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Shutters on the Beach

Santa Monica 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"New England" "charm" comes to Santa Monica by way of this "luxurious, but not pretentious" "romantic" retreat just "steps" from the sand with "yummy views". — Zagat

Formerly a cool retreat for hot Hollywood stars and now a sister to Casa del Mar, Shutters has a relaxed but decidedly upscale style. — Time Out

An elegant, breezy hotel decked out in nautical-inspired decor, Shutters feels more like a wealthy friend’s sprawling summer estate than an urban lodging. — Afar Magazine

Shutters is the sceney hotel/post-beach drink spot right off the boardwalk where windswept hair and silk sarongs are the mandatory aesthetic — The Infatuation

Maximizing its idyllic waterfront setting, the homey-yet-worldly Shutters provides some of Santa Monica's best Pacific views (but not from every room, so be sure to request one with an ocean vista) — Departures

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Hotel Bel-Air

Los Angeles 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

What sets the Bel-Air apart is its sense of sanctuary. — Travel + Leisure

One of LA’s iconic properties, this Bel Air hideaway favored by royalty... is a classy Spanish Colonial estate where white swans preen in romantic gardens. — Lonely Planet

Closed for refurbishment til mid 2011. — Not For Tourists

This Spanish Mission-style icon has been a discreet hillside retreat for celebrities and society types since 1946, and recently reopened its pink doors to unveil an updated look. — Fodor's

This elite and quietly decadent Mission-style '20s hotel, a dreamy getaway on 12 fairytale acres of lush landscaping, reopened in 2011 after a major two-year overhaul. — Time Out

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from $565

Casa del Mar

Santa Monica 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rooms are laid out for relaxation, not business, so travelers with work on their minds should stay elsewhere. — Frommer's

Boasting a prime location directly on the beach opposite its enchanting Hamptons-inspired kin, Shutters on the Beach, this is Santa Monica's most luxurious beachfront hotel. — Star Service

An opulent beach club for well-to-do Angelenos in the 1920s, Casa del Mar was neglected after use as a military hotel in World War ll. — Michelin Guide

A touch stodgy for some, the powder-blue rooms have a wood-floor entry, four-poster beds and marble bathrooms with soaker tubs. — Lonely Planet

Unlike its sister property, Shutters on the Beach—which feels more like Cape Cod than SoCal—Casa del Mar’s opulent, Mediterranean design feels right at home on the Santa Monica shore. — Travel + Leisure

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from $555

The Hollywood Roosevelt

Los Angeles 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Where movie stars once frolicked during Hollywood's golden age, this landmark hotel is popular with a young, svelte crowd who lounges poolside on sunny days. — The Telegraph

It’s no longer the place to be for weekly poolside parties, but it still gets plenty of action. — Lonely Planet

The place to stay in Hollywood... Style, exclusivity, models-slash-actresses serving cocktails at the poolside bar, a raucous nightlife scene, and history. — Frommer's

Named in honor of Theodore Roosevelt, the 12-story hotel (1927) was a popular gathering spot for stars of the 1930s and 1940s. — Michelin Guide

Think hip bachelor pad when considering the Roosevelt. — Fodor's

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from $288

Chateau Marmont

Los Angeles 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Among the hippest stays in town, especially if you can score one of the coveted poolside bungalows, which come complete with private entrances, full kitchens, and large living rooms. — Departures

Overflowing with Hollywood history and patina, this hotel is filled with style and grace, something this town is in short supply of. — Star Service

Inspired by a historical French chateau, this luxurious hideaway has a warren of secret entrances and exits, along with romantic bungalows and garden cottages. — The Telegraph

From its secluded 1950s bungalows to its signature pool surrounded by lush gardens, the chateau is the kind of place where anyone can be somebody, and no secret will be spilled. — Afar Magazine

If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont. Site of John Belushi's last toga party, Jim Morrison's fall off the roof, and Led Zeppelin's flying TV sets. — BlackBook

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The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Midway between Rodeo Drive shopping and Century City office towers, this hospitable giant sets the luxury standard in Los Angeles, and California for that matter. — Star Service

Best place to recover from a "procedure." — Not For Tourists

Details are what delight at this impeccable, opulent—but never stuffy—spot: Your initials...embroidered on pillows, robes, and towels; your very own personal assistant; afternoon tea service. — Departures

A tranquil oasis in the heart of Beverly Hills, this magnificent hotel delivers on every level. — The Telegraph

This discreet hotel, which is related to the venerable Peninsula in Hong Kong, is elegant without being stuffy. — Gayot

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from $595

Montage Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rates match the seemingly endless list of amenities, including butler service for suites, a two-story spa with mineral water pool, plush bedding, and a rooftop pool and lounging area. — Fodor's

Book one of the Garden suites, with terraces overlooking the picturesque courtyard garden rather than the bustling streets. — Departures

On a prime swath of Los Angeles real estate, this Spanish-style 201-room hotel mixes old-Hollywood touches with modern glam. — Travel + Leisure

Sister property of the famed Montage Laguna Beach, this elegant hotel welcomes guests with a contemporary take on classic Spanish Colonial architecture. — Gayot

Urban oasis with Spanish Colonial style, a cool rooftop pool and one of California’s best spas. — Jetsetter

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from $545

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Los Angeles 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Four Seasons looks less like a hotel and more like one of the apartment buildings that surround it. Inside, though, it's all luxury. — Concierge

Sitting on tree-lined Doheny Drive, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is more than just another place to check in. — Forbes Travel Guide

This intimate-feeling 16-story hotel... attracts a mix of A-list jet-setters loyal to the Four Seasons brand and an L.A. showbiz crowd. — Frommer's

From the fragrant, flower-filled lobby to the immaculate rooms, which come with chinoiserie headboards and Frette linens, every detail is calculated to spoil visitors. — Time Out

Located a mile south of the Sunset Strip, this is one of the top two or three Los Angeles addresses for the fashion and show-business industry. — Star Service

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Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel

Los Angeles 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rooms facing the front have Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard views, while the preferred units in back have pool views and city views. — Star Service

This ornately designed Sunset Strip hotel, already an icon less than a decade and a half after opening, has an exclusive poolside lounge and more scene than even the Sunset Marquis. — Oyster

The rooms seem an afterthought at New York hotelier Ian Schrager’s celebrity outpost. The Cuban-Asian eatery, pool deck, and hip Sky Bar provide stylish hobnobbing territory. — DK Eyewitness

Like Ron Burgundy, this elegant tower is staying classy. — Lonely Planet

Though not the fanciest hotel in town, this one is certainly among the hippest. — Gayot

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from $272

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Steeped in Hollywood history, this iconic rose-hued hotel...overflows with elegance in each of its 208 guest rooms and suites, as well as its 21 historic bungalows. — Departures

Old Hollywood glamazon in Beverly Hills, with Art Deco interiors, a knockout pool scene and a swanky La Prairie Spa. — Jetsetter

On 12 acres of lush grounds, this historic hotel is a serene, luxurious escape five minutes from Rodeo Drive. — Oyster

The classic Hollywood resort, with a bold colour scheme and Mission-style design, and surrounded by its own exotic gardens. — Rough Guide

Remarkably still at the top of her game, the "Pink Palace" continues to attract Hollywood's elite after 100 years. — Fodor's

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from $555

Viceroy Santa Monica

Santa Monica 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Ambient electronic music wallpapers public spaces, there’s a flashy bar scene, and it’s a block from the beach. — Lonely Planet

It's best known for its sexy bar and pool scenes, but the Viceroy boasts substance as well. — Oyster

Though the exterior—a white boxy slab—doesn’t invite a second glance, the interiors here marry retro-chic with pure whimsy. — Travel + Leisure

A "hip bar scene" surrounding the "awesome pool" highlights this 1969 hotel "stunningly" redesigned by Kelly Wearstler into a "trendy" boutique. — Zagat

China plates and an oversized cameo adorn the walls of the lobby, filled with white-leather lounges and wooden floors. — Gayot

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from $323

SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills

Los Angeles 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Philippe Starck-designed SLS, opened in 2008, may dazzle -- and possibly overwhelm -- the senses with capital-D design. — Oyster

Open since 2008, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, A Luxury Collection Hotel remains the place to see and be seen. — Forbes Travel Guide

The ultra-modern (and ultra-pricey), SLS Beverly Hills is a design dream where visual (over) stimulation abounds and your eyes are blinded by so many white leather sofas. — Time Out

Love it or hate it, there's no denying that the details are impressive. — Concierge

A whimsical tapestry of living art... The whole place is visually compelling. — Frommer's

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from $415

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

Downtown 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

First lady of Downtown hotels, testament to LA's architectural heritage. — Not For Tourists

The gorgeous art-deco health club takes the work out of workout. — Lonely Planet

Facing Pershing Square, next to the Los Angeles Library and across from the more intimate, contemporary Hilton Checkers, this is an architectural tour de force that is worth visiting. — Star Service

This octogenarian grande dame has never looked more beautiful—although, like many L.A. ladies, she’s had some work done. — Travel + Leisure

Neoclassical 1923 architecture combined with modern luxury, with a health club modelled on a Roman bathhouse, cherub-and-angel decor, and a view overlooking Pershing Square. — Rough Guide

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from $203

Sunset Tower Hotel

Los Angeles 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A clubby style infuses the 1929 art deco landmark once known as the Argyle. — Fodor's

This hotel has a past as varied and star-studded as the city it inhabits. — Gayot

A rejuvenated Sunset Strip landmark with just 74 rooms, the Art Deco Sunset Tower draws A-list celebrities and treats everyday guests like stars with impeccable service. — Oyster

Standing out like an Art Deco pearl among the surrounding architectural swine... What better way to spend a day in L.A. — Frommer's

Landmark 1929 Art Deco hotel atop Sunset Boulevard with a chic celebrity watering hole and dazzling views. — Jetsetter

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from $345

Andaz West Hollywood

Los Angeles 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The glory days of the Riot Hyatt long gone, but nothing can take away location cachet. Still technically a Hyatt, but going under boutiquey Andaz label. — BlackBook

These days, the rock-star legacy carries on mostly in hotel lifestyle: free minibar snacks replenished daily, a personal everything-you-need Andaz Host, and the highest rooftop pool in L.A. — Afar Magazine

With a storied history as the site of rock 'n' roll debauchery, the Andaz retains a playful and sociable spirit, while offering top-notch service, food and drink, and unbeatable views of the city — The Telegraph

On the north side of the Sunset Strip, the ANdAZ is a youthful update of the former Hyatt West Hollywood, catering to hipsters, techies, and rock stars. — Fodor's

Don't let the sassy boutique feel fool you: This is a deluxe-leaning offering with service that steps a little higher than what you'll find at the more colorful Mondrian. — Star Service

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from $294

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Santa Monica 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since the 1920s, privacy-seeking Hollywood starlets—among them Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe—have found refuge at this bluff-perched resort overlooking Santa Monica beach. — Travel + Leisure

Luxurious (though small) rooms, an excellent spa, and a devoted staff make this five-acre, 302-room property one of the best hotels in Santa Monica. — Oyster

The Miramar has been pampering the glamorous and the powerful in California for nearly a century: past guests have included everyone from Greta Garbo to Bill Clinton. — Time Out

It is a place of legend, beginning with the awesome Moreton Bay fig tree that is the centerpiece of the beautiful courtyard at the entrance. — Gayot

The hidden Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is for people who prefer their luxury hotels low-key and unobtrusive, yet within walking distance of the area's best attractions. — Frommer's

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from $356

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Santa Monica 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Very close to the sand and Santa Monica Pier, this large resort makes children feel comfortable with activities, special welcome kits, and free stays for those under 18. — DK Eyewitness

Superior to Le Meridien Delfina, the former Sheraton, this is the queen of the middle ranks, for both business and leisure travelers. — Star Service

L.A.'s finest family-friendly hotel is also a great choice for anybody looking for comfortable accommodations. — Frommer's

You "can't beat the location" of this oceanfront retreat, whose pool overlooking the Pacific "steals the show" even though the property also boasts "fantastic" on-site dining. — Zagat

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has been a hallmark of Santa Monica’s Ocean Avenue since it opened in 1989. — Forbes Travel Guide

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from $360

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles

Los Angeles 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rooms at this Pasadena landmark displaying Pueblo Mission Revival architecture are decorated with rich woods and furnished with chaise longues. — Concierge

Landmark 1906 hotel on an imposing hilltop with spacious grounds, ponds and courtyards, expansive rear lawn and terrific San Gabriel Valley views. — Rough Guide

Situated on 23 acres, the expansive hotel is made up of 380 guest rooms...38 suites, eight private cottages and a two-bedroom, two-story Tournament of Roses suite. — Forbes Travel Guide

With luxury and sophistication at every turn, this hotel offers exemplary service and a secluded location away from the city center. — DK Eyewitness

Guest rooms have art-lined walls; more privacy is available by opting for one of eight cottages, which include the two-story Clara Vista with wrought iron chandeliers. — Travel + Leisure

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from $263

Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel)

Beverly Hills 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This iconic Beverly Hills hotel is a top luxury pick for business or leisure, families or romance. — Oyster

The amenities are very much up-to-the-minute, both in the original Italian Renaissance wing and in the newer addition. — Lonely Planet

The lobby of this stately hotel, a landmark in Beverly Hills since 1928, is outfitted like a Regency/Directoire-era dream, with a trove of gorgeous antiques. — Gayot

As luxurious and understated as a perfectly cut Armani suit, the Beverly Wilshire is, appropriately, just steps from iconic Rodeo Drive boutiques like Versace and Cartier. — Travel + Leisure

Strikingly restored landmark hotel built in 1928 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. — Andrew Harper

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from $495

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Santa Monica 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Across the street from the beach and a short walking distance from downtown Santa Barbara’s restaurant and bar scene, Hotel Oceana’s location cannot be beat. — Time Out

Snuck in among the posh apartment buildings on the north end of Santa Monica’s beachfront boulevard, the revamped Oceana looks and feels more like a home. — Condé Nast Traveler

A sociable and carefree beachfront haven, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the weird and wonderful city of Los Angeles. — Mr & Mrs Smith

"Gorgeous" rooms and suites (with Frette towels, Egyptian cotton linens and high-def TVs) in a "beautiful deco building" across from the beach in Santa Monica set this "lovely, intimate" find apart. — Zagat

In fact, this remains the best small hotel in Santa Monica. — Star Service

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from $365
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