Local Hotels in Los Angeles For Boutique Business Travel

If you're traveling to Los Angeles on business and want to forego corporate chains and stay someplace that's unique, you're in luckthere are plenty of boutique hotels from downtown to the coast. Here are a few that are conveniently located in downtown L.A., which is becoming the rejuvenated heart of the city.

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
The 182 rooms in this luxury 13-story hotel in the historic United Artists Building all have free WiFi, iPad docks and minibars. There's a restaurant, coffee shop and three bars including one on the roof, where there's also a popular (but small) pool. For your entertainment needs, right next door is the Theater at Ace Hotel, a gorgeously restored movie palace that features live performances as well as film screenings.

The Hotel at the Los Angeles Athletic Club
You don't have to be an athlete to stay at this hotel in the business district, but there's an Olympic indoor pool, track, basketball court, squash facilities, health club and sauna that can be used by guests. The 72 smoke-free rooms have pillow-top beds with silky Frette Italian sheets, as well as refrigerators and coffee makers. If you have a generous travel budget, there are nine club-themed suites, from "Country Club" to "Yacht Club."

Hotel Normandie
All 94 rooms of this smoke-free, 1920s-era hotel in Koreatown have flat-screen TVs along with free WiFi, bottled water and continental breakfasts. There are two restaurants, a coffee shop, a bar and a fitness center (and rooftop yoga sessions). If you're relying on public transportation, a Metro Purple Line station is only about a block away.

The O Hotel
Less than a 15-minute walk to the Staples Center and L.A. Live, the O (for Orchid) Hotel's 67 guest rooms are on the small side but have refrigerators, comfy pillow-top beds and flat-screen TVs. The hotel serves a continental breakfast and has two restaurants and a bar, a fitness center and a full-service spa.

The Standard Downtown (pictured)
This granddaddy of boutique hotels in downtown L.A. is located in the financial district. Its 207 guest rooms all have platform beds, see-through bathrooms, and free WiFi. You can socialize with locals and other travelers at the biergarten on the roof, and take a dip in the heated pool while you're up there—it has one of the best views in the city.

Laura Goldman is a freelance writer and lifelong Angeleno. Check out her i Still Love Dogs blog and follow her on Twitter.

More from this author
Seven Ways You Know You're From L.A.
5 Ways to Avoid Donald Trump in Los Angeles
10 Songs about L.A.