Travel editor Maria Shollenbarger recommends…
Soho Warehouse, straddling the border of Downtown and Boyle Heights (also known as the Arts District). The members’ club-hospitality conglomerate’s third SoCal assay is housed in an early-20th-century building, boasting the requisite rooms, restaurant and rooftop pool (along with an ambitious half-dozen bars). From $195; sohowarehouse.com.
To the west, designer Kelly Wearstler’s second Proper Hotel in Santa Monica offers 271 rooms and suites in a landmark 1920s Spanish colonial revival building, a restaurant collaboration between local cult table Sqirl and Mexico City’s Contramar, and a sprawling Ayurvedic spa. From $450; properhotel.com.
In downtown LA, Hotel Figueroa is a careful renovation of a young ladies’ hostel founded in 1926, all Spanish colonial splendour with an extravagantly tiled pool, a lush patio brimming with plants and three bars. From $229; hotelfigueroa.com.
NoMad Los Angeles, a sister to NoMad in Manhattan, lives in the storied 1922 Giannini Building on the corner of 7th and Olive (as prime a downtown site as exists). It showcases a rooftop pool and – the thing Angelenos are really excited about – the first restaurant outside NYC from Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of the legendary Eleven Madison Park. From $315; thenomadhotel.com.
From Jeff Klein, owner of the Sunset Tower Hotel, comes 850, a 23-room boutique property on the site of the old San Vicente Inn. While the architecture is quintessential, white-board California old-meets-new, the interiors are the work of a British woman: Rita Konig, daughter of decorating doyenne Nina Campbell, and a rising interior design star in her own right. Expect some rattan, a killer menu – and probably one or two A-list faces. From $339; hotel850svb.com.
Jeff Klein, hotelier
“If you want to stay by the beach, I’d say The Rose Hotel in Venice is the place to book. It’s got that cool, boho-barefoot vibe that Venice is famous for – as well as quite a storied past.” From $185; therosehotelvenice.com.
Kelly Wearstler, interior designer
“For a true classic with elevated service and excellent people-watching, it has to be The Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s so iconic, so full of old-world glamour, from the pink stucco and Martinique banana-leaf wall covering to the fabulous pool and private bungalows. I love the classic striping of the grand entrance; you feel a true sense of arrival at this hotel, and the coming together of past and present.” From $715; dorchestercollection.com.
“Those in the market for something a little more hip might prefer the Chateau Marmont, with its incredible views of the Hollywood Hills; I find my London friends like the laid-back, bohemian vibe here – it’s the quintessential LA experience, right down to the veggie burgers and huevos rancheros at brunch.” From $450; chateaumarmont.com.
“Another favourite is the art deco Sunset Tower; it’s a classic, with great views of the city, and the best bar, serving the best bellini in town. For a slightly more off-the-beaten-track stay, I like Hotel Covell, near Silver Lake, which draws a younger crowd. It has a lived-in, residential feel with super-thoughtful interiors, from the hardwood floors to the salons with a mix of vintage and new pieces. It’s a place with soul.” Hotel Covell, from $315; hotelcovell.com. Sunset Tower Hotel, from $395; sunsettowerhotel.com.
Pilar Ordovas, gallerist
“I could happily live at Shutters on the Beach or at the Malibu Beach Inn, as they are directly on the water and have incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.” Malibu Beach Inn, from $565; malibubeachinn.com. Shutters on the Beach, from $525; shuttersonthebeach.com.