Whatever your style, budget or itinerary, there’s an LA hotel to meet your needs. Local writer Edmund Vallance leads us through La La Land with his six top hotel picks.
For a one-night stopover: Loews Santa Monica Beach
If your time is limited, make sure it’s smooth, easy, and sun-drenched.
The lowdown: This grand hotel has large, ocean-view rooms, a killer pool, and a prime beachside location. What’s more, it’s just thirty minutes’ drive from Los Angeles International Airport. Weary travellers will enjoy a massage at the eco-friendly Ocean Spa, a craft cocktail on the outdoor patio bar, or a dip in the waves on the famous Santa Monica beach.
In the know… The hotel is only a ten-minute stroll from Santa Monica Pier. Take a ride on The Big Wheel for matchless views of the Cali coastline.
Legendary music venues such as The Viper Room and Whisky-A-Go-Go are a mere 15-minute walk from your doorstep.
For a budget: Best Western Plus Sunset Plaza Hotel
See world-class live music on LA’s Sunset Strip – without breaking the bank.
The lowdown: With an enviable location on The Strip, this laid-back, colonial-style hotel offers fantastic value for travellers on a budget. The rates may be low, but the rooms are comfortable and spacious, the outdoor pool is heated year-round, and there’s complimentary Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast to boot. Plus, legendary music venues such as The Viper Room and Whisky-A-Go-Go are a mere 15-minute walk from your doorstep.
In the know… Get a taste of art deco Hollywood luxury at the Sunset Tower’s low-lit The Tower Bar – a two-minute stroll from the hotel. Sip wine poolside, or order martinis at the mahogany bar.
For the family: Anaheim Marriot
If you’re treating the family to a trip to Disneyland, why not choose a hotel that’s comfortable and convenient?
The lowdown: Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, all the classic, Californian theme parks are within a few minutes’ drive of this charming, family‑friendly resort. The outdoor pool deck and Jacuzzi is ideal for all ages. And if you’re travelling in a large group, the spacious Double Suite with separate TV lounge is ideal.
In the know… Disneyland could not be more accessible: tickets can be bought at reception, and there’s a regular shuttle service to and from the park.
For couples: Hollywood Roosevelt
Hollywood’s golden age is alive and well in this vintage hotel.
The lowdown: Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Charlie Chaplin were all guests at this iconic spot in the centre of Hollywood. Built in 1927, and the site of the first Academy Awards ceremony, the Spanish colonial revival building oozes style and glamour. Treat your loved one to an outdoor massage in the garden, then order cocktails and canapés by the David Hockney-designed pool.
In the know… Hang out with Hollywood ‘it’ couples at the hotel’s ‘Spare Room’: a swanky cocktail bar with gaming tables, and a bowling alley.
For affordable luxury: Shutters on the Beach
This five-star, beachfront hotel lets you enjoy the finer things in life.
The lowdown: The retro‑style property features airy rooms with polished wooden floors, sea-facing balconies, and white wooden shutters opening onto Santa Monica Beach. There’s a spa, fitness room, a huge outdoor pool deck, and a decent quota of vacationing movie stars. The hotel’s restaurant – 1 Pico – serves seafood specialities like California white bass with black truffle vinaigrette, and lobster with Caesar salad.
In the know… Take your self-pampering to the next level with a private yoga class, or a surf lesson on the beach.
For business: Millennium Biltmore
If you’re in the market for business and pleasure, you’ll find both at this classic Downtown spot.
The lowdown: Located in the epicentre of LA’s thriving Downtown, this historic hotel is the perfect place for work and play. Soaring ceilings, marble fountains, and hand-painted murals adorn the public spaces; and the opulent Gallery Bar and Cognac Room is a hot spot for international business. If you’re looking for a meeting venue, Downtown’s upscale bars and restaurants are within easy reach.
In the know… The large wood-panelled Millennium Boardroom offers live videoconferencing, while The Crystal Ballroom – featuring crystal chandeliers, and a hand-painted, nine-metre ceiling – is the ideal space for corporate events or dinners.