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Hotels in Los Angeles - Luxury, Moderate, Cheap
Los Angeles Hotels
There's a wide choice of hotels in LA though at the budget end, you'll have a harder 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 and drive in if you want to save even more.
The Los Angeles hotels are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$300)
Moderate (US$150 to US$300)
Cheap (up to US$150)
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.
Shutters on the Beach
One of only two LA luxury hotels right on the beach, Shutters combines sophisticated stylishness with a beach holiday atmosphere - understated elegance rules. The lobby has comfy couches, a gas-lit fireplace and esteemed modern art, including pieces by David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein. Each of the 198 rooms has a verandah with table and chairs and an ocean or pool view. All rooms have a four-poster bed and a copy of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. Dine at The One Pico restaurant or the casual Coast bar, which has a great happy hour.
The Beverly Wilshire
Classical grandeur, impeccable service, 21st-century technology and a great location (right off Rodeo Drive) make this Four Seasons hotel renowned. (The Julia Roberts/Richard Gere movie, Pretty Woman, made it popular with tourists.) An ornately carved entrance leads to a magnificent lobby with Grecian columns and tapestries surrounded by the elegant Boulevard Restaurant and wood-panelled piano lounge. Rooms are luxurious with marble bathrooms, some overlooking the garden patio and pool - which is rather on the small side. The sleek Wolfgang Puck steakhouse, Cut, and the minimalist lounge, Sidebar, are popular with well-heeled locals. Treatments at the hotel's elegant, refurbished spa are an indulgence.
Beverly Hills Hotel
Now owned by the Sultan of Brunei, this is pure Hollywood glamour, old-style. Built in 1912, the hotel has seen the honeymoons of six of Elizabeth Taylor's marriages and was featured in the star-studded 1978 movie California Suite . The famous Polo Lounge (a nostalgic vision in pink and green stripes and palm-printed wallpaper) is still a favourite among film directors and producers. The rooms have it all, including two cable TVs (one in the bathroom), marble baths and walk-in closets, while more secluded bungalows are also available, nestled around the pool area. A whirlpool, fitness centre, tennis courts and business centre complete the scene.
The Farmer's Daughter
This funky West Hollywood boutique hotel with a rural theme has an onsite restaurant called Tart, and features denim duvets, distressed hardwood floors and wrought iron artwork. It's in a great location opposite LA's historic Farmer's Market and The Grove shopping and dining centre. It's a short walk to Fairfax Village with its Jewish delis and bakeries and close to more shopping at the the Beverly Center and to LACMA, LA's famed art museum. It's less than a mile from Rodeo Drive.
Bang next door to Universal Studios and the bustling nightlife of Universal Citywalk, it's ideally placed to visit the theme park and studios. Technically in North Hollywood, it's close to Burbank (home to Warner Brothers studios) and within easy reach of Hollywood's main attractions via car or taxi or you can hop on the Metro Red Line, which is just one stop to Hollywood and Highland. The hotel has a somewhat corporate air but is relaxed enough to offer a poolside bar.
Visitors come here because this hotel manages to be both chic and affordable. They are given a glimpse of what to expect when they see the sign outside for The Standard, spelt upside-down - an example of the clever eccentricity that hotel designer André Balazs (who also refurbished Chateau Marmont) is renowned for. Young sophisticates gather in the floor-to-ceiling shag-carpeted lobby with live DJ and performance art shows, the poolside cafe or the 24-hour restaurant, which serves quality American comfort food. Rooms offer kitsch furniture like beanbag chairs.
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