Hollywood Hotels

Old Sep 11th, 2003, 09:19 AM
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Hollywood Hotels

Going to Los Angeles next month. Going to visit the mission in San Fernando, Universal Studios, Hollywood area & a short visit to Santa Monica. Thinking of someplace within walking distance to the sights on Hollywood Blvd that is safe for walking during the day & night & a good in & out location for driving to the other places. Thinking about lodging in the N. Highland Avenue/Franklin Avenue area which is close to the Hollywood tourist sights & also Hwy 101. I was planning on lodging in Santa Monica but I have been heard it is too hard getting in & out of there. I have heard that the formerly seedy Hollywood area has been cleaned up recently. If that's the case I would rather be where I will be spending the most time. Any comments would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old Sep 11th, 2003, 09:39 AM
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stayed at the new Renaissance Marriott hotel about a year ago, and it was great (try an executive suite if you can afford it). My spouse and I had a wonderful time in Hollywood; I thought, all in all, it had a good vibe. I've also done an overnight in Santa Monica at the JW Marriott, which was more expensive and not as nice as the Renaissance...and Hollywood was more fun!
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The Hollywood Renaissance is a fairly recently-renovated property that has gotten good comments-- and you're right, the immediate area is cleaning up quite nicely thanks to the Hollywood/Highland entertainment complex.

The Hollywood Roosevelt is another possibility, though a notch down in luxury. I think they've either renovated or are in the process, but it's a nice old hotel with a few ghosts and a first-tier cabaret room (Feinstein's, née the Cinegrill).

Personally, I'd be inclined to stay farther west on Sunset in West Hollywood, but that's me. There's not a huge amount to see any more in the Hollywood neighborhood itself, but the Sunset Strip is still a lot of fun. In any case, I think (based on travelers' comments) that the two properties I mention in Hollywood would be just fine for your needs. Since I live south of LA, I generally don't need lodging up there, so I can't comment personally. Anyone else...?
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Old Sep 11th, 2003, 09:54 AM
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I stayed at the Hollywood Roosevelt and felt very safe walking around the immediate area. The hotel is comfortable with a great deal of charm and good parking at the back, as easy to get to everywhere as anywhere else in LA. Lots to do within walking distance also.
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Old Sep 11th, 2003, 09:58 AM
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I love the Roosevelt. Lots of atmosphere,great Mission style tiles and interior. The Renaissance is very cool and modern--opposite of the Roosevelt. Either would be a great choice. I think you're wise to select Hollywood over Santa Monica. Much more central and more to do.
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Thanks for some very informative responses to my query. Now to make my reservations for Hollywood area lodging.
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If I'm not too late, there is also a Holiday Inn on Highland as well as a Best Western. The Magic Hotel is also quite nice on Franklin.
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