Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Beloved as the setting for Pretty Woman, after three-quarters of a century catering to globe-hoppers congregating within its Europe-meets-East-Coast flair, the Beverly Wilshire hotel continues to be considered by some to be the best place to stay in LA. History abounds (Warren Beatty bedded the world here in his bachelor heyday, as did Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen alongside an array of presidents, princes, and potentates) and amenities reign – there are the erudite charms of the original Wilshire wing, while the Beverly wing offers slightly more modern perks and proximity to the sumptuous pool and spa. The Beverly Wilshire has shucked some of its stuffiness with Wolfgang Puck’s celebrated steakhouse Cut (Tom Cruise is a regular) and the busy, recently revamped streetside lounge The Blvd. Housing Escada and Mikimoto, it also enjoys across-the-street proximity to ritzy Rodeo Drive, where you can re-enact Julia Roberts’ shopping spree in high style.