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The best boutique hotels in Los Angeles

Each of these boutique hotels in L.A. has its own unique twist, making them shoo-ins for our list of city’s best

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Alex Schechter
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Rhys Thomas
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Look, Holidays have been out of the window for the last couple years, so let's aim higher than the business conference center half a year away from anything vibrant. Let's get bougie, let's get boutique. Los Angeles is brimming with boutique getaways just as distinct as the city’s neighborhoods, whether you're looking for the chic retreats in Beverly Hills, thriving Hollywood hideaways and everything in between. When it comes to character and style, L.A. is practically the epicenter with a creative hub that encompasses film, arts, fashion, food and design (the list goes on, really, if it's glitz and glam and entertaining, it's there). This buzzing way to be is noted nicely in the city’s best boutique hotels where imagination is at the forefront. It encompasses everything from funky lobby bars to colorful and casual retreats, and even rooms styled after fictional characters. Features like mood lighting, vintage records, custom local artwork and handcrafted furniture work together to create an artisan feel that sets it apart from big-name brand hotels, while offering you a place that's as restorative as it is inspiring. Go on, you deserve it. 

Even the food and drink options are enough to lure you to one of these top boutique getaways. Here, you'll find rooftops with sweeping views of Los Angeles (including the Hollywood Sign), award-winning cocktail programs, dining under a twinkling greenhouse and cozy lounges for a late-night aperitif. Whether you’re a tourist who's just passing through or have recently moved here, it’s only fitting that your first glimpse of L.A. life should come with all the trimmings - especially if you're staying inside one of the city's boutique hotels. Each spot on our list has its own twist, but as far as we’re concerned, the more distinctive, the better.

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The top 8 boutique hotels in L.A.

Hotel Covell
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  • Los Feliz
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Situated above local favorite Bar Covell (and owned by the bar’s founder Dustin Lancaster), Hotel Covell offers nine well-appointed rooms, each meticulously curated with reading nooks and record players, clawfoot tubs and statement furniture. Plus adorable Smeg refrigerators stocked with locally sourced offerings. The focus on luxury and comfort is exactly why people stay here (it's especially popular with those in the entertainment industires), they also offer long-term stays if you find you can't bring yourself to leave. 

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  • Hollywood
  • price 4 of 4

Located in a revitalized pocket of Cahuenga Boulevard, the trendy hotel chain’s first West Coast outpost is as Hollywood as it gets. From an Insta-friendly mural by elusive graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash to a rooftop pool that doubles as a dance floor, the hotel clearly doesn't take itself too seriously. In fact, Dream is self-dubbed "classically unconventional", a nod to the vibrant quirkiness that has been infused into it's very core. But make no mistake, all of that eccentricity doesn't detract from its substance. There's a 24-hour front desk, so you can go to all things late night and vibrant in the city and not have to worry about being without your lovely bed, which is good peace of mind. 

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  • Koreatown
  • price 3 of 4

Eclectic is the best way to describe The Line. This sought-after hotel in Koreatown pops all over with colour – that is when it's not showing off industrial polished concrete or warm woods. At only a few miles from Hollywood, it's perfectly placed, and in-house amenities include a sun-dapppled pool, beside which you can dine from the Openaire Restaurant, not to mention an Alfred coffee shop, a lobby bar, and minibars with both Korean and American snacks. There's poolside dining too, if you like (and who wouldn't!) and should you decide it's worth leaving the spot, you're just 15 minutes in the car to Beverly Hills and Universal Studios. Ideal! 

Mr. C Beverly Hills
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  • Beverly Hills
  • price 3 of 4

This bespoke hotel positioned a mile (that's an easy fifteen minute stroll) from Rodeo Drive oozes primo Beverly Hills luxury. From poolside cabanas to in-room spa treatments (at an extra fee), life is good–and expensive–when you stay at Mr. C. After all, this is a member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World Co.' and lives up to the name. There's private balconies, 42" TVs, jazz bands and a whole lot more to enjoy. 

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  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 3 of 4

Night owls, artists and musicians are the target at the Ace Hotel, which has a poolside bar, lobby coffee kiosk and a 1920s movie palace. The striking ’20s architecture adds culture cred, though its occupants are likely to give more attention to the cocktail list than Spanish-Gothic motifs in the masonry, but do both if you have the range, they're great. There's pets allowed too, should you be a night owl that owns a night owl (maybe check that you're allowed legit night owls though). 

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  • Fairfax District
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A boutique hotel with a country twist, the Farmer’s Daughter adheres to its pig-tailed, barn-dwelling mascot with gusto. The denim duvets, picnic tables bearing sweet tea, and energetic pool scene all fit with the theme, while sophisticated rooms lend weight to the playful outlook. Got time to spare? Farmer's Daughter is just a short walk from some prime attractions, such as the Peterson Automotive Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and naturally, the Historic Farmer's Market. Nearby you'll find CBS Television City, the LA County Museum of Art, and the TCL Chinese Theatre, so there's plenty to do right n your doorstep. 

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  • Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

“Just like how mama used to make it” is the sentiment behind this Hollywood hotel’s colorful restaurant and it’s a theme that runs throughout the building. The rooms—livened up with funky decor like tie-dye pillows and Spanish tile floors—make a stylish (if quirky) place to rest your head, while the rooftop is the best place to take in the Hollywood cityscape without having to set foot on the Walk of Fame. Thing that makes it a little different from Mama's is that as well as being in actual Hollywood, there's an award-winning rooftop bar and restaurant, plus good wifi. 

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What exactly gives a resort the distinction of being one of the best hotels in Los Angeles? Is it being by one of L.A.’s best beaches? Or proximity, whether by foot, train or car, to the top Los Angeles attractions? Is it a room so decadently comfortable that you never want to leave? Or a top-notch hotel brunch? These accommodations manage to check those marks and more to earn a spot in our list of the very best hotels in Los Angeles.

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