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The hotel scene in Los Angeles is hot, hot, and hotter! Oh, and it’s also just as diverse as this city’s stunning landscape, its eclectic culture, and its ever-expanding population. You can find hotels here that take extravagance to extremes, such as the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel and the Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills, and then there are others that are hip and chic, but cheap (in comparison), like the Mosaic Hotel, the Avalon and The Grafton on Sunset. And for those travelers hell-bent on saving a buck – there are numerous economy hotels to choose from in any given area of the city.

While prices may be high up on the priority list for most people when deciding where to stay in any given city, the City of Angels is quite different. You just can’t decide where to stay based on price alone – location beats budget every time.

Here’s where the planning part comes in. Decide which activities are most important to you, then plan your accommodations around them. For instance, if you would like to spend most of your time on the beach, it’s best to search for suitable sleeping quarters in beautiful Santa Monica or the surrounding beachy areas. If you’re looking for luxury in Santa Monica, the buck stops at the beachfront Hotel Casa de Mar, along with Shutter’s on the Beach (located right on the sand, literally), coming in at a close second. If you’re attracted to art deco and wouldn’t mind keeping company with a bevy of European beauties, then grab a suite at The Georgian.

Santa Monica is surely high-end, but you can still find some sweet deals on charming digs here – try the Asian-accented Ambrose Hotel on 20th Street or Venice Beach House (Venice) on 30th Street. For extreme savings on rates, book a room at the Bayside Hotel, the Palm Motel, or the Best Western Marina Pacific Hotel & Suites. Pick the Palm if you want to mingle with even more European beauties – this hotel is popular with the European set during the hot summer months.

And here’s an additional benefit to sleeping in Santa Monica – visitors have easy access to Pacific Coast Highway (aka PCH or Highway 1), so you can bounce back and forth from beach town to beach town with ease.

Partiers will appreciate the assortment of swank pads located throughout West Hollywood such as Chateau Marmont Hotel and the Mondrian, while (super) laid-back lifestyle lovers will appreciate Long Beach where you can score a stateroom aboard the Queen Mary. There are also numerous choices to be found that are off-the-beaten path as well such as the Doubletree Hotel in Westwood (UCLA), the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in trendy (but tucked away) Silver Lake, and the Best Western Eagle Rock Inn (near Staples Center, Dodger’s Stadium). But, if you’re pressed for time and want see and do as much as you possibly can during your stay in L.A., stick to the popular spots – this will help you save (slightly) on driving times.

Other worthy L.A. Hotels include luxury hotels such as the Regent Beverly Wilshire, Raffles L’ermitage, and Le Meridien at Beverly Hills, and stylish Sunset accommodations including The Argyle, Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas, and The Standard. Room types run the gamut from villas that feel like vacation homes to elegant suites and spacious studios. If you want to stay right in the heart of Hollywood, try The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, or the The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Although you can always drive to attractions that can be found in places such as downtown L.A., Burbank, and Universal City, you can always book a room in these areas if the plan is to spend most of your time touring stadiums, studios, and the production side of tinsel town. Staples Center and Dodger’s Stadium can be found in and adjacent to Downtown L.A., along with several excellent hotels such as the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, the Hilton Checkers Los Angeles, and L.A.’s largest hotel the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites. There are quite a few stylish budget options as well such as The Standard, Downtown L.A., the Figueroa Hotel, the Kawada Hotel, and Inn at 657.

In Burbank check out The Graciela Burbank, which is located in close proximity to Burbank’s TV and movie studios as well as the Coast Anabelle Hotel. In North Hollywood try the Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn and in Universal City try the Sheraton Universal or the Hilton Universal City and Towers.

If you want more information about L.A. hotels, pick up a copy of the LA Weekly, L.A.’s largest and most popular free weekly featuring information about art, entertainment, film, music, dining, travel, and events in and around Los Angeles. You can also check out the entertainment section of the Los Angeles Times – L.A.’s only major metropolitan newspaper, or The Weekly Time Out. Visit the Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal Blog for reviews and deals on hotels in and around L.A.

You can also find useful information about the hotel scene in L.A. by visiting the following popular websites:

W Cities
Excellent place to find out about events and tours around L.A. as well as information on dining, shopping, hotels, recreation, attractions, and nightlife.

Fodors.com or Frommers.com
Fodors.com and Frommers.com features summaries of places to shop, see, dine, and sleep in and around L.A. If you want a quick list of the top spots in L.A., you’ll find it here!

LonelyPlanet.com
Lonely Planet features background information and fast facts about L.A., as well as places to see, an image gallery, and travel tips.

VirtualTourist.com
Read reviews from people just like you that have been to the places you want to go. Expect to find raw reviews (and opinions) on just about everything from restaurants and nightlife to hotels, shopping, and sightseeing.

TripResource.com
This is an excellent resource for international travel information. You can find the best deals on L.A. hotels, airfare, car rentals, and more. You can also find information about L.A. weather, currency, passport information, etc.

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