Where to Stay in L.A: Best Boutique Hotels from Hollywood to Downtown

Our four favorite small, design-minded properties in Los Angeles are bringing charm and sophistication to the city's newly reinvigorated hotel scene.

© Bethany Nauert
OF 5

Hotel Covell

First-time hotelier Dustin Lancaster has set the bar high at this 5-room boutique property in Los Feliz, which feels like more of a creative’s retreat or B&B than a hotel. Lancaster owns and operates several successful restaurants on the Eastside of Los Angeles, each with its unique sense of place. The same goes for Hotel Covell, where each room narrates a period in a fictitious author’s life. These well-appointed rooms are situated in what was once a 1930s Spanish apartment building, which have since been updated by designer Sally Breer of Co-Mingle. Each has a decidedly homey, livable feel, compete with Smeg refrigerators, colorful Kismet tile floors fit for the best Instagram feed, custom Brendan Ravenhill fixtures, and Chemex coffee brewers to prepare locally roasted beans. If you need a break from writing at the desk while sipping on their house wine, carry a glass out to the shaded rooftop deck, where you can soak up some sunshine in style.  

Rooms from $245; 4626 Hollywood Boulevard; hotelcovell.com.