We’re California Dreaming of the Best Hotels in Los Angeles
Of course, Kelly Wearstler is behind one.
Published Dec 22, 2023 12:59 AM
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For all of its alluring imagery and glamour, Los Angeles can be a tricky place to navigate, especially when you’re a design-minded person looking for a chic spot to lay your head after a day at the beach or strolling LACMA. Thankfully, we spend a lot of time in the California city, so we’ve rounded up our favorite stays whenever we find ourselves in La-La Land. Here are the best hotels in town.
Why we love it: That pool.
Situated on Sunset Boulevard, the Palihotel is an emerald oasis away from Hollywood’s hustle. The lush courtyard’s checkerboard tile surrounds a heated pool, and in the rooms, fluted emerald headboards will lull you off to, well, la-la land. And for finicky sleepers, there are even extra-dark “Night Owl” rooms with just one window that faces the hallway.
Why we love it: Spalike vibes (and Le Labo bath products).
Even a one-night stay at the West Hollywood Edition feels like a true break from reality. From the pale wood furniture to the faux fur throws atop each crisp white bed, the rooms evoke the kind of Goop-y sensibility that few of us can resist. Fluffy white towels and Le Labo products in the bathroom add the final luxurious touch.
Why we love it: Fantastical style that’s tough to find anywhere else these days.
The Mondrian was originally designed by Philippe Starck (and touched up in 2009 by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz), and walking into your room feels like stepping into a trippy time capsule where mid-century modern takes over. If you ever forget where you are, just peer out the windows overlooking the Hollywood Hills.
Why we love it: It makes a bold first impression.
The minute you walk into the lobby of the Kelly Wearstler–designed Proper, you’re surrounded by a desert-toned Abel Macias mural. Step into the restaurant, and cacti of all kind greet you as well. There’s no other way to say it: This place is a true oasis in downtown L.A.
Why we love it: The history, dahling!
Originally opened in 1933, the famed First Lady of Santa Monica got a serious update. From the outside, the freestanding turquoise tower looks Accidentally Wes Anderson, but inside, design firm Fettle let the Art Deco details take over as it lovingly restored the 84 rooms into a jewel-colored paradise just steps from the ocean.