Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
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If location is of utmost importance, consider the centrally based Ace Hotel, around fifteen minutes’ drive from the very-now East Lost Angeles neighbourhoods of Silver Lakes and Los Feliz. You’ll never lose your hotel either, as the Ace digs are housed in the historic United Artists building, with its blocked façade and Art Deco spires. Inside, rooms have a New York-style loft feel, with high ceilings and enormous windows, but you could be tempted out of your room to explore the remaining on-site facilities, which include a street wear store, an oh-so-LA rooftop pool and rooftop bar that regularly hosts parties and pop-up shops that attract a buzz of locals. It’s these inclusions that mean you can surely overlook the fact the nightly room cost cost is just a pip over budget. Rooms from US$224 (AU$304).
Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel
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Laze by a pool with adjoining garden terrace, relax at the on-site spa or take the easy 15-kilometre trip for a coffee in the up-and-coming Arts District of LA – the choice is yours at the Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel. Digital nomads will welcome the plush business centre, where office supplies and high-speed internet make working abroad simple. Rooms from US$161 (AU$217).
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The heritage charm of Koreatown’s Hotel Normandie isn’t some interior trickery – this hotel actually dates back to the 1920s. Refreshed in 2013, original features such as the distinctive checkerboard lobby tiles are now mixed with modern conveniences. One such highlight is the introduction of K-Town’s famed Cassell’s Hamburgers, right on the ground floor. Rooms from US$183 (AU$249).
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On the doorstep of Los Angeles’ beating heart, Hollywood Boulevard, the brash, ostentatiously decorated Mama Shelter distils the character of its host city at every turn. In practice, this translates to Moorish-tile-style carpets, sleek blonde wood furniture and modern trimmings such an iMac and TV, free wifi and subway-tiled bathrooms. It’s young, on-trend and unabashedly LA. Rooms from US$159 (AU$217).
The Line LA
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At the centre of the city’s “24-hour neighbourhood”, The Line LA does a stellar job of keeping you within its boundaries. In addition to the palm tree-lined outdoor pool, the hotel complex also includes two eateries housed in greenhouse-style interiors from local du jour chef Roy Choi, along with two on-site bars. The rooms are another highlight entirely: with handmade furnishings, bare concrete walls and floor-to-ceiling windows showing off the city’s shimmering bright lights. Rooms from US$209 (AU$284).
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Just five minutes’ drive away from Universal Studios is The Garland, a hotel originally owned and helmed by Hollywood actress Beverly Garland, sprawls over almost three hectares. It’s almost a self-contained fun park: every evening, a retro flick is screened by the pool, bottomless rosé in the front yard every day between 11am and 3pm and free workout tips from a qualified trainer on Thursday mornings. Rooms from US$189 (AU$254).
Venice Breeze Suites
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The waves of sun-soaked Venice Beach practically lap at the windows of Venice Breeze Suites, where light-filled apartments give your Los Angeles trip a much more homely feel. Each room is conveniently equipped with living areas for post-sightseeing lounging, kitchens for whipping up your own farmer’s market-foraged meals and even a rooftop terrace to make use of with a glass of wine in hand as the sun sets. Rooms from US$150 (AU$203).
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
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From Hilton Los Angeles Airport it’s less than 10 kilometres to take a journey to laidback Venice Beach, where eclectic boutiques and rainbow-tinted shop facades give another glimpse of this sprawling city. On site, there’s a fitness centre and pool, as well as a free shuttle service to and from the airport for added convenience. Rooms from US$184 (AU$248)
The Mayfair Hotel
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Reclaiming the former glamour of its roaring trade upon opening in the 1920s, The Mayfair Hotel is now on the threshold of welcoming travellers to its completely reimagined 15 storeys, with the introduction of hip on-site restaurants, a library, a podcast studio, a café and a bar as well as a pool deck. All this, in addition to it being sandwiched between Downtown and Koreatown, and you’ve stumbled across one of the most anticipated openings in recent years. Rooms from US$144 (AU$195); bookings available from 8 July 2018.
Crowne Plaza LAX
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Rodeo Drive and its surrounding strip of boutiques draws an enthusiastic crowd and considering this stay is a little over 10 kilometres away, shoppers could consider this hotel centrally located. Beds are sheathed in 300-thread count sheets and each room features a coffee maker and aromatherapy lotions, should you have overdone it on your mission for souvenirs. Rooms from US$118 (AU$159).
The Standard Hollywood
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Don’t let the moniker fool you – The Standard outposts are anything but. Millennials love the flexibility (and interiors) this hotel affords them, including choosing check in and check out times, free wifi and a round-the-clock room service menu. That’s without mentioning the very-LA astroturf pool deck and the Cactus Lounge, that occasionally hosts a live music series and readings. Rooms from US$224 (AU$303).
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
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If you’re planning further onward travel, this fully equipped Sheraton is just minutes away from LAX, making cripplingly early and late night transits a breeze. In addition to a 24-hour fitness centre, there’s also an outdoor pool for balmy evenings, an on-site Starbucks for the full LA experience and a free shuttle to and from the airport. Exploring the city from here isn’t tricky either – it’s just a half hour drive from Downtown. Rooms from US$149 (AU$201).
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Looking for a more unique place to rest your head in the City of Angels? Docked at Queensway Bay, a half-hour drive from downtown LA, is The Queen Mary – a retired British ocean liner-turned-hotel floating near Long Beach. Your room is a former first class cabin, complete with polished wood Art Deco décor and porthole views. It wouldn’t be LA without a little wellness, which is why you’ll find sunrise yoga on the verandah deck from Wednesday to Saturday. Rooms from from US$139 (AU$189).