Home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the TCL Chinese Theatre and Dolby Theatre, this glitzy corner of LA is steeped in mythology and glamor. Whether you’re visiting for a dose of celeb spotting, or looking for spectacular pools, rooftop bars and gourmet dining, you’ll find it all in our round-up of the best hotels in and around Hollywood.
Whether you’re taking in the sights on Hollywood Boulevard, hitting up the trendy watering holes on Cahuenga Boulevard or hiking inside the Hollywood Bowl, Tinseltown’s list of activities is endless. Luckily, it’s also home to some of LA’s most desirable places to stay, with an eclectic mix of hotel and hostel hybrids, boutique boltholes and luxury names.
While H Hotel Los Angeles might be classed as an airport hotel, it still makes a stylish base for your Hollywood adventure. Part of Hilton’s renowned Curio Collection, the rooms are simple, but the suites have a private living area with a sofa, so it’s well worth the upgrade. Head down to the heated outdoor pool by day, or up to the rooftop deck for cocktails and light bites at night before sampling the innovative Californian cuisine that Hollywood has to offer.
For a central hotel that won’t break the bank, look no further than the Lexmar Dodger Stadium Hollywood. Within easy reach of the city’s hotspots – the Dodger Stadium, the Staples Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Walk of Fame – the hotel has its own pool perfect for soaking up the Golden State’s famous rays, and offers a small complimentary breakfast of pastries, coffee and juice to fuel you up for a day of celeb spotting.
A relative newcomer to the Downtown LA scene, this 156-room hotspot is a foodie’s heaven. Already proving popular with the city’s style set, its rooftop bar is an Instagram dream, with hanging plants, bulb lights and a firepit, plus seats in the pool for ultimate lounging with a tiki drink in hand. Elsewhere, Gaslighter Social Club is great for all-day dining, while Kitchen lets guests cook their own meals from a restaurant-grade kitchen. As for the rooms, they have all the mod cons, including a stand-up workstation and rainfall shower.
This family-friendly hotel in the heart of Downtown LA’s financial district offers sensible rooms with simple color schemes and modern furniture. Wellness is key here, with an in-house spa offering dreamy massages, plus an outdoor heated pool complete with firepits. Locals love the weekend buffet brunch at the Grand Café, which features everything from drunken noodles and a seafood tower to prime rib and an omelet station, all washed down with free-flowing bottomless mimosas.
Housed inside a futuristic trio of gleaming glass-and-steel towers, the Westin’s Downtown LA branch errs on the side of corporate, but if you’re looking for a good location and unbeatable amenities, you won’t find much better. There’s a pool terrace with comfy loungers, a superior fitness center, kids’ clubs and business facilities, on top of four different dining options – book a table at LA Prime steakhouse on the 35th floor for impressive city views. There are a whopping 1,300 guest rooms here, all of solid quality.
The fifth LA outpost of the boutique family-owned Palisociety hotel group, this dreamy art deco destination is housed in what was the first-ever hotel in the neighborhood. Bespoke art and furniture fill the 55 bedrooms, which come with thoughtful added extras such as in-room Smeg fridges and blackout curtains. While there’s no restaurant, a simple buffet breakfast of fruit, juices and pastries is provided. Upgrade to the extra-spacious deluxe garden king rooms for tranquil courtyard views.
Rubbing shoulders with Downtown LA’s coolest bars and restaurants, Freehand Los Angeles is in a prime location. Industrial wood panels, potted cacti and Native American-style textiles add to its hipster vibe. Both its private and shared guest rooms boast local artworks. The star of the show is the tropical rooftop bar and pool, which comes flanked with playful flamingo-pink umbrellas and loungers. You’ll also find the Broken Shaker cocktail bar on the roof – the perfect spot for sundowners.
Following a $75 million redesign, the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles promises an elegant experience. The bright rooms feature the Sheraton’s signature Experience Beds and offer mesmerising views of Downtown LA. If you’re feeling peckish, head to District Kitchen and Bar, which makes use of the extraordinary foods grown sustainably by local farmers to create delectable dishes, including a chef’s special of twirled pasta with fresh pomodoro sauce and burrata, which you can burn off later in the hotel’s 24/7 fitness center.