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, so we're finally welcoming two very new, but already very essential hotels to the map: the Ace Hotel, which has helped revive a huge swath of Broadway, and The Line, which is bringing even more attention to Koreatown lately with its super-hot dining and drinking.
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.
Additions and Subtractions:
November 2014: Dropped The Georgian and the Mondrian; added Ace Hotel and The Line.