The Hollywood area of Los Angeles in recent years has come to rival the excitement found in Times Square New York. Every day thousands of tourists converge on this historic neighborhood to experience a taste of film and television history, excitement and glamour. Finding hotels in Hollywood, is a relatively easy experience with hotels on all the major streets and points of interest.
Hollywood Blvd is the main artery that runs through the historic area of Hollywood. Walk of Fame, Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex and the El Capitan theatre are all on Hollywood Blvd. Also on Hollywood Blvd is the Roosevelt Hotel. An older property going back to the 1920s, today’s Roosevelt Hotel is owned by the Thompson Hotel chain and is the scene of weekly Hollywood parties, celebrities and events. The Roosevelt hotel is across the street from the Hollywood and Highland media complex. A stretch of the Walk of Fame runs on the sidewalk that is connected to the Roosevelt Hotel.
The Hollywood and Highland media complex is home to the Kodak and Mann’s Graunman’s Chinese theatres. In the center of the Hollywood and Highland complex is the Renaissance Hotel. The hotel is an all white structure and towers over the entire center. Those with rooms on the south side will find views of all of Hollywood and Highland, Los Angeles and Downtown. Walking out the front doors of the lobby guests will be in the heart of fountains, world class shopping, the subway with nonstop routes to Universal Studios and Downtown LA and hourly departures of tour buses bound for all parts of LA.
Running parallel to Hollywood Blvd and stretching behind the Hollywood and Highland complex is Franklin Avenue. Several family style budget hotels line this corridor and all provide easy access to the Hollywood and Highland Center. The Magic Castle Hotel is family friendly and is adjacent to the Magic Castle where every evening magic shows are performed on an invite only basis-although guests of the hotel are invited for free. The Magic Castle hotel is walking distance to the Hollywood and Highland Center and Walk of Stars. Running right off of Franklin is a tiny street called Orchid Drive that terminates into the back wall of the Hollywood and Highlands complex. On this street is the Hollywood Celebrity Hotel, Hollywood Liberty Suites and Hollywood Orchid Hotel. All of these properties are smaller, no larger than 2 story structures that house clean, efficient, smaller hotel rooms that are perfect for the backpack traveler or family. By being adjacent to the Hollywood and Highlands complex, guests are just steps away from all the excitement of tour buses, Walk of Fame and dining opportunities.
Another area in Hollywood with a high concentration of accommodations is the hotels on Highland Ave stretching north of Franklin. Per Journey Continent’s hotel guide,these hotels are more family oriented and it is not uncommon to see groups of families walking to and from this hotel stretch on Highland Ave from the Hollywood and Highlands center. These hotels include the Best Western Hollywood, Hollywood Heights Hotel, Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn.
The final area in Hollywood worth a notable mention of hotel locations are the hotels along Sunset Blvd. All of the hotels in this area are budget and include the Rode Way Motor Inn, Days Inn and Saharan Motor Hotel. The distance from these hotels to the Hollywood and Highlands complex is over a mile and they are not as convenient to the main attractions to Hollywood as the other hotels that are on Hollywood Blvd. or adjacent. The Sunset Strip is two miles to the west of this area. This area is often gridlocked with traffic on Friday and Saturday nights as there are several night clubs along this stretch that bring visitors and club goers from all over southern California. Solo backpackers may find this area of accommodation affordable and fun. However visitors with children and families may not find the area to be the most welcoming compared to the more family oriented hotels of Hollywood near the Hollywood and Highland complex.