Located between downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, and near Universal Studios and Mann's Chinese Theater, Hollywood is a good neighborhood in which to stay if you want to be near all the biggest Los Angeles attractions. In the 1980s and 1990s, Hollywood was a no-man's zone rife with crime, but gentrifying campaigns as of late have turned the area into a much safer, tourist-friendly place. It also happens to be an ideal neighborhood for budget hotels.
Best Western Hollywood Hills
You can't beat the location of this recently renovated hotel, just steps from the Walk of Fame and Mann's Chinese Theater and a two-mile walk from Universal Studios and CityWalk. Rooms start under $100 (as of November 2010), and all feature wireless Internet and satellite channels with HBO. Rooms toward the back of the building offer nice views of the Hollywood Hills and the hotel's blue-tiled, heated outdoor swimming pool, and are well removed from the hustle and bustle of Franklin Avenue.
Days Inn Hollywood
Contemporary furniture and decoration greet visitors at this renovated Days Inn just east of the Sunset Strip -- a great deal with AAA-discounted rates starting at just $85 a night (as of November 2010). Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, concierge desk, complimentary wireless Internet, free underground parking and continental breakfast. A Hollywood mural and movie memorabilia decorate the lobby. The hotel is also located a short drive from Universal Studios Hollywood, the La Brea Tar Pits and Griffith Park.
A bit pricier but very family-friendly is the Castle Hotel, which offers rooms starting around $150 a night (as of November 2010). For just $20 more, upgrade your room to a suite with a full kitchen, dining room area and complimentary wireless Internet, perfect for large families. Rooms are secluded from Franklin Street in a large complex that used to house apartments. In the lush, inner courtyard lies a large, heated, outdoor swimming pool. The Magic Castle was named one of the best hotels in Los Angeles for families by Frommer's.
Econo Lodge Hollywood
Steps from Hancock Park and just one mile from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Econo Lodge Hollywood is located in the middle of all the action. Rooms come with refrigerators and microwaves, as well as all the other basic amenities you'd expect from the Econo Lodge chain. There's also a free continental breakfast and free outdoor parking. Rooms here start at just $80 a night (as of November 2010) -- quite a good deal given the hotel's prime location.
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