12 Top-Rated Resorts in the Los Angeles Area

Written by Freddy Sherman
Sep 14, 2020

Los Angeles is a classic resort destination with a variety of top resorts that offer something for all kinds of travelers. Whether this is a couple's getaway or a family vacation, you are sure to find somewhere to suit your personal style in and around the City of Angels.

From resorts adjacent to theme parks, like University City, to properties in close proximity to high-end shopping along Beverly Hill's Rodeo Drive to oceanfront properties in Santa Monica and Venice, the Los Angeles area is chock-full of great accommodation choices.

Beach lovers have some great choices with Santa Monica beachfront hotels, like the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot, and those looking for a more urban experience should check out Downtown LA's new InterContinental Los Angeles.

Even golf lovers have a great (and reasonably priced) option: the Pacific Palms Resort is only 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles with 36 holes of championship golf right on-site.

Find a great base for your visit to the City of Angels with our list of the best resorts in the Los Angeles area.

1. The Beverly Hills Hotel

Photo Source: The Beverly Hills Hotel

First opened in 1912, the Pink Palace, as it's known, sits amid 12 acres of palm trees and tropical gardens with lush landscaping. There are elegantly beautiful rooms and suites in the main building (most with private balconies or patios) and a group of very expensive bungalows also on the property.

The hotel's pool is famous as the place to see and be seen, it's surrounded by private cabanas available for rent. The large spa is considered one of the best in Los Angeles.

Foodies will love the hotel's iconic restaurant, the Polo Lounge. There's also a poolside cafe and, of course, great in-room dining. Regular guests and rich and famous locals love the hotel's tiny 20-stool Fountain Coffee Room with an upscale diner menu and all-day breakfast.

Accommodation: The Beverly Hills Hotel

2. InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

Photo Source: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

This new hotel is right in the heart of the newly hip DTLA (downtown Los Angeles) area. The InterContinental is 1,100 feet tall (73 stories), the tallest building west of Chicago. It has amazing, 360-degree views all across Los Angeles.

The rooms and suites all have sensational views, especially those on higher floors. They do not have balconies, but there's a restaurant and observation area at the top, which includes an outdoor terrace. That lounge, Spire 73, is the highest lounge in the Western Hemisphere.

There's also a lobby lounge (the hotel lobby is on the 70th floor) with an extensive food menu. Other choices include a sushi bar, a fine-dining French restaurant, and a "farm-to-fork" market buffet and restaurant.

The hotel has a large, outdoor pool along with a spacious and luxurious spa.

Accommodation: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

3. The Langham Huntington Pasadena, Los Angeles

Photo Source: The Langham Huntington Pasadena, Los Angeles

About 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles in Pasadena, the Langham Huntington Hotel is a faithful, modern recreation of a historic grand hotel. The original hotel opened in 1907, and the current incarnation was built in the 1990s.

The Langham Huntington is on 23 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. There's a large spa and an enormous heated, outdoor saltwater pool.

The rooms and suites are stylish with a modern yet classic design, and many have private patios and balconies. In addition to the rooms and suites in the main building, the hotel also offers luxurious villa and bungalow accommodations.

The hotel welcomes both kids and dogs with special menus, activities, and programs for each.

There are a few dining options, including Royce, a steakhouse; The Terrace casual outdoor dining spot; and a lobby lounge (which serves a very popular afternoon tea each day).

Accommodation: The Langham Huntington Pasadena, Los Angeles

4. The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Photo Source: The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

This waterfront resort sits right on the harbor in Marina del Rey, the world's largest man-made, small craft harbor.

Many of the resort's rooms and suites have beautiful views of the marina and the boats within, and they all have private balconies.

The hotel is only a few steps from a cool little beach area called Mother's Beach. Great for children and families, the hotel company's Ritz Kids programming offers educational and entertaining activities, many incorporating ocean and environmental themes. They also have all kinds of water sports available, along with bicycles.

The Ritz-Carlton has a small, full-service luxury spa (with amazing water views) and a large, heated outdoor pool. Dining options include a poolside cafe or Cast & Plow, the hotel's farm-to-table and ocean-to-table restaurant.

Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

5. Hotel Bel-Air

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First opened in 1946, this luxury hotel is the sister property to The Beverly Hills Hotel and is located about 10 minutes away, a short drive down Sunset Boulevard. It's hidden away in a super-luxurious residential area, on 12 lushly landscaped acres of grounds.

The rooms, suites, and villas are stylish with a California mid-century feel plus a touch of Hollywood Regency glam.

When it's time to eat, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has an eponymous restaurant here and oversees all the hotel's food (including room service).

There's a luxurious spa, and guests of the Hotel Bel-Air have access to the facilities (spa, pool, gym, restaurants) at The Beverly Hills Hotel and can charge items to their room (and vice versa for guests staying at The Beverly Hills Hotel). The hotel has a large, outdoor pool.

Accommodation: Hotel Bel-Air

6. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Photo Source: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

This luxury resort is in Santa Monica, one of the beachfront cities surrounding Los Angeles. The hotel is its own little 20-acre tropical oasis, across the street and up on a bluff from the beach.

The rooms and suites are in either a 10-story tower (with ocean views) or a six-story historic building (with mainly garden and pool views), and the hotel also has private bungalows. All the rooms and suites in the tower have private balconies, and the bungalows have private terraces and patios.

The Fairmont has a large, heated, outdoor pool and a full-service spa, Exhale Mind Body Spa, which is popular with both locals and hotel guests.

When you get hungry, there's a lobby lounge that serves food and FIG, their Mediterranean-inspired bistro. The hotel is also home to The Bungalow, a popular evening spot with live music and DJs.

Accommodation: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

7. JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot

Photo Source: JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot

This resort is almost on the beach in Santa Monica, but there's an apartment building between the beach and the hotel. It gives you easy beach access with some oceanview rooms and suites (on higher floors), at a slightly lower price than its other true beachfront hotel neighbors. All the rooms have private balconies.

The JW Marriott also offers a range of luxury amenities like 24-hour room service and smart TVs with Hulu and Netflix included. There's a small spa with a fairly long menu of beauty and health treatments, a full fitness center, and a large heated outdoor pool.

Food options include Le Troquet, a casual café with a large terrace, or Cezanne, a French restaurant on the beach level.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot

8. Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

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This pet-friendly resort hotel's main draw is that it's on the grounds of Universal Studios Hollywood. The theme park's main entrance is a short walk or shuttle ride from the hotel.

You get Hilton's excellent service and modern guest rooms and suites. Some face Universal Studios; others face the freeway and surrounding hillside neighborhoods.

There's a large, outdoor heated pool and whirlpool spa, along with a full fitness center.

When you get hungry there's a lobby lounge with food service; a poolside café and snack bar; and Cafe Sierra, the main restaurant.

The Hilton is also convenient for exploring Los Angeles without a car, as there's a Red Line subway stop right at the bottom of the Universal Studios driveway, a short shuttle bus ride away. The Red Line then takes you directly into Hollywood and to DTLA.

Accommodation: Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

9. Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

Photo Source: Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

This resort is in Westlake Village, near Thousand Oaks, towards the western part of Los Angeles County. It's a large resort, adjacent to a championship golf course, and it makes a great getaway destination.

There's a focus on wellness here with a huge spa, 16,000-square-foot fitness center, yoga classes, and healthy menu options. The resort has an indoor pool for families and an adults-only outdoor pool with poolside food service and cabanas for rent.

The large rooms and suites are bright and airy with private balconies and terraces (ground floor units).

There are a few dining options, including a modern California and Japanese restaurant and Hampton's, a farm-to-table dining experience. There's also a lobby lounge and a lobby coffee shop.

The hotel is also perfectly positioned to explore the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains, which are filled with great hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

10. Pacific Palms Resort

Photo Source: Pacific Palms Resort

If you like golf, this 650-acre resort in the City of Industry (only ten minutes from downtown Los Angeles) is on two golf courses. It's really the only large-scale golf resort within Los Angeles County, and price-wise, it's a mid-range hotel.

All the rooms and suites have private balconies, and they all have very nice views of the golf course and surrounding area. Beyond low rates, the resort has free self parking and free Wi-Fi.

The Pacific Palms has two restaurants, as well as a lobby lounge with karaoke on the weekends. There's a big spa with a reasonably priced menu of treatment options for women, men, and couples.

Accommodation: Pacific Palms Resort

11. The Hollywood Roosevelt

Photo Source: The Hollywood Roosevelt

This luxury hotel is in the heart of Hollywood and like a true resort, offers a full-service spa, a great pool area, and a range of on-property dining and entertainment options. And if all that isn't enough, the magic (and shopping and dining) of the newly revitalized Hollywood Boulevard is right outside the front door.

There's the historic tower, with Art Deco-styled rooms and suites, and the hotel has a famous outdoor pool, which is surrounded by low-rise buildings with poolside rooms and suites. The lower level accommodations have private patios with direct pool access.

Dining options include 25 Degrees, a 24-hour burger joint; a stylish poolside cafe; and an American bistro. The hotel also boasts its own private game room with a bowling alley.

Accommodation: The Hollywood Roosevelt

12. Hotel Erwin

Photo Source: Hotel Erwin

In a great Venice Beach location, the Hotel Erwin faces the Pacific Ocean and the city's famous boardwalk.

The design at the three-star boutique property is California eclectic with a nod towards Venice's Beaches unique vibe - art includes wallpaper with ink-sketched hands and orange plastic dome lights. The rooms aren't supersized, but they are clean and comfy.

Amenities here include an electric vehicle charging station, bike rentals, beach access, and a rooftop terrace with fabulous sunset views. The on-site restaurant, Venice Way Pizza, serves up slices and whole pies and is popular with locals and hotel guests alike.

Accommodation: Hotel Erwin

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