Los Angeles has long intrigued the masses, with the glitz and glam of Hollywood beckoning to aspiring actors, singers and entertainers to take a chance on their dreams. And when they become big celebrities, we become infatuated with where they go to eat, shop and stay so we can feel their alluring presence and be in on the latest hot spots in town. Many hotels in LA have hosted major names in show biz for events, love affairs, parties and some even called them home.
Next time you’re in the area, be sure to stop into these five luxury hotels to get a chance to rub elbows with your favorite celebrity idol or crush.
L'Ermitage Beverly Hills:
This hidden gem has received Forbes 5 Star and AAA Five Diamonds awards for the past 12 years and is perfectly situated to offer privacy to multiple celebrities over the years. Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor have been known to come to recover from plastic surgery here while Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes celebrated her birthday pre-divorce. Catering even further to their ultra private clientele, L’Ermitage also has a VIP entrance so the paparazzi can’t snap pics as the stars come and go.
9291 Burton Way Beverly Hills, California 90210; 310.278.3344; ViceroyHotelsAndResorts.com
The Beverly Hills Hotel:
This 100-year-old legendary Hollywood hangout affectionately nicknamed the “Pink Palace” is located at the north end of infamous Rodeo Drive on Sunset Blvd. Everyone from John Wayne to Marilyn Monroe to Lindsay Lohan, Johnny Depp, Britney Spears and John F. Kennedy have been seen soaking up the sun around this expansive property complete we 12 acres of lush gardens. The Polo Lounge restaurant and bar, where most sightings occur, might be your best shot at seeing that iconic face you’ve always fantasized about.
9641 Sunset Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90210; BeverlyHillsHotel.com
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows:
Privacy is always key when it comes to choosing a hotel and the Fairmont in Santa Monica isolated bungalows and high hedges surrounding the property allow celebrities to sit back and relax in peace. Old Hollywood greats like Paul Newman, Greta Garbo and Anthony Hopkins were once seen around the grounds as well as Hugh Hefner, Stephen Spielberg and the constant around the LA scene, Britney Spears.
101 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica California, 90401; 310.576.7777; Fairmont.com
Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica:
This Art Deco hotel nestled high on a bluff in Santa Monica opened in 1939 and has been offering its glamorous accommodations to celebs and discerning travelers ever since. The penthouse suite turned rooftop bar, Suite 700, gives stars features picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean and crimson sunsets for guests like Sean Penn, Bill Murray, Madonna, Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg to enjoy while sipping a hand crafted cocktail.
1301 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.394.2791; ShangriLa-Hotel.com
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills:
Whenever big stars travel around town promoting their latest movie, they usually make sure to book a room at the Four Seasons Los Angeles. The list of stars that have dined, socialized and stayed here are endless: Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson shared some laughs here; Frank Sinatra celebrated his 80th birthday in 1996; John Travolta first met Quentin Tarantino for lunch; Christian Slater and Paula Abdul both got married on the grounds; and Jim Carrey showed off his acting skill during a press conference for Man on the Moon
by doing impressions of Andy Kaufman.
300 South Doheny Drive Los Angeles, CA 90048; 310.273.2222; FourSeasons.com