The Guru List: 30 Great Hotels in Los Angeles 2020


1. Chamberlain 

The ‘crown jewel’ of elevated residential style, this quaint retreat features 115 suites spaciously designed with a glamorous yet minimalist flare and equipped with über modern amenities. The hotel itself has an all-round aura of anonymity and with the restaurant catering exclusively for overnight guests and a purpose-built rooftop terrace featuring a glorious swimming pool, a private lounging deck and stunning views over west Hollywood. 


2. Élan Hotel 

Nestled in Beverly Boulevard, Élan is minutes away from the best of LA entertainment including shopping at the Beverly Centre, The Grove and Rodeo Drive, dining at the chicest hang-outs, visiting delicious food markets and touring CBS Television City, the Sunset Strip, and Hollywood & Highland. This boutique hotel features 49 rooms designed with modern simplicity, the room service is catered by the ever popular Jan’s Diner opposite and our favourite part? There is a cheese-and-wine party every weekend evening. 

©@theelanhotella LA icons adorning the corridor walls at Elan Hotel. 

3. Chateau Marmont 

Located on Sunset Boulevard, the elegant Chateau Marmont opened in 1929 and fast became an iconic hot spot for business, travel and lots of A-list play. This fabulous castle estate is home to 48 bedrooms and suites, two penthouses, four garden bungalows and nine cottages, most equipped with full kitchens, chic sitting areas or living rooms, and some with formal dining rooms, balconies and private terraces.

©@vickiepynchon Chateau Marmont

4. Four Seasons 

Right in the heart of Beverly Hills is the magnificent Four Seasons hotel renowned for its exquisite luxury and opulently designed interior. The hotel offers 285 spacious and stylish rooms and suites, all equipped with modern amenities and a balcony with the promise of a fantastic view. Retreat at the hotels wellbeing spa, immerse in the beautiful pool or taste the award winning Italian, Latin American and Asian restaurant multi-cuisine. 


5. Hotel Bel-Air 

This 12-acre Californian secluded sanctuary is considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world. With a gorgeously pink facade, incredible Spanish colonial architecture and colour-bold decor, this hotel is nestled in the heart of the wooded Santa Monica foothills offers guests the ultimate experience of relaxation, splendour and privacy. Especially for some of the most highly esteemed people in the world such as Grace Kelly, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce. All coming here to personally retreat or to use as a glamourising space prior to some of LA’s biggest events. 

©@hotelbelair Bar and Lounge 

6. Montrose West Hollywood

An intimate hotel where urban style meets upscale sophistication that attracts young Hollywood. This Hotel is a converted luxury apartment space located moments away from Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills, filled with glamorous furnishings, sophisticated seating areas, fabulous fabrics, a rooftop saltwater pool and a guest-only restaurant. 


7. Shade 

Situated in the South Bay Area, Condé Nast Traveller refers to Shade as one of the best reasons to visit LA. Offering guests a supremely ’boutique’ experience with Tempur-Pedic mattresses, chroma-therapy lighting, a ‘Lavazza’ espresso machine, a hydrotherapy tub behind Japanese screens, a delicatable fine-dining experience in the outdoor terrace adorned with warming fire pits and a short walking distance away from the fantastic Manhattan Beach Pier and The Strand. 


8. Shutters On The Beach 

A coastal haven offering a quintessential twist of splendour and luxury with 186 elegant rooms and 12 stunning suites. Catering for guests desiring to immerse themselves on white sand beaches, gush over captivatingly beautiful views of the pacific, savour the deliciously fresh fare at 1 Pico Restaurant, Coast Beach Cafe and the Living Room Lounge, and indulge in wellness treatments at the ONE spa. 


9. Sunset Tower Hotel 

Built in 1929, the Sunset Tower Hotel is located on Sunset Boulevard and has certainly earned its reference as a landmark of Hollywood with the likes of Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Billie Burke, Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra once calling it home and with the hotel being used as a setting for so many Hollywood films. 


10. The Peninsula 

The only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated hotel in Southern California and all ten of its hotels every year since 1993 and voted as the #1 City Hotel in Los Angeles for 2019 by the readers of Travel & Leisure. A luxe getaway in Little Santa Monica, a stone throw away from Rodeo Drive. With french chateau-esque decor, the hotel features luxurious rooms and suites, a wellness spa, hydrotherapy room, a fitness centre and a rooftop pool. The hotel holds a stern reputation of impeccably seamless service, several fine-dining restaurant options and a chauffeured Rolls Royce offered to all overnight guests. 

© The Peninsula, Beverly Hills 

11. The Beverly Hills Hotel 

“Entitled to the best of everything, regardless of cost” is the in-house motto that sets the tone for this century-old Pink Palace featuring 204 rooms and suites, 21 bungalows, some with private pools, all surrounded by 12 acres of tropical gardens and exotic flowers. The hotel’s essence is that of old Hollywood Glamour, welcoming you with iconic red carpet as Hollywood’s star clientele continuously sweeps through its doors. Legacy aside, this hotel offers guests a palm-tree filled pool area, a wellness spa, a fitness centre, a golf course, and a fine-dining experience at the magnificent Polo Lounge. 


12. The Ambrose 

A perfect choice if you wish to be near to Californias beloved Santa Monica, the Ambrose interior is based on an upscale southern Californian country-style manor featuring 77 spacious bespoke rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, wifi, daily deluxe breakfast and a complimentary chauffeur London taxi within a 3-mile radius where you will find great arts, culture, restaurants and shops, mere minutes from the area’s best-known attractions, including the Santa Monica Pier and Bergamot Station.


13. The Avalon Hotel 

In a tranquil corner of Beverly Hills is this small, quirky boutique hotel launched two decades ago. This 1950’s style, art-deco furnished hotel features three distinctive buildings; the Beverly offers beautiful patios and penthouse with 26 rooms two suites, the Canon is steeped in history with 15 private rooms and the Olympic, that has 43 rooms plus a bar, a restaurant, an hourglass-shaped pool and cabanas. The hotel is very near to the Museum of Tolerance, the storied Saban Theatre and L.A.’s most loved designer stores, cafes and restaurants. 


14. The Crescent Hotel 

Built in 1926, The Crescent Hotel is a small, luxury art-deco hotel right in the heart of Beverly Hills. Offering a warm, friendly environment, this hotel considers themselves a home away from home at a reasonable price. All 35 boutique rooms are adorned with retro-modern minimalism, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The hotel is near to the glamorous Rodeo Drive and a few miles from the Sunset Strip.


15. The Mondrian 

The Mondrian is situated in the heart of West Hollywood with an energy that is reminiscent of the LA scene on the southern Californian coast with 236 air-conditioned rooms filled with modern amenities, a health spa, an outdoor pool, an all-day cafe, and the incredible Asia de Cuba restaurant and the popular Sky Bar with huge poolside mattresses. The hotel is near the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theater and the Hollywood Bowl.


16. The Standard

Located in Downtown LA, this modern-chic hotel is in close distance of Route 101 and the Staples Center, a popular hub for concerts and sports events. The Standard offers gorgeous  rooms with mid-century decor and a gorgeous penthouse suite. Attracting a constant stream of young Hollywood, the hotel has a rooftop terrace, a heated pool and cabanas with waterbeds, as well as a lively bar with DJs, a beer garden, a casual 24-hour restaurant, a chic cafe, and a lounge with table tennis.


17. W

This five-star hotel in Westwood is the epitome of an urban treat with lively, colourful decor and state-of-the-art amenities, 258 Suites and 63 suites with extensive views, climate control and modern furnishings in the signature W style. The hotel’s outdoor WET® pool offers a swanky environment where guests can lounge on Trina Turk-designed poolside cabanas, sip on refreshing beverages whilst listening to resident DJs. The FIT® gym features super modern equipment. The hotel is located near UCLA and its Medical Center, the Santa Monica beach, and the designer boutiques of Rodeo Drive. The W is located within minutes of wonderful restaurants including Nine Thirty, The Hideout and STK. 


18. The Viceroy L’Ermitage

Tucked into a residential neighbourhood, this chic hotel is a few blocks from the plush Rodeo Drive shops and a drive away from the Getty Center museum. The hotel features 116 modern suites with a 1950’s style decor, complimentary yoga on Saturdays, a chic French bistro, a gym and an intimate spa. The Viceroy is also accommodating to pets and families, offering perks like babysitting services, board games, books, and bath toys, and pool toys and treats. The hotel rooftop pool area offers 360-degree views of the city.


19. Beverly Wilshire

Remembered for the hotel scenes in the classic film ‘Pretty Woman’ the Beverly Wilshire stands as one of the most iconic and luxurious hotels in Los Angeles with highly esteemed guests including Elvis Presley, the Dalai Lama, and the British royal family. Built in the early 20th century, this magnificent hotel features 395 luxury rooms complete with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, and is located adjacent to the fabulous Rodeo Drive. The hotel offers a contemporary restaurant and a steakhouse run by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. Other amenities include a spa, a fitness club and an outdoor pool with a poolside bar. 


20. Casa Del Mar 

If you’ve experienced Shutters on the Beach resort, you will highly appreciate its sister property, Casa Del Mar. With a Mediterranean essence, the hotel is filled with Spanish inspired decor and the hotel rooms are embellished with gorgeous furnishings. Dining options include Terrazza, Italian cuisine made with seasonal local produce, and Catch, which focuses on seafood.


21. Montage 

The sophisticated Montage Beverly Hills is a classic Beverly Hills estate taking inspiration from the mediterranean with Spanish, Italian and Moroccan architecture and features. The hotel has 201 rooms and 55 suites that overlook Beverly Hills, a rooftop oasis, complete with a heated mosaic-tiled pool, whirlpool and private cabanas. The onsite restaurant, Georgie, offers mouthwatering California cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients and run by famed chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and the two-storey, 20,000 square foot spa is a must-visit all in itself.


22. The Ritz Carlton

The stunning Ritz Carlton stands tall in downtown LA and features 123 luxury guest rooms and suites with a modern-minimalist decor. Guests can enjoy some Californian sunshine by the rooftop pool before dining on the 24th floor for delicious fare at Wolfgang Puck’s Asian-inspired eatery with skyline views or retreat to the wellness spa.


23. The London West Hollywood

Located just off the Sunset Strip, this is an all-suite luxury hotel blending British design with California cool. The spacious, sophisticated rooms boast balconies with city views; however, the best way to really soak up the surroundings is by lounging at the rooftop pool. For breakfast, guests are treated to complimentary European offerings at the onsite restaurant, Boxwood. But the best part about staying at The London has to be Garbanzo – the hotel’s signature English bulldog who likes to greet guests in the lobby.

©@seon_x London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

24. The Hollywood Roosevelt

Named No. 11 Hotel in Los Angeles in the Condé Nast Traveler 2019 readers choice awards, this top ranked hotel, built in the early 20th century is located right across the street from the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre. The hotel boasts chic, modern rooms and suites,  a gym, and an outdoor pool with a fire pit. There’s a cocktail lounge, a nightclub and a beer garden, plus an upscale restaurant, a 24-hour burger joint and a game room with bowling.


25. Mr. C

Built in 2011, this beautiful hotel reflects the European style and heritage of its founders, the Cipriani brothers. The in-house restaurant boasts Italian cuisine and the guest rooms are furnished with hardwood floors, modern bathrooms, and a sophisticated bar with bottled craft cocktails. Guests can visit the spa or enjoy in-room treatments.

©@mrchotels Classic Suite

26. The Intercontinental 

Built in 2017, The Intercontinental is located in Century City and stands as a luxurious retreat within the tallest building in Los Angeles. Reception is on the 70th floor and the hotel offers an impressive 889 guest rooms and incredible panoramic views of Hollywood. The hotel offers delicious multi-cuisine restaurants including La Boucherie, the French-inspired steakhouse and Spire 73 on the 71st floor, the tallest rooftop bar in the western world. 


27. Petit Ermitage

Named after the Ermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, this is a unique hotel with bohemian style, Moroccan inspired decor, handwoven Turkish carpets, mosaic tiling, and adorned with hand-picked pieces from the owner’s personal collection of artistry from the likes of Miró, Rauschenberg, and Dalí. The rooftop is a guests-only oasis with a heated saltwater pool, health conscious dining choices, daily yoga on the deck, and a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary.

©@petitermitagehotel #suite406 designed by artist @greg_haberny

28. Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes

Celebrating ten years as L.A.’s only oceanfront resort, this coastal escape sits on 102 acres of gorgeous landscape in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, offering guests an award winning spa,  nine-hole golf course, spa, four pools, and eight dining options, as well as paddle-boarding, horseback riding, and snorkelling options, hiking and whale watching for those who feel to venture off the hotel grounds. The resort provides a variety of guest rooms, suites and bungalows, as well as more residence-style options like casitas and villas. Most rooms come with a view of the Pacific ocean.


29. Waldorf Astoria 

Designed by the talented by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the Waldorf Astoria is a luxury tower-hotel ideally located nearby Rodeo Drive and the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame. The hotel offers highly elegant rooms with panoramic city views and modern amenities including a posh french fusion restaurant, 3 cocktail lounges and a rooftop bar with 360-degree views. There’s also a beautiful wellness spa, a rooftop pool, plus a grand 3-story lobby.

©@waldorfbevhills The Rooftop by JG

30. SLS

Focused on guests having an extraordinary experience and elegant hospitality, the SLS hotel in Beverly Hills is part of a luxury collection of hotels, home to leading design, modern architecture and world-class European inspired fare, very close to the Beverly Center Mall, The Broad Contemporary Art Museum and a short drive from downtown Hollywood, Venice Beach and the Getty Center museum. The hotel also features a stylish lounge, a state-of-the-art gym, a rooftop pool deck and the sleek Ciel Wellness Spa.

©@slsbeverlyhills Altitude Rooftop Pool @ SLS



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