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Hollywood Holiday Staycations

By Genie Davis

December 2, 2016

There’s never a better time to visit Hollywood than the holiday season. In fact, visitors from all around the world flock to Hollywood Boulevard to take in the sights and sounds of Tinseltown. From shopping at Hollywood & Highland to seeing a show at the Pantages or a film at classic theaters like the TCL Chinese, the El Capitan, or the Egyptian, catching some live jazz or dining at an iconic restaurant like Musso & Frank Grill, or just strolling the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there’s always something new to explore.

But you don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy spending time in the heart of Tinsel Town. Here are some suggestions for staycation spots with style.


Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Glamorous and modern, Loews Hollywood Hotel offers spacious rooms, a rooftop pool with complimentary cabanas – and from some spots, a great view of the Hollywood sign (see guest room photo at top). There’s free wi-fi and a 24-hour fitness center too. Located adjacent to the theaters, dining, and shopping at Hollywood and Highland’s outdoor mall, the hotel has a number of package options sure to appeal to locals. Through April 2017, there’s Weekend Perks, providing daily parking and a breakfast credit from Thursday to Sunday.


Loews Hollywood Hotel is located next to the Hollywood & Highland shopping center.

Until December 31s t, guests can select the Daily $25 Food and Beverage Credit package available each night of any stay. And, if looking for romance and relaxation, the Bubbles and Backrubs Offer, which also ends New Year’s Eve, includes a side-by-side couples massage and unlimited access to Exhale Spa.  A bottle of Prosecco and two drink tickets per person rounds out a blissful stay.


W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028


The porte cochere of the W Hollywood.

At the W, marketing manager Nicole Vega says the sleek and stylish hotel’s “Play With W Hollywood” package is among the most popular. The package includes two welcome cocktails per stay, daily overnight parking, and a choice of rooms. “W Hollywood is the best place to stay in town because everything you need is at your fingertips. Want to see a play or concert? Pantages theatre, The Fonda and the Palladium are all steps away. We are surrounded by great restaurants, and fun bars and clubs; and since the W Hollywood is located directly above the Metro station, guests can easily enjoy all that Downtown LA has to offer.”


The Living Room bar, in the lobby of the W Hollywood.

Vega notes that for guests just looking to relax, their onsite Bliss Spa can help. “So can a day spent lounging in a cabana or daybed by our rooftop pool.” For a taste of Hollywood nightlife right onsite, guests can also enjoy the hip and stylish outdoor Station, with its glowing fire pit. The Living Room offers live DJ music, craft cocktails, and tasty light dining in a lush and sexy atmosphere. Burn off those calories at the FIT gym. Note: Fido is welcome too through the P.A.W. – Pets Are Welcome program.


Mama Shelter
6500 Selma Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Casual, cool, and quirky all describe this boutique hotel, from its stunning rooftop LA views to the captivating modern artwork throughout the space. The hotel offers a more intimate alternative to larger properties like Loews and the W. Here, staycation guests can enjoy drinks at the rooftop bar and dining on tasty, light cuisine. Hot tip: come for the sunset. Closer to the ground, the eponymous Restaurant serves up French and American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch.


The rooftop at Mama Shelter in Hollywood.

Locals will love indulging in the Mama Loves Los Angeles package, which offers a late 2 p.m. checkout, a bottle of champagne, strawberries, and breakfast options.


The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

This romantic upscale hotel dates from 1927, and is perched right along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and directly across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre.

The property has history and style: the rooms are chic and modern, but the hotel once hosted residents like Marilyn Monroe, and even has a suite named after her. Garden and pool views, as well as private balconies are available. There’s a fitness center, too.

The classic ambience includes the clubby Hideaway Lounge as well as The Spare Room, a game parlor replete with two vintage bowling lanes, and 25 Degrees, a 24-hour glamorous burger spot. Guests shouldn’t miss the lounge and bar overlooking the David Hockney-designed pool.


The pool and Tropicana Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel.

For a luxurious staycation package, book a room at the hotel’s The Bungalows, where visitors receive a $100 food and beverage credit per stay and free valet parking for one car when staying two nights Sunday through Thursday. Guests also receive 20% off the hotel’s best flexible rates.

Spacious suite stays also include these perks, plus complimentary wi-fi upgrade.


The Redbury
1717 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028


An all-suite hotel with an exotic luxury vibe, The Redbury is located close to the iconic Capitol Records Building, and each room includes a homey European-style kitchen and large walk-in rain shower. Onsite restaurant Cleo features updated Middle Eastern cuisine, while The Library at the Redbury is the spot for craft cocktails in an indoor-outdoor setting. Come New Year’s Eve, the hotel hosts the Winter’s Ball at The Library, with live DJ musical selections to rock the stunning view.


Guest room at The Redbury in Hollywood.

The Red Carpet Treatment package includes early check-in and late check-out, a welcome drink, and 20% off dining at Cleo, while locals may be encouraged to extend their stay with a stay-two-nights and receive the third night free option that includes complimentary wi-fi.

Dream Hotel
6417 Selma Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Soon there will be even more great hotel choices for staycations in Hollywood: the Dream Hotel will be opening soon on Selma near Cahuenga, with exciting restaurants and nightlife spots adjoining the hotel itself. It will feature a large rooftop pool and club with retractable roof.

Rendering of the under-construction Dream Hotel.

Rendering of the Dream Hotel, currently under construction.

Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own

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