Last Updated on April 4, 2024

Los Angeles County in California has 88 cities, with over 1,200 hotels from which to choose! So my list of the best hotels is kind of a drop in the bucket. However, it does cover my actual experience over many years of visiting LA and hopefully that will help you find a great, cool place to stay for your visit!


Celebrity Lifestyle Airbnb – Central LA

This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house is hands down the best place I’ve found to stay in Los Angeles! I can’t say enough about how cool the house, grounds, and decor are at this unique, charming, and secluded home. I really did feel like an old-time movie star in my Spanish Mission-styled home with French Doors, hardwood floors, a fireplace, and an outdoor patio with a fountain!

That is not to say that the house is not modern! Part of what makes it so stunning is the perfectly coordinated colored lighting settings in the living room and dining room, which feature the fab modern artwork decor! There is also full kitchen and a hot tub and shower in the backyard. I was working remotely while staying here and the second bedroom was the perfect place to work, with excellent high-speed internet and an ergonomic desk set up.

Though I’m sure it varies, the price is very reasonable at around $250 per night! This listing has an excellent rating in all categories on the Airbnb website.

The house is located in a prime location in the center of LA so it’s a short drive (relatively speaking!) to drive to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, LAX, or Downtown LA. It is in a residential neighborhood, within walking distance of shops and restaurants.

Highlights

  • Stylish classic Hollywood decor
  • Responsive and trustworthy host
  • Location, right in the center of it all!
  • Cool lighting, controlled by Alexa
  • Full kitchen

Lowlight

  • No TV, but there is a way to project TV/Netflix etc from your own laptop in the living room.

Thing that made me say, “What the heck?”

  • Is this place for real? Soooo cool and stylish!

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites – Downtown LA

404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA

Completed in 1976, the iconic Bonaventure Hotel is sure to be recognized by any Gen X or Baby Boomer for its famous appearances in True Lies, Blade Runner, Rain Man, Breathless, Heaven Can Wait and Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire. It’s easily recognizable in any shot of the LA skyline. In its first decade or so it was the epitome of cool and futuristic, with its round towers, glass elevator banks, and huge indoor atrium with a lake and fountains.

The rooms are large and comfortable with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the downtown Los Angeles view! The Lakeview Bistro lobby restaurant serves good breakfast and lunch items and makes a great people-watching experience.

Nowadays I admit it’s a little sad exploring the hotel because most of the floors previously dedicated to shops and restaurants are empty ghost towns. However, I believe it’s still well worth a visit and stay because of its unique architecture, history, comfortable rooms, and great location.

Highlights

  • Classic, cool architecture!
  • A bunch of movies were filmed here!
  • It looks cool and is iconic!
  • Large rooms.

Lowlights

  • Floors which used to contain restaurants and shops are now empty.

Things that made me say “What the Heck?”

  • Parking is in a building next door. Quite a walk.
  • The famous revolving rooftop bar is not currently revolving.


Holiday Inn Express – North Hollywood

11350 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA

If you’re up in the North Hollywood area this is a great place to stay. Very clean, and modern. I loved that the rooms had a microwave, coffee maker (with free coffee pods), and a refrigerator. Also, I love that I had a bathtub in my room since that seems to be more of a rarity these days! Another touch I don’t remember seeing anyplace else was bed pillows labeled “Firm” or “Soft”.

This Holiday Inn Express has laundry facilities, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Breakfast is included in your stay, with a pretty good variety of options.


Hotel Ziggy – West Hollywood

8462 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California

Hotel Ziggy is a new boutique hotel on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood (WeHo). It’s located near famous comedy clubs “The Comedy Store” and “Laugh Factory”. Hotel Ziggy has a rock and roll theme with album covers everywhere, trippy psychedelic murals, and frequent live music in their lobby venue, Backbeat.

The hotel features a saltwater pool, surrounded by lounge chairs and music playing to complete the cool atmosphere. You can even borrow a guitar, a ukulele, or a tambourine if you feel inspired by the vibe!

There was a “margarita hour” mid-afternoon the day I was there, followed by a happy hour! Overall the atmosphere oozes coolness. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in the rockstar lifestyle, without the grittiness, and with a boutique hotel’s modern amenities and charm!

I loved the decor in my room! It felt plush, and a bit glam. The room has remote control air conditioning, a mini-fridge and a safe. I was given a free upgrade to a pool view King room (I think because the occupancy was low on the Sunday night I was there). It was fun to peek out my window and spy on the goings-on down by the pool!

Like many LA hotels parking was valet only. It was $65 per night with unlimited in and out privileges. Be sure to take into account the parking fee when considering your stay here.


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