Best of Los Angeles – Swanky Hotel/Rooftop Bars

Posted on June 7, 2009 by

As I head up North to Fresno (California), Melanie Waldman, my favorite LA guru, continues to astound us with her awesome recommendations on where best to hang out in Los Angeles. Having met her personally in LA, I could feel her warmth and passion for life and travel, and her long-term love affair with the City of Lights. Check out her blog on couple travel at Travels with Two where she charms us with whimsical travel tales.

Hotel bars in LA

L.A. has some of the coolest hotels on the West Coast, and many of them have very cool bars. These are all well worth a visit…even if your lifestyle is alcohol-free.


The Veranda – Casa Del Mar :    1910 Ocean Way

Melanie and I met up here, where a live band and vivacious atmosphere was set right next to the beach of Santa Monica. Truly stunning place!

  • Situated at the Lobby of the Hotel and Indoor

Casa del mar 

The Penthouse – The Huntley  :   111 Second Street 

  • Indoor lounge and Rooftop

Penthouse Huntley 

Papillon – Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel1700 Ocean Avenue

  • Situated at the Lobby of the Hotel, Indoor & Outdoors seating

The Lobby -  Shutters by the Beach: One Pico Boulevard

Melanie’s hubby Adam proposed to her right here on this romantically charming hotel bar, right on the sandy shores of Santa Monica. What better way to say yes?

  • Situated at the Lobby of the Hotel, Indoor & Outdoors seating

Shutters by the beach 

Cameo Bar – Viceroy Santa Monica:  1819 Ocean Avenue

  • Situated at the Lobby of the Hotel, Indoor & Outdoors seating
  • Poolside lounge

Cameo bar 


Bar Noir – Maison 140:   140 South Lasky Drive

  • Situated at the Lobby of the Hotel, Indoor

Bar Noir 

The Roof Garden – The Peninsula Beverly Hills9882 Santa Monica Boulevard

  • Rooftop Bar and Outdoors

Peninsula Beverly Hills

ABH – Thompson Beverly Hills:   9360 Wilshire Boulevard

  • Hotel Guests only, Poolside and Outdoors bar



Rooftop – The Chamberlain:   1000 Westmount Drive

  • Hotel Guests only, Rooftop and Poolside bar, Outdoors only

The Chamberlain 

Skybar – The Mondrian:   8440 Sunset Boulevard

  • Poolside bar, Indoors and Outdoors seating


Lobby Lounge – Palihouse Holloway:   8465 Holloway Drive

  • Situated at the Lobby of the Hotel, Indoor & Outdoors seating

Palihouse Holloway


Rick’s Place – The Figueroa Hotel:   939 South Figueroa Street

Figueroa hOTEL

The Rooftop Bar – The Standard Downtown LA:   550 South Flower Street

  • Rooftop bar, Outdoors and poolside bar

Standard Downtown LA



Melanie Waldman lives in Los Angeles and writes the couples’ travel blog, Travels With Two. Her blog has been nominated in the Lonely Planet Travel Blog Awards.


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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

10 Responses to “Best of Los Angeles – Swanky Hotel/Rooftop Bars”

  1. Dave & Deb June 9, 2009 9:06 pm

    OK, now I know why people like to party in L.A. I want to go to all of those bars. Lucky we don't have many places like them in Toronto, I would be spending all of my money every weekend at the bar! But if I ever make it to L.A, I will definitely check a couple out.

    • Nellie June 10, 2009 12:19 am

      hey Dave & Deb! I'm in Toronto right now, as we speak! Unfortunately I had to fly all the way here to transit, for my flight to Argentina. It's a pity I don't have much time here, or I would be knocking on your doors.

  2. Melanie June 12, 2009 9:10 pm

    Toronto, Argentina…hey, I'd gladly exchange a little L.A. now and again for some of that!

    Nellie, I'm only sorry we didn't have a chance to do a more proper hotel-bar hop while you were here. I hope you're loving Argentina and finding some swanky spots down there!

    And Dave & Deb, you'd be amazed at the number of people from Toronto who just came here for a short visit, saw our nightlife, and never went back to Canada. It really is the Hotel California here!

  3. Rob August 4, 2009 4:41 am

    Great photos of the cream of LA nightlife. Shows the best aspect of a big city – diversity.

  4. Gary November 19, 2009 3:15 am

    Ugh. I've been to the Huntley and I have to say I would not recommend it to anyone. The atmosphere is just about as stuffy as the clientele. You can see from the picture how small the dining room is, it's impossible to have a conversation with so many people sitting on top of each other. After an hour the combination of bright white everything and tacky LA bling gave me eyestrain and a headache.

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