Beverly Hills, California
Classy, $$$ (from $579)
Steps away from the glitzy paparazzi-strewn streets of downtown Beverly Hills, the Hollywood A-listers like to hide out at the five-star Viceroy L'Ermitage, a peaceful sanctuary on a tree-lined residential street with ample privacy and lots of high-profile amenities. The hotel and its 116 suites are notable for their intimate vibe and the friendly, attentive staff who make sure that guests are pampered throughout their stay. The spacious rooms are luxurious, with baby-soft Italian bedding, in-room fireplaces, walk-in closets, and private balconies. The exclusive rooftop pool floats above the city with views of downtown Beverly Hills and Hollywood, and is home to rooftop yoga classes and a cocktail bar. Yes, that woman over there is the actress you just read about on TMZ. But don't stare: She's here for a discreet meeting with her manager. Instead, give into your own inner bold-name status and consider this a home away from home. And don't be surprised if you want to overstay your welcome.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Modern Hollywood glamour with grand-dame status.
Standout Detail: The hotel's complimentary house car — a chauffeured Maserati — is available at your request to shuttle you around Beverly Hills.
This Place Is Perfect For: High-profile celebs and Hollywood hotshots — and guest who want to feel like them — looking to be protected from prying eyes and pampered with ultra-luxurious service.
Rooms: 116 all-suite rooms with private French-door balconies with sweeping views of the star-studded Beverly and Hollywood hills. King-sized beds with Italian Sferra bedding and stylish Asian-inspired decor invite relaxation. The Royal Suite and two-bedroom suites have living rooms with fireplace and tailored dressing rooms with walk-in closets.
On Site: The rooftop pool with 360-degree views of Beverly Hills, a cocktail bar, chic cabanas, and is heated year-round is only available to hotel guests and is hands-down the best peoplewatching roof in Tinseltown. Also available are weekly rooftop yoga classes on the deck's astroturf and personal training sessions by celebrity trainer Joshua Love. The spa with private pool is ultra-relaxing and said to have skin-plumping perks (without all the Hollywood needles).
Food + Drink: Avec Nous, the hotel's take on a classic French bistro, has an LA-meets-St. Tropez vibe. It's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers Mediterranean fare with locally sourced and organic ingredients. The historic hotel lobby and lounge — a magnet for Hollywood stars since 1975 — is where production deals happen. You can feel the entertainment industry buzz through the gilded walls.
What to Do Nearby
No one really walks — anywhere — in Los Angeles, so don't be shy about taking advantage of the hotel's chauffeured Maserati and shop 'till you drop at the Golden Triangle (Rodeo Drive, Barneys, and Neiman Marcus).
Beverly Hills is home to classic, old-school restaurants like the Polo Lounge and the downstairs soda fountain at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the original Matsuhisa, Nate n' Al delicatessen, and Spago. For an Insta-worthy moment, order a cupcake via the ATM at the Sprinkles on Sunset Blvd.