Los Angeles Boutique Hotels: From Santa Monica and Beverly Hills to Hollywood and Downtown
Los Angeles has so many fun and different neighborhoods to explore, each with style and architecture all their own. Whether you like beach boutique, historical downtown, swanky exclusive, LA has it all. Here are a few boutique hotels to consider–all very hip, charming and accommodating.
Mama Shelter Hollywood
Positioned between Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards, this is French brand Mama Shelter’s first foray across the Atlantic. And you certainly won’t forget where you are; bedrooms come with LA-based movie scripts on the desks, while some offer views of the Hollywood sign. Bedside tables have two “bibles” in them; one is the actual Bible, the other is Keith Richards’ autobiography. The décor throughout is Mama Shelter’s signature style of vintage-inspired furniture, splashes of colour and bold patterns. The restaurant, with its communal tables and open kitchen, serves a mix of French and American dishes.
6500 Selma Ave; mamashelter.com.
Hotel Normandie, Koreatown
Once little-known, Koreatown is fast becoming one of LA’s hippest ‘hoods. At its heart, this boutique number is set in a restored 1926 brick building. It retains some of its renaissance revival-style charm, and features wooden beams, chandeliers and Chesterfield sofas. This summer the Normandie added a new bar, The Walker Inn. Accommodating only 27 at a time, it’s reservation-only, hidden behind a secret door.
605 S Normandie Ave, Koreatown; hotelnormandiela.com.
The Ace Hotel, Downtown
Once the United Artists Building, this 1927 structure now houses the Ace Hotel, complete with restored cinema. Bedrooms are ideal for the musically inclined, with turntables and a selection of vinyl, plus acoustic guitars. Some come with private terraces, and there’s also a communal rooftop pool. The bar, meanwhile, hosts nightly events, from DJs and live bands to pop-up shops.
929 S Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles; acehotel.com.
Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood
Guest rooms at this all-suite hotel have a touch of France about them, with dark walls and classic artwork. But the rooftop is the thing; here you’ll find gardens; a saltwater pool, a cabana, and views of the Hollywood Hills. And on chilly evenings the open fireplace is just the ticket. At weekends, head to the Butterfly Bar for the “Gypsy Brunch”, prepared with whatever took the chef’s fancy at the market. Be prepared for eccentric options though; the menu has in the past included alligator.
8822 Cynthia St, West Hollywood; petitermitage.com.
Sixty, Beverly Hills
Sophistication is the name of the game at the Sixty, with a monochrome palette and black leather furnishings decorating the rooms and suites – some of which have views of the Hollywood sign. There is a rooftop bar with a pool surrounded by sun beds and cabanas. But if you want to live it up in true Beverly Hills style, check in to the Penthouse Suite, which comes with four – count them – balconies, and an infinity-style hot tub.
9360 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hill; sixtyhotels.com.
Oceana Beach Club Hotel, Santa Monica
If the bustle of Hollywood seems a little too much, retreat to laid-back, coastal Santa Monica. Just beyond the beach, the Oceana sits in a midcentury modern-style building positioned around a central pool. Guests can make the most of the location with free daily yoga on the beach or surf lessons in summer, while oversized bedroom windows are ideal for lapping up views of the Pacific. The Tower 8 restaurant specialises in fish and seafood.
849 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica; hoteloceanasantamonica.com.