9500 Wilshire Blvd • 310-275-5200 • www.fourseasons.com • $$$
Overlooking Rodeo Drive, this dignified 1928 hotel has hosted royalty many times and featured prominently in the 1990 movie Pretty Woman. Luxurious extras include chauffeured car service within a radius of 3 miles (5 km).
300 S Doheny Dr • 310-273-2222 • www.fourseasons.com • $$$
This hotel welcomes its guests with enormous floral arrangements. Its delights include a full-service spa and free limousine rides within a 2-mile (3-km) radius. At the Windows Lounge you may find yourself sipping cocktails next to someone famous. Children under 18 stay free with parents.
1910 Ocean Way • 310-581-5533 • www.hotelcasadelmar.com • $$$
An imposing presence overlooking Santa Monica Beach, this 1926 beach club has been restored to its original grandeur. The grand, lavish lobby is juxtoposed by the cozily decorated rooms.
30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach • 949-715-6000 • montagehotels.com/lagunabeach • $$$
Atop a 50-ft (15-m) bluff with sweeping views over the Pacific Ocean, this luxury, Craftsman-style hotel is utterly gorgeous. All guestrooms have ocean views and are equipped with amenities such as deep, marble soaking tubs. Priceless early-California paintings grace the walls. Facilities offered also include a full-service spa and large swimming pool.
849 Ocean Ave • 310-393-0486 • www.hoteloceanasantamonica.com • $$$
One of Santa Monica’s prettiest hotels, this has a fun, colorful decor that is reminiscent of the French Riviera. Many of the large suites offer guests views of the ocean.
9882 S Santa Monica Blvd • 310-551-2888 • www.peninsula.com • $$$
Antiques and artwork grace rooms, suites, and villas, all brimming with high-tech features, including wireless internet access and satellite TV. A personal room valet attends to your every need.
900 W Olympic Blvd • 213-743-8800 • www.ritzcarlton.com • $$$
This sleek, modern highly luxurious hotel is close to the Staples Center, the Microsoft Theater, and top shopping and dining options. It shares a tower with the Marriott at LA LIVE and has a posh rooftop pool and bar on the 26th floor.
6610 Palos Verdes Dr S • 310-802-7433 • www.terranea.com • $$$
Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, with splendid views over the ocean and Catalina Island, this eco-friendly resort has 400 rooms, suites, and bungalows. Guests can while away the time at the luxury spa, with 24 treatment rooms, at the nine-hole golf course, or enjoying the gastronomic treats at the restaurant.
9291 Burton Way • 310-278-3344 • www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/beverlyhills • $$$
Discretion is key at this sophisticated Beverly Hills hideaway with the full range of in-room high-tech amenities. Enjoy panoramic views from the rooftop pool flanked by cabanas for extra privacy. Even pets get the royal treatment.
9850 Wilshire Blvd • 800-774-1500 • www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com • $$$
The 21-story gem with Art Deco architecture is located on the spot of the old Trader Vic’s and just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive. Facilities include a chic rooftop pool, a complete business center, Bijan menswear boutique, and La Prarie spa.
8221 W Sunset Blvd • 323-656-1010 • www.chateaumarmont.com • $$
Famous recluses such as Greta Garbo holed up in this quirky French castle-style hotel, whose policy of discretion still ensures steady celebrity bookings. Revel in Hollywood lore in the cottages, bungalows, and suites.
Crystal Cove State Park Historic District, 35 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast • 800-444-7275 • www.crystalcovebeachcottages.org • $$
Step back in time to a quintessential California beach settlement. On the National Register of Historic Places, these 29 adorable self-catering cottages have been painstakingly restored and furnished to retain the lifestyle charm of the period between 1935 and 1955. No TVs, phones, Wi-Fi, or air-conditioning; just the sounds of the surf to lull you to sleep.
1415 Ocean Ave • 310-395-9945 • www.georgianhotel.com • $$
This 1933 seaside hotel was an instant hit with the movie elite seeking to escape the Hollywood heat. Behind the Art Deco facade await guest rooms in chocolate colors, most with ocean views.
7000 Hollywood Blvd • 323-466-7000 • www.thehollywoodroosevelt.com • $$
A stone’s throw away from Hollywood & Highland is this famous Hollywood hotel. While the grand lobby pays homage to the original Spanish-Mediterranean decor, most rooms have 21st-century amenities. Only the poolside cabanas retain old-fashioned flair.
1126 Queens Hwy • 562-435-3511 • www.queenmary.com • $$
Stay in the roomy quarters of the Queen Mary ocean liner. With their wood paneling, Art Deco design and thick carpets to savor the ambience of a bygone era.
1401 S Oak Knoll Ave • 626-568-3900 • www.pasadena.langhamhotels.com • $$
This hotel is a stunning destination in itself. Take your breakfast alfresco before lounging by the Olympic-sized, heated pool, followed by a session in the full-service spa. Enjoy afternoon high tea in the lobby lounge, then hit the tennis courts before changing for dinner at the steakhouse or at the terrace bistro – a perfect day, indeed.
506 S Grand • 213-624-1011 • www.millenniumhotels.com • $$
A Downtown architectural landmark, the Biltmore was LA’s first luxury hotel when it opened in 1923. It has hosted presidents, celebrities, and even The Beatles, who had to land their helicopter on the roof-top to avoid the fans. It is the site of several Academy Awards ceremonies, as well as a popular film location. This Beaux-Arts hotel has opulent interiors that resemble a Spanish palace. The guest rooms are comfortable.
1301 Ocean Ave • 310-394-2791 • www.shangrila-hotel.com • $$
Dating from 1939, this boutique hotel has a modern feel. It boasts a landscaped and heated outdoor pool, a relaxing spa as well as a 24-hour fitness center. Its oceanfront Santa Monica location is one of its best features and many of the large rooms have ocean views. Rates include parking, a small breakfast, and tea.
8358 Sunset Blvd • 323-654-7100 • www.sunsettowerhotel.com • $$$
Once the home of John Wayne and mobster Bugsy Siegel, the Sunset Tower is a striking Art Deco tower. The former apartments are now luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, with reproductions of 1920s period furniture.
9400 W Olympic Blvd • 310-277-5221 • www.viceroyhotelgroup.com/avalon • $$
This Beverly Hills hotel has intimately lit cabanas that fringe the curvaceous pool. Rooms feature George Nelson lamps and Eames-style chairs. And don’t forget – Marilyn Monroe once lived here.
9876 Wilshire Blvd • 310-274-7777 • www.beverlyhilton.com • $$
Famous for hosting the annual Golden Globes, this mid-century landmark is frequented by the big shots of Hollywood. It features a saltwater aquarium in the lobby, Bose music systems, and large screen plasma TVs in the rooms as well as an innovative health and fitness retreat.
8435 Beverly Blvd • 866-203-2212 • www.elanhotel.com • $$
The lobby and lounge at this stylish boutique hotel is decorated in the retro look currently in vogue. The rooms have calming natural tones and it’s close to some of the city’s finest attractions. You can also order room service and pick a movie from the extensive library.
8462 W Sunset Blvd • 323-654-4600 • www.graftononsunset.com • $$
Standing next to the Mondrian, the Grafton has a more accessible and low-key ambience. The lobby is flanked by the fashionable Balboa Lounge and a steakhouse, and leads to the pool.
140 Lasky Dr • 310-281-4000 • www.maison140.com • $$
An intimate B&B in the former villa of silent movie star Lillian Gish, Maison 140 cleverly fuses French and Asian design accents. Every room is different, but all feature patterned wallpaper and European antiques. The seductively lit Bar Noir is great for a nightcap. Excellent value for money, considering its proximity to Rodeo Drive.
6500 Selma Ave, Hollywood • 323-785-6666 • www.mamashelter.com • $$
This stylish, offbeat hotel is within walking distance of everything in Hollywood. This is a French-based chain and the decor is colorful, whimsical, and fun: you may just find a Darth Vader lamp in your room. iMacs substitute for TVs and radios. Don’t miss the rooftop bar with views of the Hollywood Sign.
8300 Sunset Blvd • 323-650-9090 • www.standardhotels.com • $$
This hangout on Sunset Strip has a wavy retro facade and a pool with an intriguing fringe of blue Astroturf. After relaxing by the water, party in the lobby, which morphs into a lounge at night, with DJ-spun music.
930 Hilgard Ave • 310-208-8765 • www.wlosangeles.com • $$
The chic W is full of surprises, such as the “waterfall” entrance steps and the table games in the lobby. Suites are fully wired for connectivity, and the Mojo eatery and lobby bar are weekend hot spots.
8490 Sunset Blvd • 310-424-1600 • www.jeremyhotel.com • $$$
The first hotel to be built from the ground up on the Strip in more than 30 years, this cool, stylish hotel sports a full gym, on-site café, business services and luxury, minimalist rooms and a rooftop pool and bar overlooking all of Downtown. The extensive art collection features some statement pieces from renowned artists.
8440 Sunset Blvd • 323-650-8999 • www.mondrianhotel.com • $$$
The rooms seem like an afterthought at hotelier Ian Schrager’s celebrity outpost. The Ivory on Sunset eatery, the pool deck, and the hip SkyBar provide stylish hobnobbing territory.
1200 N Alta Loma Rd • 310-657-1333 • www.sunsetmarquis.com • $$$
This West Hollywood hideaway is a favorite with rock’n’roll royalty such as U2. The on-site recording studio is a major draw, but so are the luxurious quarters and the Bar 1200.
1819 Ocean Ave • 310-260-7500 • www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/santamonica • $$$
The couple behind the stylish Maison 140 and Avalon have created a fantasy environment that transports guests back in time to Colonial England. The decor mixes kitsch and sophistication, with a grown-up color palette of gray, bright green, and soothing cream.
8 Dudley Ave • 310-399-8876 • No air conditioning • www.thecadillachotel.com • $
Charlie Chaplin liked to spend summers in this pink-and-turquoise Art Deco landmark on Venice Boardwalk. Clean but basic rooms, including some four-bed dorms.
1300 The Strand • 310-374-3001 • www.beach-house.com/hermosa-beach • $$
Within earshot of the waves, this elegant getaway is the perfect antidote to stress. Just relax in front of the crackling fire in your suites.
1697 Pacific Ave • 310-452-1111 • www.hotelerwin.com • $$
This boutique beach hotel is located close to Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier and gives you easy access to interesting cafés and stores. Its 119 guestrooms come with the full range of amenities. The hotel has a fitness suite and rates include breakfast.
4175 Admiralty Way • 310-823-5333 • www.jamaicabayinn.com • $$
For beachfront on a budget, opt for this pleasant Marina del Rey hotel right on Mother’s Beach. The sand-colored rooms have private patios or balconies.
1016 The Strand • 310-376-6933 • No air conditioning • www.seaspritemotel.com • $$
Rooms in this Hermosa Beach hotel won’t win any style awards, but with their location right on the beach, you probably won’t spend much time inside. Larger dorms can sleep up to six.
1740 Ocean Ave • 310-395-9700 • www.marriott.com • $$$
Centrally located, this Santa Monica hotel has the elegant personality of a Mediterranean mansion. Rooms are dressed in sunny, golden colors and feature patios, heavenly beds, and big desks. Bold chandeliers light up the Cézanne restaurant, where you can taste exquisite French cuisine. Excellent in-house spa.
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy • 310-456-6444 • www.malibubeachinn.com • $$$
Enjoy spectacular views of the coastline from Malibu’s only luxury beachfront hotel with a red-tiled Mission-style building. All rooms have gas fireplaces and balconies, some also feature a Jacuzzi. A free Continental breakfast buffet is served.
4375 Admiralty Way • 310-823-1700 • www.ritzcarlton.com • $$$
Overlooking the world’s largest custom-built pleasure boat harbor, the Ritz-Carlton offers European elegance and deluxe creature comforts. Indulge in global cuisine at the stylish restaurant.
1515 Ocean Ave • 310-458-1515 • www.shorehotel.com • $$$
This hotel is just steps away from Santa Monica Pier. Rooms have private patios or balconies, and luxury bath products. Its Blue Plate Taco restaurant is a great place for outdoor dining and people-watching.
1 Pico Blvd • 310-458-0030 • www.shuttersonthebeach.com • $$$
This delightful hotel right by the sands of Santa Monica takes the beach cottage to new heights. Relax on fluffy mattresses, feel the cool ocean breeze, or watch the warm California sunlight filtering in through the shutters.
120 S Los Angeles St • 213-629-1200 • doubletree3.hilton.com • $$
This serene Little Tokyo hotel offers an exotic experience, especially if staying in the Japanese rooms, where you sleep on tatami mats. The spa and the beautiful third-floor Japanese gardens are great for relaxing.
5855 W Century Blvd • 310-641-5700 • www.marriott.com • $$
Close to LAX, this chain hotel is great for business travelers. With just over 1,000 rooms, it has a full range of conference facilities, with business and secretarial services. All rooms have wireless internet access, and high-speed connection is available at an extra cost.
11461 Sunset Blvd • 310-476-6571 • www.luxesunset.com • $$
A lovely property with lush landscaping, the Luxe is conveniently located right next to Freeway 405. The spacious rooms are decorated in soothing colors. Business features include in-room tablets, complimentary Wi-Fi, and secretarial services.
8384 W 3rd St • 323-658-6600 • www.theorlando.com • $$
Suitable for smaller gatherings, the trump card of this European-style hotel is its location close to the shopping and nightlife in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Rates include a daily taxi voucher.
404 S Figueroa St • 866-716-8132 • www.thebonaventure.com • $$
With about 20 eateries, a pool, a fitness club, shops, and a full business center, the landmark Bonaventure has more facilities than most small towns. It is well located, only 1 mile (1.6 km) from the LA Convention Center. Regular rooms here are fairly small, but the office suites are well equipped.
535 S Grand Ave • 213-624-0000 • www3.hilton.com • $$$
An island of old-world sophistication in the fast-paced Financial District, this 1929 hotel is great for conducting business in style. Prepare for your meetings in fine leather chairs at exquisite large marble desks.
900 W Olympic Blvd • 213-765-8600 • www.marriott.com • $$$
A short walk to the LA Convention Center, Staples Center and LA Live, this hotel has everything you need to conduct business. The gorgeous lobby is conducive to work, as are the 38 meeting rooms and the well-equipped business center. After work, relax at the rooftop pool and unwind with a drink at the bar. The gym is modern and Marriott guests have access to the Ritz-Carlton spa.
1755 N Highland Ave • 323-856-1200 • www.loewshotels.com/hollywood-hotel • $$$
This art-filled high-rise overlooks Hollywood and Highland. The suites here can accommodate small meetings. An equipped business center, PC rentals, and secretarial services are also on offer.
251 S Olive St • 213-617-3300 • www.omnihotels.com • $$$
Walk to Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, and other Downtown landmarks from this modern hotel in the Financial District. Business rooms have huge desks, office equipment, and supplies.
465 S La Cienega Blvd • 310-247-0400 • www.slshotels.com/beverlyhills • $$$
Friendly and efficient staff, a business center with high-speed internet access, and meeting rooms with assets such as teleconferencing and video equipment are just some of the great perks of this Beverly Hills hotel.
6141 Franklin Ave • 323-464-5181 • www.losangelesbestwestern.com • $
Other hotels may have more stylish rooms, but the ones at this central Hollywood property offer plenty of elbow space. The tiled pool and coffee shop are welcome assets.
1831 S Harbor Blvd • 714-782-7600 • www.portofinoinnanaheim.com • $
This spacious Anaheim hotel is great for wallet-watchers. The little ones will love camping out in bunk beds and a sofa sleeper and will get their own amenities such as TV, microwave, and fridge as well.
220 California Ave • 310-395-5555 • No air conditioning • www.calmarhotel.com • $$
The flowery bedspreads and sofas may be stuck in the 1980s, but you get an entire apartment for less money than a standard double anywhere else. Units face a landscaped pool. Located in a quiet residential street, Cal Mar is close to Santa Monica hip zones. Free parking is available.
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood • 818-238-3759 • www.beverlygarland.com • $$
This hotel is conveniently located close to Universal Studios. Special children’s suites with bunk beds and play stations are available and breakfast is free for under 12s. Facilities include an outdoor pool, a gym and tennis courts.
469 North Doheny Dr, Beverly Hills • 310-274-8141 • www.hotelbeverlyterrace.com • $$
Within walking distance of Rodeo Drive and Sunset Strip, this serene hotel has a garden and pool area and provides a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Ideally located for shopping and dining.
10740 Wilshire Blvd • 310-475-8711 • www.hotelpalomar-lawestwood.com • $$
Located in Westwood village, this family hotel allows you easy access to shops, restaurants, and theaters. It includes a full-service restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gym, and gift shop.
7025 Franklin Ave • 800-741-4915 • www.magiccastlehotel.com • $$
Pennywise travelers love this hotel close to Hollywood action. Units vary in size but have full kitchens. Guests also enjoy access to the nearby Magic Club.
333 Universal Hollywood Dr • 818-980-1212 • www.starwoodhotels.com • $$
Although this property can’t shake off the institutional feel of a chain hotel, its location next to Universal Studios is a bonus.
1600 S Disneyland Dr • 714-956-6425 • www.disneyland.com • $$$
The price tag is a bit steep at this 751-room resort designed in richly wooded Craftsman style, but standard rooms sleep up to two adults and four kids, and it even has its own private entrance to Disney’s California Adventure™ theme park.
1700 Ocean Ave • 310-458-6700 • www.santamonicaloewshotel.com • $$$
Located very close to Santa Monica Pier and the beach, this large resort appeals to children, and is the definition of the quintessential Californian retreat, offering special welcome kits, and free stays for under 18s. The restaurant here serves the best seafood that Santa Monica has to offer.
8018 Beverly Blvd • 323-651-2441 • $
This 1950s-style motel with a small, seasonal pool is within walking distance of the Farmers Market, Melrose Avenue, and the Beverly Center. Framed art and cheerful bedspreads adorn the rooms. The downstairs diner, Swingers, is a popular spot. Parking and Wi-Fi are chargeable.
7047 Franklin Ave • 323-850-0536 • www.highlandgardenshotel.com • $
A large pool and tropical garden give this hotel near the Walk of Fame an old-Hollywood atmosphere. Rooms are basic, with fridges and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rates also include hot drinks in the lobby, parking, and Continental breakfast.
1775 Orchid Ave • 323-850-6464 • www.hotelcelebrity.com • $
Despite the name, celebrity encounters are exceedingly unlikely in this budget gem, a stone’s throw away from Hollywood & Highland. But the inviting burgundy awning and Art Deco lobby lead to nicely sized rooms with walls with cartoon-like murals. Rates include a small breakfast as well as on-site parking.
753 Orchid Ave • 323-874-9678 • www.orchidsuites.com • $
This is an excellent base of for those wanting to be close to the action. Some of the suites offer all the amenities you would expect from a small apartment, complete with a full kitchen, living room, bedroom, and balconies. The decor may be dated, but it’s all well kept and clean. The pool and rooftop sundeck are definite perks and this place offers good value.
1911 W Olive Ave • 818-845-8586 • www.coasthotels.com • $
Easily recognized by its classic neon sign, this retro motel is nothing short of iconic. Rooms are decked out in peach and blue and some offer a full kitchen for convenience. Close to Universal, NBC, and Warner Bros Studios, with specific packages offered that include studio tours and other privileges.
2637 Main St • 310-392-2787 • www.seashoremotel.com • $
A Santa Monica budget abode, it is perfect for those who favor location over luxury. Only two blocks from the beach, it is on trendy Main Street with wonderful shopping and dining options.
838 S Grand Ave • 213-627-1151 • www.stillwell.los-angeles-hotels-ca.com/en • $
One of the best bargains in Downtown LA, the Stillwell puts you within walking distance of the Staples Center. It’s in a well-restored early 20th-century building and has a popular Indian restaurant and a graceful old-time cocktail lounge.
1624 Schrader Blvd • 323-462-3777 • www.usahostels.com • $
Those traveling on a tight budget will find this friendly Hollywood hostel a good jumping-off place for their explorations. Rates include hot drinks, pancakes for breakfast, linen, and lockers.
115 S Fairfax Ave • 800-334-1658 • www.farmersdaughterhotel.com • $$
The “price is right” at this motel opposite the Original Farmers Market and CBS, which explains its popularity with game-show contestants taping at the TV studio. The staff will organize tickets if you’d like to be part of the audience.
327 Washington Blvd • 310-821-2557 • www.innatvenicebeach.com • $$
The beach beckons outside this small hotel on the border of Venice and Marina del Rey. Rooms offer moderate comforts and a cheerful decor. Breakfast included.
1616 N Sierra Bonita • 323-850-0766 • No credit cards • www.elaineshollywoodbedandbreakfast.com • $
This beautifully restored 1910 bungalow has two rooms available and is located in a quiet neighborhood. Elaine’s is a perfect base for exploring Hollywood and its gracious hosts will help you plan your outings.
25786 Piuma Rd • 818-591-9255 • www.malibubellavista.com • $
Nestled in Malibu Canyon, the ranch-style Bella Vista is ideally located just minutes from the beach and good hiking trails. Spa facilities are available and the excellent Saddle Peak Lodge gourmet restaurant is close.
8039 Selma Ave • 323-656-3888 • Limited air-conditioning • www.secretgardenhollywood.com • $
Just a few steps from Sunset Strip, this Spanish-Mediterranean home has five unique rooms. The hosts whip up amazing breakfasts. One room is accessible for guests with specific needs.
201 Orange Grove Ave • 626-441-3535 • www.bissellhouse.com • $$
This stately 1887 Victorian home has a prestigious address on Pasadena’s famed “Millionaire’s Row.” A sedate, grown-up atmosphere reigns in the elegant public areas and all eight cozy rooms. There is no disabled access here.
219 W Channel Rd • 310-459-1920 • www.channelroadinn.com • $$
A Neo-Colonial home built in 1915, it is clad in wooden shingles and sits on the northern edge of Santa Monica. Each room has different perks such as fireplaces, lovely four-poster beds, patios, soaking tubs, or a view.
316 E Shoreline Dr • 562-436-3111 • Limited air-conditioning • www.boatandbed.com • $$
A unique getaway, this floating B&B has on offer a fully equipped sailboat, motor yacht, and even a Chinese junk. Boats are moored in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor; enjoy views of the Queen Mary.
1701 N Orange Grove Ave • 323-874-8017 • www.hollywoodbandb.com • $$
Located in a residential area, this quiet six-room property has a private movie-screening room, parlor, dining room, outdoor pool, kitchen, and dance/exercise room to go with the traditionally decorated rooms. Also on offer here are free parking and Wi-Fi.
15 30th Ave • 310-823-1966 • www.venicebeachhouse.com • $$
Built in 1911 by relatives of Venice founder Abbot Kinney, this delightful inn is a witness to Venice history. A quiet oasis, it allows you to retreat to the comforts of cozy, antique-filled rooms after a busy day at the beach or in town.
435 Culver Blvd • 310-574-1920 • www.innatplayadelrey.com • $$$
Modern and breezy, this B&B is close to the ocean and Marina del Rey, and overlooks the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. Some rooms have Jacuzzis and fireplaces. Close to LAX airport, the B&B also offers free parking and bicycle rental.
398 Wrigley Rd • 310-510-2030 • No air-conditioning • www.visitcatalinaisland.com • $$$
Live it up in the grandeur of William Wrigley’s former hilltop mansion on Catalina Island. Standard rates include breakfast, a light lunch, evening champagne reception, and the use of a golf car, so that you can explore around town.
For a standard, double room per night (with breakfast if included), taxes and extra charges.
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