It’s the movie everyone’s talking about: La La Land hit the big screens last week and the multi-award-winning masterpiece has not only made more of us fall in love with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, but in love with the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles.
From the iconic Hollywood sign to Santa Monica’s sandy shores, there’s much to adore about LA. If you’re planning a holiday to the star-studded city, here are our recommendations for where to stay whether you’re looking for sky-high cocktails by the pool, celeb spotting over lunch or some retail therapy.
Best for…rooftop luxury: SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
Treat yourself to a stay at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, a luxurious oasis in the heart of Hollywood glamour. Sultry and sophisticated, the SLS is ideal for those seeking a more refined stay in Los Angeles, thanks largely to its two decadent rooftop pools that sit high above the LA landscapes. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city below, take that book you’ve been meaning to read and lounge on one of the sumptuous sun loungers for some much-needed relaxation. Jolt yourself back to the real world only to order a cocktail (or two) from the Altitude Pool Deck, soaking up the stunning sunset and panoramic views over Beverly Hills, before settling in for the evening to enjoy bar snacks and live DJ sets. This is rooftop luxury at its finest.
Best for…retail therapy: The Grafton on Sunset
A visit to Los Angeles wouldn’t be complete without a spot of shopping; what else are days exploring Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard made for? Perfect for shopaholics and those who love boutique hideaways, The Grafton on Sunset is nestled in the heart of West Hollywood, boasting cool, modern features and urban-chic décor. Tear yourself away from your plush bathrobe and stylish suite to step outside onto Sunset Boulevard and you’ll find designer heaven: from Armani Exchange to Stella McCartney. If you want to shop-‘til-you-drop on Rodeo Drive, jump in a cab for a 10-minute drive and you’ll be whisked away to Hollywood’s most luxurious shopping mecca. Once you’re all shopped out, head to Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse for dinner followed by cocktails in Bar 20 before returning to your hotel for a well-earned rest in your luxurious king-sized bed. What’s not to love?
Best for…celeb spotting: The Beverly Hills Hotel
Having welcomed the likes of Elton John, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson and Angelina Jolie in the past, The Beverly Hills Hotel is a favourite with Hollywood’s most revered celebs. If your mission while visiting Los Angeles is to spot a star or two, then a stay in this iconic hotel is a must. Classic Hollywood glamour meets contemporary touches in this Sunset Boulevard gem, known for its famous guests and exemplary service. We recommend dining in the Polo Lounge restaurant, a regular haunt for some of the silver screens’ finest; enjoy a spot of brunch, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for famous faces, or grab a seat at the bar in the evening for tasty cocktails. Another great place to potentially see the stars is in the hotel’s luxury spa. Book yourself in for a massage, or sign up for a yoga class with popular instructor Amy Rose. Just be sure to have your camera ready for that star-studded selfie.
Best for…spa indulgence: Hotel Bel-Air
Talking about spas, the best place to completely unwind and detox in Los Angeles has to be Hotel Bel-Air, famed for its oasis-vibe and Spanish-style design. The Spa by La Prarie is something truly special: set within 12-acres of peaceful garden, don your white robe and head to one of the seven treatment rooms for a facial, manicure, massage…whatever you need. If you’re planning a romantic trip to Los Angeles, perhaps as part of your honeymoon, for Valentine’s Day or to celebrate a special anniversary, why not book into the spa’s couple’s enclave? You’ll find a private patio, mosaic steam room and a menu for couple’s packages including a 60-minute Swedish massage and caviar facials, all topped off with a glass of bubbly. After all that relaxation, book yourself in to the Joseph Martin Hair & Beauty salon for even more pampering before tucking into afternoon tea at Wolfgang Puck; the perfect Bel-Air day.
Best for…beach life: Shutters on the Beach
Stood proudly on the Santa Monica beachfront, Shutters on the Beach is exquisite, seaside luxury at its best. Pacific Ocean views, bright and airy bedrooms, intimate dining…it’s all yours. You’re not just booking a room here: you’re reserving one of the best beach spots in the whole of Los Angeles. Play volleyball on the sands, enjoy alfresco dining, hire a bike to cycle along the Malibu cycle path or simply lounge by the pool, cocktail in hand, doing nothing at all. Whatever you fancy, Shutters on the Beach is sure to make you feel right at home. Each and every room is perfect, with beautiful white shutters, plush bedding and even a personal library full of books to keep you occupied while you sunbathe by the pool or chill out on your balcony. The only trouble is, you won’t want to come home…
Any of these take your fancy? We don’t blame you. Choose your perfect LA hideaway and book today, or visit our Los Angeles Travel Guide for even more inspiration.
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