5 New Standout Hotels in Los Angeles

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Once upon a time, Hollywood was a company town. Now, Los Angeles has so much more to offer than box office smashes and boulevards of broken dreams. The Staples Center alone gets 20 million visitors a year, and international travelers alight to eat, shop, gallery-hop and explore overlooked neighborhoods that are buzzing with enterprise.

Take downtown (or DTLA, as the modern hieroglyphs go), which is several districts in one — and is brimming with hotels. Fourteen have opened or broken ground in the last six years. See, for instance, the 10-story Beaux Arts building on Broadway that’s now The Hoxton, Downtown LA, or Soho Warehouse, a membership club with 48 hotel rooms.

Likewise, West Hollywood is increasingly heavy with keys, from 1 Hotel West Hollywood — the brand’s first West Coast address — to the 149-room Pendry Hotel, coming soon. And this summer, a midcentury-modern hotel designed by Minoru Yamasaki will reopen as the Fairmont Century Plaza, part of a $2.5 billion mixed-use development in Century City.

In a city of stars, here are five bright spots in the constellation.


A 10-minute walk from Hotel 850, this EDITION — opened last November and the 10th in Ian Schrager’s Marriott International brand — is a world away in style. Befitting the impresario, the property is a big, modern show-stopper, from its lush green driveway off Sunset Boulevard to its 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space.

Aperol spritzes are served at the custom marble-and-wood bar, and Moroccan tile and antique rugs carry through from public spaces to the guest rooms — some of which have views of the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park — where the atmosphere is seriously midcentury.

Old-school glamour meets 21st-century luxury at this dramatic boutique hotel in Whitley Heights, Los Angeles’ first movie-star enclave. (The two-story building, from 1939, was restored in collaboration with Hollywood Heritage Historical Society.)

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