If you’re deciding where to stay during your trip to Los Angeles, you may want to consider Hotel Angeleno, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel because of its convenient location and cool 70s-style round shape.
When I first arrived I thought it was in the middle of nowhere – that’s because I am a naive New Yorker expecting every city to have bodegas, shops, liquor stores, bars and restaurants on every block. You’ll find none of these within sight of Hotel Angeleno, but it IS close to all the major attractions via car. That’s right, everyone here drives. (And, FYI, this hotel has free valet parking).
Don’t feel like renting a car? There is actually a bus station across the street if you want to do public transit. And even better, the hotel provides a free shuttle to anywhere within three miles, including the popular Getty Center. I personally used Uber X while I was there and found it wasn’t too expensive (under $20 taxi ride to Santa Monica’s Palisades Park and a mere $4 to Brentwood).
While the rooms at Hotel Angeleno were nothing special in terms of design, the beds were really comfy (which is really all that matters, right?).
Also, I can’t complain about free wifi! Traveling on business, I needed to upgrade to the faster wifi to get things done but standard would have been just fine for any tourist. The hotel also has a business center downstairs where you can log online using their computers for 20 minutes for free, and pay-per-print.
Each room has its own small private balcony with a grand view of…. the highway and residential apartments. Some guests were complaining about noise from the freeway, but since I’m a city girl born and raised I didn’t even notice it. I can’t sleep if it’s quiet!
Below are some photos from Hotel Angeleno’s website that accurately depict the inside. Since I was very busy this trip I didn’t have time to snap them all myself.
Free valet parking, and everyone working at the door and front desk are beyond friendly and ready to help you with calling a taxi, directions, storing your luggage, etc.
The lobby was a comfortable place to hang out when I arrived too early to check in. There is also free wifi there, and outlets.
The weather wasn’t the best on this trip so I stuck inside most of the time (yes, I am that unlucky person who goes to Los Angeles in the rain). But there is a small pool area.
One of the best things about this hotel was the lobby cafe, where you can buy snacks, bottles of wine to bring up to your room, and COFFEE. Being able to grab an iced coffee before heading off for the day was a life saver.
Don’t forget to check out West Restaurant & Lounge on the top floor, with great panoramic views of the city. While I can’t speak much to the scene or the food (I ate one appetizer and was only there for about an hour on a weeknight), it’s worth stopping by just for the scenery.
Hotel Angeleno will fulfill all your needs if you’re traveling on business or looking to explore all the different parts of Los Angeles. It’s right on the freeway and a 20-minute drive to almost everything. It’s not particularly luxe or romantic, but the price is quite affordable and the friendly staff get five stars!
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