10 Best Hotels in Los Angeles

Go ahead and skip AirBnB in L.A. – the city has one of the best hotel scenes in the country

Los Angeles is one of the best cities for hotels in North America. In fact, the hotel scene here is better than ever with a large collection of Oscar-worthy properties that offer only-in-LA amenities. You can stay like a star in Hollywood or act like a cool cat in Downtown LA. Here are ten great hotels to consider.

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Chateau Marmont Los Angeles
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Chateau Marmont

One of the most iconic hotels in the country, this 1920s hotel has enough lore that it encapsulates much of Hollywood history within its walls. Jim Morrison got wild here. Led Zeppelin rode motorcycles through the lobby. Sofia Coppola's 2010 film Somewhere was shot here. John Belushi OD'ed here. Many rooms have garden views but try to nab one of the bungalows, which are so Midcentury Modern your head will explode.

8221 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Freehand Los Angeles

This downtown hotel is a more affordable option if you're traveling on struggling actor's budget. But it's just as stylish and cool as the big boys of LA hotels too. The spacious, sleek-yet-comfy rooms were designed by Roman and Williams. Walls are bedecked with art from local artists and many of the rooms have outstanding views of the city. The rooftop pool is an excellent place to hangout in your downtime.

416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles

Hotel Roosevelt Los Angeles
The Hollywood Roosevelt

The Hollywood Roosevelt

People don't utter the word "history" and "Southern California" very often but when it comes to the Roosevelt it's impossible not to. First opened in 1927, it's the oldest continually working hotel in the city. In 1929, the first Oscars were given out here. And everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Ernest Hemingway to Prince have laid their heads down in the hotel's comfy rooms. The Tropicana pool is the stuff of legend.

7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

Hotel 850 SVB Los Angeles
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Hotel 850 SVB

Enter through the classic 1918 bungalow into a newly built guilding and prepare to be dazzled by this hotel, whose sibling is the iconic Sunset Tower. This 23-room boutique spot was made to preserve privacy. Need a home away from home in LA? This is it. There's no pool – how very un-L.A.! – but the awesome roof deck makes up for it.

850 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood

Hotel Figueroa
Hotel Figueroa

Hotel Figueroa

The iconic Figueroa has been around since 1926, long before Downtown Los Angeles became a place people actually wanted to gravitate to. Or at least it's been a hotel that long. The building got its start as a YWCA. The 268 rooms and suites on 14 floors are tastefully bedecked with leather headboard beds, high-thread-count linens, rainfall showerheads, original art, and in-room iPads. The in-house Mediterranean-meets-California restaurant is worth staying in for.

939 S. Figueroa

The Line Hotel
LINE Hotel

The Line

The ultra-hip Line Hotel is bringing the cool kids to Koreatown thanks to its sleek aesthetic and in-room amenities that include speedy Wi-Fi, plush mattresses, inspired views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and large flat-screen TVs with the ability to stream shows from your phone. The poolside, in-house eatery, Openaire, serves up elevated and seasonal California cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin.

3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

NoMad Los Angeles
NoMad Los Angeles

NoMad Los Angeles

This Downtown LA property is housed in a Neo-Classical building from the 1920s, the erstwhile Bank of Italy. The interior is gilded to the core. Like its older sibling in New York, the NoMad's in-house restaurant is run by super chef Daniel Humm (also of 11 Madison Park). Rooms are bedecked with Persian rugs, comfy beds with a leather headboard, and plus-sized flat-screen TVs. The rooftop pool is a sight to behold. Dive in!

649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles

The Peninsula Beverly Hills
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The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Seeking the ultimate lap of luxury? You might find it at this Beverly Hills property where 195 guest rooms (including 38 suites and 17 private villas) are set within lush tropical gardens. The rooms are classic-meets-contemporary complete with all electronic controls from a tablet (in 11 different languages), marble bathrooms, and plus-sized LCD televisions. Be sure to indulge in the extravagant afternoon tea.

9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills

Sunset Tower Los Angeles

Sunset Tower

The iconic Art Deco-bedecked tower on Sunset Boulevard has long been a celebrity haunt. The comfortable, spacious rooms have light pink undertones with cream and brown accents. Beds have high-thread-count Egyptian linens. The floor-to-ceiling windows make for some great views. The 7,000-square-foot gym is housed in John Wayne's former apartment. How about that for a workout space, partner? Giddy up!

8358 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Surfrider hotel
The Surfrider Malibu

The Surfrider Malibu

Staying at this 20-room intimate boutique hotel feels you're having a true California experience. Set on the beach in Malibu, the Surfrider boasts an awesome guests-only rooftop bar that offers supreme ocean views to go with that refreshing gin and tonic. They have amazing amenities here: beach towels and umbrellas, heated outdoor showers, electric car charging stations, and complimentary usage of their fleet of Mini Coopers. If the hotel has a Mid-Century Modern vibe about it, it's because the Surfrider is housed in an original hotel from the 1950s.

23033 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu