To really live it up in world-class luxury in LA, you’ll want to feel like you’re at home. Not just in a top-notch hotel room, but a luxury suite with all the comforts of home… that is, if your home happens to include private cabanas, celebrity regulars, oceanfront views or rooftop pools famous for their easy-on-the-eyes clientele. Whether you are looking for a suite experience for a wild night on the Hollywood town or a relaxing beachside escape, Los Angeles’s high living hotels have all the style and substance you need for your perfect getaway.
Famous for its pink stucco exterior, banana leaf print wallpaper and classic cursive sign, the Beverly Hills Hotel has been an LA institution since 1912. Accessible through calming landscaped pathways along the hotel’s 12 acres of greenery, the Beverly Hills suites offer uniquely designed bungalows with their own separate entrances, fireplaces and kitchens. The most ornate bungalows have their own plunge pools, garden patios, grand pianos and their history of past guests such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. For the Kardashi-esque among us, the Presidential Bungalows are the largest suites in LA and just as bright as the rest of the complex, bearing that classic pink stucco and fairytale gardens surrounding the units. Each bungalow comprises a professional kitchen, a sun port, a study, hand-picked or custom designed details dating back to the 1920s, three bedrooms and baths with clawfoot and freestanding tubs, and a limestone fireplace fireplace in every room.
The Hotel Shangri La’s sleek curving exterior is reminiscent of an art deco ocean liner, a theme that fits beautifully with the hotel’s breathtaking views of the Pacific. In a part of Santa Monica that strikes the perfect balance between the serene and the social, the Shangri La’s one and two bedroom suites feature curved windows opening to the ocean, full gourmet kitchens and, in the 650 square foot Terrace suites, private beachfront balconies. Breaking away from the soft-shabby motif of most beachside hotels, the Shangri La adds a welcomed edge with its retro-rock aesthetic, cowhide rugs, silver-edged and red highlights.
Despite their strange names (like "Garden Wow" which sounds more like a takeout menu specialty), the W Hotel Hollywood brings on the glitz in its six uniquely styled luxury suites. Overlooking the Hollywood Walk of Fame, these lavish fit-for-celebrity suites boast decorative fireplaces, private terraces and panoramic views of the heart of tinseltown. The celebrity-sleek Extreme Wow suite is arguably the W’s best for, well, its wow factor. The perfect suite for entertaining, the Extreme Wow has a caterer’s kitchenette and stocked bar with two fridges with seating for up to seven. Unwind on the serpentine sofa, take in the panoramic views of the Hollywood sign from floor-to-ceiling windows and soak it all in from the marble soaking tub or two-person shower.
In a warm-neutral, zen-like palette inspired by the Santa Monica shores, the Oceana Beach Club suites feel far from the hustle and bustle of the city. With a glass of bubbly prosecco upon arrival to the complimentary guided yoga practices, guided hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains and weekend surf lessons, the Oceana is all about relaxation and taking the time to enjoy the natural beauty of the sea. The Signature Ocean View Suite offers a spacious living room, private balcony overlooking the Pacific and a deep, Spanish-tiled soaking tub. Wake up on a California King bed to the sun peeking through palm trees, take in a rain shower or have a luxurious bath in a separate deep tub with Spanish tiles and step out to the pristine Santa Monica beach just outside your door. At night, you’ll have one of the best sunset views in Los Angeles.
via Chateau Marmont
This perennially hip Hollywood icon has been serving up legendary decadence since the 1930s, when the original Columbia Pictures maven, Harry Cohn, famously said, "If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont." Modeled on French royalty retreat Château d’Amboise, the Chateau Marmont pairs soft tropical foliage and warm woods with stone Gothic arches and moody lighting. The suite accommodations vary to fit any traveler’s mood, from the quaint Garden Cottage to the mid century Hillside Bungalow to the lighter Poolside Bungalows, each with its own private entrance. The Chateau Marmont’s most cherished rooms are the one and two bedroom Penthouse Suites, equipped with a private formal dining room, fireplace, full kitchen and a private 1,500 square foot outdoor terrace and cabanas overlooking the Hollywood Hills.