• The Ambrose (Santa Monica): Take a break from the fast-paced L.A. scene at this stylish 77-room boutique Arts and Crafts hideaway that offers a soothing, peaceful environment—tranquil Japanese garden, koi pond, trickling fountains—and plenty of free perks.
  • Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach (Hermosa Beach): Romance-seeking couples will never want to leave this beautiful boutique resort offering plush, luxury-laden studio suites. Book one overlooking the sand and sunbathers for the ultimate beach getaway.
  • Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows (Beverly Hills): Spending at least 1 night at this Hollywood icon is well worth the heavy hit to your credit card. Take afternoon tea in the famous Polo Lounge next to Reese Witherspoon, swim laps in the same pool Katharine Hepburn once dove into fully clothed, and eat pancakes in the fabled Fountain Coffee Room. Ah, yes, the Pink Palace is still the place to relive Hollywood's Golden Age.
  • Casa del Mar (Santa Monica): This impeccably restored Renaissance Revival-style hotel is the grande dame of L.A.'s beachfront hotels, ideally situated in the midst of the Santa Monica scene and offering panoramic views of the ocean from every room.
  • Chateau Marmont (West Hollywood): Modeled after an elegant Loire Valley castle, the 1920s-era Chateau oozes Old Hollywood. Secreted above the Sunset Strip, its ghosts from the past include Greta Garbo, Errol Flynn, Natalie Wood, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Jean Harlow.
  • Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (Downtown): Eye-poppingly magnificent, the Biltmore has been hosting royalty, U.S. presidents, and international celebs since 1923. You've seen it in Chinatown, Ghostbusters, Bugsy, and Beverly Hills Cop—now see it for real.
  • Montage Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills): This ultradeluxe hotel opened in late 2008, but it already feels like it's been here forever. It's equal parts Old Hollywood glamour and Spanish Revival decadence. The rooms are spacious and gorgeous, and the spa will melt away any amount of stress. Shoppers and star-watchers will delight at the Golden Triangle location.
  • The Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills): You'll want to redecorate your own bedroom by the time you check out of this gorgeous boutique hotel. Huge rainforest shower heads, Frette linens, Bulgari bath products, Wolfgang Puck refreshments, and piles of pillows all add up to hotel heaven. It's the perfect blend of art, luxury, service, prime location, and value.
  • Shutters on the Beach (Santa Monica): If a luxurious oceanfront room at Shutters doesn't add romance to your relationship, it's hard to imagine what will. It's like staying at a really rich friend's East Coast beach house.
  • Terranea Resort (Rancho Palos Verdes): This sprawling oceanfront resort reminds me of the higher-end luxury properties in Orange County. Between the seven restaurants and nine-hole golf course, there's little reason to leave paradise. You honestly forget you're still in L.A. County.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.