Hippest Boutique Hotels in Los Angeles: Explore Your Creative Side


Los Angeles inspires creativity, so whether you’re looking for stylish accommodations to buckle down and finish that screenplay or a home base to explore Hollywood and beyond, the hotels in Los Angeles include plenty of hip boutique experiences to draw out your inner indie filmmaker.

Mama Shelter

Looking up at Mama Shelter’s rooftop, its hard to miss the hotel’s hovering neon-blue stork and baby, just one sample of its curated LA-centric art collection. As you sit in a cozy armchair, sending off an email and sipping coffee from a local roaster, you glance up to see the blackboard Sistine Chapel of chalk drawings inspired by the mamas of Southern California artists. If you’re in the mood to mingle, join the locals for a hike in the nearby Runyon Canyon before you head for the group lunch, where you’ll share seasonal farm-to-table comfort foods. Then, challenge a new friend to a game of LA Monopoly or checkers on an engraved gaming table and indulge in an artisan cocktail at the bar.

Of course, you’ll want to relax in the vibrantly hued accommodations, which feature an iMac that offers a selection of movies and TV shows as well as a screenplay on the nightstand to serve as your muse. At most hotels in Los Angeles, you can find a place to work out and catch a flick, but Mama Shelter’s rooftop features both. Experience a Venice Beach boardwalk-style workout at the rooftop gym, or catch a film in the outdoor screening room, surrounded by 360 degrees from the Hollywood sign and down all the way to the Pacific.

Palihouse West Hollywood

If you prefer a home-style stay, head to Palihouse West Hollywood, a swanky urban lodge. As your staycation commences, you are greeted by the SoHo-inspired lobby with exposed brick and traditional-meets-slightly-quirky Anglophile decor. Order a craft Pisco Mojito cocktail at The Lobby Lounge, appointed with a Moroccan tile floor and distressed leather seating, then, when hunger strikes, head to Courtyard for some eclectic modern diner food in a leafy al fresco setting. Later, join the other guests for sweeping views of West Hollywood and the hills on The Rooftop, which is reserved for hotel guests and VIPs. When it’s time to return to your room for repose, enjoy the comfortable accommodations in your suite, equipped with a kitchenette and sitting area, or a residence and loft, which may be preferable for a longer-term stay.

The Moment Hotel

The Moment, one of the most eye-catching ultramodern hotels in Los Angeles, is located on Hollywood’s Guitar Row and is a short walk to the Sunset Strip and other attractions. When you walk through the black, orange, and white lobby, you notice the linear design throughout, from the modern corridors to the sleek, yet spacious guestrooms. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to write a spec script for your favorite TV show after watching an episode on the hotel’s 46-inch flat-screen television.

If you’re out exploring the Strip until the wee hours of the morning, you’ll appreciate your room’s automatic blackout shades when the LA sun starts streaming in come morning. Relax with a cup of coffee or an evening cocktail on the Roofdeck, which has communal lounge seating and a bar. The Moment has one of the most interesting perks offered by hotels in Los Angeles—the use of a complimentary bike during your stay. You are also encouraged to text questions such as “Where can I get a tattoo or snow cone?” to the concierge. What will they think of next?

  • Palihouse West Hollywood

    8465 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, California 90069


  • The Moment Hotel

    7370 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046


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