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London hotel & west Hollywood

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London hotel & west Hollywood

Hi

We are looking to come to America in August and spend 5 nights in LA as part of our trip. We are bringing our 8 year old and like the look of the London hotel! Is the hotel and area ok for children? Lots of nice restaurants etc? Or do we go old school glamour and do the Beverley Hills Hotel?

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1. Re: London hotel & west Hollywood

The London is a great hotel and its in a very nice area but this area also happens to be a big night life area - f you look at a map, you'll see that The London is just south of Sunset Blvd., and this particular part of Sunset Blvd. is known as the Sunset Strip and one of the bigger night life areas in LA. The London itself is part of "the scene" in this area and a lot of guests at the hotel will probably be there for the night life. So it probably would not be my first choice with children. There are some good restaurants nearby the hotel.

Beverly Hills Hotel is also in a very nice area, much more subdued - the surrounding area is basically residential. This hotel has a couple of very famous on-site eateries, but there won't be any other restaurants in the immediate (walking distance) vicinity.

If your budget would allow for the Beverly Hills hotel, and if you would like to be in area with more restaurants, you might look to a hotel like the Beverly Wilshire, which is also very nice and is on the edge of the more active "golden triangle" portion of Beverly Hills (the area bounded by Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica Blvd. and Rexford Drive, where there are tons of great restaurants.

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I think you're better off at the Beverly Wilshire, also. London is lovely, but the area isn't great for kids and there's not much to walk to for kids.

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Hi thanks for the updates. We as a family prefer the more boutique style hotels to the big corporate ones! The Beverly Wilshire looks great but the pool area looks a bit dated...where as the rooftop pool area at the London looks great! Our 8 year old is very much into hip and cool places as he's been taken to hotels like this all his life so would the lobdon still suit? Also regarding getting a taxi to Beverley Hills areas for the restaurants is that far? Thanks

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Well, "Hip and cool places" in nightlife areas packed with bars, live music clubs and trendy restaurants is not what I would associate as 'okay for kids' but if your son is a sophisticate, then there really isn't any neighborhood with 3-star and above hotels that wouldn't suit.

If it were me (and I'll start by saying that the Sunset Strip is an okay place to visit but I wouldn't want to stay there), I wouldn't stay at the London, no matter how hip and cool it looked but that's up to you. My preference, especially with a child would be just south of West Hollywood in the Beverly Grove area (between Beverly Hills at the west and the Grove shopping Center at the east).

This neighborhood is packed with dining options of all kinds and in all price ranges. There are no 'stand alone' bars here (many of the restaurants have bars, though) and no nightclubs. There are also 3 major shopping malls - an upmarket one, a mid-range one and a mini-outlet.

If you weren't content with the dining options in this area, it would be a drive or taxi ride of less than 10 minutes to restaurants in Beverly Hills as well as to those on the Sunset Strip. If a sexy pool is one of your requirements, look at the Hotel Wilshire (which is actually a little bit south of Beverly Grove). Be sure you're looking at the right hotels since there are many with the word "Wilshire" in it. Here's their website and reviews (link and scroll down for the reviews):

Hotel's website:

http://www.hotelwilshire.com/

Reviews:

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32655-d2236331…

The hotel is part of the Kimpton chain, known for its boutique-style properties.

In Beverly Grove proper, there are:

1. The Sofitel (and spa): The hotel has a terrible website (really hard to navigate so I won't link to it).

Here are reviews (link and scroll down)

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32655-d76083-R…

The hotel has the words "Beverly Hills" in its title but it's not in Beverly Hills (but is adjacent in a pedestrian-friendly area).

2. The SLS (if you want to splurge): Also, not in Beverly Hills but adjacent to it

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32655-d84463-R…

3. The Orlando

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32655-d84561-R…

Smallish boutique hotel (98 rooms) across the street from one of the best bakeries around, the Magnolia Bakery (yum!).

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6. Re: London hotel & west Hollywood

Wow thanks for those reviews will look at them all now. Just one last question your thoughts on The Beverley Hills Hotel?

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7. Re: London hotel & west Hollywood

Beverly Hills Hotel is one of the best hotels in the city, but I wouldn't call it "hip". This is why we've all recommended the Beverly Wilshire, it's because you have Beverly Hills Hotel on your list, but Beverly Wilshire is better located for walking to shops, restaurants, etc. Beverly HIlls Hotel is isolated, you need your car to get even a cup of coffee.

Also consider hotels in Santa Monica, not sure why you're not considering SM (Shutters, Loews, JW Merigot, Viceroy, ShangriLa).

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8. Re: London hotel & west Hollywood

Hi thought about Santa Monica but we are doing the Montage at Laguna Beach later on in the trip! Would Santa Monica be a better choice over Beverley Hills? Sorry for all the questions

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9. Re: London hotel & west Hollywood

Depends what you are looking for. Beverly Hills has a lot of luxury hotels, but then too so does Santa Monica. Santa Monica has the beach, lots of shopping, lots of restaurants. Beverly Hills tends to be more central and has all the shopping and restaurants too, but everything there tends to be more upscale and pricey. If you are already going to get beach time at the Montage, then certainly not necessary to do Santa Monica, but its a very viable alternative - add Casa Del Mar to the list of Santa Monica hotels mentioned above.

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Unlike the Montage in Laguna, which is a self-contained resort, staying in Santa Monica means walking to endless shopping, restaurants, cafes, things for your son (arcades and playgrounds). It's not just the beach, it's a vibrant city.

Shutters, Casa del Mar, JW Merigot, Loews are the hotels to look into.