If you’re going to be in LA, make your home base the posh and sophisticated Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, one of the city’s most recognized and coveted hotels. With renovated and completely updated spa facilities and pool area, there’s ample room to relax (reserve a pool cabana and live like a celebrity). For dinner, check out CUT, Wolfgang Puck’s new eatery, right on-site. Rodeo Drive boutiques are just steps away.
Another celebrity favorite, Hotel Bel-Air brims with an exclusive, red-carpet ambiance, starting with the trickling fountains in the courtyard and lasting through tea time at The Terrace, where you’re sure to glimpse a few Hollywood giants. Choose to enjoy spa treatments in the privacy of your room or in the gorgeous La Prairie spa.
A prime choice for families looking for a fun vacation spot, or couples looking to escape, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey is close enough to the airport to be greatly convenient, yet feels worlds away…enough so that you feel totally relaxed. You’re right on the waterfront, in the area’s only AAA Five Diamond hotel. Don’t miss the huge spa, renovated to the tune of $4 million a couple of years ago – Prada facial, anyone? This is a top choice for those leaving on or arriving home from a Pacific cruise.
Check in to the first boutique hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the O Hotel. The building itself dates back to the 1920s, but the amenities inside are decidedly modern, including high-speed Internet access, flat-screen televisions, in-room spa services and more. You’re within walking distance of the Grammy’s theater, the Staples Center and LA Live, a popular music venue.
You may just recognize the interior of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles from the plethora of movies that have been filmed here, including the 1984 classic Ghost Busters. In the 1930s and 1940s, the hotel played host to the Academy awards eight times. Today this iconic property offers Club Level rooms with additional perks, a location close to the LA Convention Center and an indoor swimming pool.