Where to Stay in Hollywood: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018
Hollywood is a trendy neighborhood in the Los Angeles metropolitan area that is home to some of the city's most signature sights, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard, and the Sunset Strip, as well as Universal Studios, which is a popular family destination. The buzzy area located just west of Los Angeles proper and east of Beverly Hills features a mix of attractions, like the famed TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard and the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip, as well as some of LA's hottest restaurants and shopping at City Walk. Mixed in are multiple hotels in all price-ranges.
Where to Stay for Luxury
The W Hollywood is a trendy luxury property right at the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine. The rooms, suites, and public spaces embrace the glitz and glamour of the location, and everything about this property feels stylish and modern. The rooftop pool is a great place to hang out for an afternoon, and there is also an on-site restaurant focusing on elevated California bistro fare.
Dream Hollywood is one of the hottest luxury properties in town, featuring a bold futuristic design, a branch of the trendy Tao restaurant, and a rooftop pool. The public spaces are glamorous, and rooms and suites are minimalist modern in decor, with floor-to-ceiling windows and white stone bathrooms with rainfall showers and luxury toiletries. Guests also have access to limited complimentary car service and a 24-hour fitness room.
Looking directly onto the Sunset Strip, and just a few minutes' walk from entertainment and dining choices galore, the trendy Mondrian Los Angeles is another popular luxury pick. The glass-and-concrete building features modern rooms with bamboo floors and, in many, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city or Hollywood Hills. The rooftop pool with underwater music is an awesome amenity, and there's also two restaurants and a 24-hour gym on-site.
Where to Stay: Mid-Range
Hollywood Orchid Suites is one of the best value hotels in town, located right next to the TCL Chinese Theatre and on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The property offers a number of different room set-ups, but even the smallest come with kitchenettes and dining tables. Larger suites have full kitchens and sitting areas with separate living rooms and flat-screen TVs, while the most expensive options come with balconies or decks. A free continental breakfast is included, and there is a heated outdoor pool and rooftop terrace.
If you're looking for a trendy, boutique mid-range option, Mama Shelter Los Angeles features plenty of bright colors and very hip rooms with free Wi-Fi and iMac TVs, and in some, open-plan bathrooms and extra sitting areas. There are two eclectic restaurants on-site, including one on the roof that has amazing views of the Hollywood sign and Los Angeles.
In a great location on Sunset, right next to the Comedy Store, Grafton on Sunset is another solid value pick in this price-bracket. Rooms and suites are boldly decorated with animal-print bedspreads, retro leather furnishings, and black-and-white celebrity photos among more edgy artwork. The suites pay homage to different Hollywood legends and are even more eccentrically decorated, with vivid colors and art. There is also a happening heated saltwater pool and trendy steakhouse restaurant.
Also try BLVD Hotel & Suites, which is in a central location near most of the main attractions. It offers a range of spacious, clean and comfortable rooms and suites done up with fun colors, like bold blue accent walls, as well as laminate wood flooring and sitting areas with leather couches. Other perks include free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Motel 6 Los Angeles - Hollywood is in an excellent location, within walking distance of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a popular budget pick. It offers spacious and clean rooms with more color than your average budget hotel - expect accent walls and faux wood floors - and free Wi-Fi. It is also pet-friendly and has limited parking (which costs extra).
The Coral Sands Motel is another good value bet in the budget bracket. It's located just a block north of Hollywood Blvd and has clean rooms with comfy beds, and showers with solid water pressure. There is a pool and Jacuzzi, free parking, and even an on-site coin-operated laundry.
Where to Stay for Families
Families will like the mid-range Hollywood Celebrity Hotel, which has a number of suites with kitchenettes. It also offers free breakfast and Wi-Fi and even a self-service laundry on-site. The decor is Art Deco, and rooms are spacious and comfortable. The location is very central, especially if you are in town to visit Universal Studios.
Slightly more expensive, the Hollywood Hotel is another good family pick. If you're visiting Universal Studios, it has easy access via a light rail from a station across the street. Rooms are comfortable, and the included breakfast is excellent. There are also suites, a pool, and fitness center. Staff here is very friendly.
Where to Stay for Romance
Adults-only The Standard, Hollywood is a solid mid-range romantic getaway option. This boutique hotel features retro-chic rooms with mood lighting and comfy beds along with floor-to-ceiling windows and in most, balconies with views of the Hollywood Hills or pool area. Corridors are lit with neon lighting, and the pool here is usually a scene. There's also a 24-hour restaurant and even live performance art on-site.
The Hollywood Roosevelt is a fun romantic choice in the luxury bracket. It has a fantastic location right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and across the street from the Chinese Theatre, and the historic property, which dates back to 1927, has an old Hollywood ambiance about it. Rooms are hip and feature comfortable beds with high-quality linens. The pool area has a fun vibe, and there's a fire pit for cozy cuddling. Also on-site are two restaurants and a game room inclusive of bowling.