Los Angeles is having a renaissance. Here's what's new and great.

February 20, 2019

As the Frieze Art Fair makes its debut in the City of Angels, we loved Tatler magazine’s recent pick of the chic hotels that will best cater to artistically inclined guests.

Los Angeles, you may have heard, is having a renaissance. It’s been quietly, stealthily, redefining itself. And a groundswell of cool has taken over. In a city known for old-school, over-the-top hotels, these new crop of contenders are forcing the old-timers to step up their game. The Los Angeles you know is still there. It’s just cooler and it comes with a whole lot more chutzpah.


Without doubt one of the hippest hotels in West Hollywood, Petit Ermitage attracts a stylish crowd thanks to its Parisian-meets-Moroccan aesthetic. The boutique property boasts a rooftop pool with striped daybeds and all-day bar, plus a chic gardened patio area for dining. There’s also a fireplace to gather around with individual armchairs and sofas, with blankets aplenty for keeping warm on cool LA nights. With local artwork throughout – often from the current artist in residence – its owner Stefan Ashkenazy’s own artistic background is evident in every corner. +1 310-854-1114, 8822 Cynthia St, West Hollywood, CA 90069,


Villa Carlotta is a favourite among Brits in LA – including Edie Campbell, Lady Mary Charteris and Poppy Delevingne – who visit for its Soho House-esque feel. Designed with creatives in mind, it features plenty of communal spaces for guests to mingle in, including a large lounge, palm tree-filled courtyard and roof terrace. A former Hollywood hotspot in the 1920s (Montgomery Clift lived here); it’s become the place to be yet again thanks to a $5.5 million renovation. Designed for long-term rental, rather than a fleeting trip, it’s good for those wishing to stay in town for a few weeks. +1 323-628-6628, 649 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, 5959 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028,


One of the most talked about new hotels of last year was Number 850, the latest from The Sunset Tower hotelier Jeff Klein. The 23-room boutique hotel couldn’t get further away from the flashiness of the iconic multiple-storey property, with low-key mismatched furniture and one-off pieces like giraffe-shaped lamps and bespoke printed curtains. The roof terrace is the perfect place for arty-types to gather during the nightly mezze hour (wine included) with its peerless panoramic views of the Hollywood hills and Downtown LA as the backdrop. +1 424-313-8650, 850 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069,

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