TAG-Approved Hotels in Los Angeles

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By Mike Ciriaco

"I think businesses ought to treat their customers right. Even their gay customers," said Sean Penn's titular character in the film Milk. In the never-ending battle for LGBT rights, economic equality is synonymous with social equality, and in a capitalistic society, every purchase is like casting a ballot. Gay consumers make a political statement anytime they decide which airline to fly, on which fast food to chow down and which hotels to patronize.

This necessity for queer-friendly accommodations inspired San Francisco-based Community Marketing, Inc to create the TAG Approved Program. Founded in 1997, the TAG recognizes “LGBT-welcoming” hotels, resorts and B&Bs that meet acceptance standards by adding them to a directory—a cost-effective way to reach gay and lesbian consumers throughout North America. Although a boon to gay travelers, TAG's primary motivation was to benefit 'out' hotel employees.

Seek out the following TAG-approved hotels, located in these Los Angeles regions: Downtown, Hollywood, West Hollywood, LAX, Westside, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, San Fernando Valley and Pasadena.

Find out more about the TAG Approved Program and view a map of TAG-approved hotels after the jump.

Hilton Checkers Los Angeles

Welcome to Hilton Checkers Los Angeles! A historical building from the 1920s fully restored to its original splendor.  Hilton Checkers is a boutique hotel located in Downtown LA in the heart of the Financial District.  Don’t miss an opportunity to join us for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.  Meet with friends and colleagues in our Lobby Lounge for delicious adult beverages and great conversation.  

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Home to presidents, celebs, and dignitaries since 1923, Millennium Biltmore features 70,000 sq ft of opulent meeting & banquet space, and 683 distinct, refurbished guestrooms. Stylish restaurants, bars, café, indoor pool, gym. Located in the heart of vibrant DTLA cultural district, the Biltmore deserves the fame as "Iconic Then, Iconic Now".

Andaz West Hollywood

Once a landmark West Hollywood hotel, famous for its rock ‘n roll parties hosted by celebrities like The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin, Andaz West Hollywood is a modern urban oasis with a touch of vintage glamour. The décor enhances the natural surroundings of Hollywood, turning the old “Riot House” into a Los Angeles retreat ideal for the independent thinker who wants to personalize their travel experience. Guests can expect complimentary amenities like wireless internet access, mini bar snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, local phone calls, coffee served in the Lounge in the mornings and wine in the evenings. The 239-room hotel boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills on one side, and the Sunset Strip and downtown Los Angeles on the other; rooftop pool; and 9,000 sq ft of event space including a rooftop ballroom ideal for weddings.

Chamberlain West Hollywood

Idyllically located on a residential, tree-lined street in West Hollywood amid the exciting Sunset Strip and the bustling Santa Monica Boulevard, our eclectic West Hollywood boutique hotel offers the perfect combination of glamour, comfort and impeccable service. The dramatic style, unique ambiance and convenient location of our West Hollywood accommodations make it an ideal choice for a relaxing extended visit or a short LA getaway for both business and leisure travelers. Step into the glamorous 80s with our avant-garde decor complete with intricate brass detailing, cool hues with rich gold and chocolate accents and a chic retro feel. The Chamberlain West Hollywood boutique hotel features 114 spacious suites, an exclusive chic Bistro, a stunning rooftop setting with 360-degree panoramic views of the Hollywood hills and elegant spaces for intimate events, private dinners or corporate meetings. Ideal for small business meetings, intimate events and production space. Boardroom can accommodate up to 25, with a lovely outside patio attached for al fresco breakouts, and our stunning rooftop pool can easily host up to 100 guests.

Elan Hotel Los Angeles

The Elan Hotel is a 49 room boutique hotel situated at the cutting edge of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, ideally located for both the leisure and business traveler. Included in rates are a Complimentary Expanded Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Wine and Cheese Reception, and Complimentary Wireless Internet. The Elan Hotel is across the street from the Beverly Center, close to the Grove at the Farmers Market, Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue, Robertson and Sunset Strip for shopping. Not far from Restaurant Row with more than 70 restaurants, and Museum Row. Entertainment and art galleries beckon the traveler to explore.

The London West Hollywood

Centrally located and just steps from the Sunset Strip, The London West Hollywood is an all-suite luxurious hotel and has recently added 5 new premium Gate Suites with 1,200 to 2,000 square feet of elegant residential-style surroundings and breath - taking views. All suites include complimentary Internet access and daily complimentary "Breakfast Table" in Boxwood Cafe by Gordon Ramsay.


Mondrian is a balancing act between apparent contradictions - entertainment and spirituality, cutting-edge style and simplicity, fantasy and reality. Reimagined by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Mondrian is excitement, invincibility and glamour.

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Fuses the best of design and functionally with maximum comfort, in an ambience marked by our relaxed personal service. The fitness center and spa offer opportunities to de-stress the body and mind.

Four Points by Sheraton LAX

Haven of relaxation and style, steps away from LAX. The ideal getaway to Southern California and its attractions. Their amenity-filled accommodations and special touches will impress you, and you will instantly feel comfortable in casual California style.

Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel

Welcome to an eclectic departure from the typical airport hotel. Where vinyl records grace the walls, and an urban style permeates the air. The newly-renovated Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel is your starting point to discovering LA’s cosmopolitan vibe—in your own way and on your own time. Relax with a creative cocktail in our totally redesigned lobby or catch a set from emerging local musicians. No matter how you choose to explore, you’ll find countless ways to captivate your curiosity. Inside, you'll enjoy a boutique hotel setting, the perfect contrast to Los Angeles’s fast-paced style. Sample indigenous flavors and local beers at the all-new, Studio 12. Step into the well-equipped fitness center or dip into an exhilarating, outdoor pool. Hosting a meeting or social event? Find 18,000 square feet of high-tech LAX event space that’s perfect for any occasion. When you’re ready to head out to discover more, our Navigators will show where to find the best-kept secrets, in and around town.

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

LA's ultimate expression of urban sophistication and contemporary comfort. Experience the stylishly redesigned, 803-room property with the ambience and personalized service of an intimate hotel.

The Hotel Wilshire

Stylish 74-Room boutique hotel, featuring contemporary accommodations, a rooftop restaurant/lounge, swimming pool, and an impressive Penthouse Suite . Located on Miracle Mile next to LACMA, Pedersen Museum and Academy Museum.

The Orlando Hotel

The Orlando Hotel is a boutique hotel in Mid City Los Angeles between Beverly Hills & West Hollywood.  With a number of entertainment options within walking distance, guests will enjoy exploring one of LA's friendliest locales.

Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Beverly Hills

Nestled next to Beverly Hills on the Wilshire Corridor in Westwood Village, the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles fuses modern Hollywood glamour with a thoughtfully curated focus on the arts for a new experience in upscale boutique hotels. The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles, with its “Art in Motion” theme, pays homage to the City of Angels’ artistry in film, fashion, design, fine art and architecture – and seeks to incorporate a sense of beauty and inspiration into every guest’s stay. From elegant décor to state-of-the-art extras, thoughtful amenities and unparalleled service, the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles makes each guest’s stay a masterpiece.

Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel

Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is an intimate Beverly Hills boutique hotel located on the world-famous Rodeo Drive. This premiere travel destination for fashionable jetsetters combines classic warmth with minimal chic and the relaxed spirit of Southern California with the elegance of Beverly Hills. The only hotel on Rodeo Drive, the Luxe offers unique easy access to world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Rolex, Patek Philippe and Michael Kors boutiques are located on the property. As a distinctly Beverly Hills hotel situated in the center of Beverly Hills Golden Triangle, Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel catapults you into the crux of Los Angeles’ most glamorous destination. For legendary shopping along Rodeo Drive, you’ll never have to leave our boutique hotel’s world-renowned thoroughfare. With West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, and the Sunset Strip just minutes away, there is no better place for a weekend getaway, shopping excursion, or business meeting in Los Angeles.

Residence Inn by Marriott Beverly Hills

Boutique-inspired elegance in the heart of Los Angeles! Situated near Rodeo Drive, the Residence Inn by Marriott Beverly Hills offers charming relaxation in the middle of a bustling city. The spacious suites at this Beverly Hills hotel feature separate sleeping and living areas, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, and 55-inch flat panel televisions. Two spacious meeting rooms with catering and audio-visual packages available.

SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills

Located in the heart of LA’s vibrant landscape, SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills offers a luxurious and sophisticated hospitality experience where life is an imaginative fete extraordinaire, rich on pleasure and comfort. Softly lit ambient tones set off by Philippe Starck-designed décor create a chic and stunning environment for each of the hotel’s 297 guest rooms which feature plush bedding, 40” flat screens and a host of personalized indulgences and amenities.

Wyndham Santa Monica-At the Pier

The Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier offers the best location on Santa Monica, directly across the famous Santa Monica Pier and 2 blocks from the Third Street Promenade, the main shopping and dining district. All 132-newly renovated guest rooms feature either city and partial ocean views of the Santa Monica Beach and Malibu coastline.

Airtel Plaza Hotel & Conference Center


Airtel Plaza Hotel located at the Van Nuys Airport features 263 spacious, smoke-free guest rooms and suites, including newly renovated Preferred Guest Rooms and Suites with granite bathrooms, glass-enclosed showers, and refrigerators. All are attractively furnished and have Serta beds with goose-down pillows and flat-screen televisions.

In keeping with the often unpredictable schedules of our guests, Airtel Plaza Hotel offers three dining venues, each a creative reflection of Executive Chef Desi Szonntagh. Featuring fresh, innovative California cuisine inspired by the seasonal bounty that surrounds us, our menus are a mix of familiar favorites and signature specials.

With more than 22,000 square feet of ultra-flexible indoor and outdoor function space, Airtel Plaza Hotel is one of the most sought-after event spaces in the San Fernando Valley. Located just minutes from Van Nuys Airport, the hotel features two ballrooms and 18 meeting rooms ideal for corporate events, small board meetings, business lunches and banquets for up to 450 guests.

Hilton Pasadena

A convenient choice with its location two blocks from the Pasadena Convention Center, shops and restaurants, and a short walk from historic Old Pasadena and the Playhouse District. Complimentary shuttle within 2.5 miles of the hotel. Features 296 guestrooms and WiFi throughout the hotel. Recently renovated hotel with over 28,504 sq. feet of function space including 19 break-out rooms, all designed with technology in mind and equipped with the Smart Desk, wireless Internet connection, and complimentary coffee and tea in rooms.