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The Ace Hotel in downtown LA. Photo: Lauren Coleman
The Ace Hotel in downtown LA. Photo: Lauren Coleman


Where to stay in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, each hotel is a small world unto itself, with lively restaurant and bar scenes, rooftop terraces, and pools catering to a distinct crowd. Here are some great places to stay.

The bright lights of the entertainment business and the shifting, international population attracted to them in the name of both work and pleasure have given the hotels of urban Los Angeles a fascination all their own. Rather than existing to serve the tourist population, each is a small world unto itself, with lively restaurant and bar scenes, rooftop terraces, and pools catering to a distinct crowd.

Downtown: The Ace Hotel

The LA chapter of this stylish, affordable chain opened in early 2014 in the historic United Artists Building and reopened its theater as a performance venue, a welcome development for the city groups lobbying to restore the beautiful landmark movie theatres that line Broadway in Downtown LA.As well as Chapter, the busy restaurant, café, and bar on the ground floor, and the Upstairs terrace lounge and rooftop pool, the 182-room hotel has a range of room options, from lofts and suites with private terraces to “small” rooms — which are uniformly beautifully and functionally designed, with exposed concrete, brass taps, and custom furniture complemented by small touches like snuggly wool blankets and Rudy’s toiletries.

The Ace Hotel

929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

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Silver Lake: El Tres Inn

This small guesthouse with three suites in laid-back Silver Lake sports a kitsch Mexican interior design, a riot of pattern and color giving it a unique, cozy charm. Downstairs there’s El Chavo, a classic Mexican restaurant, and El Chavito, its bar and lounge. On Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, the hotel offers a “rock and roll” discount on the room located above the bar, as there’s a DJ until 1am.

El Tres Inn

4439 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

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Sunset Strip: Chateau Marmont

Immortalized in literature and on film, the legendary French chateau-themed hotel on Sunset Boulevard has been the site of Hollywood scandal and intrigue since it opened in 1929, and it hasn’t changed its stripes in the intervening years.Most of its collection of bungalows, cottages, and rooms feature full kitchens and living rooms, and some go as far as formal dining rooms, balconies, and private terraces – all the better for the solitude-seeking celeb. However, should the overnight tariff prove too steep for your budget, the public restaurant and attached garden terrace provide some of the best people-watching in the city.

Chateau Marmont

8221 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

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Venice Beach: Venice Beach Eco-Cottages

Venice is one of the few neighborhoods in LA in which traveling by foot, rather than car, is realistic. In keeping with that carbon-conscious theme, these three solar-powered retreats were created using sustainable building materials, low-VOC paints, and organic linens. Within walking distance of both the beach and Abbot Kinney Boulevard, they’re beautifully designed and contain all the comforts of home.

Venice Beach Eco-Cottages

447 Grand Blvd., Venice

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Fairfax: The Farmer’s Daughter

Featuring denim-covered duvets, plaid soft furnishings, and country-style rag rugs, this hotel is designed to be “perfectly out of place,” a taste of provincial life on Fairfax, Los Angeles’s latest hot zone. Just across the street from the historic Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax, the hotel also has its own on-site, down-home restaurant, Tart.

The Farmer’s Daughter

115 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles

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This home is up for rent on McKinley Avenue.

Various locations: One Fine Stay

Eschew the hotel scene altogether and indulge your inner movie star or mogul by renting one of the city’s most beautiful homes. Kimmelman House, near Laurel Canyon, offers a rustic rock-star hideaway complete with outdoor fire, pool, and garden tepee. In Venice, spread out with your entourage at McKinley Avenue, a contemporary house with four pavilions designed around an expansive outdoor entertaining area and central courtyard with a pool.

One Fine Stay

537 Venice Way, Los Angeles

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