Hotel Covell

Photo courtesy of Hotel Covell

East of Hollywood’s neon lights between Hillhurst Avenue and Vermont Avenue, this petite boutique hotel is an artsy hideaway in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighbourhood. With an ultra-local ambience, the 1920s building has just nine suites, each feeling like its very own L.A. apartment. Ranging in size from a suite to a two-bedroom flat, the rooms bring to life different chapters in the story of writer George Covell, a globetrotting fictional character (created by the hotel’s designer) who bounces from New York to Paris and beyond. Though every room has its own eclectic look, all have a king-sized bed and kitchenette featuring a Smeg fridge. Downstairs, intimate Bar Covell is a popular local hangout offering an astounding 150 wines by the glass and rotating beers on tap, along with cheese and charcuterie platters.  —Sara Benson

Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo, photo by Hirsh Bedner and Associates
Hotel Indigo, photo by Hirsh Bedner and Associates

Once derelict and overlooked, downtown L.A. is on the rise. This hotel, a glassy 350-room, 18-storey tower, which opened last year as part of the US$1 billion Metropolis development, provides the perfect base from which to explore the city. And, it’s just a block from the shops, restaurants and concert halls of L.A. Live, an entertainment complex located across from the Staples Center (home to four major sports teams and the Grammy Awards). Keeping with the hotel group’s tradition of capturing the feel of the property’s surrounding neighbourhood, the rooms are a mix of vintage decor and vaudeville glam. The hotel bar—playing eclectic tunes and stirring up classic cocktails—celebrates the area’s history as a hotbed of speakeasies. Meanwhile architectural touches such as two booths tucked under low arches in the hotel restaurant are a reference to the network of tunnels running under downtown.

Nearby: Down the block is the Original Pantry Cafe, a 24-hour diner that opened in 1924 and has never locked its doors (they don’t even have locks). —Tim Johnson

The Jeremy

West Hollywood

Photo courtesy of The Jeremy Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of The Jeremy

Staying at The Jeremy makes getting around West Hollywood a breeze; it’s just steps from the area’s best shopping, trendiest bars and must-try restaurants. The property gives off a relaxed-yet-stylish vibe, and incorporates works by local artists such as Dream Catcher, a seven-storey, net sculpture that hangs between the hotel’s two towers. The 286-rooms, including 50 suites, are large and airy, with natural elements, including rich-wood panelling and potted plants, throughout. The Jeremy features dramatic views of nearby Santa Monica and the Hollywood Hills, and many of the rooms, along with the rooftop pool area, offer sweeping panoramas of Los Angeles’ dizzying skyline. Make sure to order a cocktail and grab a bite at Joao restaurant and bar.

Nearby: Head to world-famous The Comedy Store and watch the stand-up pros, or sign up for the Sunday open-mic night. —Sara Samson

Ace Downtown Los Angeles

This is easily the hippest place to stay in downtown. The dramatic, gothic building was the headquarters of the United Artists film studios (co-founded by Charlie Chaplin) and includes an incredible, ornate theatre. There’s also a rooftop bar, Upstairs, and plunge pool, both with killers views.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Fairmont Miramar’s pool, photograph courtesy of Fairmont Miramar.

This Santa Monica property is the perfect place to feel like you’ve escaped the hustle of the city. You’ll find a cool pool scene, complete with private beach butlers, and you’re just a quick walk to the Pacific Ocean. After a swim, unwind at the on-site spa and dine at the Mediterranean bistro, Fig.