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Los Angeles Hotels

There’s a wide choice of hotels in LA, though if you find yourself at the budget end, you’ll have a hard time finding something that isn’t part of a motel chain or a hostel. Shop around for deals, especially outside of the summer months, and be prepared to stay in the suburbs of Burbank, Glendale or North Hollywood to save even more.

The Los Angeles hotels have been handpicked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$350)
Moderate (US$200 to US$350)
Cheap (up to US$200)

These Los Angeles hotel prices are for a double room, per night, excluding breakfast and tax, unless otherwise specified. All hotel bills are subject to a 14% occupancy tax, which is added to the bill at the end of a stay. Parking fees may also apply.


Beverly Hills Hotel

Built in 1912, and exuding pure Hollywood glamour, this hotel has seen six of Elizabeth Taylor's honeymoons and featured in the 1978 movie California Suite. The famous Polo Lounge (a nostalgic vision of pink walls, green stripes and palm-printed wallpaper) is still a favourite among film directors, while its bedrooms have it all - cable TV, marble baths and walk-in closets included.

Address: Beverly Hills, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles,
Telephone: +1 310 276 2251.

Shutters on the Beach

One of two luxury hotels on the beach, Shutters combines sophistication with a beach holiday atmosphere. The lobby has esteemed modern art, including pieces by David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein, and each room has a veranda. All have four-poster beds, plus a copy of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea.

Address: Santa Monica, One Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90405
Telephone: +1 310 458 0030.

The Beverly Wilshire

Popularised by its appearance in Pretty Woman, this Four Seasons hotel is renowned for its classical grandeur and impeccable service. An ornately carved entrance leads to a magnificent lobby and a choice between the elegant Boulevard Restaurant, a wood-panelled piano lounge and Cut, the Wolfgang Puck steakhouse. Luxurious rooms have marble bathrooms and the spa is stunning.

Address: Beverly Hills, 9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90212
Telephone: +1 310 275 5200.


Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

Featuring denim duvets, distressed hardwood floors and wrought iron artwork, this funky boutique hotel in West Hollywood is heavy on the rural theme. Located opposite LA's historic Farmer's Market, it also has a smart pool and sundeck, high speed Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Its onsite restaurant, TART, serves up deliciously healthy hipster treats.

Address: , 115 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles,
Telephone: +1 323 937 3930.

Sheraton Universal

Bang next door to Universal Studios, the Sheraton Universal has something of a corporate air to it but is relaxed enough to offer a poolside bar. Rooms are reasonably sized, with plenty of creams and browns keeping things neutral. It also has a small pool and modern gym facilities. Ask for a room with views of the Hollywood Hills.

Address: , 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, Los Angeles,
Telephone: +1 818 980 1212.

The Standard

Chic and affordable, The Standard is a glimpse into the mind of hotel designer André Balazs. Young sophisticates gather in the floor-to-ceiling shag-carpeted lobby for live DJs and performance art shows, while its poolside cafe and 24-hour restaurant serve up quality American comfort food. Rooms offer kitsch furniture, including beanbag chairs.

Address: West Hollywood, 8300 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles,
Telephone: +1 323 650 9090.


Beverly Laurel Motor Hotel

This updated 1960s-style motel offers retro glamour at very reasonable rates. Andy Warhol prints adorn the walls and its Swingers' Diner, overlooking the outdoor swimming pool, has become the trendy haunt of young poseurs. The rooms are all comfortable with basic facilities, including microwaves, fridges and cable TV.

Address: Midtown, 8018 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Telephone: +1 323 651 2441.

Howard Johnson Inn and Suites Reseda

A clean and affordable option in the San Fernando Valley, this hotel features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and complimentary continental breakfast. Parking is free and access to the rest of California is made easy with Interstate 405 and Highway 101 running nearby.

Address: Reseda, 7432 Reseda Boulevard, Los Angeles, 91335
Telephone: +1 818 344 0324.

Jerry's Motel

A low-key motel in Downtown, just minutes from major city attractions like Los Angeles Convention Center, Dodger Stadium, Broad Museum and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Unfussy double and twin rooms offer free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and coffeemakers, and the hotel provides free parking for patrons.

Address: , 285 Lucas Avenue, Los Angeles, 90026
Telephone: +1 213 481 8181.