If you'll be visiting Los Angeles and want to stay in the upscale neighborhood of Beverly Hills, choosing a hotel can be difficult. There are many great hotels to choose from, each offering its own brand of luxury accommodations and exceptional service. For the best possible experience, make a reservation at one of these three Beverly Hills hotels, consistently rated highly by expert reviewers and customers alike.
Raffles L'Ermitage Hotel
9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Nestled in a residential area of Beverly Hills, the L'Ermitage hotel offers quiet surroundings and an array of luxurious amenities. Though it is only a few blocks from the shopping on Rodeo Drive, inside L'Ermitage is an oasis of peace and relaxation. Guests receive the ultimate in pampering at the hotel's Amrita Spa, which offers a wide selection of treatments along with steam rooms and a heated outdoor pool. Those forgoing spa services will still enjoy the poolside cabanas and incredible vistas of the Hollywood Hills. The hotel's French-Asian fusion restaurant utilizes local organic produce and patio diners are treated to a romantic fireplace and lighted waterfall. High-speed internet access is free throughout the property and the hotel welcomes pets, who will love the surrounding tree-lined streets and nearby park. Nightly room rates typically average $425 and up.
The Peninsula Hotel
9882 Santa Monica Blvd. , Beverly Hills
Set back from the busy intersection of Santa Monica Blvd and Wilshire Blvd, The Peninsula Hotel offers old world charm with all the modern amenities travelers demand. But what makes the Peninsula truly stand out among Beverly Hills hotels is its commitment to going above and beyond the expected. The hotel's rooftop pool offers city views along with private cabanas that can be reserved in advance. If services at the Peninsula's spa aren't your cup of tea, try a workout in the fitness room or a personal karate, yoga or pilates training session. Guests can stop into the hotel's living room for a cup of afternoon tea (accompanied by a live harpist) or cozy up to the fireplace for a cocktail in the evening. Recently renovated rooms provide complimentary high-speed internet access, touch-screen temperature controls, DVD players, fax machines and marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. Pets are welcome at this luxurious hotel, which is walking distance from Rodeo Drive and Century City Mall. Nightly room rates typically average $450 and up.
The Mosaic Hotel
125 S. Spalding Dr. , Beverly Hills
This recently renovated boutique hotel is situated at the heart of Beverly Hills, just two blocks from Rodeo Drive. Though it's relatively small in size (less than 50 rooms), the Mosaic is big on style and comfort. Flowering plants and the hotel's yellow and brown color scheme bring the outdoors inside for a lush, romantic atmosphere. Weary travelers will appreciate the luxurious bedding, bathrobes and toiletries in the guest rooms, which also offer free high-speed internet access, flat panel televisions and the option of in-room massages. A splash in the pool provides refreshment from the warm Los Angeles weather when paired with complimentary fresh fruit and water. Active guests can utilize the Peninsula's fitness room or walk to a multitude of shops, boutiques, restaurants and parks. And transportation to some of L. A. 's most popular tourist attractions is a breeze with the hotel's Land Rover chauffer service, which will take you up to three miles from the hotel at no charge. Pets are allowed, but lighting up is not on this smoke-free property. Nightly room rates typically average $325 and up.
Danielle Mead is a 10-year Los Angeles resident and editor of the website LA4Beginners.com, an insider's guide to visiting or moving to Los Angeles. Travelers can visit LA4Beginners.com for additional information on Beverly Hills hotels, attractions and shopping.