As you may know, I temporarily moved to LA last summer, but before making that move, I visited quite a few times. California is my favourite place on Earth, and LA truly feels like my second home. This is why I jumped at the opportunity to team up with Expedia to share my favourite places to stay. I have had an excellent opportunity to explore the hotel scene in LA which is slightly different to London but equally amazing.
I visited LA 5 times and each time I had a completely different experience which is what I love about it the most. The city has a lot to offer, and the hotel scene is amazing as here you really can come across some of the most iconic hotels in the world. The obvious choice would be The Beverly Hills hotel, but I never had an opportunity to stay there. Hopefully, next time I will and I’ll make sure I report back.
So here we go, my three favourite hotels in LA. They all offer a different experience and access to entirely different areas of LA so that the choice will depend on your preference.
Located just off the Sunset Boulevard and minute away from The Getty Centre, this is a great hotel, if you are looking to have easy access to places such as Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills and even Malibu. The service is excellent that I stayed here twice and you can read a more detailed review in my blog post about Hotel Angeleno.
The circular building provides serene views of the motorway so you can get to experience the meaning of exact LA traffic without actually having to be stuck in it. Our room is located on the 8th floor so I had a pretty great view of the DTLA skyline too. The rooms are pretty spacious, quiet and comfortable and the service was terrific.
Their restaurant West is a perfect spot for dinner with a view too. The pool area was my favourite because I love the concrete design and grey colour mixed with blue and pops of orange. The rooms start at $159. And if you are in LA for the first looking for a location that will get you to multiple LA areas in less time, then this is your place. It also won’t break a bank.
The Dream Hollywood and its tall window rooms indeed offer dreamy views of LA and particularly Hollywood. There are over 170 rooms in this beautiful hotel so try to request the one that has gorgeous scenic views of the Hollywood hills. Located on the corner of N. Cahuenga Boulevard it provides a massive choice of bars and restaurant so if you are into partying and socialising then the Dream Hollywood is a great choice. Make sure you check out the No Vacancy Bar if you find yourself on a night out in Hollywood as its truly a fantastic experience and a great spot to meet locals and travellers alike. If you are into low vital activities then you can stay at the hotel as the TAO group restarts and bars alongside the rooftop pool and have a blast. Besides who wants to bear the unavoidable LA traffic.
The rooms are furnished in luxuriously dark coloured finishes accompanied with the most beautiful views of the Hills and DTLA filled with natural daylight. If you are an Instagrammer, then this is a dream come true for you. Sadly I visited before my blogging days. Rooms start at $290, and you can book via Expedia.
The Standard DTLA is probably more suitable to those who love the buzzy city life and abundance of bar and restaurants that are walking distance. Located right in the centre of Downton, the standard is a must if you are into socialising with other hotel patrons. The Standard has around spacious 207 rooms all with 24-hour room service, big windows overlooking panoramic views of LA making you feel larger than life.
They also offer cool public spaces with 24hrs dinner forgive as well as a German Beer Garden and rooftop pool. If you live in LA and lack a pool, then pop over to the Standard as fun time is almost guaranteed. The atmosphere is vibrant and lively attracting creatives and Jetsetters from across the town. The rooftop bar is the largest in East LA and the perfect place to catch a sunset with a drink in your hand. The location is excellent especially if you love East LA like me. Silverlake and Echo Park just minutes away and a mere $5 Uber ride, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to cool brunch spots, restaurants and bars. I can recommend making a trip to Tenants of the Trees located in Silverlake if you like to dance to cool hip hop tunes.
Other cool nearby areas include the Broad which is a must if you are an art lover. Also, Grand Central Market is only throw away should you fancy a bite from local market vendors.
The Standard recently introduced check in and out at any time that suits you making it easier to deal with the annoying jet lag.
I hope you find a selection of my favourite hotels in LA helpful.
This post is brought to you in collaboration with Expedia, all of the experiences and thoughts are my own.