Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Welcome to the Land of Fame, Excess

Figuring out what part of a big city to stay in can be a daunting task. When we decided we were making the trip out to Los Angeles, the first thing I did was query my West Coast friends as to some of the best places to stay. One of the suggestions that kept coming up was the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. A quick glance at their website sold me.

While the Huntley was quite posh and the amenities were wonderful, we felt like we were a bit further from the action than we wanted to be. So for our second trip, our goal was to stay right in Hollywood, either on the Sunset Strip or Hollywood Boulevard. A quick look on expedia made me think that this wasn’t possible, given our budget. That is….until I found a diamond in the rough.

Tucked in between the big, fancy hotels lining the Sunset Strip is a Best Western. You read that right…a BEST WESTERN! Of course, I was skeptical. I read all of the reviews posted on tripadvisor.com (and cross referenced the hotel with the Bed Bug Registry – more on that in a future post) and was pleasantly surprised. People are digging this hotel. We couldn’t argue with the rates, so we took a gamble that paid off big time.

Our flight got in super late and the front desk was very accommodating with our late check in. The room itself was very comfortable. What we loved the most was that we had shuttered windows that opened to the courtyard and pool below. I actually felt like we were staying at Melrose Place.

Location wise, the Best Western Sunset Plaza is in the heart of the action. The Chateau Marmont is literally right across the street, as is the Saddle Ranch Chop House, as well as one of Johnny Depp’s houses. Further down the strip are the Roxy, Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go and Rainbow Bar & Grill.

The hotel provided a complimentary breakfast consisting of the usual suspects – coffee/tea, cereals, fruit, bagels and freshly made Belgian waffles – my favorite. This feature is always a huge plus in my book because, right off the bat, we’re saving money on what we would have paid for a sit down breakfast. 

Parking at this hotel was fantastic. It’s a self-parking lot, which in my opinion is SO much better than having to wait for (and tip!) a valet every.single.time you need your car. Plus, we couldn’t argue with the rate - $14 per day, as opposed to the $30 per day we paid at the Huntley.

If you’re looking for a great and affordable way to experience Los Angeles, look no further than the Best Western Sunset Plaza. You will not regret it!

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