WHERE TO STAY in Los Angeles [October 2019!]

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The City of Angels is famous world-wide for its beautiful people, beautiful weather, and beautiful beaches. Los Angeles is high on every traveller’s go-to list, and with excellent reason!

But LA is like a large bunch of towns within one giant city and, as such, it can be a headache deciding where best suits you! That’s exactly why our expert travel gurus decided to take the hassle out of it by creating this insider guide on where to stay in Los Angeles, broken down by your interests or priorities.

With so much sun, sand and star-spotting on your schedule, you’ve now got one less thing to worry about.

So let’s get to it, and before long you’ll be living like an LA local, confident you know precisely where to stay in Los Angeles!

Table of Contents

Quick tips – Where to stay in Los Angeles

Where to stay in Los Angeles your first time – Beverly Hills
Where to stay in Los Angeles on a budget – Pasadena
Best area to stay in Los Angeles for nightlife – Sunset Strip
Coolest place to stay in Los Angeles – Venice
Best neighbourhood in Los Angeles for families – Santa Monica

Where to stay in Los Angeles

Just looking for the best and not picky on the region? Check out our favourite choices for Los Angeles in general!

Best budget hotel overall – Magic Castle Hotel

Magic Castle Hotel

Magic Castle Hotel is the best budget hotel overall

It is set amongst a range of popular eateries and is minutes on foot from Hollywood/Highland Metro Station – bonus! This unique 3-star hotel offers an on-site fitness centre, a 24-hour reception and a concierge. A laundry service, laundry facilities and a safe are also available. The name is pretty great too!

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Best mid-range overall – Plaza la Reina

Plaza la Reina

Plaza la Reina is the best mid-range overall

Plaza la Reina provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in Los Angeles. It is close to Westwood Memorial Park, eateries and shops. Rated 9.4, partly for its spacious rooms, the hotel offers wired internet, as well as a sunny garden for guests to relax in.

 

Best luxury overall – The Beverly Hills Hotel – Dorchester Collection

The Beverly Hills Hotel - Dorchester Collection

The Beverly Hills Hotel – Dorchester Collection is the best luxury overall

Recently refurbished, The Beverly Hills Hotel – Dorchester Collection provides relaxed 5-star accommodation in Los Angeles. It features a golf course, a Turkish steam bath, a sauna and an outdoor pool. It also has its very own wellness centre, La Prairie Spa, for pampering yourself!

 

Los Angeles’s neighbourhood guide

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Located in Southern California, on the west coast of the United States, Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis that covers an immense area.

The second most populous city in the US, it’s one of the most popular to visit too. And is there any wonder? You’ve got so much to see and do in and around the city, you’d need to visit several times to get it all in… Challenge accepted!

LA is made up of a number of residential areas, each broken down into many neighbourhoods. If you’re from a neighbourhood on one side of the city, it’d be a bit of a trek to head to one on the other side (especially since everyone drives and, you know, there’s THAT traffic). Even the locals have rarely visited them all!

There’s Brentwood, on the beach, where A-listers live but keep quiet about it to maintain their privacy. And Culver City, with its history and diversity making it one of the more authentic feeling areas in a city of image-consciousness. Los Feliz is home to hipsters and history and deserves a day of your attention to its eclectic range of stores and services. And of course, there’s Hollywood – LaLa land, or Tinseltown, is home to blockbusters, aaand about a million tourists craning to catch a peek at the stars on their way to and from work! Be sure to get yourself a picture of that sign on the hill. If you didn’t, did you really even go to LA!?

Whatever you’re into, Los Angeles probably has a neighbourhood specialising in it!

Los Angeles’s five best neighbourhoods to stay in:

Neighborhood #1 - Beverly Hills

(Where to stay in Los Angeles your first time)

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is our pick for where to stay in Los Angeles your first time

Sitting in western LA, Beverly Hills is THE place to go to for high-end shopping, upscale eateries, and celebrities. Lifestyles of the rich and famous is a saying coined just for this area! And for that reason, it’s the best place to stay in Los Angeles for your first time in the city.

You can take an open-top bus through the neighbourhood, with your guide pointing out the homes of your favourite celebs. You might just spot them having lunch at one of the exorbitantly priced restaurants in the area, if you’re lucky.

Rodeo Drive is here too, that shopping street Julia Roberts was denied from in Pretty Woman.

It’s also fairly easy to walk around, especially in the shopping district, and public transport services Beverly Hills well, it being such a central destination.

If you’ve hired a car, there are a bunch of free parking lots outside the very centre, but forget the wheels if you’re heading in. Even if you do find a spot in there, it’ll be hideously expensive! Catch one of those kooky tourist buses instead!

Five things to do in Beverly Hills:

  • Go window-shopping on Rodeo Drive. The luxury is unmatched!
  • Keep your eyes peeled and do some celeb-spotting in the Golden Triangle restaurant area.
  • Snap a selfie in front of the famous Beverly Hills sign in Beverly Gardens Park.
  • Watch the Electric Fountain come alive with light and colour; best at night.
  • Walk the red carpet of the Beverly Hills Hotel and dare to dream a little!

Where to Stay in Beverly Hills

Best budget hotel in Beverly Hills – Maison 140 Beverly Hills

Maison 140 Beverly Hills

Maison 140 Beverly Hills is the best budget hotel in Beverly Hills

The various amenities this modern 3-star hotel has to offer include a swimming pool. Maison 140 Beverly Hills is surrounded by the area’s well-known sightseeing attractions, including Rodeo Drive and Century Plaza Towers, which are within walking distance.

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Best mid-range hotel in Beverly Hills – Sirtaj Hotel

Sirtaj Hotel

Sirtaj Hotel is the best mid-range hotel in Beverly Hills

Contemporary in its design, Sirtaj Hotel is positioned in a well-known area of Los Angeles. This modern 4-star hotel provides a number of facilities, such as vip rooms, valet parking and a coffee bar. Staff are available 24/7 and can assist with booking tours and tickets.

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Best luxury hotel in Beverly Hills – Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is the best luxury hotel in Beverly Hills

The iconic Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills offers 5-star accommodation in Los Angeles. It also features a stunning outdoor pool and a sauna. Guests can soak up the outdoors and the views on the terrace or have a beverage at the bar. Staff are available 24 hours a day.

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Neighborhood #2 - Pasadena

(Where to stay in Los Angeles on a budget)

Pasadena

Pasadena is our pick for where to stay in Los Angeles on a budget

Northeast of downtown LA, Pasadena is a city within a city. Its distance means its prices are significantly lower than closer to the coast, but its useful connections make it the best place to stay in Los Angeles on a budget. Though Pasadena is one of Southern California’s best connected towns, in terms of transit, it’s also a lot more walkable than most.

Pasadena has a much quieter feel than central LA, and that’s what makes it so attractive to many. You can experience all the glamour of the high-end shopping, the nature of the surrounding mountains, and the fine dining of the city in smaller scale, and with less of the crowds. Also, there’s the fun fork-in-the-road monument, just for the giggle!

It’s also home to the famous Rose Bowl, home to the UCLA Bruins. Did you know, though, that it has a function other than being a world-class stadium that can cater to 90,000 fans of sport, music or 4th of July fireworks shows? On the second Sunday of every month, a stadium-sized flea market pops up here: every bargain-hunter’s dream!

Pasadena has all your California-loving heart could desire, without the Hollywood price-tag!

Five things to do in Pasadena:

  • Watch NASA scientists manoeuvre the Mars Curiosity Rover from Mission Control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Attend an event at the Rose Bowl, especially if you happen to be about for New Year’s Day!
  • Take your time to enjoy all the Huntington Library has to offer. Hint: it’s more than ‘just’ books!
  • Hike to Eaton Canyon Falls, but go on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
  • Pay homage to the astronomers of the early 20th century at Mt Wilson Observatory.

Where to Stay in Pasadena

Best budget hotel in Pasadena – Best Western Pasadena Royale

Best Western Pasadena Royale

Best Western Pasadena Royale is the best budget hotel in Pasadena

Located a short walk from Sierra Madre Villa Los Angeles Metro Station, this 2-star hotel is an ideal base while in Pasadena. It also offers a Jacuzzi and an outdoor pool. The in-house day spa offers a variety of facial and body treatments.

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Best mid-range hotel in Pasadena – Hilton Pasadena

Hilton Pasadena

Hilton Pasadena is the best mid-range hotel in Pasadena

Hilton Pasadena is a unique setting when visiting Pasadena and is close to everything the area has to offer, including a metro station. The multiple amenities this modern 3-star hotel has great views and offers include valet parking and an outdoor pool.

 

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Best luxury hotel in Pasadena – Hotel Constance Pasadena

Hotel Constance Pasadena

Hotel Constance Pasadena is the best luxury hotel in Pasadena

Hotel Constance Pasadena offers free Wi-Fi and immaculate rooms. It also provides a ticket service and a swimming pool. This 4-star hotel offers a tour desk, a concierge and luggage storage. Welcoming and professional staff are available 24 hours a day.

 

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Neighborhood #3 - Sunset Strip

(Best area to stay in Los Angeles for nightlife)

Sunset Strip

Sunset Strip is our pick for the best area to stay in Los Angeles for nightlife

We’ve all heard of Sunset Boulevard, but it’s the mile and a half section of street between Hollywood and Beverly Hills that has earned our accolade of best area to stay in Los Angeles for nightlife.

The Sunset Strip is an iconic stretch of clubs and bars that have been the site of a lot of famous events and happenings throughout its time. A unique mix of sleaze and glamour, night owls can find their niche in the land of giant billboards.

Home to Rock ‘n’ Roll in LA, the Sunset Strip is where bands like Led Zeppelin and the Doors made their mark on the US. Speaking of, it’s here at the Alta Cienega Hotel that you’ll find the hotel room memorial to Doors’ singer Jim Morrison. It’s where he used to sleep off his benders on the Strip!

More modernly, there are a bunch of legendary destinations here, from the Viper Room with its long, sometimes tragic history, to the Hollywood Bowl, the perfect spot for a balmy summer’s evening concert. Of course, being LA, the names it can draw are some big ones!

Wherever you head on the Strip, you’ll find a crowd ready to party with you. It’s up to you to decide where!

Five things to do in Sunset Strip:

  • Catch the funny people on show at The Comedy Store.
  • Spend a ghoulish night at Jim Morrison’s old room 32 at the Alta Cienega Hotel.
  • Channel your inner rock star at the Viper Room, Johnny Depp’s old place.
  • Have a shot of something amber at Whiskey-A-Go-Go!
  • Finish off your evening with a hot-dog from the iconic Pink’s.

 

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Where to Stay in Sunset Strip

Best budget hotel in Sunset Strip – Best Western Plus Sunset Plaza Hotel

Best Western Plus Sunset Plaza Hotel

Best Western Plus Sunset Plaza Hotel is the best budget hotel in Sunset Strip

The Best Western Plus offers 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms. This Los Angeles hotel was constructed in the 1960s and was refurbished recently to provide modern comforts to its guests. Guests have rated the food onsite as sensational!

 

Best mid-range hotel in Sunset Strip – The London West Hollywood

The London West Hollywood

The London West Hollywood is the best mid-range hotel in Sunset Strip

This unique hotel provides modern 4-star accommodation, as well as a rooftop pool, free Wi-Fi and a rooftop terrace. Just a short walk from Sunset Strip, it offers luxury rooms equipped with an iPod docking station, wireless internet access and a mini bar.

 

Best luxury hotel in Sunset Strip – Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont is the best luxury hotel in Sunset Strip

The one and only! Guests of this legendary 5-star hotel can make the most of the outdoors on the terrace, with its spectacular views, or enjoy a drink at the bar. The on-site day spa provides a variety of facial and body treatments. It also has a fitness centre with a swimming pool.

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Neighborhood #4 - Venice

(Coolest place to stay in Los Angeles)

Venice

Venice is our pick for the coolest place to stay in Los Angeles

Venice Beach, on the coast just southeast of Culver City, is everything that one dreams of when thinking of Southern California: the long stretches of sand, the sculpted bodies by the beach, the long boardwalk lining the coast. It’s all this, while retaining a community feel and a charm that could have easily been lost in such surroundings.

The canals of Venice are what gives it its name, like its European cousin. Just like the original, this Venice is home to a lot of art and history, with a Bohemian buzz that earns it the title of coolest place to stay in Los Angeles.

It’s also eco-friendly, so ditch the plastic bags and straws here. The sea is blue, the sand is white, and the neighbourhood is green!

Wander along the canals and down the Ocean Front Walk at leisure, soaking up that dreamed-of backdrop of palm trees lining your way. Oh, and keep an eye out for the…ahem… unique people you’ll spot on your travels!

By bike or blades is an alternative to make your way along this stretch: wind in your hair, sand in your shoe, not a care in the world!

Five things to do in Venice:

  • Spot the muscle-bound working out at the outdoor gyms of Muscle Beach Venice.
  • Coordinate eating an icecream while roller-blading down the boardwalk.
  • Get your groove on at the Venice Beach Drum Circle, taking place on the weekends.
  • Grab a drink at the Townhouse Bar and Speakeasy.
  • Slam dunk if you can at the Venice Beach Recreation Centre (think White Men Can’t Jump).

Where to Stay in Venice

Best budget hotel in Venice – Venice on the Beach Hotel

Venice on the Beach Hotel

Venice on the Beach Hotel is the best budget hotel in Venice

Venice on the Beach Hotel is set in Los Angeles and is within a short walk of local attractions, such as Muscle Beach. It also offers a swimming pool and a terrace. All the rooms at the 2-star hotel feature a private bathroom, a refrigerator and a ceiling fan.

 

Best mid-range hotel in Venice – The Rose Hotel

The Rose Hotel

The Rose Hotel is the best mid-range hotel in Venice

The Rose Hotel Los Angeles provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in Los Angeles. It is conveniently located for guests wanting to discover the area’s attractions. Rated an incredible 10.0 on travel sites, the hotel has 11 rooms and has been recently refurbished.

 

Best luxury hotel in Venice – The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey is the best luxury hotel in Venice

The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey offers elegant rooms, a Jacuzzi and outdoor tennis courts. It also provides a sauna and an outdoor heated pool. The restaurant serves local cuisine and overlooks the ocean. In the evening, guests are welcome to wind down in the comfortable lounge bar.

 

Neighborhood #5 - Santa Monica

(Best neighbourhood in Los Angeles for families)

Santa Monica

Santa Monica is our pick for the best neighbourhood in Los Angeles for families

Santa Monica made it onto National Geographic’s top ten beach cities in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. Located just north of Venice Beach, and on the very end of Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica is a drawcard for locals and tourists alike.

The famous pier will naturally be your first stop. That iconic ferris wheel against the skyline is reminiscent of Baywatch and inspires images of picture-perfect family days out on the amusement rides of Pacific Park overlooking the water.

The area is much easier to traverse on foot than other LA neighbourhoods, and is considered to be a good school district, a surefire way of reassuring yourself of the safety of an area.

For family activities, you can’t go past the beach itself, or the Santa Monica Aquarium. The best place to while away a day with the kids is in the enormous Palisades Park overlooking the water, where you can picnic and play your hearts out.

Santa Monica is also the site of the end of Route 66, the iconic highway running from Chicago to LA, and only stopping because the Pacific Ocean got in its way!

Five things to do in Santa Monica:

  • Scream yourself silly on the rides at Pacific Park.
  • Picnic and play at Palisades Park, by the sea.
  • Check out the marine life up close at Santa Monica Aquarium.
  • Splash in the waves of Santa Monica Beach and spot the iconic lifeguards with their orange lifesavers!
  • Wander at leisure through the pedestrianised Third Street Promenade.

Where to Stay in Santa Monica

Best budget hotel in Santa Monica – Sea Blue Hotel Santa Monica

Sea Blue Hotel Santa Monica

Sea Blue Hotel Santa Monica is the best budget hotel in Santa Monica

A satisfying breakfast is served every morning at Sea Blue Hotel Santa Monica, and there are numerous restaurants and cafés nearby. The 3-star hotel is close to 4th/Colorado Los Angeles Metro Station, making it easy for guests to explore Santa Monica and its surrounding areas.

 

Best mid-range hotel in Santa Monica – Shore Hotel Santa Monica

Shore Hotel Santa Monica

Shore Hotel Santa Monica is the best mid-range hotel in Santa Monica

The contemporary rooms of this 4-star hotel feature views of the ocean, the city or the garden. All have their own bathroom with robes and amenities. Santa Monica’s attractions, such as Pacific Park and Third Street Promenade, are within a 10-minute walk.

 

Best luxury hotel in Santa Monica – Casa Del Mar Santa Monica

Casa Del Mar Santa Monica

Casa Del Mar Santa Monica is the best luxury hotel in Santa Monica

This 5-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Santa Monica. It also offers an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi. Casa del Mar Hotel Santa Monica has a gym with personal training classes and a swimming pool. Welcoming and professional team members are available 24 hours a day.

 

A final thought…

Los Angeles is an enormous array of neighbourhoods, each with that something different to make it stand out. And now, thanks to our guide, you’ll know a lot more about five of them.

Once settled in one of our areas, why not explore further afield and discover a new favourite?
The City of Angels deserves a good amount of your time to even scratch the surface of what it has to offer.

With a base at The Beverly Hills Hotel – Dorchester Collection, and all the pampering it has on offer, you’ll feel rejuvenated again each day!

So there you have it: our travel pros top tips on where to stay in Los Angeles. The rest is up to you!

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About the Author Nicola Smart

Gin lover. Coffee addict. Nicola has traveled the world for 7 years and is a staff writer for Hotel Jules. Born in London, Nicola first got the taste of travel studying abroad in Barcelona. Since then she's been hooked - traveling the world non-stop. Passionate about green travel and vegan lifestyle, Nicola spends more of her free time staring at maps wondering where she will head to next!