The best gay-friendly hotels in Los Angeles

There’s a reason why countless creatives flock to the perennial blue skies of Los Angeles. Once you can get over the notoriously congested traffic, La La Land truly is a place where dreams are made—and ambitious self-expression is venerated. Then there are the natural wonders that flank the city, from expansive gold sand beaches to rugged mountain trails. Whether your idea of a perfect gay Los Angeles vacation is hobnobbing with A-listers, escaping into the wild or indulging in the world-class culture and culinary scene, sunny L.A. doesn’t disappoint. West Hollywood is the epicentre of gay Los Angeles, but there are a smattering of other top-notch accommodation options across the city that are well worth seeking out. Start planning your perfect gay L.A vacation with this fabulous list of the best gay-friendly hotels in Los Angeles.

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Malibu Beach Inn

Malibu Beach Inn

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Ideally located near to West Hollywood’s thrumming gay nightlife, this boutique hotel is a whimsical hideaway full of pin-striped, neon-signed, Bohemian charm

Petit Ermitage

When it comes to gay-friendly hotels in Los Angeles, it’s hard to get more picture-perfect than Petit Ermitage. Ideally located near to West Hollywood’s thrumming gay nightlife, this boutique hotel is a whimsical hideaway full of pin-striped, neon-signed, Bohemian charm. A fantastic curation of artwork includes over 150 pieces by the likes of Salvador Dali and Joan Miró, a fitting backdrop for the hotel’s Artist in Residence program. Well-appointed rooms feel decidedly romantic, in large part due to the glowing fireplaces and vintage decor. That said, it’s the expansive rooftop that steals the show, complete with heated pool, sexy poolside cabanas, stylish cocktail bar, and spectacular views.

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Palihouse West Hollywood

The Palihouse West Hollywood is a 37-room urban lodge that delivers the highlights of both a boutique hotel and a luxury residence. The result is a sophisticated Los Angeles accommodation option that’s entirely unique, bound to please even the most discriminating of globetrotters. Oversized suites feature fully equipped kitchens and chic living areas—of the sort it’s challenging to leave. (Though, should you feel so inclined, the Sunset Strip is just a few steps away.) Palihouse’s sunny rooftop cocktail lounge is popular with in-the-know travellers and locals alike; sweeping 360-degree views of West Hollywood and first-rate craft cocktails quickly explain why. When hunger strikes, head straight to Mardi, an alfresco bistro serving up hip Cali fare.

Montrose West Hollywood 

Another classy hotel in gay-popular West Hollywood is the Montrose. With an ambience that skews towards hipster-chic, this recently revamped hotel has all the trappings for a memorable gay Los Angeles vacation. Guitars and retro music posters decorate the walls. Rooms are pet-friendly and accentuated with modern decor. There’s even a handful of inviting coworking spaces to keep creatives connected. Whether after a long day of work or play, greet the evening with Montrose’s Vino & Vinyl Wine Hour or hop up to the rooftop pool and bar for a boozy libation.

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After a two-year renovation, Hotel Figuera is now more alluring than ever, a smart combination of contemporary Spanish design and original Spanish Colonial splendour

Hotel Figueroa

For a stay at one of Downtown Los Angeles’ longest-standing hotels, head to Hotel Figueroa. This landmark building has stood testament to the ever-progressing, artistic-leaning neighbourhood for nearly a century. And after a two-year renovation, Hotel Figuera is now more alluring than ever, a smart combination of contemporary Spanish design and original Spanish Colonial splendour. The 268 rooms and suites are spread across 14 floors, each eclectically designed to tell a unique story—a notable nod to the hotel’s popularity as a gathering place for progressive travellers with their own fascinating vantage points. Near the hotel are a slew of top-notch restaurants, galleries, and museums, but you’d be forgiven for not wanting to stray far from Hotel Figueroa’s two restaurants and three bars. The Veranda might be our favourite, a poolside Mexican restaurant that feels perfectly at home in its tropical surroundings.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills

A palatial retreat that could very well be mistaken for a Mediterranean chateau, The Peninsula Beverly Hills exudes opulence in each and every detail. The cosmopolitan hotel is hidden behind a lush tropical garden, a wonderfully calming oasis from the frenzy that is Los Angeles. Service is next-level, as you would expect from Southern California’s only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated hotel—think a courtesy Rolls Royce to deliver you across Beverly Hills and lavish poolside cabana spa treatments. Rooms are airy and bright, with elegant French windows that open up to sweeping views. This level of luxury comes at a price tag, but it’s one that’s very much worth the splurge.

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Hotel No. 850 

The brainchild of renowned hotelier Jeff Klein, No. 850 is a sleek B&B occupying a prime location halfway between Santa Monica Boulevard and the Sunset Strip. A stay here feels more like a night at a friend’s home (albeit an ultra-glamorous one at that) than it does your typical hotel. Fireplaces flicker in each room, quirky lampshades feature in the pied a terre-inspired suites, and bespoke bathroom wallpaper provides a pop of colour. The rooftop terrace is a lovely spot for a sundowner while enjoying uninterrupted West Hollywood views. Or, sink into an antique leather chair in the cosy living area—an honour bar and residential-style kitchen amp up the convenience factor.

Hotel 850 Los Angeles

Hotel 850 | Photo: Laure Joliet

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Each of the 47 rooms at Malibu Beach Inn boasts gobsmacking ocean views along with intimate balconies and gas fireplaces

Malibu Beach Inn

While there is no shortage of gay things to do in Los Angeles, sometimes the laid-back splendour of Malibu beckons. When it does, the Malibu Beach Inn is the answer. Just a 20-minute jaunt from the LAX airport, this boutique hotel overlooks the lapping waves of the Pacific. The decor is minimalist, allowing the glittering blues of the sea and sky to take center stage. It fits then that each of the 47 rooms boasts gobsmacking ocean views along with intimate balconies and gas fireplaces. Even better? A two-minute stroll leads you to a Nobu outpost, the perfect complement to any romantic gay Malibu getaway.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

The Waldorf Astoria is nothing less than striking with its 12-story, geometric building proudly standing tall in posh Beverly Hills. The design legend that is Pierre-Yves Rochon spearheaded the interior decor; gold metallic detailing, floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and state-of-the-art technologies come together to create an extravagant yet comfortable stay. Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is entirely at home at this venerable gay-friendly LA hotel; the elegant dining room serves up decadent French-Cali fusion cuisine. The brunch here is divine, particularly when enjoyed on the open-air terrace.

Sunset Marquis LA

Old-school Hollywood lovers will swoon over Sunset Marquis, a storied hotel dating back to the early 1960s. A-listers from Bette Midler to The Ramones to Jennifer Anniston have found respite here, while legends like Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Rihanna have recorded hits at Nightbird Studios (now located in the hotel’s basement.) The rock’n’roll spirit lives on today, though you don’t have to be a celebrity to relish this gay-friendly Los Angeles hotel. Suites range from historic Spanish-style villas with private driveways to contemporary poolside suites, each decked to the nines.

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Andaz West Hollywood

Another gay-friendly hotel in Los Angeles with a history of wild debauchery is the Andaz West Hollywood, a playful hotel built in 1963—and the first high-rise hotel on the Sunset Strip. Legendary rockers like Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, and Little Richie all have rowdy stories from this iconic West Hollywood accommodation. Today, the vibe is decidedly more tranquil, though the sociable ambience and first-rate service haven’t changed one bit. Rooms feature local artwork and Calcutta mosaics, while suites offer the added bonus of a balcony and marble tub. The rooftop pool is dotted with scarlet red loungers and poolside cabanas, a delightful way to spend a lazy day.

The Venice Beach House

Boasting a mere nine rooms—each of which is totally unique—The Venice Beach House is a 1911 craftsman-style house that’s earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. With the always eclectic Venice Boardwalk just a few steps away, this charming boutique is the place to stay if you’re looking to get away from it all—yet still have easy access to the highlights of gay Los Angeles. While each room is impeccably designed, it’s worth noting that a few share bathrooms.

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