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L.A. is famous for its balmy whether, making a rooftop hotel hang a year-round delight. And though a party scene often prevails, truth be told, the city boasts a range of different rooftop experiences. Whether you’re looking to lounge by a lavish pool or just sip a craft cocktail with an ocean view, we’ve got just the hotel to match your rooftop personality.

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The Health Nut: Proper Santa Monica

Proper Santa Monica

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Interested in laid-back luxury with a focus on health and wellness? The Proper Santa Monica is the place for you. This 271-room hotel, located within walking distance to the beach, emphasizes Eastern-inspired wellness. Its Surya Spa features Ayurvedic practices and treatments utilizing massage, steam, oils, yoga, meditation, and cleansing. Head to the rooftop to enjoy splendid ocean views, a dip in the serene pool, and seasonally inspired cocktails and bites from either the sundeck bar or indoor lounge.

The Jetsetter: H Hotel Los Angeles

H Hotel Los Angeles

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Looking for a lavish overnight stay between flights at LAX? The H Hotel Los Angeles, with its runway-inspired design, offers a convenient location and sleek, contemporary accommodations. Head to the rooftop deck to take in views of the sprawling City of Angels, including the colorful LAX Gateway Pylons. Perks include complimentary airport shuttle service, luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a lobby market.

The Scene Stealer: Dream Hollywood

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The Dream Hollywood is at the beating heart of L.A.’s thriving nightlife. Its signature feature is its 11,000-square-foot rooftop swimming pool, lounge, and grill (aka the Highlight Room), which is surrounded by eye-popping Hollywood Hills views. After hours, its cabana and daybed-lined swimming pool retracts and turns into a dance floor, becoming one of the hottest places to see and be seen.

The Urbanite: Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown

Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown

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Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown offers, by far, the most spectacular 360-degree views of L.A. Head to Spire 73 for appetizers and cocktails on the 73rd floor rooftop, the tallest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. The hotel’s 7th floor also features a pool, pool house, hot tub, fire pits, cabanas, kid’s area, and restaurant.

The Sun Worshipper: London West Hollywood

The London West Hollywood

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Sit back and enjoy some SoCal sunshine atop The London West Hollywood. This guests-only rooftop pool, perched atop the famed Sunset Strip, offers comfy lounge chairs, table seating, cabanas, and fireside couches. Soak up some rays while enjoying poolside dining and cocktails with picturesque views of the L.A. Basin.

The Hipster: Ace Hotel DTLA

Ace Hotel DTLA

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Head to Upstairs at the hip Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and hang with your crew while watching the sun melt from the hotel’s gorgeous rooftop. Enjoy a street taco with a craft cocktail by the fire or cool off in the dipping pool. Afterward, head to The Theater, an impressive and opulent 1920s movie house, for a show.

The Romantic: Hotel Shangri-La

Hotel Shangri-La

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Red roses and champagne, cozy fire pits, scenic sunsets, chocolate covered strawberries, and, of course, a rooftop pool… This is what you can expect as a guest at the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica. The curved building design was inspired by an ocean liner and the pool deck décor replicates that of Long Beach’s historic Queen Mary.

Big Spender: SIXTY Beverly Hills

SIXTY Beverly Hills

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Luxury is the theme at the SIXTY Beverly Hills. This is where the glamorous go to spend their time and money for a chic yet casual escape. The Above SIXTY Beverly Hills pool and rooftop lounge offers entertainment both day and night. By day, work on your tan while enjoying a poolside cocktail and snack. At night, take in the twinkling city lights from the fireside couches while mingling with friends over light bites and beverages.

The Nature Enthusiast: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown

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Even though its setting is an urban one, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown surprises visitors with its half-acre Japanese-inspired Kyoto Garden sprawled atop its roof. The venue is an idyllic setting for weddings, special events or to zen out, and it’s conveniently located near Little Tokyo and the Arts District.

The Creative: Mama Shelter LA

Mama Shelter LA

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From the eclectic décor and casual lobby atmosphere to the unconventional room design and sprawling rooftop, Mama Shelter LA is both inspiring and welcoming. The bustling rooftop offers 360-degree views of Hollywood and is where guests can play a game of foosball, take a seat at the communal dining table, or get comfy on a couch. There’s no pool scene, so leave the bikini at home.

The Socialite: The West Hollywood EDITION

The West Hollywood EDITION

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When stepping into The West Hollywood EDITION, guests are transported from the bustling Sunset Strip to a sophisticated and luxurious setting. Neutral tones, clean architectural lines, and a soothing scent are the backdrop for a lavish vacation. Head to The Roof for daytime relaxation by the pool with a kombucha cocktail or fresh pressed juice. At night, live it up at the indoor/outdoor lounge, and enjoy tropical drinks and apps while taking in gorgeous city views.

The Trendsetter: The Wayfarer DTLA

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This kitschy new arrival in L.A. serves some of the best tiki drinks in town at its rooftop, which features inviting bench seating, fire pits, a lively bar, and skyscraper views. The Wayfarer DTLA‘ rooftop scene is downright buzzy, and its menu helps satisfy your thirst, hunger, and sweet tooth with items like Lemongrass Shrimp, a Trader Vic’s Mai Tai, and must-try sticky toffee bread pudding. Visiting during sunlight hours? Take a seat in the underwater chaises. Done with the roof? Head down to the basement for a gypsy-inspired cocktail lounge.

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​Sharael, founder of Family Travel Channel (, has been writing about travel since 1995. Her work has appeared in Sunset magazine, Outside magazine,,, and many others. Follow her on Twitter @FamTravChannel, FB and Instagram @FamilyTravelChannel. See more of her work at
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