Whether you want to ride movie-themed roller coasters or dip your toe into the film industry, a stay in Studio City will put you at the heart of LA’s film production scene. Home to numerous film studios, including the sprawling and famous Universal Studios, this is a movie-focused area buzzing with a real Hollywood vibe. Live out your silver-screen dreams and stay in the thick of it at one of Studio City’s best hotels.
Among a landscape of cacti and desert succulents, the Desert Heaven Guest House is a large yellow-painted mansion divided into guest rooms. Despite being less than 4 miles (6.4km) from Hollywood and less than 3 miles (4.8km) from the Sunset Strip, this place feels a world away from the bright lights of LA. Ideal for a romantic getaway, the large property is divided into multiple rooms, each tucked away. Visitor reviews consistently note the hospitality and kindness of the owners. This isn’t your average hotel – it’s a home away from home.
With a great location on Ventura Boulevard, El Royale Hotel is a boutique hotel with tons of Los Angeles history. Since its beginnings in the 1940s, the hotel has been a place for writers, actors and directors to unwind after their days at nearby studios. Made up of 12 guest rooms (with attached carports), it is an intimate and private way to stay in Los Angeles. Each of the bungalows has been modernized, but the historic details have been left intact.
Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article.