Los Angeles never ceases to impress with its rolling views, innovative dining concepts and sunny skies almost every day of the year. It’s also quite magnificent how the city is home to an ever-growing collection of hotels which are all more beautiful and unique than the next.
We’ve put together a list of new hotels across town that we love. The next time you are planning a stay or trip to LaLa Land, these properties should be at the top of your list. With rooftop bars, dreamy tubs, and luxury amenities available 24/7, you might find it hard to verify.
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Venice V Hotel
Just opened in July, Venice V has a history rich in stars. Parts of the 1986 movie Cobra were filmed here with Sylvester Stalone, and the historic 1915 building has played host to actors like Charlie Chaplin and Wallace Berry, among others. A bit hidden away just off the promenade, Venice V accepts dogs and is also suitable for long stays if you book a rooftop bungalow or a penthouse room, which includes amenities such as Aesop products, a Nespresso machine, an Apple TV and maybe even a guitar.
The bedrooms on the ground floor have a view of the sunrise over the beach through a window overlooking the promenade and a magnificent skylight. There is even a small courtyard just outside the penthouse rooms that overlooks the beach with seating and tables perfect for working or sunbathing (charging points included).
Keep in mind that the hotel does not have a bar or restaurant, but you can order delivery and the concierge will bring it to your room. You can also rent bicycles, skateboards and surfboards from reception.
The DTLA traveler
Another dog-friendly place, the Wayfarer offers comfortable rooms with plush beds, bathroom doors with full-length mirrors, DTLA views, and even a small in-room workspace for those who need to. find that work / life balance while traveling.
Make a reservation for dinner or drinks at the Rooftop, where stunning city views, fireplaces and comfy sofas set the mood. You can also grab a seat at Gaslighter, the hotel’s lobby bar, any time of the day for a coffee or cocktail, hang out with friends, or join a last minute Zoom meeting.
Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadie
Le Meridien Pasadena Arcadia is technically 13 miles northeast of Los Angeles proper, but whether your visit includes the Rose Bowl, the Huntington Library, or a hike to the Eaton Canyon Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains (all amazing things and unbelievably LA to do!) then this hotel is perfect for you. Mid-century modern hotel, Le Méridien offers beautiful large rooms with bathtubs, living areas besides the bedroom, floor-to-ceiling windows – with blackout curtains, of course – and Malin + Goetz bath products.
After a busy day, Mélange has what you need if you’re in the Asian fusion mood (the restaurant also serves weekend brunch). Rather fond of happy hour? The hotel lounge, Longitude 118, offers drink specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, along with a fabulous burger and fries.
Located in Hollywood’s Whitley Heights neighborhood, we love that the dog-friendly Prospect is sort of tucked away on a residential street. The bright red door may betray it, but it’s the perfect little enclave for anyone looking for a low-key, old-fashioned Hollywood stay in the heart of the city.
There are 24 rooms here, all named after actors who have lived in the area, and you can book for an extended stay or a quick weekend if you have Hollywood Bowl tickets. Designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, this establishment serves Farmshop croissants daily in the lobby (the pre-pandemic pastries came from Tartine). The lobby doubles as a bar with dark, sexy decor and plush velvet furniture in rich jewel tones.
The first floor bedrooms have original wood floors dating back to the 1930s and the landscaping alone was a three year project by TERREMOTO. The tropical courtyard really feels away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. Enjoy the clawfoot tubs in the bedrooms (my favorite feature, of course), bathrobes from Derek Rose, and luxury bath products from Dyptique in a truly magical space.
Wow, oh wow. This property is magnificent. The all-new Downtown LA Proper is located in a historic building that dates back to 1926 and began as a social club almost 100 years ago. Built by Claud Beelman, the same architect who left his mark on the famous oriental Art Deco building, teal blue (also in DTLA), this building has undergone a complete restoration – this is a work in progress for years and housed the YWCA for a while as well – before it opened to the public in October 2021.
From a breathtaking mural by local artist Abel Macias, colorful tiles throughout the hotel and stained glass windows from the family-owned Judson Studios to a rooftop bar / restaurant / pool with stunning views of DTLA and a Luso-Californian lobby restaurant run by James Beard Award-winning LA chefs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the only word to describe Kelly Wearstler’s latest hotel project is perfection.
The 148-room hotel has a historic ballroom (the 1928 MLB players’ dinner was held here), a $ 5,000-per-night “basketball suite” (it was formerly a basketball court and will include a leather basketball hoop cut by Frogtown artist Spencer Nikosey from KILLSPENCER® and plush basketballs) and a $ 10,000 per night pool suite (with a dining area, a bar, lounge area and, yes, a full-size pool in the lounge) among other nuggets. Visit for a sunset drink on the rooftop or book a stay you won’t regret. The bathrobes in each room are from Parachute. Rooms start at $ 369 / night.
Newly opened in the historic West Adams district of South LA, Alsace is a dream in pastel and earth tones with just 48 rooms, a perfect outdoor courtyard, gym, swimming pool, and intimate meeting space with vibrations of the desert. The hotel has partnered with various local businesses like Yoube (a drop-in coworking space) and Adopt-A-Bike (so guests can explore the area on two wheels).
Once a month, Alsace also hosts a tour of historic houses. Due to the size of this hotel, it is best to book for friends / family at a wedding or group event; it’s also in a fast-growing creative neighborhood, so make sure you take the time to really absorb everything from cafes to nearby art galleries. Throughout the hotel you will notice unique wall tile patterns, all created by local artists, which add to the truly calming and restful ambience of the hotel. The first-floor restaurant, which will serve Japanese tapas, will open in early 2022. Tartine’s final location will also open just across the street.