As the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles packs impressive sights from Hollywood to high-fashion within a sprawling metropolis rich with history. Beyond tourist traps lie historic hotels with legacies interwoven into LA’s rise to fame where guests encounter old-world ambience paired with celebrity lore.
For encounters with the ghosts of Hollywood’s past, book rooms, suites or bungalows at these iconic hotels still shining bright with memories and stories to share from LA’s most defining eras and artistic legends.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
This stunning Hollywood icon offices first welcomed guests in 1927 just as nearby studios transitioned silent films into talkies as The Jazz Singer debuted nearby. An chic $3 million property when built, the 12-story hotel catered to cinema’s early stars like Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart who mingled within lavishly decorated spaces like the iconic poolside lounge and mahogany-rich lobby.
Today, cabana rooms reveal recent modern updates while public spaces display the hotel’s trademark Spanish Colonial Revival style now updated with contemporary comforts. Guests mingle during happy hour at the Tropicana Bar & Restaurant where Monroe herself was once discovered then danced the night away as resident DJs spin. Over 300 rooms capture Hollywood heritage just steps from the Walk of Fame and nightlife-rich Sunset Strip.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
On world-famous Sunset Boulevard behind stately palms and pink stucco walls lies Beverly Hills grande dame – The Beverly Hills Hotel. For over a century, Hollywood dealmakers, stars and geishas have frequented the poolside cabanas and Polo Lounge of this iconic luxury property since its 1912 opening.
Old Hollywood nostalgia richly lingers throughout 22 lush acres within Spanish/Moroccan-inspired guestrooms and suites carefully restored to historic signatures. Well-heeled guests relax within the secluded tropical garden, original pool complex or private poolside cabanas completely redesigned in 2022. Stop for iconic McCarthy Salads and Martinis where Howard Hughes, Marilyn Monroe plus more icons once clinched movie deals and seduced co-stars decades ago. Today’s tastemakers appreciate legendary Spanish architecture alongside premier hospitality standards befitting modern Beverly Hills.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Downtown LA rises proudly thanks to architectural marvels like the gilded 1923 Millennium Biltmore Hotel spanning over 600,000 square feet. Upon entering, spotlight-loving spirits may recognize settings featured Hollywood films plus landmark concerts by Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and President JFK himself.
Beyond brushed-gold opulence and hand-painted beamed ceilings, contemporary upgrades surround guests in luxury. Sip old fashioned cocktails within the bowtie-and-gown preferred Smeraldi’s Bar then retire to plush suites overlooking vibrant Pershing Square. The iconic Crystal Ballroom also hosts A-list events like Oscars after-parties where iconic architecture blends seamlessly with modern amenities for a distinctive DTLA experience.
Malibu Beach Inn
Bask in beachside mid-century style staying at Malibu Beach Inn overlooking celebrity-dotted Carbon Beach. Recently renovated to highlight signature Southern California indoors-outdoor living, all 47 rooms feature private oceanfront balconies to enjoy some of Malibu’s most coveted coastal views steps from the rolling Pacific waves.
Toast the good life hopeful starlets once did along Malibu’s Gold Coast while gazing at Catalina Island and Point Dume from private cabanas beside the saltwater infinity pool. Rustic wood beams, breezy patios and coastal cuisine at the farm-to-table Carbon Beach Club Restaurant capture the essence of Malibu’s iconic surf culture now refined with modern comforts befitting the world’s leading celeb coastal enclave.