Hotels Near Downtown Los Angeles, CA

by Cathleen Calkins
Downtown Los Angeles' nighttime skyline.

Downtown Los Angeles' nighttime skyline.

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Perched between the hills of Hollywood and the flat concrete expanse of the Los Angeles River, downtown Los Angeles is easily accessible from some of the areas notable cities and attractions. While downtown is thought to be the central business hub of the region, the greater Los Angeles area features a plethora of unique destinations with easy access to downtown. Arts and culture thrive in nearby Hollywood and Universal City, while world-class sporting and entertainment events take place at Staples Center, Dodger Stadium and University of Southern California's Coliseum. Hotels near downtown Los Angeles run the gamut and include everything from well-heeled, not-to-be-missed historic places to sophisticated and recognizable hotel brands.

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

April 2010 marked the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. Its completion is one of the most significant hotel projects in recent years for downtown Los Angeles. Located adjacent to the Staples Center and Nokia Theater LA Live, The Ritz-Carlton plays center stage in the skyline just one mile south of downtown Los Angeles’ financial district. Guests enjoy in-room comforts of feather beds, down pillows and 400 thread-count linens and have access to the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi located on the 26th floor. On-site, guests dine at celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck’s award-winning WP24 Restaurant and Lounge.

Hollywood Roosevelt

Built in 1927, the historic Hollywood Roosevelt hosted the first Academy Awards in 1929 and is still considered the place to spot celebrities according to “Conde Naste Traveler’s” Hot List. In 2005 award-winning Los Angeles-designer Dodd Mitchell led the complete renovation of the Roosevelt’s guest rooms, cabanas and public spaces. Celebrities, locals and guests dine at 25 Degrees, home of the best burger in Los Angeles, and The Bridge, which overlooks the swimming pool decorated with an underwater mural by David Hockney and the hip poolside Tropicana Bar. The property is located in the center of Hollywood and only 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

AAA four-diamond rated Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel offers travelers floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding region, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal CityWalk and the Hollywood Hills. Located at the entrance of Universal Studios, the Hilton Los Angeles is 11 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Rooms range from standard to well-appointed executive suites and the hotel is family-friendly. Parents and kids enjoy organized activities, cribs, a recreation desk to help with planning and packaged family offers. It also has a liberal pet policy and allows large breed dogs up to 75 lbs.

Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC

Located across the street from the University of Southern California campus, the Radisson Hotel is only 10 minutes from Los Angeles’ downtown hub. While the Radisson Hotel features traditional business services and amenities, it offers guests 24-hour access to its well-equipped fitness center. A stay at the Radisson should include a day to explore the attractions found in Exposition Park, including the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California Science Center and the California African-American Museum. Or reserve tickets to attend a USC Trojan home game at the Memorial Coliseum, a National Historic Landmark. Exposition Park and the Coliseum are located 0.4 miles from the Radisson Hotel.

About the Author

Cathleen Calkins specializes in writing about travel, adventure, lifestyle, health, fitness and brand identity. She is a regular contributor to and her work has appeared in "Backcountry," "Telemark Skier," "The Rotarian," "LA Weekly" and "Las Vegas Review Journal" as well as on a number of online adventure travel websites. She holds a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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