The best part of this hotel? Hiring its open-top Cadillac to whizz around the city. Just a short drive from the bright lights of Hollywood, this cosmopolitan establishment offers a pleasant balance between flashy all-American cheer and suave, sophisticated elegance.

Spend your days sipping on cocktails in the cool cabañas by the rooftop pool (make sure you indulge in the special cabaña platter menu while you're at it), eyeballing the goings-on down on Sunset Strip and soaking up that guaranteed sunshine. The rooms are grand, glam and spacious, with views onto the rolling Hollywood hills.

Feeling peckish? Then hotfoot it down to the Gordon Ramsay restaurant (we recommend the famous Beef Wellington to share) or, for a more intimate experience, in-suite dining offers an indulgent moment away from the bright lights. Make time to visit one of the legendary beaches - Venice, for people-watching; Hermosa, for a hipster vibe; or Santa Monica, for the legendary pier - chilling out on Catalina Island, cruising down the Malibu coast (in your Cadillac) and popping in to Universal Studios.

WOW FACTOR The laidback yet ultra-switched-on staff not only offer you their personal favourite hotspots around town, they have a genuine interest in making you feel special, providing tips rather than a list that rolls repeatedly off the tongue.

FLIGHT TIME 11hrs from the UK

GO A double-room suite costs from £180