Hotel Bel Air
This establishment, like the exclusive neighborhood that surrounds it, is characterized by discreet glamour and extreme luxury that only exists behind perfectly manicured hedges of a certain height. The crown jewel of Los Angeles hotels reopened last year after a complete renovation, including the addition of a new restaurant by Wolfgang Puck. Stake out a settee at the Bar & Lounge
and savor an artisanal cocktail. Trust us, you’ll feel like a million bucks.
701 Stone Canyon Road (near Chalon Road); 310-472-1211.
Beverly Hills Hotel
We’ve been fantasizing about our own pink and green campsite suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel ever since watching Troop Beverly Hills
as tots. Make the dream a reality and get there now for a small fraction of the room rates. On Friday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., you can hit the hotel pool for the Summer Poolside Soirée Series, and enjoy a performance by the stellar synchronized swimmers the Aqualillies
— admission's free! Or, if you’re looking for a little more “me” time, take advantage of its weekday special and scoop up a 60- or 90-minute spa treatment at the fabulous Spa by La Prairie
and you can spend all day at the pool (the people-watching alone is worth the price!).
9641 Sunset Boulevard (near North Beverly Drive); 310-276-2251.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
We all know about the wild nights at Teddy's (too bad it's currently closed for renovations), but did you know that the the Roosevelt hosted the first-ever Academy Awards? The '20s hotel drips with Old Hollywood history, and our favorite place to feel a sense of that Golden Age glamour is The Spare Room
, the hotel's luxurious game parlor and cocktail lounge on the mezzanine floor. Book a bowling reservation, and bring your A-game!
7000 Hollywood Boulevard (at North Orange Drive); 323-466-7000.
The Georgian Hotel
Ocean Avenue is home to many choices when it comes to chic beach lodging, but our favorite has to be the opulent Deco-era Georgian Hotel. Literally steps from the sand, the Santa Monica Pier, and
the Third Street Promenade, the Georgian knows where its bread is buttered. That's why it's offering a special rate just for California residents! Take a seat outside at the Veranda restaurant, feel that cool ocean breeze, and we guarantee your work-day stress will feel worlds away.
1415 Ocean Avenue (near Santa Monica Boulevard); 800-538-8147.
Photos: Via Bel Air Hotel; Beverly Hills Hotel; The Hollywood Roosevelt