We stayed at the Hollywood Hotel for 4 nights. The main reason for choosing it was its proximity to public transport as we were travelling without a car. To get to the hotel we got the Flyaway bus from LAX to Union Station and then the Metro Red Line to Vermont/Santa Monica station. You can see the hotel as soon as you come out of the station, that's how close it is! We upgraded to a Suite at the hotel as the price was reasonable. The room was big with a seating area as well as a small dining area and kitchen but we felt that it was in need of some updating. Our room overlooked the courtyard, which is a lovely area with seating,plants and a fountain. Breakfast was included in the price and there was plenty of choice- the made to order waffles were especially good! The staff were friendly and helpful and arranged a taxi for us one night. If you are staying over a weekend, there is a shuttle bus to Griffith Observatory, which leaves from outside Vermont/Sunset Station just up the road. The bus costs 50cents and most of the museum is free. On Santa Monica Boulevard, just down from the hotel, you can catch a bus (#704) straight to Santa Monica, it takes about an hour and costs $1.50. The area directly around the hotel is definitely not the nicest, something I was concerned about after reading other reviews, but it was fine even when we walked back at night. The subway is also fine, despite what we were told and any trip is $1.50. If you head a couple of blocks to the right, the area does improve and there are places to eat and a supermarket. I would recommend a trip to Yogurtland, turn left out of the hotel and you're there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hollywood Hotel is Where All the Action Begins! Hollywood Hotel is conveniently located across the street from a Redline Metro ( Subway or Tube ) station at the corner of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd.. Hollywood Hotel has just completed a restoration of it's 3000 sq ft courtyard, an outdoor oasis, which can hold up to 100 people. Inspired by the relaxed style of the Mediterranean, the courtyard features all weather vintage country style wicker sofas and lounge chairs, premium teak beam tables and a classic mission style fountain surrounded by giant bird of paradise and flowers. A perfect setting for relaxation and drinks after a day of Hollywood sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Inn Los Angeles
- Ramada Hollywood Near Universal Studios
- Ramada Los Angeles