Summer savings: Seven chic Los Angeles hotels for up to 30% off

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The stunning, Philippe Starck-designed SLS Beverly Hills has slashed its rates by 30 percent.
The stunning, Philippe Starck-designed SLS Beverly Hills has slashed its rates by 30 percent.
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In sunny Los Angeles, even the hotels are slimming down for summer: Seven of the city’s chicest hotels have shed up to 30% off their usual prices. So whether you’re seeking hot spot bars, high design, or a rooftop pool that’s open all night, you can sleep in style, for less.

The Philippe Starck-designed SLS, opened in 2008, may dazzle — and possibly overwhelm — the senses with capital-D design. The rooms are sleek, luxurious, and spacious; its gym is enormous, and restaurants by Spanish chef Jose Andres are praiseworthy. But the high-design elements sometimes get in the way of comfort and practicality — neither of its two pools, for example, is deep enough for swimming.

It’s best known for its sexy bar and pool scenes, but the Viceroy boasts substance as well: friendly service, an environmental conscience, and clean, comfortable rooms, many with ocean views. There’s even a library. The competition is stiff in Santa Monica, however, so be sure to check out rates at the many alternatives before booking here.

Hidden away in a quiet residential section of Beverly Hills, this 119-room hotel pampers guests with extraordinary service (including a rare, flexible checkout policy), huge 650-square-foot standard rooms, and a 24-hour rooftop pool with 360-degree views. All in all, a hotel with few equals.

This 300-room Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, literally an L.A. landmark, combines the shimmer of silver-screen history with a cutting-edge party scene centered around a massive pool and bar. A terrific casual restaurant is open 24 hours, and service is surprisingly good. The rooms, though well designed, are smaller than average for L.A.

Just three blocks from Rodeo Drive, this 110-room flashy Beverly Hills boutique features a guest-only rooftop pool and bar overlooking the Hollywood Hills, and high-design rooms with Italian linens, 37-inch flat-screens, and a minibar stocked with Dean and Deluca products. But Wi-Fi isn’t free, and partying at the sushi restaurant or rooftop bar can get pricey.

Small, intimate, and beautiful, this Santa Monica hotel more than compensates for its lack of on-site features — no spa, a long walk to the beach — with great design in its large rooms, a welcoming atmosphere cultivated by personal service, and a relaxed, low-key vibe unmatched by its luxury rivals Fairmont Miramar, Shutters on the Beach, and Casa Del Mar.

  • Price: $299 $224/night
  • You save: $74/night (25%)
  • Pearls: 4
  • Location: West LA, Los Angeles

A W that boasts style and substance, this branch has it all: excellent service, amenities aplenty, a hip bar, and large, pimped-out rooms (including almost 150 huge suites). Westwood isn’t the most happening place, but it’s a fine base for exploring other areas, and the W itself compares favorably with its similarly priced competitors across the entire city.

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