Los Angeles can be a very romantic place; there are romantic restaurants galore and enough date night ideas to keep any relationship hot for years to come. But sometimes, all it takes is a night away at a romantic hotel to keep the sparks flying. So whether you're planning a romantic trip to Los Angeles or are an Angeleno looking to make your partner swoon, here are the most romantic hotels in the city, which also happen to be some of the best hotels in L.A.
The most romantic hotels in Los Angeles
While it still offers a quintessentially glamorous L.A. experience, it also oozes romance—it is a castle, afterall. Cozy up on the veranda or grab breakfast on the garden terrace. Oh, and the rooms are soundproof, so intimate moments will stay between the two of you. Stay in a room, a garden cottage, hillside bungalow or penthouse—whatever fits your romantic needs.
Welcome to paradise. Situated on an oceanside bluff in posh Rancho Palos Verdes, the picturesque resort is a Mecca of relaxation. The 102-acre resort boasts a nine-hole golf course, spa, four pools (including adult-only options), and eight fine-dining restaurants. Accommodations range from the usual rooms and suites to larger, more luxurious bungalows, casitas and villas. Take a romantic stroll along the the cliffs, hang out on the beach or snuggle up next to a fire pit at Nelsons overlooking the Pacific Ocean—there are plenty of romantic activities to partake in here.
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 pool, meandering through the gardens or enjoying a delicious meal at Wolfgang Puck. If you have the money to plunk down, we recommend the Presidential Suite for the ultimate romantic getaway with its private courtyard and infinity pool.
It doesn't get anymore Hollywood than the Sunset Marquis Hotel, hidden away in a tree-lined cul-de-sac just steps from the famed sidewalks of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. This boutique hotel's guest-centered design and amenities provide unmatched comfort and warmth. The lush garden grounds are intimate and perfect for a romantic stroll. Or stop in for a dinner on the romantic patio at the hotel's restaurant, Cavatina (think: ivy-wrapped pillars and white twinkly lights).
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. With crystal chandeliers, marble fountains and large tapestry covered windows, this is an ideal setting for over-the-top romance. Next to such extravagance, the rooms can hardly compete, but they continue the same vibe in a more scaled-back way.
Built as an apartment block in the 1950s, this tower was converted into a hotel by businessman Ian Schrager and designer Philippe Starck in the mid '90s, and immediately became the hottest spot in the city. It still carries a certain amount of star quality, despite several recent changes, not least a redesign by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz. Rooms feature whimsically designed furniture and many have stunning views of Los Angeles below. Amping up the romance factor is the hotel's pool area, with large beds to cuddle up on, and Skybar, an open-air pavilion with a bar and a beautiful view at night.
Located in Hollywood, Mama Shelter Los Angeles has one of the best rooftops in the whole city. Snuggle up under the stars while taking in Hollywood's twinkling lights below. Mama Shelter's rooms are also equipped with props and a camera for fun in and out of the sheets. The hotel posts the photos to the public (yes, they are censored), but the props seem like they often promote sexy time. Also, not all of the rooms have a bathroom door, so the intimacy levels are upped quickly.
Located on the sand, close to Santa Monica's shops and restaurants, this elegant and architecturally significant hotel is a local landmark. Most of the plush rooms and suites offer ocean and coastline views; for a really opulent stay, reserve one of the two-story penthouse suites or the super-deluxe presidential suite. While the hotel's interior doesn't directly scream "romance," it's one of the few hotels in L.A. located right on the beach. And with the bright lights of the Santa Monica Pier in the distance and live music in the lobby every night, a stay at this hotel makes for a very romantic evening.
The craftsman-style inn, built in 1911 by Warren Wilson, is a hotel for those looking for a more personal, bed-and-breakfast style stay. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it's been faithfully restored and furnished with exceptional antique pieces; many of the rooms are named after characters with ties to the area (Venice founder Abbot Kinney, sometime local Charlie Chaplin). Each of the nine rooms has its own character and amenities, though four share a common bath. The more extravagant suites offer an ocean view, a fireplace, a patio or a private entrance.
Culver City's historic Culver Hotel was once the part-time residence of Old Hollywood greats such as Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo and Buster Keaton. The hotel has kept its vintage glamour over the years and often features live music in the lobby. Sneak off to cuddle up on a couch in a dark corner or inside the hotel's Velvet Lounge. The rooms feature crystal chandeliers and antique furnishings to continue the romance once you're in for the night.