Just because you and your sweetheart aren’t celebrities or movie moguls, there’s nothing stopping you from living like you are for a few days. It’s as easy as sneaking away to one of LA’s most stylish hotels, where the attentive service and luxurious surroundings combine to make you feel like the VIPs you are. The usual cerulean sky, swaying palm trees, and poolside views take on a whole new meaning when you’re off the clock and away from home, so surprise your special someone with a glamorous getaway to one of our three favorite hotels for an LA staycation–and get ready for the pampering of a lifetime.
Turn the volume of your GPS on high as you navigate your way to this legendary outpost, which is difficult to find in its rarefied position in the hills of Bel-Air. When you arrive, step out of your car and casually toss your keys to a charming valet like you are a frequent and very important guest. From that moment on, you’re treated like royalty, whether you’re in your private bungalow, by the posh pool, in the Wolfgang Puck restaurant, or on the lush grounds beside the hotel’s pond, where its signature swans swim in silence. (Don’t get too close, as they can have a bit of an attitude.)
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
If you’ve been dreaming of the penthouse suite of the Beverly Wilshire ever since you saw Richard Gere and Julia Roberts fall in love there in Pretty Woman, it’s time to make it reality. Check in, have the bellman drop your bags off in your penthouse (the regular guest rooms are nice too), and start taking advantage of everything this historic hotel has to offer, from the Mediterranean-style pool to the indulgent spa. After taking a yoga class with your loved one, you tumble into the elevator together, pausing as you realize that a pair of sunglasses-clad celebrities are eyeballing you from the corner. You’re one of them now, so just give a knowing smile and keep on going. They’ll soon wonder why it is they don’t know your name.
Seek refuge in the Langham Huntington, a timelessly elegant haunt in glorious Pasadena. Wander hand in hand through the peaceful Japanese Gardens. Enjoy Tiffin afternoon tea with delicious morsels and champagne before moseying to the newly installed Chuan Spa for a couples massage. End your night savoring bites of wagyu beef at The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse and toasting a staycation you’ll remember for years.