The 6 Best Hotels in Culver City

Steeped in moviemaking history, Culver City is home to globally inspired restaurants, cocktail bars and chic art galleries
Steeped in moviemaking history, Culver City is home to globally inspired restaurants, cocktail bars and chic art galleries | © Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo
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26 May 2020

Los Angeles is home to both tourist sights and funky locals-only vibes. Slip away from the daytime crowds by staying at a hotel in Culver City, tucked away from the bustling main streets.

Culver City has a reputation for its thriving moviemaking scene. It’s home to Culver Studios, where some of Hollywood’s Golden Age hits, such as Gone With the Wind and A Star Is Born, were filmed. But with the top spots of West LA only a few minutes away, you can delve even deeper into the history and heritage of this blockbuster city. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Culver City.

The Culver Hotel

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The Culver Hotel, Culver City
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The Culver Hotel is a historic boutique bolthole that combines vintage glamor with contemporary luxury. Rooms all have their own distinct touches, and feature crystal chandeliers, vintage furniture and bold splashes of color across an otherwise neutral palette. A continental breakfast buffet is available for guests every morning, and in the evenings the Grand Lobby is the ideal spot to soak up the hotel’s historic ambience – settle in with a tipple and a backdrop of classic movie projections and soothing live piano. For a more Prohibition-era speakeasy vibe, pop by Velvet Lounge where plush red sofas take center stage among the dark decor.
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Mayumi

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Mayumi offers a more sociable hotel stay. The 35 private rooms are bright, with plenty of natural sunlight filtering through the floor-to-ceiling windows and en-suite bathrooms. Beige tones keep the rooms inviting, which are simple and contemporary, keeping prices on the affordable side. There’s also a communal kitchen if you want to save a few dollars by enjoying meals in the hotel. The communal courtyard is the ideal place to soak up the California sun and mix with other guests – it’s dotted with water features and firepits that keep things cozy after dark.

DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles – Westside

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For those traveling with their families in tow, this branch of DoubleTree by Hilton is a good choice. The rooms are affordable yet still upscale and comfortable, and while we wouldn’t usually boast about proximity to a freeway, the hotel is close to the 405, which means easy access to LA’s beaches, museums, Hollywood and Universal Studios. There’s also an outdoor pool for quieter days lazing in the LA sun with a cocktail. The hotel restaurant, Small Plate Bistro, serves classic American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the wine bar boasts an extensive list of more than 30 different wines.

Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles Westside

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Four Points by Sheraton LA Westside is well set up for those visiting the City of Angels on business. The hotel is conveniently close to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), Westfield Culver City mall and the 405 freeway, making it easy to maneuver wherever your business may take you. Rooms are contemporary and comfortable, with neutral tones and eco-friendly bathroom amenities. There’s a large pool, so you can cool off from the hot California sun, and though on-site dining options are limited there’s plenty to choose from within a few minutes’ walk.

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Palihotel Culver City

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Palihotel Culver City
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Palihotel has been reinvented from a 1920s boarding house to a modern boutique stay that pays homage to Culver City’s moviemaking roots. Period features remain, giving everything an Art Deco feel, but interiors are contemporary with expertly mismatched furniture sitting against boldly patterned backdrops in the lobby and bar. Rooms have a simple, mid-century aesthetic, but have high-end touches like rainfall showers and custom artwork. Opt for a Courtyard King for french doors that open up onto an intimate, plant-lined courtyard – perfect if you want to bring a four-legged friend along to this pet-friendly pick.

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Courtyard Marriott Los Angeles Westside

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Courtyard Marriott Los Angeles Westside
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If the DoubleTree and Four Points aren’t your thing, but you like the comfort of a chain hotel (or have Marriott points, no judgement), Courtyard is another great choice for business and family trips alike. It’s in the same general location as the other two and boasts the comforts of an in-hotel restaurant, fitness center and 11 event rooms. Whatever the weather, the heated outdoor pool and hot tub are always guaranteed to please.

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This article is an updated version of an article created by Katrina Nattress.

These recommendations were updated on May 26, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.