We love our families; really we do. That doesn’t mean we necessarily want them sleeping on our couch. Or using our shower. Or scarfing every single last one of our Christmas cookies before we could even GET one! No; unless you’re Brangelina and you can put up your relatives in the separate mansion annex you bought for your four nannies, you don’t want to go there. In fact, you don’t want the conversation to even go there. When your relations bring up the being put up, nip that puppy in the bud with, “I know some great hotels.” Protect your sanity and book them into one of the choices on our Handy Hotel Holiday Guide for all the major LA neighboorhoods. Let them (and yourself) relax in style (L.A.-style). Eggnog and footie pajamas optional.
Built in 1926, the Hotel Normandie is Historic Cultural Monument #1013. Located in Koreatown, this 91-room hotel has just completed renovations which maintain its stylish 1920s flair while also updating the linens and adding contemporary amenities such as free Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs, and Keurig coffeemakers. Rooms start around $190/night, but will be less with a 25% Introductory offer discount, senior discount or AAA discount. Hotel Normandie, 605 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005.
The Moment Hotel would be an ideal place for your hip aunt to stay. It’s bright, it’s modern, it’s sleek and it’s smack dab in the center of Hollywood, close to Hollywood & Highland with its Walk of Fame, and just a hop, skip and a jump from West Hollywood and the Sunset Strip. It even has a rooftop deck, score! Rooms start around $219/night, but will be less when you pay online up front or use an AAA discount. The Moment Hotel, 7370 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046.
If your family is using this holiday trip as their One Big Vacation of the Year, send them to the L.A. Athletic Club in Downtown LA. They will thank you later! The Club, as its called, is an institution, and its accommodations are simply stunning. Guests can also enjoy access to the world-class sports club. If you happen to be a member of the Club already, your guests will receive special rates and services. A tip we heard from an insider is their rollaways are large and comfortable, so you may be able to get away with more people in one room. Rooms start around $299/night but will be less for guests of aforementioned members or with a AAA discount. The Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 West Seventh Street, Los Angeles, California 90014.
For family members looking for a home-y travel experience, try the Los Feliz Lodge. This will be just right for family looking for longer stays, as the Los Feliz Lodge consists of adorably decorated 1 bedroom “casitas” and “villas,” with full kitchens. Your family will feel right at home, and if your own apartment isn’t great for entertaining, you could even consider having your holiday gathering here. Just around the corner from the many shops and restaurants in Los Feliz. Rates start around $155/night for weeknights. Los Feliz Lodge, 1509 N. Hoover Street Los Angeles, CA 90027.
Hotel Erwin is a fairly small hotel in the heart of Venice. Your family will flip for the rooftop area, with libations and food, comfortable seating and glorious ocean views. The staff here is rumored to be quite friendly, and the rooms have a contemporary beachy feel. Rooms start around $199. Hotel Erwin, 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA 90291.
For budget conscious family members who still want to have a bit of the Hollywood experience but stay close to the Valley, the studios, and Hollywood, recommend the Tangerine Hotel in Burbank. This former motel has been tastefully redone, and while it’s not the over-the-top luxury you’ll find in a larger hotel, your guests will be comfortable and stay in style! It’s painted a fun orange out front as the name implies and it’s a super clean, cute place to stay. Rooms start around $139/night. Tangerine Hotel, 3901 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA, 91505.
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