No celebrities were photograped for the making of this story. Gentedimontagna contributing photographer Anna Petrow snapped only sweet pics of boutique hotels on LA's west side.
LOS ANGELES – Booking a hotel in La-La-Land means considering and cleverly embracing/avoiding its many attributes: celebrity sightings, shopping promenades, fresh eats, pristine weather, and never-ending sprawl. Old-school Hollywood favorites like and dominate the hospitality conversation and mega-chains dominate the landscape, but these five design-centered boutique spots might feel just right to you the next time you're in town.
1910 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; +1-310-581-5533
A private Mediterranean mansion situated right on the beach. Old wooden staircases lead to breezy ocean-view rooms with four-poster beds and cozy blankets. Ride bikes along the boulevard, indulge in mango lobster sushi at , hit the spa, or float in the elevated pool overlooking the Pacific.
605 Normandie Ave., Koreatown; +1-213-388-8138
Bohemian minimalism prevails in this Koreatown budget-friendly hotel. Tiny rooms make up for the lack of space with beautifully restored wood floors, h bedding, and glimmering white tile. The charming lobby is a wonderful place to sip an espresso while taking in the wood beam ceilings, glowing chandeliers, and the public-use typewriter.
8465 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood; +1-323-656-4100
Design details reign at this darling boutique urban lodge. From the whimsical rooftop hangout to the bohemian lobby littered with Turkish rugs, this place is the definition of Instagram-worthy. Live music happens in the evenings and pre-bottled cocktails happen in your en-suite kitchen.
8822 Cynthia St., West Hollywood; +1-310-854-1114
A favorite of starlets and world-travelers alike, this sweet hotel is tucked away on a side street in West Hollywood. Plug in the address on your GPS or you just might miss it behind all the vines and greenery. The breakfast room feels like a trip down the rabbit hole; bedrooms induce dreams straight out of Arabian Nights; nightfall on the rooftop means fire pits, fur blankets, and sometimes even an old Hollywood classic projected on an outdoor screen.
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood; +1-310-854-1111
The perfect fit for the jet-set crew, London West Hollywood has a posh, upscale feel without the crowding you encounter at other high-end hotels in the city. Expect spacious, suite-style rooms with oversized king beds, mosaic tiled balconies, and truly epic marble bathrooms. The highlight here is the rooftop pool — plenty of spread-out seating and cabanas create a relaxed, private experience. Lather on the complimentary organic sunscreen, order a blood orange tequila shaved ice, and settle into total bliss.