Top 5

The Top 5 Hotel Lobbies in Los Angeles + The O.C.

Image courtesy of the Casa del Mar
Image courtesy of the Casa del Mar

Check out our top five picks for the grandest, most opulent and most visually stunning hotel lobby lounges in Los Angeles and Orange County.

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30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6000

Montage Laguna Beach

As far as views are concerned, the lobby lounge at the Montage Laguna Beach offers one that's pretty unparalleled. Thanks to its rich hues and plush wooden furnishings, the lounge here is a comfortable yet opulent location to catch panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Order a cocktail at sunset and be taken away by the magic of the view with the piano playing of Steve Siu playing softly in the background.
1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629 (949) 234-3200

St. Regis Monarch Beach

The St. Regis Monarch Beach Lounge is a gorgeous locale to do any number of things. Whether guests are enjoying high tea or cocktails, they'll be dong so in an atmosphere that perfectly blends the old-world field of a Tuscan villa with modern California elegance. The lounge offers an expanded outside terrace and private outdoor living rooms for those who want to truly embrace the SoCal spirit.
1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 581-5533

Casa del Mar

The sunset view in the glamorous Casa del Mar lobby lounge will overwhelm you. Make sure to go on an evening when jazz is playing comfortably in the background and go on, order that vintage martini. You'll feel like you're back in the Roaring 20's.

The Millenium Biltmore

The Millenium Biltmore's lounge isn't only beautiful, it's historic. The lobby was formerly the Music Room, which hosted fashionable tea dances in the early 1930's. It still has its original marble fountain and oak paneling, which you might recognize from both Ghostbuster films, and even served as the headquarters for John F. Kennedy during the Democratic National Convention in 1960. The Biltmore -- and its lounge -- are true pieces of Hollywood history.

Beverly Hills Hotel

The Pink Palace celebrated its 100th birthday by getting a new look -- in its lobby, at least. Gone is the former pink carpeting, which is now replaced with marble flooring. There is also a new chandelier and new art. But whether old or new, one thing has stayed the same: the Beverly Hills Hotel has been, is and always will be a beauty.
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