There’s a reason why LA and Beverly Hills hotels continue to attract famous (and in some cases, otherworldly) guests. After all, the City of Angels’ many glamorous and historic hotels offer incredibly stylish settings for the perfect date night. From legendary downtown dwellings to Hollywood hot spots, here are five top LA locales for the best weekend getaways.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Given that this Spanish Colonial-style haven was founded by Tinseltown royalty like Sid Grauman, Mary Pickford, and Louis B. Mayer, it’s no surprise that silver-screen power couple Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent some time in the Hollywood hideaway’s swanky penthouse. Whether you’re checking into the Marilyn Suite—a dreamy, loft-like cabana that Ms. Monroe herself once called home (rumor has it that her spirit appears in the mirror by the elevators)—or one of the Hollywood Roosevelt’s newly-renovated king studios, there are plenty of cozy corners for enjoying quality time with your significant other. If the weather permits (and it usually does in always-sunny LA), you can soak up some rays and take a dip at the Tropicana pool, where you can order a cocktail and some classic American fare.
Beverly Hills Hotel
What better place to spark romance than one of the most famous Beverly Hills hotels, where Elizabeth Taylor spent six of her honeymoons? Lovingly known as the “Pink Palace,” the 1912-built Beverly Hills Hotel has a Mediterranean Revival style that sets the perfect atmosphere for a luxurious romantic retreat in LA’s most famous ZIP code. Take a stroll throughout the glamorous space’s 12 acres of tropical gardens, and then book a private pampering session at one of the couples’ suites at Spa by La Prairie. And don’t forget to commemorate the amorous occasion with a photo in front of the hotel’s famous banana-leaf wallpaper.
In the heart of downtown LA lies Hotel Figueroa, a Moroccan oasis. Thanks to its close proximity to entertainment hub L.A. Live, this 1925-built hotel provides all you need for one of the best weekend getaways. After all, you can catch a blockbuster at one of Regal Cinema’s massive screens, sit courtside at a Lakers game at the Staples Center, and dine at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s W24 restaurant—all in one night.
There’s no need to fantasize about a whirlwind fairy-tale romance when you stay at the Château Marmont, a stunning Sunset Boulevard landmark modeled after a real French castle. In fact, frequent former guest Jean Harlow notoriously rendezvoused here with Clark Gable (while on her honeymoon with new cinematographer husband, no less). After you check in, dine like modern Hollywood royalty at the dreamy garden terrace, and then splurge on a $20 cocktail from the lobby bar’s super-secret drink menu. Then cap off the night inside one of the hotel’s perfectly landscaped cottages or private poolside bungalows.
Millenium Biltmore Hotel
The 90-year-old Millenium Biltmore looks pretty good for her age—and she’s got plenty of Hollywood history to show for it. You and your beloved will be greeted by opulence at every turn, whether you’re taking a dip at the Roman-inspired indoor swimming pool or exploring the Sala d’Oro Ballroom, which was once the world’s largest nightclub during the ’30s. If you’re a moon-eyed film buff, you may even recognize the hotel’s Renaissance Revival-meets-Beaux Arts architecture—a love letter to LA’s Spanish heritage—from cinematic classics like Chinatown and A Star Is Born. After you explore the iconic hotel’s elegant halls (where stars like Bette Davis, Shirley Temple, and Judy Garland once roamed when the building hosted the Academy Awards), indulge in a signature martini by candlelight at the famed Gallery Bar. Top off your night by satisfying your appetite with savory Italian fare at Smeraldi’s.