Whether you’re a tourist traveling through or have recently moved here, if your first glimpse of L.A. life happens inside a boutique hotel, it’s only fitting that your stay should come with all the trimmings. We’re talking mood lighting, vintage records from L.A.’s best record stores, and in-house Shiatsu massage therapists. In fact, imagination takes a front seat in our list of L.A.’s best boutique hotels, encompassing everything from funky lobby bars to colorful and casual retreats to rooms styled after fictional characters. Each spot on our list of L.A.’s best boutique hotels has its own unique twist, but as far as we’re concerned, the more unique, the better.
The top 10 boutique hotels in L.A.
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, and adorable Smeg refrigerators stocked with locally sourced offerings.
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, it’s a dream come true (pun intended).
For those who place a priority on edgy design and a sense of communality, the sought-after Line Hotel makes a fine landing spot. Between the pool, always-packed Commissary restaurant, and quirky art objects displayed in the rooms (think bird sculptures and crystals), this hotel lets its personality do the talking.
Designed like an artist’s studio with shelves of old books, exposed brick walls and custom-designed leather furniture, the 36-room hotel is perfect for anyone who plans to make L.A. their home for a few weeks or even a few months. With fun hangout spaces like the casual courtyard restaurant Mardi and the vintage-inspired lobby lounge, you may never want to leave.
Night owls, artists, and musicians are the target at the Ace Hotel, which counts two bars, a New American restaurant and a lobby coffee kiosk as its public offerings. The striking 1920s architecture adds culture cred, though its occupants are likely to give more attention to the cocktail list than Spanish-Gothic motifs in the masonry.
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 with bluetooth speakers and CO Bigelow toiletries lend weight to the playful outlook.
Home-away-from-home may be a cliche, but for this collaboration between SBE Group and esteemed photographer Matthew Rolston, it’s appropriate. The bachelor pad-cum-boutique hotel features 57 generously sized rooms with paisley prints, old-fashioned English sofas and vintage record players (vinyl supplied).
“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 tie-dye pillows and Spanish tile floors—make a stylish (if slightly quirky) place to rest your head, while the rooftop is the best place to take in the Hollywood cityscape without ever setting foot on the Walk of Fame.
Every velvety surface of this New York export exudes tasteful extravagence. Its nearly century-old building and refined, pedigreed dining spaces are quite unlike any other hotel in Downtown L.A.—and possibly the entire city. Even those who don’t stay in NoMad’s artfully appointed rooms will be transported with a seat in its neoclassical lobby restaurant.
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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.