Los Angeles is the creative playground of the artistically inclined, so it’s no wonder this city’s long list of hotels includes the most unique, the most interesting, and the most charming in the world.
If you’re planning to live the American dream it’s always worth booking a more unique and stylish stay where you can you’re your head after a long day of sightseeing. Giving you personal style, kitschy details, and local culture, these 5 boutique hotels are among, if not, the best that Los Angeles has to offer.
The favorite of many celebrities, Chateau Marmont is the most famous or infamous boutique hotel in the city. Modeled after an actual chateau and royal retreat from France’s Loire Valley, the hotel has the most legendary celebrity stories of all hotels in Hollywood, from James Dean jumping through a window, through John Belushi overdosing in his bungalow, as well as many novels and songs being produced inside its walls.
Chateau Marmont has truly served as a muse for many generations of artists, actors, writers, photographers, and for just about everyone in the creative field. Its 63 rooms, 9 Spanish cottages, and 4 poolside bungalows have seen its fare share of debauchery, but legendary stories aside, the Chateau has remained to offer a home to many of the city’s souls that needed some soul searching, privacy, and a place to relax and unwind.
Owned by hotelier Andre Balazs, its shabby chic, bohemian vibe creates a homey environment unmatched by any other in the city. Drinks at Bar Marmont next door should definitely be on your list of things to do in LA.
The Charlie West Hollywood
Owned by Charlie Chaplin at one point, The Charlie West Hollywood is a hidden hideaway in the heart of West Hollywood. With an English countryside style, it features a total of 14 rooms or cottages, named after legendary Hollywood stars who are said to have stayed at the property. Names such as Marilyn, Valentino, Betty, and Steve are just some of the cottage names, each with a different and unique style that offers cozy accommodation for each guest.
Owned by Menachem Treivush and managed by his daughter, the cottages offer absolute privacy as they are physically isolated from each other, with gardens filling every outdoor space. Each cottage also features a private gate, giving the feel of ultimate exclusivity.
Located in Koreatown, this hip and cool hotel boasts of epic views of LA. Merging the multicultural aspects of the neighborhood, The Line features quirky and custom furnishings, an outdoor pool, 3 restaurants by LA-born chef Roy Choi, and a retail store by art and design collective Poketo. A fitness center, bike rentals, and free yoga classes every Saturdays are also some of the hotel’s features that need to be noted.
Each room of the hotel features stunning LA views through their floor to ceiling glass windows, and furniture are strategically placed so guests get to embrace the feeling of “owning” the city.
The hotel’s restaurants are quite something, too, with chef Choi’s Pot restaurant at the helm, offering Korean and American fusion cuisine, the CaFe offering desserts, pastries, coffee, and tea, and the Commissary Restaurant with a unique greenhouse setting.
The Standard, Downtown LA
Hotelier Andre Balazs’ version of a 1960’s motel, this hip hideaway is the place to be for the young and happening. With quirky and tongue-in-cheek furnishings, The Standard has a sense of humor not for everyone but it’s truly a place for people who embrace all the unique things life has to offer. Its famous pool and Astro Turf deck has hosted quintessential Sunset Strip parties, with its nightly DJs, waterbed cabanas, and even live performances. Each of the 139 rooms have modern-retro interiors such as Warhol-print curtains and a metallic silver bean bag, and each room faces the infamous Sunset Strip, with the suites offering wrap-around balconies with panoramic views of the city.
The Mondrian Hotel
There are no signs that let you know you’ve found the hotel, so it’s either your cab driver must know where the hotel is, or you yourself have to find it yourself. They say if you don’t know where it is, you shouldn’t be there in the first place. Another boutique hotel favored by celebrities, The Mondrian is located in the heart of Hollywood, on the base of the Hollywood Hills specifically.
Its Skybar lounge is said to be the best place to be to enjoy cocktails and people watching on a Saturday night, where bikini-clad guests stroll around the pool area and celebrities spend their nights lounging away. With a restaurant that celebrates California cuisine, a gift shop with curated items, and a location in close proximity to the best shopping, studios, and entertainment centers, the Mondrian offers the quintessential boutique hotel experience in Hollywood.
With their charm, charisma, and unique styles, these are the best boutique hotels in Los Angeles that offer you the culture, the hospitality and the authentic LA experience. If you want to arrive at your hotel looking fresh and fabulous, we’d recommend booking business class flights to Los Angeles so you’re able to get your beauty sleep on the plane. With perks such as lie-flat seats, pre-flight champagne and luxury amenity kits, you’ll land in LA feeling pampered and refreshed. Can’t stretch your budget to business class? SkyClub.com can provide discounted quotes on flights to LA that beat online prices.