MOST READ TRAVEL
On the Greek Island of Ios, Calilo Offers a Sweet, Surreal Dream
This beachside island resort is equal parts elevated getaway and ambitious...
Into the Wild at a British Columbia Resort
Tucked away in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest, Nimmo Bay offers both adventure and...
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.