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    The Sunset Tower Hotel, all lit up for the Vanity Fair party/ The view from inside the velvet rope

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    Drinks with Oscar/ Tablet co-founder Laurent Vernhes at the Vanity Fair party

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    Sunset Tower Hotel

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    Chateau Marmont

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    The London West Hollywood

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    The Beverly Hills Hotel

March, 2013

What makes a great hotel? In Los Angeles the rules are a little different; if you’re a Hollywood star the key is discretion above all else. The best hotels in this town are the ones where you can be left alone — where your comings and goings are kept well hidden from the paparazzi, and your name’s presence in the guest register is treated like a state secret.

Our own Laurent Vernhes recently attended the big daddy of post-show bashes, Vanity Fair’s post-Oscar party at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Here, surrounded by throngs of beautiful people, including more A-list celebs than you can shake a statuette at, he somehow found the strength to stick to his mission: trading hotel tips with his fellow partygoers.

It turns out they are just like us — which is to say, they overwhelmingly prefer Tablet hotels. In the spirit of the best Hollywood hoteliers, we promised not to name names. But we’re only too happy to name hotels.

1.

Sunset Tower Hotel
It’s no surprise to see Sunset Tower topping the list, as it’s also the party venue, and presumably scores some points for convenience. But this one is a perennial favorite for its extremely private feel, and for the fact that it’s a bit of a golden-age Hollywood throwback — here there’s plenty of classic, unflashy Art Deco atmosphere, and the staff excels at the sort of hushed, discreet service that’s essential for an A-list clientele.
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2.

Chateau Marmont
The Chateau is unbeatable when it comes to pure hotel personality, and the staff is utterly unflappable, thanks to decades of experience with extravagant demands (and ill-behaved celebs). Maybe it’s the rock-star vibe, but for whatever reason Chateau Marmont tends to attract the stars who are the most intensely pursued by the public. Here you’ll find intense privacy and protection to match.
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3.

Hotel Bel Air
The newly rebooted Hotel Bel Air may have lost a bit of the magic that once pervaded its gardens and grounds, but they’ve made up for it in the stunningly updated interiors. This luxe compound, located within the already rarefied environs of Bel Air, is a private enclave within a private enclave.
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4.

The London West Hollywood
Discretion is still the name of the game, but the London West Hollywood feels slightly more public, more buzzing with activity, than some of the others on this list. Here you’ll find state-of-the-art contemporary luxury as well as some truly impressive views of the surrounding city.
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5.

The Beverly Hills Hotel
After a very thorough renovation the Beverly Hills Hotel remains essentially the same as it ever was — even in its updated form it’s steeped in golden-age Hollywood charm. The famous pool is an unmissable attraction, and the service is just as outstanding as it was in the Forties.
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