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The Top 5 Hotel Lobbies in Los Angeles

 

Casa del Mar

It’s a fact of life that you only get to make a first impression once. That said, these haute hotels have the right idea by making their lobbies impossible to resist. So without further ado, check out the top five hotel lobbies in Los Angeles – and prepare to be impressed.

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1910 Ocean Way Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Casa del Mara

If you’re looking for old Hollywood glamour, look no further than the lobby of Santa Monica’s Casa del Mar. This beachside hotel features a grand staircase, panoramic ocean views and a cozy bar area just perfect for drinking an old-fashioned gimlet and taking in the sunset. It’s a blissfully perfect setting – at any era.
550 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
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The Standard Downtown

All who enter the Standard Downtown are in for a treat, as its lobby is just as hip as its late-night pool parties. The entrance to Andre Balazs’ haute hotel has plush, pink couches, mood lighting…and a photobooth in the bathroom. What will he think of next?
30801 South Coast Highway , California Laguna Beach
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Montage Laguna Beach

When you enter the Montage Laguna Beach, you’ll stand on a star. Yes, we do mean literally. You may be stuck on the starburst for a while as you stare in wonder at the stunning ocean views before you. Soon, however, you’ll feel like moving, and will walk right on up to the lobby bar – but you’ll still be staring at the view, and still be feeling like a star despite the fact that you’re no longer standing on one.
8440 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles 90069
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The Mondrian

Los Angeles’ Mondrian Hotel lobby is COOL. It’s all stark white fabric, blonde wood floors and minimalist lighting. Acclaimed designer Philippe Starck created the art deco spot in 1996; it was renovated in 2008. The lobby – protected by 30-foot mahogany doors – has an Alice in Wonderland feeling for sure: but think Tim Burton’s quirky vision, not the Disney cartoon.
9641 West Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Beverly Hills Hotel

The fact that the Beverly Hills Hotel celebrated its 100th birthday this year is a testament to the fact that it is, and always will be, a classic. Its lounge reflects that sensibility with its sweeping staircases, massive chandeliers and soft green carpeting. Western actor Will Rogers and movie star pals like Spencer Tracy and Douglas Fairbanks would relax here after their polo games back in the day (trivia: this is how the Pink Palace’s Polo Lounge bar came to acquire its name) and you can well still imagine them hanging out at the hotel today.
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