Fantastic Features of Los Angeles Hotels: Part One

BonaVista Lounge | Photo courtesy of The Westin Bonaventure, Facebook

Travelers and locals alike are lucky that Los Angeles is home to incredible hotels across the city. Whether they are sleek and modern in design or historic properties with Golden Age Hollywood glamour, we have hotels to fit every need. Of course, in a city that is sunny and perfect throughout the year, hotel pools are a top feature. The fun doesn’t stop at the hotel pool. The following guide lists some of the “Fantastic Features” of Los Angeles hotels that you’ll want to visit when planning your next daycation, staycation or vacation!

Rendezvous Court at Millennium Biltmore | Photo courtesy of Frank Hsu Flickr

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Seeking an Old World, opulent hotel experience? Head to the historic Millennium Biltmore in Downtown Los Angeles. Originally opened in 1923, you can enjoy afternoon tea on the weekends in their Rendezvous Court, which served as their original lobby. The Gallery Bar and Cognac Room is also a must. Home to one of the longest signature Martini lists in town, the Gallery Bar also proudly features a “Manhattan Menu” with six versions of the classic cocktail. The Black Dahlia and the Cucumber Mango Cosmo are other hits off their cocktail list, best enjoyed while lounging on the soft couches of the Cognac Room.

WP24 - The Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles

As soon as you arrive at The Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles in Downtown L.A., waste no time and head straight to the 24th floor to discover WP24. Panoramic views from wall-to-ceiling windows offer the perfect backdrop for famed chef Wolfgang Puck’s menu to dazzle your palate. His modern Chinese menu hits high notes with a suckling pig and “Peking style” duckling dish. For the foodie there are 3-, 6-, and 10-course tasting menus. If you’re looking for a more casual ambiance, you’ll find Nest at WP24 on the same floor. There are the same sweeping views, with a less formal dining atmosphere. Insider tip: many of the signature dishes from WP24 can also be enjoyed at Nest.

SPiN Standard - The Standard Downtown L.A.

The Standard Downtown L.A. is an urban oasis with a rooftop deck that’s one of its best known features. Of course the pool is happening, but the Biergarten is unique to this property. Located on the famous rooftop and open to all, you can enjoy delicious German classics like wieners, strudels, pretzels, and of course beer. Ready for more options? Head to the mezzanine level and discover SPiN Standard, L.A.’s first professional ping-pong club! Open nightly, this is a great place to gather your friends for some small bites and a few rounds of table tennis.

LA PRIME | Photo courtesy of Westin Bonaventure, Facebook

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

Located in the Financial District of Downtown L.A., the Westin Bonaventure is best known for their incredible glass elevators. Beginning with an overlook of the lobby, the glass elevators shoot you up 35 floors with sweeping views of the city. The Jetson-inspired futuristic experience takes you to the BonaVista Lounge, their revolving cocktail lounge located on the 34 th floor. There isn’t a bad seat in the house - after all, your view is constantly changing! And you can polish off the evening with an elegant, romantic steak dinner at LA Prime on the 35th floor. Truly a gem hidden in the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles!

Commissary | Photo courtesy of The Line Hotel, Facebook

Commissary - The Line Hotel

Located in Koreatown, The Line Hotel brings a fresh experience to the hotel scene. Most notable is Commissary, their greenhouse-styled restaurant tucked away on the second floor deck, with a menu focused heavily on locally sourced fruits and vegetables. With Chef Roy Choi at the helm of the entire dining experience at The Line, including the Commissary, POT, the Café and POT Lobby Bar, each outlet taps into the unique multicultural combination of flavors for which this city is known. Beyond the culinary offerings, The Line is home to Break Room 86, a destination bar by Houston Hospitality with a cool 80s vibe. From karaoke to guest DJs and a wall covered in cassette tapes, a night spent here is truly a blast from the past.

Cocktails at the Library Bar | Instagram by @chiumelo - courtesy of Hollywood Roosevelt, Facebook

The Hollywood Roosevelt

Situated off world-famous Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Roosevelt is home to quite a bit of Hollywood history. Of course, when it comes to bars and a scene, the Roosevelt does not disappoint. Head to The Spare Room on the mezzanine level for Prohibition-style decor, craft cocktails and a vintage two-lane bowling alley. Located off the lobby, the Library Bar is also known as “the bar with no menu” - guests choose ingredients from a selection of in-season fruits and herbs. The expert mixologists then craft a cocktail specific to each guest’s tastes. If you’re looking for a livelier scene, step out to the Tropicana Bar, located next to the pool, which features a David Hockney mural. The evenings range from relaxed to a full-on party, hands down one of the best pool parties in Hollywood!

W Hollywood Hotel & Residences

Boasting a prime location in Hollywood, with a Metro station and convenient access to the Pantages Theatre and numerous clubs and restaurants, the W Hollywood quickly became a modern Hollywood classic. Check out their two bars, The Station and The Living Room. The Station is perfect for a cocktail or two and some nibbles. If you’re lucky you’ll visit on an evening they are offering a movie screening. The Living Room on the other hand has become quite the Sunday evening destination. Every Sunday they host a jazz night featuring some of the music industry’s top players. Justin Bieber, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Prince are just a few of the superstars who have made an appearance at this groovy event.

The Roof on Wilshire | Photo: Hotel Wilshire, Facebook

Kimpton Hotel Wilshire

The Hotel Wilshire is an intimate yet unforgettable property located in the heart of the Miracle Mile district. Their rooftop must be experienced. Aside from the sweeping views of the city and a shimmering pool, the rooftop boasts an incredible dinner and brunch. Menus crafted by Chef Eric Greenspan, this new American cuisine demands a visit. And even better, the crowds seem to be minimal. Lounge as though it was your own personal rooftop terrace and be sure to stop by between 5 and 6 p.m. for their Hosted Wine Hour - yes, that means free wine, daily - and snag a spot by one of their cozy fire pits.