Los Angeles’ Westwood neighborhood is more than just a university student town – it’s the perfect home base for exploring the city. With proximity to the more upscale attractions of Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, you can expect accommodation of the highest caliber.
W Hotel – West Beverly Hills
The W Hotel – West Beverly Hills’ rooms feature plush furnishings | Courtesy of W Hotel – West Beverly Hills / Expedia
The W Hotel is located in a tranquil area, yet still within walking distance of the numerous restaurants, shops and grocery stores in Westwood Village. Guests can expect the same amenities and modern decor seen at other W Hotel locations, such as plush furnishings, car rental services, 24-hour room service, pet-friendly rooms and a full calendar of events. Check the hotel’s Facebook page for special events spanning music, art and fashion, in addition to their popular summer pool parties. The outdoor pool and lounge area is a verdant oasis where guests can sip cocktails and relax in a private poolside cabana.
It’s not often you come across a Spanish colonial-style mansion complete with an interior patio, colorful tile staircase and fountains. The sunny rooftop lounge overlooks the city, adding to Plaza La Reina’s unique design and charm. The four-star all-suite hotel is within walking distance to the museums, restaurants and cafés of Westwood Village, but visitors also have the option to prepare meals in their rooms that feature a well-stocked kitchenette.
Walk in the footsteps of Hollywood’s rich and famous, if only for a night, at the ultra-luxe Hotel Bel-Air. Seclusion and relaxation unfold just beyond the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) campus in this lush 12-acre sanctuary that feels a world apart from the rest of the city. Famous guests from Hollywood’s golden age include Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Jimmy Stewart, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, who has a suite named in her honor. For a true VIP experience, book a treatment at the spa, a celebrity hotspot featuring the Green Coffee Resculpting Body Treatment and the Vitality of the Stars Facial.
The elegant Luxe Hotel is located within minutes of UCLA and The Getty Museum on the world-famous Sunset Boulevard. Enjoy the California sunshine even in winter at the heated pool and cabanas, or explore the city. The central location makes it easy for guests to visit the nearby Santa Monica Beach and Pier, or the luxury shops and dining in Beverly Hills.
Nothing shouts Los Angeles like in-room yoga mats and deluxe amenities for your pets. The Kimpton Hotel Palomar offers some other pretty sweet perks too, like complimentary bikes with car carriers, Garmin GPS devices and GoPro cameras to use for free during your stay – just envision yourself video biking down the Venice Boardwalk. The spacious rooms are designed in a contemporary style that utilizes different fabrics and colors, but doesn’t lack functionality.
Hotel Angeleno is the most affordable accommodation option on this list, but still offers a high-quality experience with cozy rooms and suites. Each room has floor to ceiling windows with a private balcony looking out across the city, but the real draw is the rooftop bar and lounge. From the 17th floor, guests have panoramic views of the downtown skyline, UCLA grounds and the Pacific Ocean off in the distance. Get your Sunday brunch on amid live jazz performances, or stop by in the evening to unwind with a signature cocktail.
The UCLA Luskin Conference Center Hotel is conveniently situated right in the center of campus across from Pauley Pavilion, which is ideal for university guests. The hotel was built to accommodate those affiliated with the University of California system, UCLA or the UCLA medical facilities. Just call ahead to make sure you are eligible to book a room. Highlights of the hotel include a well-equipped business center, free Wi-Fi, campus shuttle and the option to purchase discounted passes to use UCLA’s recreation facilities and swimming pools.