Like any world class city, Los Angeles boasts a bevy of top hotels for discerning visitors to enjoy and to write home about while having an experience beyond compare. From hotels featured in Pretty Woman to those located in the heart of an up and coming Downtown area, L.A. offers some of the most exclusive and luxurious hotels found anywhere. The following are CBS LA's picks for the best luxury accommodations that will have you talking about your stay long after that stay has come to its glorious conclusion.
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Yes, this is the hotel where pretty woman Julia Roberts enjoyed glamorous nights with Richard Gere in the iconic film about the prostitute and the billionaire who occupied the presidential suite for a very long stay. But, in real life, many celebrities stayed at this stunning property in the thick of Beverly Hills and at the foot of legendary Rodeo Drive long before "Pretty Woman." And no wonder, since this is one of the best hotels in the world. If you book it, expect an inviting outdoor pool and whirlpool, fine fitness facilities overlooking the pool deck, a lively lobby where the rich and famous parade all day long and a number of dining opportunities that can't be beat. In fact, CUT by Wolfgang Puck is in the hotel lobby and serves up delicious fare all day long. It's in that special venue where you can be assured that the steak and seafood are among the best to be found anywhere. The hotel is just steps away from the expensive shops of Beverly Hills as well.
701 Stone Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077
The epitome of grace, the Hotel Bel-Air is an iconic getaway located high in the hill. The hotel, which takes bragging rights as one of the most enticing hotels in California and the world, is found in a very residential area of the city so rest assured that your stay will be very serene and peaceful. Lots of Angelenos make this the place for their own weddings as well as for their honeymoons, getting away to the 12 rarified acres of this sensational respite run by the Dorchester Collection. Legendary swans swim in a pond at the front of the property while further back into the lush gardens are 158 rooms and 45 suites. Suites are actually bungalows done in Spanish Mission architecture and decked out in cozy fireplaces, private patios and old Hollywood splendor. Expect an international clientele at this plush place and don't miss afternoon tea. It's arguably the best in Los Angeles.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
900 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Towering over striking downtown skyscrapers with views that reach the Griffith Park Observatory to the north and the Pacific to the south on a clear day, this top-notch hotel is full of elegance and packed with prime extras. Think about booking on the special club floor (the 23rd) as these digs come with a private lounge and lots of libations. Meanwhile, all rooms are decked out in inviting contemporary decor, and the hotel delivers a host of dining options, including Wolfgang Puck's WP24, serving Chinese fare with a futuristic twist. Aside from the many amenities at the Ritz-Carlton, they also offer an amazing in-house spa where a cranberry pomegranate body treatment is on order during this holiday season or anytime.
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
300 S. Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048
For visitors to the City of Angels who want the convenience of Beverly Hills without being in the middle of the fray, the Four Seasons fits the bill. Situated halfway between the glorious shopping of Beverly Hills and the trendy West Hollywood area which includes the shopping mecca called the Beverly Center, this hotel knows how to pamper its guests. Among the swell amenities to be found in this fancy retreat are an open-air fitness center, free yoga classes and a resourceful business center. When on the premises, don't miss out on some of the best modern Italian cuisine in the city at Culina.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Nothing is too much to ask for at this extremely accommodating hotel run by Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Ltd. And that's no accident as this hotel group, based in Hong Kong, gives ultimate Asian service in our neck of the woods. If you're looking for the top digs at the supreme Peninsula, choose one of the 16 villa suites with private entrances and old world decor. Beyond that, the Peninsula Spa is not to be missed if only to take some time to rejuvenate and revitalize via a four-hand massage before moving on to the next event during your tantalizing trip to the City of Angels.
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