In today's new release of Curbed's Hotel 18 map, we answer the question, "Where should I stay in Los Angeles?" We've made some tough choices to bring you the best of the best and only those hotels considered most essential via reader and expert recommendations. From the snooty opulence of Beverly Hills to the beachy opulence of Santa Monica to the trendy opulence of the Strip to the fresh-off-the-bus friendliness of Hollywood, we've collected the 18 most essential LA hotels—the kind of places (for better or worse) that you can only find here. Whether you want to stay high or low, gawk at celebrities, relax, or just crash, we've got you covered.
A hotel has to be open for at least six months to make the Hotel 18, but the LA hotel scene is just coming back to life (and how) after a long dead period, so you'll have to wait for our next edition to see a real shake-up. In this iteration, we're refining the map and making sure that all the true essential classics are represented.
We'll be updating the Hotel 18 again soon enough, so if you have a favorite that wasn't included, please mention it in the comments or tip us for next time. If you spot a hotel unworthy of the Hotel 18 distinction, we want to hear about that too.Read More