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9 Best Luxury Hotels in Los Angeles

Beach, Beverly Hills or Downtown

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There’s no end to the amenities available at the best hotels in Los Angeles. In LA, you can enjoy decadent pampering and extraordinary experiences in beautiful surroundings whether you’re solo, on business, or traveling with kids.

Of course, everyone’s idea of total luxury will look a little different, and that can make recommending luxury hotels in Los Angeles tough. There are beautiful penthouse suites, luxe beach cottages, and more creative options all around the city. Location is also essential as the area is also famous for its traffic.

Below, I’ve summarized what stands out about the best hotels in Los Angeles. While LA offers plenty of boutique options, most of these hotels run on the larger side.

Best Hotels in Los Angeles For Families, Couples and Business Travelers

If you’re traveling to LA soon and looking for luxury hotels (or the best hotels in Los Angeles for families), give the following ones a look.

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Location: 300 Doheny Drive, Los Angeles CA 90048 (at the edge of Beverly Hills)

A shot over the pool to the cabanas
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Why go: As a former resident, I am a huge devotee of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and the celebrity-favorite Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is no exception. This luxury hotel in Los Angeles is glamorous without being pretentious. On the whole, it feels cozy and homey in a way that even some of the best hotels in Los Angeles don’t.

A feature that really makes it one of the best hotels for kids in Los Angeles is the pool. My daughter has always loved the kickboards and noodles, the elevated hot tub, and the plush lounge chairs. I love the option to use the chauffeured house car for short trips around the hotel to The Grove and other favorite spots.

With a recent refresh came specially-designed Wellness Rooms with health-centric features including fitness equipment from Peloton and Technogym, yoga necessities by Alo, air purification, energizing lights and much more.

Dining: There are a few options, starting the lovely Culina with its Italian specialties and seafood. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Opt for Californian cuisine al fresco at the Cabana Restaurant near the pool. Or, unwind with a drink at the wine bar, Vinoteca, or the Windows Lounge.

Good to know: We think this is one of the best hotels in Los Angeles and like that you can fly under the radar here if you want to. The stunning Fresh floral arrangements throughout the hotel are the Artistic Director, Jeff Leatham, who is famous for lavish displays at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. 

Request a Four Seasons Preferred Partner Rate

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Location: 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Grand Deluxe Guestroom at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Why go: You’ll get a taste of how the elite lives at The Peninsula Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard. You can order up a complimentary chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, Mercedes, or BMW to take you anywhere in Beverly Hills, enjoy afternoon tea in The Living Room on hand-painted Bernadotte porcelain, and fantasize about royal living in a French chateau.

This is the only hotel in Southern California, since 1993, to have earned the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star awards. It also offers all guests Peninsula Time, which is flexible check-in and check-out times at any hour of the day or night, by prior arrangement. It’s also on our list of pet-friendly Los Angeles hotels.

Dining: In addition to the legendary afternoon tea (a must at any Peninsula), book a table on The Terrace at The Belvedere for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in LA sunshine or under the stars. The Roof Garden serves California cuisine including dishes specifically marked “Naturally Peninsula” or low in fat and cholesterol in a casual setting.

Good to know: All hotels on this list are kid-friendly, but here The Camp Peninsula experience for kids can be added to any reservation for $495 per stay and includes an in-room teepee, four hours of babysitting, flameless s’mores, a family BMW outing, and more.

Book on Virtuoso.com*

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and booking.


Beverly Wilshire

Location: 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (at the end of Rodeo Drive)

The Beverly Wilshire hotel pool
Photo courtesy of Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel

Why go: There’s nothing quite like staying at the top of Rodeo Drive if you love shopping. The atmosphere at the iconic Beverly Wilshire is warm and hospitable, yet still opulent. You’ll feel glamorous upon stepping inside.

Oh, the stories that this 1928 legend could tell. It is indeed the hotel where Julia Roberts received a taste of the finer things in Pretty Woman. Fan mail still arrives for celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen who lived there.

Book into the 8000-square-foot, world-class spa, and swim in the gorgeous pool which is modeled after Sophia Loren’s private villa pool in Italy. Kids aren’t left out of the fun either. My daughter always loves their fun welcome amenities and spa treatments for younger guests.

Dining: All-day dining happens at The BLVD, which overlooks Rodeo Drive. Go for people-watching and outstanding California cuisine with Mediterranean influences. You can opt for poolside bubbles and caviar, a super thick milkshake, or even kale and broccoli salad in your cabana. The flagship location of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT focuses on steak and seafood prepared in a lively open kitchen setting.

Good to know: The concierge team excels at creating unique Beverly Hills experiences for all ages and interests from backlot tours of Universal Studios Hollywood or even celebrity meet and greets.

Request a Four Seasons Preferred Partner Rate

Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows

Location: 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (across from the beach)

Signature Bungalow room at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels

Why go: The Fairmont Miramar is an urban resort with elegant guestrooms, lush grounds, and top-notch service offered up by an attentive staff. It feels a little like you’re getting away from the LA hustle and bustle once you’re there.

Get around via complimentary BMW beach cruiser or the house car (subject to availability and complimentary within a 3-mile radius). The hotel’s top-less Jeep Wrangler transports guests to the beach and back all day.

Speaking of the beach, use of the Miramar Beach Club is only for Fairmont Miramar guests from Memorial Day through Labor Day (Thursday–Sunday; on other days via arrangement with the concierge). Here you’ll find complimentary boogie boards, volleyballs, and sand toys. Towels, loungers, and umbrellas in addition to a full beach menu from Perry’s Café round out the quintessential SoCal experience.

Dining: You will not be hungry here. On property, the Mediterranean-inspired FIG Restaurant serves wood-fired fare which hits the spot prior to enjoying nightlife at The Bungalow, one of the area’s coolest lounges. Right outside of the hotel doors is where the local dining scene begins with a multitude of popular Santa Monica restaurants within walking distance.

Good to know: If you can, stay in one of the private bungalows that are nestled in among the palm trees and colorful flowers. You’ll enjoy perfect privacy — plus exceptional butler service. Be mindful of room size as the Deluxe Rooms, for example, are 275 square feet.

Book on Virtuoso.com*

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and booking. Search and book with the number of adults traveling to get the correct rates. Make sure you have the right occupancy per room type if traveling with kids. You can check here.


Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Location: 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (where Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards intersect)

Guest room at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Why go: Pierre-Yves Rochon designed the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — a luxury hotel in Los Angeles that feels like a nod to the golden age of Hollywood with its Art Deco-influenced decor. The building is 12 stories high (tall for the area) which means most rooms have lovely cityscape views.

Every guest is assigned a personal concierge. Have them book you into the hotel’s La Prairie Spa where every treatment incorporates the high-end Swiss brand’s products famous for four rare and youth-promoting ingredients that include platinum, gold, caviar, and white caviar.

The rooftop pool deck is definitely also a highlight with its views and poolside cabanas that come with sunscreen (La Prairie, of course), Voss water, and a bowl of fresh fruit. A Rolls Royce house car offers complimentary drop-off service within a two-mile radius.

Dining: Choose between three Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants and The Lobby Lounge. The signature fine dining restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills is the all-day dining option of California cuisine with a French twist and one of LA’s best wine lists. A perk of being a Waldorf Astoria guest though is access to The Rooftop by JG, Beverly Hills, a perk that locals envy especially for evening shared plates and cocktails.

Good to know: The hotel is adjacent to The Beverly Hilton and a 10-minute walk to Rodeo Drive.

Book on Virtuoso.com*

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and booking. Search and book with the number of adults traveling to get the correct rates (one child age 17 and under per king room with a rollaway bed and two children ages 17 and under per double room are usually okay—assuming there are also two adults traveling).


Montage Beverly Hills

Location: 225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Why go: The Montage Beverly Hills in the heart of the Golden Triangle luxury shopping district is a wonderful place to take a time-out from your busy day-to-day. The spa (with its Turkish bath and pool-sized jacuzzis) is the largest in Los Angeles, the rooftop pool full of cabanas and seating is refreshing, and you’ll love the Antica Farmacista bath products in each room.

The adjacent street-level Beverly Canon Gardens surrounding the hotel make the property feel like lavish Beverly Hills estate. The Rolls Royce Ghost house car transports guests complimentary within a 2-mile radius but you can ask about their Cadillac Ride and Drive program, should you like to explore on your own.

Dining: The Rooftop’s panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills provide a perfect backdrop for enjoying healthy California cuisine. Go for all-day dining or a bite to-go at The Café before its evening transformation into a wine and champagne bar. Other opportunities for light bites and sips include whiskey at £10 and craft cocktails on the terrace at The Bar.

Good to know: We love the complimentary split of champagne upon arrival. With the spa, fitness classes on offer, and healthy dining options it’s a good spot for a wellness-centric getaway. They used to have a supervised Paintbox kids’ club, but it is no longer on offer.

Book on Virtuoso.com*

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and booking.


InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

Location: 900 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

Pool deck at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown in morning sun
Photo credit: Katie Dillon

Why go: The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is my downtown Los Angeles luxury hotel of choice. Inside, it is vibrant, comfortable, and luxurious, with Le Labo bath amenities (which I love). I recommend booking Club Level rooms or suites because that will give you access to the Club InterContinental where you can grab an assortment of soft drinks, coffees, water, and whole fruit during the day and cocktails and appetizers when the sun’s going down. This LA luxury hotel also has a festive pool deck complete with cabanas and bar.

Dining: There are six fabulous restaurants and bars in the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, from an elegant American steakhouse with a French twist to an intimate sushi and omakase restaurant. You won’t go hungry. 

Good to know: Views are stunning because the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is very tall at 73 stories (which means you’re insulated from the street noise). That said, it might not be the best Los Angeles hotel for anyone with a fear of heights. 

Book on IHG.com

Shutters on the Beach

Location: 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (on the beach in Santa Monica)

Exterior view of Shutters on the Beach from the sand
Photo courtesy of Shutters on the Beach

Why go: Shutters Santa Monica is a sprawling hotel that calls Cape Cod to mind when you’re looking at its exterior and seasonal beach cottages (complete with carefully chosen old books).

It feels more residential than other hotels in LA — you might even call it shabby chic — but that just contributes to the feeling that you’ve found your secret luxury hideaway.

Soak in the ocean breezes from your cozy balcony while looking for sea life with your in-room binoculars. Spend the day at the ocean view pool terrace. Admire the original art by David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and others sprinkled throughout.

Walk about five minutes to reach the Santa Monica Pier or take a morning jog along the beachfront bike path. Every Los Angeles luxury hotel is a bit wellness-centric and Shutters is no different. Guests enjoy state-of-the-art fitness equipment and treatments like the signature Mediterranean Hammam Ritual at ONE Spa.

Dining: Coast Beach Cafe, the beachfront cafe and bar, hosts seasonal food and drink specials like Summer Rosé Bar and Taco Tuesday to compliment an already fantastic all-day menu. 1 Pico offers seasonal market-fresh fare. Think lobster BLTs for lunch and roasted ocean trout with cucumber, panzanella, radish, orange, almonds, olives, and turmeric yogurt for dinner.

Good to know: The sister property next door receives high marks but for beachfront luxury, most guests prefer Shutters on the Beach.

Book on Virtuoso.com*

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and booking. The Studio King won’t appear with a search containing more than two adults but note that it has a sofa bed so two adults and two kids are okay.


H Hotel Los Angeles

Location: 6151 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (one of the best hotels in Los Angeles near LAX.)

King guestroom at H Hotel in Los Angeles near LAX
Photo courtesy of H Hotel Los Angeles

Why go: At some point, you might need to book into one of the hotels near LAX. H Hotel Los Angeles, a cool LAX boutique hotel that is a Curio Collection by Hilton property, is our top choice.

It’s modern, close to the airport, and has a robot concierge named Hannah. I requested a toothbrush and she delivered it to our door (pretty neat). Another interesting high-tech feature of this hotel is that the elevator knows which floor to stop on based on your key — there aren’t any buttons in the elevator at all.

It’s not terribly convenient to base an entire Los Angeles vacation from the airport area, but if you need to be close by to catch your flight on time without risking LA traffic, this is a good option.

Dining: Waypoint Kitchen is the main dining area, with a crafted menu focused on presentation and fresh ingredients. For an airport hotel, the food is excellent. If all you want in the morning is a hot cup of coffee or tea, there’s a large Coffee Bean adjacent to the lobby and there are grab-and-go selections you can take up to your room.

Good to know: The H Hotel shares a building with Homewood Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport. The two hotels share the same pool, restaurant, lobby, and free hotel shuttle to LAX, too. It does make the communal areas somewhat more spacious, but overall, those spaces still felt small. And while this is definitely one of the nicer hotels in Los Angeles near the airport, don’t expect a five-star level of service and amenities. But if you need a hotel by LAX that is cozy, comfortable, and kid-friendly, this is our favorite.

Book on Hilton.com

Los Angeles Luxury Hotels Map

Use the map to get an idea of where each hotel on this list is located.

Which Luxury Hotels in Los Angeles Should You Choose?

That all depends. Whenever I help people book hotels in Los Angeles, I ask them the following four questions:

  1. Where in LA will you be spending most of your time (remember, there can be a lot of traffic)? 
  2. Do you prefer to stay in a hotel within walking distance of dining, shopping, and attractions?
  3. Will you be spending a lot of time at the beach?
  4. Is there a hotel brand that you prefer?

Your answers to these questions will help you narrow down your choices significantly.

When you’re ready to book a Los Angeles hotel, keep in mind that I have access to exclusive VIP amenities as an Independent Affiliate of Cadence® Travel. See the full list of Los Angeles luxury hotels where you can enjoy extras like complimentary breakfasts, room upgrades, spa credits, and more below.

Los Angeles hotels with Virtuoso amenities*

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and bookings. Some hotels may price kids ages 17 and under as adults. If you see this happening, omit the kids from your rate search and I’ll add them to the reservation later. Be sure the room you choose meets the hotel’s required occupancy limits.

Note that if you need a Universal Studios Hollywood hotel, we’ve stayed at and reviewed both Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City and Sheraton Universal Hotel.

Do you have a favorite Los Angeles luxury hotel?

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