Los Angeles hotels run the gamut of quality from the ultra-luxurious to those that can fit within your budget with room to spare. Your hotel can do a lot to determine the quality of your trip, however, so take your ideal accommodations into consideration when preparing for your trip.
Also consider the location of your hotel. Los Angeles has now spread through the surrounding valleys and grown south toward Orange County and choosing a hotel in Laguna Beach may severely limit your ability to be first in line for the roller coasters up north at Magic Mountain. Conversely, a hotel in Beverly Hills makes going out for drinks in Newport Beach a big time commitment.
On a Budget
Two and three star hotels are common in LA and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding something close to the part of town you’d like to spend your trip in. These hotels are geared toward independent, budget travelers and families looking to travel in comfort without spending their entire savings on their lodging. Don’t expect room service or an in-room jacuzzi, but a diligent shopper could find something with a continental breakfast or pool.
Try the areas around Glendale and Pasadena for a low cost alternative to staying downtown or on the beach that is still relatively convenient to the big tourist attractions throughout the rest of Los Angeles. For hotels in Orange County, try the Costa Mesa area. Convenient to Disneyland and very close to the beach, you’ll save a few bucks on your hotel and see a part of the city that is not one of the major tourist hubs.
For the business traveler or those unwilling to sacrifice any luxury, four star hotels in Los Angeles are generally the best the big chains can offer. Double Trees, Hiltons, and the Comfort Inns that are located in prime tourist centers like Westwood near UCLA or Universal Studios qualify for the four star distinction. Rates run upwards of a hundred dollars a night and climb even higher for special suites and special treatment. Although you won’t be disappointed with the service, tipping generously only increases the likelihood of a special mint on your pillow.
The cream of the Los Angeles hotel crop, the five star hotels offer uncompromising luxury and unyielding service. The best of the best include the “slice of France in Hollywood”: Chateau Marmont, the Four Seasons Los Angeles, and the Hotel Bel Air. Five star hotels generally run in the “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” price range, but if you’re curious, a room at the Intercontinental Los Angeles starts at $342 a night. At that price, you’re paying for the location – convenient to Beverly Hills and the Century Plaza Towers, as well as a refined sense of service that cannot be duplicated for any less.