all about the fine details with amenities like mini Smeg fridges and Le Labo bath products. It feels like a hideaway, and it’s not surprising that it’s become a favorite for Hollywood types who don’t want to stay in a big, resort-like hotel. The area is also ideal for those looking for a low-key, local experience in L.A. (be sure to have dinner at nearby Italian spot Lil Dom’s—reservations-only).
Starting rate: $339 (for a loft suite)
One of Los Angeles’ most famous hotels is the Hollywood Roosevelt, located right on Hollywood Boulevard. It hosts numerous celebrity events, including movie premiere after parties, and there’s a swank, historic vibe throughout the lobby, pool and restaurants. The rooms vary from traditional guest rooms to massive suites, or you can opt for a cabana, some of which are available poolside. In the evenings, head to Spare Room, a prohibition-style cocktail bar and two-lane bowling alley.
Starting rate: $375
If you prefer to be discreet during your stay in Los Angeles, consider a room at West Hollywood’s hidden boutique hotel Petit Ermitage. It’s an extremely fashionable spot—the rooms are decorated in a vintage “Bohemian chic” aesthetic—especially the tony rooftop pool, but it’s not the sort of hotel where you feel like you have to see and be seen. Under normal circumstances, the rooftop hosts daily yoga and weekly movie screenings. The location also makes the hotel walking distance from West Hollywood and the Beverly Center (not that anyone in L.A. walks anywhere).
Starting rate: $389
The London is a longstanding West Hollywood favorite, known for its great views, picturesque swimming pool and plush screening room. Every guest room is a suite, so you always get a seating area and balcony (seriously, the views). Rooms come with breakfast and you’ll want to also score a table at Boxwood Restaurant, which serves up California-inspired shared plates. To really indulge, reserve one of the poolside cabanas for the afternoon.
Starting rate: $399
1 Hotels are all about being eco-friendly, so expect reclaimed wood finishes and a calming, Earthy atmosphere with amazing views of the city. Enjoy a drink at rooftop spot Harriet’s Rooftop or dine at 1 Kitchen, a sustainable restaurant that focuses on farm-to-table California cuisine. There’s also a gym, complimentary wellness classes and available personal trainers, and the hotel offers special wellness package that comes with goodies like pressed juices. You can’t get more L.A. than this.
Status: Open, call for reservations and safety precautions: (323) 656-1010
Starting rate: $404
You’re no one if you’ve never been to Chateau Marmont—at least in Hollywood. The celebrity-packed hotel, situated just off the Sunset Strip, has an iconic Hollywood glamour that attracts every to its rooms, suites and bungalows. There’s an outdoor pool (which you may remember from the movie Somewhere) and the restaurant serves genuinely good food. The hotel also boasts that it offers a DVD library with movies to borrow, just in case you haven’t jumped on the streaming bandwagon yet.
Starting rate: $450
In recent years, Kimpton has expanded to L.A. with several properties, including Kimpton La Peer in West Hollywood. Located at Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, the hotel has a pool, rooftop events space, fitness center and a restaurant called Viale dei Romani. When things get back to normal, don’t miss the complimentary evening social hour and take advantage of the bicycles available to borrow. While in the area, head to nearby restaurant Gracias Madre, which offers vegan Mexican fare and seriously insane cocktails.
Starting rate: $575
Many visitors heading to Los Angeles will prefer Santa Monica to the Sunset Strip, which makes Shutters on the Beach the perfect destination. The luxury property overlooks Santa Monica State Beach and feels like a seaside resort rather than a city hotel. If you can ever pull yourself away from the pool, which has private cabanas for rent, you’ll find guest rooms and suites that seem straight out of Cape Cod. The One Spa (which is open!) is great for even more relaxation and, if you prefer not to walk down the street to find dinner, the hotel’s Coast restaurant takes full advantage of its ocean views.
Starting rate: $1,750 (for the Penthouse Suite)
There are a lot of hotels crammed together on the Sunset Strip, but one of the coolest is the Sunset Tower Hotel, which boasts serious views and a restaurant packed with Hollywood elite. It’s a charming vintage glamour, especially at the pool, and you want to stay in the Penthouse Suite, which has wraparound terraces, a soaking tub and custom artwork. Book a table at Tower Bar for dinner, where, in pre-COVID times, you were likely to see everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Grace Coddington.
Starting rate: $3,900 (for the Urban Glamping Suite)
You know the Beverly Wilshire from Pretty Woman, of course, but the upscale hotel, just off Rodeo Drive, represents a bucket list stay. Their new Urban Glamping Suite, a permanent pop-up, features a 10th floor private terrace with a fireplace and glamping tent (double check this option is currently available when you book!). The elegant hotel also has a pool, spa, restaurant and, best of all, a house car that will drive you anywhere you want to go (within a specific distance—and make sure it’s operating during COVID before you depend on it for everything). While Richard Gere may not be able to join you it’s a great place to indulge for a special occasion or holiday.
Starting rate: $5,000 (for the Charlon Suite)
So you’ve recently come into some money. Why not book the opulent Charlon Suite at the Hotel Bel-Air, an exclusive hotel beloved by A-listers and very rich people. The hotel is lush hideaway, which one of the best pools in town, and the Charlon Suite embodies timeless Hollywood glamour with two bedrooms, a Jacuzzi tub and a private garden. For this price, you’ll be able to fully indulge too, with include airport transfers, welcome Champagne and immaculate service.