Home to the Walk of Fame, Amoeba Music and many historic theaters, Hollywood is one of Los Angeles’ most entertaining neighborhoods. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that the neighborhood offers hotels that are full of A-list charm and luxury.
Grafton on Sunset
The rooms at the Grafton on Sunset are pet-friendly | Courtesy of Grafton on Sunset / Hotels.com
After a long day of strolling along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, put your feet up at West Hollywood’s most sophisticated hotel, the Grafton on Sunset. Pet-friendly and air-conditioned, the Grafton on Sunset prides itself on its variety of must-have accommodations. The boutique hotel even boasts the largest swimming pool on Sunset Boulevard. Equally important is its proximity to the neighborhood’s best restaurants, including the Eveleigh and Sushi Park.
Mid-century modern enthusiasts are sure to love the Kimpton Everly Hotel, located in the heart of Hollywood. Clean and smooth with the occasional splash of color, the Scandinavian-style establishment looks like a hotel where the cast of Mad Men might vacation. The Kimpton Everly Hotel is pet- and family-friendly, and between its rooftop pool and hosted wine hour every evening, it’s fully equipped to guarantee total relaxation while in the city’s most lively neighborhood.
Colorful, cheerful and luxurious, Mama Shelter is the perfect hotel for travelers looking for something with a bit of SoCal charm. It’s situated between the Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, which means the neighborhood’s hotspots, such as Amoeba Music, the Pantages Theatre and, of course, the Walk of Fame, are within reach. From the stylishly intimate rooms to the rooftop bar (with views of the Griffith Observatory and the skyscrapers in Downtown), every amenity in Mama Shelter offers both relaxation and entertainment.
The Hollywood Roosevelt has it all: location, luxury and old-Hollywood charm. Situated across from the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style hotel first opened its doors in 1927. Admire the hotel’s vintage aesthetic, and dine at one of its two upscale restaurants. Also, lounge in one of its famous poolside cabanas. From hosting the first-ever Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 to playing house for actors such as Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, The Hollywood Roosevelt is full of Golden-Age glamour.
The Chateau Marmont is the perfect spot for travelers looking for a bit of quiet and relaxation while vacationing in the city. Established in 1929, the historic hotel and its glamorous European charm offer everything from luxurious bedrooms to private poolside bungalows and elegant penthouses. Enjoy brunch on the garden terrace, and lounge at the tree-lined pool. The Chateau Marmont is one of Hollywood’s finest hotels.
Sleek, chic and modern, Dream Hollywood is the neighborhood’s newest, most exciting hotel. Choose from one of its 178 guest rooms and take advantage of the 24-hour dining service and full-size gym designed by celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson. Even more enticing is its extravagant rooftop pool and bar area, outfitted with cushy poolside couches and private tents, and offering views of the Santa Monica Mountains. When night falls, walk to one of the neighborhood’s first-class restaurants, such as Paley or Musso & Frank Grill.
If you like magic, chances are you’ve heard of the Magic Castle, Hollywood’s private nightclub for magicians and their guests. But don’t let its strict dress code and exclusivity dissuade you, because the Magic Castle actually has a hotel you can stay in! Each guest receives an access pass to the Magic Castle club, making it the most family-friendly hotel on this list. That, and the fact they provide a candy bar, an ice-cream social every afternoon and a “popsicle hotline” that offers free popsicles any day, any time. If walkability and entertainment are of the utmost importance, book a room at the Magic Castle Hotel.
Expect a spacious room equipped with a flat-screen TV and a private balcony when staying at North Hollywood’s The Garland. Situated near the 101, The Garland provides easy access to the center of Hollywood, Griffith Park and other popular LA neighborhoods, including Los Feliz and Silverlake. However, guests don’t have to go far to have fun. The Garland sits next door to Universal Studios, home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where families, couples and friends are sure to have a good time.
Situated on Hollywood Boulevard, the W Hollywood hotel is within walking distance of the neighborhood’s most notable attractions, including the Hollywood Bowl, the Walk of Fame and the Egyptian Theatre. Each room is fitted with sleek, modern furniture, a flat-screen TV and a cushioned window seat with a view. After taking a dip in the rooftop pool, step outside for a bite to eat at Off Vine or Katsuya Hollywood.
Located next door to the Hollywood & Highland shopping mall and the Dolby Theater (which hosts the Academy Awards) is the Loews Hollywood Hotel. In addition to its cushy modern rooms – each one featuring a stellar view of the surrounding area – the luxury hotel comes equipped with a rooftop pool, a bodega and an actual yoga studio on its fifth floor. When it comes to location, walkability and comfort, there’s no beating the Loews Hollywood Hotel.