Los Angeles, a city of nearly Grecian mythology but for our modern stargazers, appeals to a select subset of travelers; some who worship black and white beauties (if not Lana Del Rey), most who are monied, and all who are not averse to a little dab of glitter and an early evening champagne in a hotel bar. It’s the beach cabana glamour, the palm-studded and Art Deco exotica along Sunset Blvd and the immortal scenery along the shores of Santa Monica, obstructed only by the neon twirling ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier. In other words, Los Angeles oozes with romance, so much so that its hotels do extremely well to lure couples into 600 thread count linen-bound beds and keep them in there until it’s time to call for room service the next… afternoon. Need a tried-and-true romantic getaway destination? Check out these five glorious hotels in Los Angeles.
Located right on the Pacific coastline, guests of Hotel Casa Del Mar have the luxury of falling asleep with views over the horizon and of the Santa Monica Pier and waking up and stepping out onto pool tile and soft beach. This updated beach house offers intimate guestrooms and suites all featuring floor to window ceilings and luxury amenities as well as plenty of opportunities to meet other guests and live the Casa Del Mar lifestyle in their fine restaurants, lounge and spa. Though anyone would be reluctant to leave the grounds, the local Santa Monica scene offers up exciting day trips to Santa Monica Pier, tons of diverse restaurants, art galleries and theaters and excellent cafés.
Spend a night in the ‘30s while you’re in LA. The Millennium Biltmore Hotel offers the same level of opulence as it did when they played host to such immortal luminaries as Walt Disney, Katherine Hepburn, May West and others. Even through the Prohibition era the BIltmore managed to keep up its Page 6 glamor in its nightclub called the Gold Room, which catered to young socialites coyly helping themselves to a splash of bathtub gin and backroom whisky. Visitors with a taste for old world charm can recapture it in some way just by stepping into the huge lobby, all carved marble fountains, crystal chandeliers hanging off of cathedral-high ceilings with ornate Art Deco skylight, and painstaking murals. Even the pool makes a splash into history, channeling a Roman bath with a Howard Hughes twist of green and gold and Deco Columns. Couples who want to play Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn will have no better way at it than by grabbing a bottle of Dom P and lolling on the bed at the legendary Biltmore.
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Dive deeper into Hollywood glam at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, a 12-acre urban oasis secluded from the bustle of Sunset Boulevard capped by a jewel of a pool, lined with palms and surrounded by 21 private cabanas. Its 208 rooms and 23 bungalows are at once elegant and whimsical, some in the pink Mediterranean Revival main building and some hiding in the lush bungalow gardens. Guests with money can roam the grounds, first enjoying breakfast at the vintage Fountain Coffee Room or the legendary Polo Lounge before hitting the spa and whiling away the afternoon poolside or shopping around Beverly Hills.
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For romantic overnighters to LA who would prefer a smaller and less overtly glammed out experience without compromising on elegance or quality for their anniversary, the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills offers all the luxury amenities of a top-tier hotel in a boutique setting. This includes 400 thread count Fili d’oro linen, double down pillows, Merino wool bed throws, marble bathrooms with rainforest showerheads and Bvlgari toiletries. Just putting all the important stuff up front. The hotel restaurant specializes in classic Californian cuisine all meals of the day (including local wines), and private dining can be enjoyed just by the glittering hotel pool.
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Stepping into the Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood is like diving into the pages of Alice in Wonderland or some fantastic connection of storybook universes. Tasteful Victorian accents add to the color and exuberance of this otherwise bohemia-style hotel, while painted tile floors and deep warm colors offer a romantic atmosphere. The rooftop pool and cabanas also help the romantic atmosphere, as well as their private rooftop restaurant offering Mediterranean and international fare. But, of course, couples looking for a private escape will find no reason to leave their hotel suites, all lavishly decorated with original art and colorful touches, as well as 618 thread count Egyptian cotton linens, wet bars, balconies and even kitchenettes in some.