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Beyond the Chateau: 5 Boutique Hotels On LA's West Side

by Anna Petrow

Beyond the Chateau: 5 Boutique Hotels On LA's West Side
A little garden escape at Petit Ermitage. All photos by Anna Petrow.

No celebrities were photograped for the making of this story. Fathom contributing photographer Anna Petrow snapped only sweet pics of boutique hotels on LA's west side.

LOS ANGELES – Booking a hotel in La-La-Land means considering and cleverly embracing/avoiding its many attributes: celebrity sightings, shopping promenades, fresh eats, pristine weather, and never-ending sprawl. Old-school Hollywood favorites like The Beverly Hills Hotel and Château Marmont dominate the hospitality conversation and mega-chains dominate the landscape, but these five design-centered boutique spots might feel just right to you the next time you're in town.

La Casa del Sur

Casa del Mar

1910 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; +1-310-581-5533
A private Mediterranean mansion situated right on the beach. Old wooden staircases lead to breezy ocean-view rooms with four-poster beds and cozy blankets. Ride bikes along the boulevard, indulge in mango lobster sushi at Catch, hit the spa, or float in the elevated pool overlooking the Pacific.
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Hotel Normandie

Hotel Normandie

605 Normandie Ave., Koreatown; +1-213-388-8138
Bohemian minimalism prevails in this Koreatown budget-friendly hotel. Tiny rooms make up for the lack of space with beautifully restored wood floors, plush bedding, and glimmering white tile. The charming lobby is a wonderful place to sip an espresso while taking in the wood beam ceilings, glowing chandeliers, and the public-use typewriter.
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Palihouse West Hollywood

Palihouse West Hollywood

8465 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood; +1-323-656-4100
Design details reign at this darling boutique urban lodge. From the whimsical rooftop hangout to the bohemian lobby littered with Turkish rugs, this place is the definition of Instagram-worthy. Live music happens in the evenings and pre-bottled cocktails happen in your en-suite kitchen.
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La Petite Ermitage

Petit Ermitage

8822 Cynthia St., West Hollywood; +1-310-854-1114
A favorite of starlets and world-travelers alike, this sweet hotel is tucked away on a side street in West Hollywood. Plug in the address on your GPS or you just might miss it behind all the vines and greenery. The breakfast room feels like a trip down the rabbit hole; bedrooms induce dreams straight out of Arabian Nights; nightfall on the rooftop means fire pits, fur blankets, and sometimes even an old Hollywood classic projected on an outdoor screen.
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London West Hollywood

The London West Hollywood

1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood; +1-310-854-1111
The perfect fit for the jet-set crew, London West Hollywood has a posh, upscale feel without the crowding you encounter at other high-end hotels in the city. Expect spacious, suite-style rooms with oversized king beds, mosaic tiled balconies, and truly epic marble bathrooms. The highlight here is the rooftop pool — plenty of spread-out seating and cabanas create a relaxed, private experience. Lather on the complimentary organic sunscreen, order a blood orange tequila shaved ice, and settle into total bliss.
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Anna is a travel, culinary, and lifestyle photographer currently based in Kansas City. You can follow her on Instagram at @annapetrow. She travels because life is better spent in new places.

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