Whether you’re navigating the web for business or pleasure, there’s nothing worse than paying a pretty penny to crank out a document or post an enviable vacation pic. And while complimentary Internet access seems like a given in this digital age, there’s a handful of hotels still putting it on the check-out tab right next to late-night room service. Luckily for both staycationers and out-of-towners, our fair city is brimming with top-of-the-line hotels that offer the amenity free of charge for all of your Internet surfing needs. From Santa Monica to Downtown and beyond, we’ve made a list of the best hotels in Los Angeles offering a millennial’s version of the Holy Grail: free Wi-Fi. Your data plan will thank us later.
L.A. hotels with free Wi-Fi
Just off the hustle and bustle of the Sunset Strip, this West Hollywood boutique gem houses suites from Demi to rooftop Masters Quarters—boho-chic rooms with European touches and overwhelming charm with enough fireplaces and views that you'll never want to leave this city oasis. Take in the 360° vistas of Los Angeles from the rooftop club complete with outdoor pool, fireplaces, bar, patio and garden, recognized as a hummingbird and butterfly sanctuary by the National Wildlife Federation. The intimate, bohemian retreat offers complimentary Wi-Fi, but with its serene gardens and eclectic, Mediterranean décor, you’ll hardly want to check your phone.
Designed to look and feel like a private estate, the Peninsula exudes opulence. There are 193 rooms and suites—all recently renovated in 2011—and 16 detached private villas complete with free Internet access and situated on the lushly landscaped grounds. There's also a fitness center, a world-class spa, a rooftop garden and a lap pool. Just off the lobby, the gorgeous Club Bar offers entertainment on most nights. The Belvedere, which serves classic American cuisine such as macaroni and cheese with a gourmet twist, is considered one of L.A.'s favorite top-class restaurants. White-glove service throughout only adds to the high-end appeal.
This elite and quietly decadent Mission-style '20s hotel, a dreamy getaway on 12 fairytale acres of lush landscaping, reopened in 2011 after a major two-year overhaul. The additions—which include new lofts and hillside suites, a La Prairie spa and fitness center, plus upgraded room features—are impressive, but thankfully the overall vibe hasn't changed much: Guests still enjoy spending long afternoons by the iconic pool, meandering through the gardens or subtly trying to spot which Hollywood player is sitting at the next table in the Wolfgang Puck restaurant. Complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, the romantic retreat is a secluded, garden-like getaway amid the buzzy city.
Built in 1923, the Biltmore retains the Italian-Spanish renaissance elegance that once enticed such dignitaries as Winston Churchill and JFK. The ground level is striking, one gorgeous room after another peeling off the exquisite lobby; a number of them, such as the Crystal Ballroom and the Gold Room, are available only for private hire, but if there's no event being staged and you ask nicely at reception, someone will show you around. Next to such extravagance, the rooms, equipped with the modern day luxury of free Wi-Fi, can hardly compete, but they're comfortable in an old-fashioned way.
The ornate detailing on this Four Seasons-operated gem, famous for its role in Pretty Woman, recalls 19th-century French splendor, but contemporary additions such as complimentary Internet access and a Richard Meier-designed restaurant add 21st-century sophistication. The spa is worth a peek: the staff are gracious and the treatment rooms are blissful. The proximity to Rodeo Drive ensures a wealthy and occasionally sniffy crowd, but there's still something warm about the place. If the room rates are out of your range, stop by and relax with a coffee or a cocktail at the Blvd, a lovely sidewalk café.
Located on the sand, close to Santa Monica's shops and restaurants, this elegant and architecturally significant hotel is a local landmark. The boutique hotel features complimentary Internet access, as well as pristine ocean and coastline views in most of its plush rooms and suites; for a really opulent stay, reserve one of the two-story penthouse suites or the super-deluxe presidential suite. An afternoon at the spa is a vacation in itself; salon services can be enjoyed in one of five Mediterranean-style treatment rooms or, better yet, under a cabana on the fifth-floor pool deck. The bar in the ornate and well-furnished lobby is a popular meeting spot for the bronzed and beautiful locals.
You'll find most of Pasadena's hotels residing in Old Town-adjacent high-rises. But this grand old-money hotel is something entirely different. The Langham is an elegant, century-old retreat hidden in the middle of a ritzy neighborhood. Whether you're still in the glamorous building or a quiet cottage, take a dip in the pool, explore the tranquil gardens and grab steak at the Royce or brunch on the Terrace. Enjoy amenities such as free Internet access, the award-winning Chuan Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and bicycle rentals for roaming around the property.
Located in a mid-century building less than 4 miles from Hollywood, the LINE Koreatown boutique hotel features free WiFi, an outdoor pool, a furnished sun terrace and three restaurants.Floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing Los Angeles views, custom furnishings, modern artwork, a flat-screen TV and iPod docking station are included in every modern room at The LINE Hotel. A mini-bar with American and Korean snacks and beverages as well as an in-room safe are provided in each air-conditioned room.Pot Restaurant serves Korean-American fusion cuisine. In a greenhouse atmosphere, Commissary Restaurant serves dishes accented with fresh fruits and vegetables. The Café offers global desserts, coffee and tea. A lounge with full bar is also on site.This hotel offers a retail store by art and design collective Poketo. A fitness centre is located on site and guests can hire bicycles to explore the surrounding area. Hotel guests can enjoy free yoga classes on Saturdays.Situated alongside Koreatown's pre-1940 brick colonial revival buildings, Staples Center, Los Angeles Convention Center and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum are within 4 miles of this hotel. Surrounded by a number of late-night restaurants and bars, The LINE Hotel is less than 15 minutes’ drive from Beverly Hills and Universal Studios.
Housed in the former United Artists building, the hotel pays homage to LA's essence—a seamless harmony of California minimalism and downtown L.A.'s signature art deco style. Inside, the hotel has exposed concrete galore with sleek fixtures and furniture, plus a bar and restaurant that are destination enough for locals. Guests stay in thoughtfully designed rooms with plenty of amenities such as complimentary Internet access, plus a state-of-the-art fitness center, rooftop pool and lounge, and more.
This sparkling property hasn't been solely responsible for the regeneration of Manhattan Beach, but its influence has been huge. It's a small property but pretty perfectly formed: slick yet approachable, stylish yet not without a sense of humor. The 38 guest-rooms make great use of the space: Multi-purpose tables can be rolled back and forth over the beds for breakfast or for use as a desk, while all rooms have vast spa-baths, complimentary Wi-Fi, DVD players and color-adjustable chromatherapy lighting. Downstairs is a big central courtyard and the slick Zinc lounge; upstairs is the handsome Skydeck, complete with a bijou pool. If you stay in the penthouse suite, you'll won't need either—it has a beer tap in its kitchenette. An impressive spot.