8 Dreamy New Hotels That Are the Perfect Excuse for a Staycation
Historic buildings. Sumptuous design. Clever cocktails. Chic scenes. And quiet, cozy interludes. These are what you can find in L.A.’s best new hotels, ranging from the super-reasonably priced (under $200 a night) to the baller level (nearly $1,000). They’re great for some romantic reconnecting with a partner or for a solo stay. Check out our findings, then reserve away.
The Nomad Hotel, DTLA
Relax factor: The 241 rooms are just off of bustling Seventh Avenue, but once you cross the column-fronted entrance into the lobby, you’re in a peaceful space that’s bright and soigné thanks to the interiors by French master Jacques Garcia.
Instagram moment: That soaring carved ceiling in the lobby
Dining musts: You have to spend some time with an espresso in the white-marble and red-Murano-chandelier-hung coffee bar, which transitions to a cocktail bar at 5 p.m.
Romance element: Request an Atelier room, which is equipped with a large claw-foot tub by the room by the window, perfect for a bain à deux.
Rooms from $375; 649 S. Olive (at Seventh St.); 213-358-0000 or thenomadhotel.com
Freehand Hotel, DTLA
Relax factor: This funky hotel in an historic building with a rooftop pool caters to a young crowd, thanks to a set of bunk rooms inspired by youth hostels. The Roman and Williams-designed décor elevates the experience throughout to be a cross between farmhouse and sanatorium chic.
Instagram moment: Dusk at the Broken Shaker, the rooftop cocktail lounge dotted with potted bamboo
Dining musts: You get free spiked punch with room service.
Romance element: Downstairs, there’s a fancy floral designer’s combo gift shop/fresh flower market—because everything’s better when you wake up to peonies.
Doubles from $259; 416 Eight St.; 213-612-0021 or freehandhotels.com
Relax factor: This former 1925 YMCA unveils its hotly anticipated renovation, and it’s a win, converting the soaring ceilings and original arched doorways into a contemporary, eclectic and bright spot that’s walkable to L.A. Live.
Instagram moment: The rooms’ bold accent walls are to die for.
Dining musts: Nosh on flatbread with a glass of white next to the rooftop pool.
Romance element: It’s hard to beat watching the lights of downtown twinkle on from the roof at dusk.
Doubles from $325; 939 S. Figueroa St.; 866-723-9381 or hotelfigueroa.com
The Everly Hotel, Hollywood
Relax factor: Tucked behind the Capitol Records building, elevated off the Hollywood and Vine tourist traffic, the expansive double-height living room lobby here immediately makes you feel like you’ve come home to your supercool urban digs. If, you know, you lived in a multimillion-dollar condo.
Instagram moment: Lolling in one of those Millennium pink recliners in the lobby is hard to beat.
Dining musts: You’ll love the small plates (fried green tomatoes, burrata with poached pears) at tile-clad cafeteria Jane Q.
Romance element: There’s no size/weight limit or extra charge for dogs, and the director of Pet Relations will make sure Fluffy has his own Casper dog bed. Also, pets are welcome at the nightly wine reception, in case both you and your pet like making friends.
Doubles from $320; 1800 Argyle Ave.; 213-279-3532 or everlyhollywood.com
Hotel Indigo, DTLA
Relax factor: This 350-room hotel soars 18 floors above the nearby Staples Center, LA Live and Grammy Museum; ask for a room on an upper floor so you’re totally removed from the area’s constant traffic.
Instagram moment: Prop yourself up in bed in front of the boffo flower photo murals (an homage to Mexican-American flower festivals).
Dining musts: Stroll over to Ford’s Filling Station, the gastropub helmed by actor Harrison Ford’s chef son (inside the J.W. Marriott) and be sure to order something from the on-site barbecue smoker.
Romance element: You’re within walking distance to the massive (and retail-friendly) Jewelry District, just right for browsing a new bijoux with your S.O.
Doubles from $197; 899 Francisco St.; 877-270-1392 or ihg.com/hotelindigo
Relax factor: Hear us out—an airport hotel is actually the best stealth staycation ever. Say your fam knows you have a business trip, and you could really use a refresher before you even get on the plane. Tell them you’re leaving a day earlier than you really are and check into this happy new airport-adjacent business hotel. Ahh, room service…
Instagram moment: Snap the rooftop pool cabanas, unless you can find time to rent a bike at the super-close El Porto beach.
Dining musts: So many choices at The Point, the cool open-air retail center. Opt for the kale toast at Superba Food + Bread, then stop for dessert at Sugarfina candy bar.
Romance element: The endorphin high of SoulCycle is as good as any crush. Take a class at The Point.
Doubles from $119; 199 Continental Blvd., El Segundo; 310-965-0555 or cambrialax.com
InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles
Relax factor: Welp, this is Los Angeles’s new tallest skyscraper (78 stories!) with 889 rooms and public areas that are all about the views. So if you’re susceptible to vertigo, pretty much nowhere here is relaxing.
Instagram moment: Snap a shot against the edge of Spire 73, open-air and 73 stories up.
Dining musts: Get a windowside seat at La Boucherie, the French steakhouse.
Romance element: Just riffing here, but a love note or a ring slid across the table with all the Los Angeles lights glittering below sounds pretty memorable.
Doubles from $219; 900 Wilshire Blvd.; 213-688-7777 or ihg.com/intercontinental
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Relax factor: The cool, calm tastefulness of the rooms—as well as glorious views from private balconies—is going to soothe you immediately…as long as you’re not stressing about the minimum $815 room cost.
Instagram moment: The black-marble and brass-chandeliered spa is as foxy as you’ll be post-body polish.
Dining musts: Innovative Zeus-like French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has opened his first California restaurant here, so from breakfast’s fluffy buttermilk pancakes to dinner’s five-course tasting menu, you’ll come away wowed.
Romance element: Cheers with a drink at the rooftop bar.
Rooms from $815; 9850 Wilshire Blvd.; 800-774-1500 or waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com