All About the Beach
Long favored by celebrities such as Greta Garbo, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is one of the few Santa Monica hotels with guest services right on the beach.Rooms from $584; fairmont.com.
See and Be Seen
The Club Bar at the Peninsula Beverly Hills has all the essentials of great people- watching: exquisite lighting, gossip- friendly acoustics, and proximity to other gathering points of the rich and famous.Rooms from $635; peninsula.com.
You can all but smell three of L.A.’s hottest restaurants from the Firehouse Hotel lobby: Bon Temps, Lincoln Carson’s next- door bistro; Bestia, a former World’s 50 Best; and Firehouse’s namesake 100-seater. Rooms from $300; firehousela.com.
Hit the Roof
Clubs are meant to promote socializing, but the horizon-spanning view from the rooftop pool at the new members-only Soho Warehouse is so riveting that you may find yourself lying mutely on your daybed, staring at the downtown skyline. Rooms from $190; sohowarehouse.com.
Hidden on a quiet, residential Santa Monica block, Oceana feels more like a stylish Art Deco apartment complex than a 70-room hotel, which may explain its long tradition of hosting celebs. Rooms from $689; hoteloceanasantamonica.com.
A “creative platform” featuring exclusive art and design, /The Lab/ at the NoMad hotel reinvents the gift shop. Rooms from $243; thenomad hotel.com.
With 17 treatment rooms, the spa at the Montage Beverly Hills is L.A.’s largest, offering everything from ultrasound to antigravity therapies. Rooms from $595; montagehotels.com.
All manner of treasure can be found in the Kelly Wearstler–designed lobby of Santa Monica Proper, from a Noguchi couch to vintage seashell lamps. Rooms from $450; properhotel.com.
Rock Till You Drop
The 54-story JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live isn’t just centrally located—it’s next to the Grammy Museum and steps from concerts at the Staples Center. Rooms from $398; marriott.com.
A Green Oasis
Less than an hour from downtown, Terranea offers easy access to superb hiking in Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. Rooms from $435; terranea.com.