January 11, 2023
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Here are the five best pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles, California. Be sure to contact our Travel Specialists for the most up-to-date information and specific pet-friendly policies at each hotel.
With a name like that, it’s not hard to guess where they’re coming from. The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel is luxe indeed, with a location that’s more upscale retreat than downtown hipster haunt — it’s spread over seven acres of parkland in Brentwood, near the Getty Center, where Sunset Boulevard is a winding mountain road, not a neon-lit urban strip.
Some stylish hotels are a little disappointing once you get past the lobby, but this is not a problem the Luxe has. If anything the rooms are even more stylish than the public spaces, and they’re long on comfort as well. The look is sleek and contemporary, the interiors clearly designed rather than just decorated, but they’re warm rather than edgy, in rich earth tones and classic materials and finishes. The smallest room is a vast 550 square feet, and the amenities are luxury through and through: flat-screen TV, iPod docking stereos, and massive Roman-style baths in the suites. A full-service spa completes the urban-resort package — just minutes from the Getty Center or UCLA, with Santa Monica an easy drive away.
Just east of Hollywood and south of Griffith Park, on the border between the idyllic, largely residential Los Feliz and the busy, urban Thai Town, there’s a little oasis: a mid-century courtyard motel that’s been very thoroughly transformed into the stylish and quietly luxurious Cara Hotel. Rumor has it it’s the first of a new luxury-boutique brand, and if they carry on in the same style in which they’ve started, we can predict we’ll be bringing more of their hotels to your attention.
This one is notable for its transformative atmosphere, which owes much to the courtyard restaurant, also called Cara, which serves the sort of simple farm-fresh fare for which California is justifiably famous, tempered with a welcome Italian accent. The rooms, too, are oases of cloudlike calm, full of subtle luxuries like parquet floors, Frette linens, smart TVs with streaming services, and handsome limestone bathrooms. The courtyard is also home to a lovely little pool, as well as a café and bar, serving biodynamic wines, classic and seasonal cocktails, and coffee by Maru, one of L.A.’s best-loved roasters. It’s not the most opulent hotel in town, but there are few others that are quite so tasteful or quite so well put together.
Plenty of Los Angeles hotels can give you that pure, unadulterated Hollywood experience, but if you prefer yours with a French accent, the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is the answer. Though the setting, across from the Beverly Center, is unmistakably SoCal, the Sofitel is straight out of Paris, from the mansard roofs and French balconies to the dramatic, moody Art Deco–inspired interiors in the public spaces — Parisian fashion and Beverly Hills glamour conspire to leave you feeling criminally under-dressed.
Meanwhile the rooms and suites feel softer, more soothing, with a touch of a resort atmosphere, helped along by top-shelf comforts like glass-enclosed rain showers, Lanvin bath products, and Sofitel’s plush signagure bed. There’s plenty of space for lounging or working, and many of the upper-floor rooms and suites have impressive views of the Hollywood Hills. Also on site is a full-service spa and a fitness center that’s the largest in any hotel in Los Angeles. You’ll want to work up an appetite for Cattle & Claw, the restaurant, which specializes in lobster and burgers, and Riviera 31, the cocktail lounge. And of course you’re not limited to what’s within the Sofitel’s walls — from this corner of Beverly Hills you’ve got access to a substantial proportion of L.A.’s finest dining and nightlife.
We’re not saying Miami and Chicago were warm-up acts, necessarily. They’re big cities, and major destinations in their own right. But Los Angeles is the big stage — and when a mini-chain like Freehand chooses downtown L.A. as a location for its third hotel, the anticipation tends to run high. Follow the enormous neon “Commercial Exchange” sign — at 12 stories, the largest in the city — to a historic, renovated office building, once the home of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s publishing company. There’s a suite named after him on the top floor of the building with unbeatable panoramic views of DTLA. (If you’re looking for something smaller and cozier, stay in a king room, studio, or suite. You’ll still have great views, and you can take in the full panorama from the rooftop pool.)
Bringing a group of friends or a big family? Try the shared rooms with bunk beds — trust us, they offer a lot more privacy than your college dorm room ever did. But no matter the room you choose, the decor here is homey and very L.A.: Roman & Williams outfitted these generous guestrooms with dark woods and cream walls, big windows with plenty of light, and Angeleno artwork hanging on the walls. The Freehand team worked to make their newest property the full L.A. experience, but they made an exception by bringing along the Broken Shaker cocktail bar that’s become beloved in Miami and Chicago (and racked up a few prizes as well, including a James Beard Award finalist spot). Combined with the buzz building around the hotel restaurant, The Exchange, named for that neon sign and featuring food from local chef Alex Chang, we expect you’ll find a lot of locals hanging around — and that’s always a good sign.
If there’s one thing that’s constant in Hollywood, it’s a process of continual reinvention. The 1927-vintage Hollywood Roosevelt was the site of the very first Academy Awards, and hosted everyone who’s anyone in the American entertainment world. And now, thanks to a huge renovation by Yabu Pushelberg, one of the world’s top hotel-industry architecture firms, it’s once again looking as glamorous as it did during Hollywood’s golden age.
The tower rooms are true to the Spanish Colonial heritage of the hotel’s history, even as they’ve been thoroughly updated to please the contemporary eye. And the cabana rooms, which surround the famous swimming pool with its David Hockney underwater mural, are steeped in the mid-century modernism that ruled when Marilyn Monroe was a guest — it’s for good reason that one of the cabana suites is named for this most glamorous of former residents. Public Kitchen & Bar is the new Hollywood Roosevelt’s flagship dining venue, an upscale American bistro, while 25 Degrees is a similarly glamorous burger joint. Tropicana is the poolside café and bar, and is the heart of the hotel’s daytime scene, while in the evening the revelry continues in the Spare Room, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar with a two-lane bowling alley, and the Library Bar, the kind of dark and intimate venue where one imagines the real business of Hollywood gets done.
There are no shortage of pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles, California. Here is every pet-friendly hotel in Los Angeles:
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
Freehand Los Angeles
If you have any questions about the rules and regulations about bringing your pet to a pet-friendly hotel, you can always contact our Travel Specialists for specific information. Below are a few frequently asked questions.
Usually a pet-friendly policy applies to dogs and cats, but sometimes only one or the other is allowed — and sometimes other types of pets (birds, lizards, unicorns), are allowed as well. Please note that certain hotels may also have a weight restriction for pets.
When we say pet-friendly, we mean a policy that allows pets -- but often there is a nightly or flat fee (sometimes called a "cleaning fee") as part of the policy.
Certain hotels specify that you may not leave your pet unattended. However, some offer daycare or dog-walking services.
Oftentimes, a pet-friendly policy will allow your pet outdoors at the hotel but not in public areas. You can always bring them a doggy bag.
Especially pet-friendly hotels provide pet amenities like food and water bowls, special beds, or treats. Be sure to contact our Travel Specialists for the most up-to-date information and specific pet-friendly policies at each hotel.
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