Staying in a hotel owned by a big chain is a safe bet, but it’s not the best way to get the feel for the heart and soul of a city. Boutique hotels and B&Bs can make a tourist feel almost like a local, a sensation that isn’t easy to achieve in a sprawling city like Los Angeles. Here are a few “secret” LA hotels that combine an indie feel with top-notch service:
Maison 140: A chic little hideaway in the heart of Beverly Hills, Maison 140 is tucked behind the Peninsula Hotel, and just across an intersection from the famous Beverly Hilton. But unlike those big name hotels Maison 140 has a very intimate vibe and sexy interiors designed by Kelly Wearstler. The location is perfect for travelers looking to stay on foot, since it is walking distance to the best shopping, dining and spas in all of LA.
The Redbury: If you are looking for a contemporary hotel with an “old Hollywood” feel then look no farther than the Redbury. It is situated at the legendary crossroads of Hollywood and Vine, so it’s a great launch point for experiencing hip LA nightlife, but the downstairs restaurant, Cleo, is so delicious and scene-y that you might never leave the building.
Channel Road Inn: Nestled in the canyon that separates Santa Monica from Pacific Palisades, the charming and beautifully appointed Channel Road Inn feels worlds away from the urban bustle, but it’s convenient to the beach and the westside. And it’s pet friendly!