As you’ve probably heard, no one walks in LA. It may seem like it’s because of a shared Angelino car obsession, but the truth is people stick to the highways and byways because of LA’s sprawling landscape. With so much to see and do in this city, picking the right hotel location is key to a vacation without a painful commute. Check in to one of these Los Angeles hotels for a stress-free visit.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Don’t be fooled by the words “beach adjacent.” Unless your hotel is within skipping distance from the sand, you may as well be in Kansas for the time it will take you to get to the beach each day. If you really want to experience a relaxing beach getaway, book a bungalow at one of the most luxurious Los Angeles hotels, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. Wake up each morning to the sound of the ocean waves and spend the day relaxing on the beach while the kids splash in the water. You’ll all be in awe as you spot dolphins swimming nearby, and there are plenty of other luxurious perks to enhance your stay.
If celebrity-spotting is at the top of your agenda, then book a room at the W Hollywood, where the A-list come to play. From the hotel, take a stroll down star-lined Hollywood Boulevard, shop till you drop at Hollywood and Highland, or hop on a double-decker tour bus and see the sites—all with the Hollywood sign nestled in the background. It’s just a short drive from the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Bowl, which are the perfect places to party the night away and still manage to make it back to your room for some beauty rest.
JW Marriott L.A. Live
If you like eating your way through vacation, head downtown and check in to the JW Marriott L.A. Live. First stop is happy hour with a view at Nest at WP24 on the 24th floor of this towering glass high rise. The skyline view from the floor-to-ceiling windows will take your breath away. Remind yourself to exhale, and then follow your grumbling belly to one of the dozens of up-and-coming downtown eateries. There are opportunities for photo-worthy foodie shots abound at hotspots like Grand Central Market and Chego. Learn more about the origins of the City of Angels and all its tantalizing food offerings touring Chinatown and Olvera Street. Don some blue and spend the evening taking in a few innings at a baseball game, just a short drive away.
Contrary to popular opinion, Disneyland is not actually in Los Angeles. With LA traffic, it can take a good hour to drive to Anaheim, home of “The Happiest Place on Earth,” so if a Disney vacation is your dream, don’t book a hotel in West LA. The closer to the resort you are, the more time you have to watch your kids faces light up as they zip through the Matterhorn and shake hands with Mickey. You can’t get much closer than the newly renovated Disneyland Hotel, which is just a monorail ride away from the parks. Wow the kids with one of the signature themed suites, like the Pirates of the Caribbean Suite. You feel like you’ve discovered your own hidden treasure when you step into the intricately decorated rooms based on everyone’s favorite characters.