Hollywood Hotels

There are a wide range of hotels in the Hollywood area. These recommendations are meant to help you find the gems among some of the over-priced palaces and tired motels that have seen better days. Whether you are looking for a glamorous L.A. experience, or are interested in exploring the quirks of the historic movieland capital, we have listed a sampling below in an attempt to meet the lodging needs of a variety of different budgets. Location being the main criteria, all the hotels are in or near the downtown Hollywood area and its landmarks.

Magic Castle Hollywood
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In deciding which hotels to include, service was also important, and in the case of the less expensive listings, value. So if you are planning on staying in the Hollywood area, the following might be worth a closer look...

Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Phone: (800) 769-4774. This hotel is part of the Hollywood & Highland Center, an upscale shopping and entertainment center in the heart of Hollywood. This area includes the Kodak Theatre (current home of the Academy Awards Ceremonies), two nightclubs, 60 specialty shops, nine restaurants, as well as movie theaters. The 637 rooms of this hotel are quite stylish - this is the hotel where many stars stay before and after the Oscars. The staff are friendly and some of the rooms on the upper floors have truly spectacular views. Luxury suites are also available. Expect to pay for the style and amenities. Rooms here are in the neighborhood of $300 a night.
Magic Castle Hotel
7025 Franklin Ave, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Phone: (800) 741-4915. If you want to see Hollywood, this small hotel has lot going for it. First, its location. Like the Renaissance, it is literally a few footsteps from Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and one subway stop away is Universal Studios. Second, is the amenities. All of the hotel's 40 rooms are suites with full kitchens. Free continental breakfast, high-speed Internet access, HBO, DVD player with free movie rental, and bathrobes in room are all included as is access to the famous private magician's club, The Magic Castle. Third, the hotel was completely renovated in 2004. Finally (and most importantly), there's the service. The staff here are friendly, helpful, and seem to genuinely enjoy doing those little extra things to make your stay a pleasant one. While not as trendy as the Renaissance, the Magic Castle's room rate of $190 a night is fairly reasonable for all you get.
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, California, United States 91608-1001. Phone: 1-818-506-2500. Like the name implies, this hotel is fairly close to Universal Studios. There's even a free shuttle that takes you there (and to Universal City Walk) from the hotel. There is also a nearby subway station to take you into downtown Hollywood if you like. The 483 rooms of this 24-story building are relatively large and well-appointed - many with great views. The service is very good and free continental breakfast is included. Rooms run around $200 a night.
Hollywood Orchid Suites
1753 North Orchid Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Phone: (800) 537-3052. In the same neighborhood as the Renaissance and the Magic Castle, is this option for those who plan to see Hollywood on a budget. There are only 40 rooms here, but they are generally comfortable and spacious, and offer full kitchens. The staff is helpful, and there is a nice pool area and roof garden. Rooms are around $115 dollars a night, which isn't bad at all considering the "close-to-everything" location. It wouldn't be too far off the mark to describe this as a 3-star hotel disguised as a 2-star.