$ Courtyard Los Angeles Pasadena/Old Town
Located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, home of the annual Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl, the Courtyard by Marriott is a great starting point for exploring the historic town and nearby bustling city. This upscale, full service hotel features 314 deluxe guest rooms and executive suites, with ergonomic workstations, complimentary Wi-Fi, and an onsite Starbucks. The world famous Colorado Boulevard, alongside unique shops and restaurants, is just steps away. Downtown L.A. is a short ten miles for fabulous nightlife and art galleries. From $170 a night.
$$ Hilton Checkers Los Angeles
With its detailed Spanish-style facade and fabulously decorated interior, the Hilton Checkers is a pleasure to experience. Its location adjacent to the theater and shopping districts affords plenty of opportunities to explore Los Angeles, while returning to a boutique style guest room. Savor downtown views from the open-air rooftop deck, famous as a setting for TV and film shoots. At the Checkers Downtown restaurant, enjoy eclectic California cuisine with French and Asian influences. From $278 a night.
$$$ Wyndham Santa Monica At The Pier
Situated across from the iconic Pacific Park Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier, the newly renovated Wyndham offers a warm, coastal vibe perfect for your Southern California getaway. Contemporary rooms overlooking the ocean provide the utmost in comfort. Grab a cocktail by the outdoor pool and savor gourmet classics at the new casual restaurant and lounge. Stroll down to Santa Monica State Beach and the Pier, and enjoy shopping, dining, and nightlife at Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place Mall. The best part: you can bring up to three pets of any size for no additional fee! From $395 a night.
$$$$ Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica
Perched four blocks above the Santa Monica shoreline, Le Méridien Delfina offers bright, airy rooms with private balconies boasting ocean, mountain and city views, with easy access to the highlights of this happening town. Within walking distance lies the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade, and within a short driving distance you’ll find the Getty Museum, Getty Villa and Venice Beach. Lounge beneath SoCal rays at a cabana by the outdoor pool, or take a quick ramble to the Pacific Ocean. Dining options include a casual restaurant and bar, and a lunch and dinner eatery with a cocktail lounge. From $369 a night.
$$$$$ Intercontinental Century City at Beverly Hills
Indulge in modern comforts at this luxurious landmark Los Angeles hotel. Take in panoramic views from the Pacific Ocean to the Hollywood Sign and downtown skyscrapers. The location couldn’t be any better for avid shoppers; the hotel offers a complimentary town car service to the legendary Rodeo Drive, encompassing three blocks of famous boutiques and designer shops. Rejuvenate with Spa InterContinental’s relaxing treatments in private villas, or relax by the outdoor heated infinity edge pool. Onsite Park Grill restaurant offers a unique menu created with global inspiration. Visit during the summer to catch live music from local talent alongside one-of-a-kind Social Hour offerings. From $419 a night.
About the Author: Lavanya Sunkara is a writer based in New York. Her love of adventure has taken her all over the world from Australia to Zanzibar. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking with her dog, and planning her next getaway. Follow her on twitter @Nature_Traveler. Read her articles at www.nature-traveler.com.
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