People's opinions about Los Angeles are always very polarizing; you either love it or hate it. I myself absolutely love visiting LA and always try to visit as much as I can. There are definitely some irritating factors to consider about Los Angeles (mainly, the traffic) but I feel as though most of these irritants can be eliminated by choosing the right hotel.
For this particular trip to LA, the main purpose was for Sabrina and I to attend the Create & Cultivate conference. The conference itself was downtown, but we knew that we wanted to spend the majority of our free time exploring different areas around the city: West Hollywood, Venice Beach, Silver Lake, etc. This meant that we would need to find an area to stay in that was in the middle of all of the places that we wanted to visit to cut down on the amount of driving that we would have to do. From which hotel we stayed at, to how we chose to get around, here are the logistics to our recent trip to Los Angeles.
Located in East Hollywood, the Hollywood Hotel is where we settled on as our home away from home while in Los Angeles. The hotel itself has recently undergone a renovation, and both Sabrina and I were drawn to the retro vibes of the new design. I'm so glad that we ended up choosing The Hollywood Hotel for our stay for a few key reasons:
Hotel: The Hollywood Hotel
- Location: While we didn't spend a lot of time exploring Hollywood, we found it to be the most central spot for us to hit up all of the areas we wanted to check out on our list while still being close to DTLA for our conference.
- Breakfast: Most people don't find themselves too hungry when they first wake up. I'm the opposite - I wake up ravenous. Because you need to drive almost everywhere in LA, I knew that our hotel needed to have coffee and a breakfast facility so that I could eat as soon as I woke up without any hassle. The Hotel Hollywood has an impressive breakfast, with a made-to-order omelette station and waffles that are complimentary to guests. Bonus points for hot coffee and orange juice too - a great way to start our long days of exploring!
- Design: I love smaller hotels with more boutique designs. Call me crazy, but I book all of my hotels with photos in mind and I just knew that Sabrina and I would have a great time capturing photos at Hollywood Hotel. From the beautiful courtyard, subway-tiled bathroom, to the pool with yellow-striped pillows, it was a photographic mission accomplished.
- Price: Hotels in Los Angeles are really expensive, and I didn't want our entire LA budget going towards a hotel. Hotel Hollywood is one of the most reasonably priced hotels in the area, and one that ensures that you have lots of travel budget left over for exploring what Los Angeles has to offer.
How We Got AroundThe decision between renting a car and Ubering everywhere was an easy one for us: we chose to Uber. While it was slightly more expensive, the ease of not having to fight for parking was a huge benefit for us. Plus the traffic in LA is no joke, and it's a lot less stressful to deal with when you have someone driving for you. Because Sabrina and I weren't leaving the city limits at all, Uber made more sense for us.
What do you guys think? Have you ever been to LA? What are your thought processes when booking a hotel? Let me know!
Thank you Hollywood Hotel for our stay. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.