Boutique hotels are a fantastic alternative to the typical hotel chains that dominate most major cities. And while names like the Four Seasons and the W have made a hotel stay a status symbol equivocal to a new sports car, some of the best boutique hotels in Los Angeles are not as well known but provide equally hospitable services. Here are a few of our favorites.
There is no other hotel quite like the Miyako. Located just moments from some of the hottest tourist attractions in Los Angeles, the Miyako is an incredible boutique hotel that gives guests a unique multicultural experience. Its location proves it: one can wander the exciting financial and fashion districts of LA one second, then suddenly find themselves in Little Tokyo the next. The location in the heart of LA makes it an ideal location for a business trip and families are catered to with children under 11 staying free. This eco-friendly hotel offers standard, deluxe and Tokyo executive rooms, all available in both smoking and non-smoking. Most importantly, Miyako is located just moments from exciting attractions such as the Japanese American Museum, the Getty museum and the Disney Concert Hall, just to name a few.
The Redbury is the latest in the award winning SBE Hotel Collection, curated by renowned photographer Matthew Rolston (who serves as the hotel’s creative director). Situated at the iconic cross street of Hollywood and Vine, the Redbury features spacious flats that make the hotel room more than just a temporary residence, but a desirable substitute for a home. The hotel’s engaging design quality makes it a favorite among LA visitors looking to be in the heart of one of the city’s most famous locations. The hotel features 57 thoughtfully designed rooms at various prices, each with fantastic amenities, and it’s located near some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and bars, like SME’s own Cleo—a favorite among both locals and visitors.
The Standard, Downtown
The Standard in downtown LA has done just that: it sets a standard for modern, chic boutique hotels in one of country’s trendiest cities. The Standard is, of course, more than a hotel. It has come to stand as a nationally known brand with its own online site devoted to chronicling all the happenings in the art and fashion world—much of which take place in the Standards’s own walls. One of the hotel’s most infamous touches is the choice of 10 different sized rooms, with monikers that go from traditional to comical. Their Medium room is the standard at the Standard, 300 square-feet meant to accommodate one to two guests with a queen-size bed and amenities. On the other end of the spectrum, the WOW! Is a 710 square-foot loft apartment, the perfect place to settle into for those looking to explore DTLA in comfort and style.
There can be no list of Los Angeles hot spots without a mention of the Chateau Marmont. Whether it’s hotels, restaurants, tourist tractions or LA historical locations, the Chateau Marmont is one of the most iconic spots in a city that has no shortage of iconic sights to see. The great castle in the sky, looming above Sunset Boulevard as if it’s holding all the secrets of the strip inside it’s luxuriously designed walls, the Marmont is a must for anyone looking for an authentically glamorous stay in the city of angels. It houses rooms, suites and bungalows of varying sizes and prices, as well as a bar and restaurant that has been the home of some of the city’s most nefarious stories. But beyond its history as a location for numerous hollywood tragedies and scandals, the Chateau Marmont is, above all else, a stunningly realized boutique hotel that prioritizes its guests experience beyond its own history, and truly lives up to its iconic status in the process. Besides, its view of LA’s most famous avenues makes it the quintessential Los Angeles home away from home.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club
For over 125 years, the Los Angeles Athletic Club has maintained a singular goal: to provide its guests with the opportunity to replenish their mind, body and spirit. The club has made a name for itself by including state-of-the-art athletic and spa facilities, award-winning restaurants, bars, luxury meetings, conference rooms and more. But it’s the in-house hotel rooms that have really elevated the LAAC to boutique status. The Club has 72 luxurious guest rooms including nine one-bedroom suites with gorgeous views of downtown LA. Rooms are oversized with spacious tiled bathrooms, plush terry robes, in-room irons, pressing boards, hair dryers, cable television, coffee makers and more.
The complete list of boutique hotels in Los Angeles can be found here.