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Good Rate: BH's Best Western Pavillion

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  Site Where: 9360 Wilshire Blvd [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
March 2, 2006 at 2:42 PM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature, where we profile two hotels in the same city and decide if the rates offered are acceptable or totally bogus. First stop, Beverly Hills. As always, these are the rates when we were looking at them and they are subject to change. Enjoy.]

Let's face it. Visiting Los Angeles can be expensive. You gotta rent a car. You gotta valet the car. You gotta pay a parking ticket because you parked your car and forgot to feed the meter. You gotta eat out, hit the clubs and you gotta shop.

So you might want to cut down on your hotel costs. Which is why the Best Western Beverly Pavillion in Beverly Hills is a steal. We know what you are thinking, Best Western? But if you want to stay in Beverly Hills, which is cleaner, safer and closer to sightseeing than other parts of LA, then you can either go broke at a luxury hotel or pay an acceptable rate and do all the same things. Also since this hotel will become a Thompson hotel in the very near future and no longer a bargain, you might as well take advantage of one of the few bargain places left in the city.

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For a weekend, room rates are $120, if you book the 21-day advance, no cancellation deal. (Basically, this reservation is set in stone and you can't get out of it.) If you have a AAA membership, you can get the room for $128.  Otherwise, fork over $159, which is great compared to the $450+ rates of other nearby spots.

There's a rooftop pool and sundeck that are very sparsely furnished--there's no lounge chairs--but are very clean and you cannot beat the views of the Hollywood sign, the Hills, downtown Los Angeles and Century City.  It's also surprisingly easy to access--we walked right in and took the elevator up and did not have to show any key cards or passes.

Because it's a Best Western, its basic function is to check you in and check you out. The rooms are standard Best Western rooms and the hallways look a little beat up but still very clean.

There's a bar and grill in the hotel but really with Spago just around the corner, you should eat there. You're saving money on the room right?

The legendary shops and restaurants of Rodeo Drive are three blocks away and being smack dab in the middle of Beverly Hills you can drive 15 minutes in one way and be in Santa Monica or 15 minutes in the other direction and be in Hollywood.

You can also balk Angeleno tradition and walk (gasp!) to anything you need as a drugstore, coffee shop, and a newspaper stand are all close by.

And when the going gets rough you can always pop into the luxury hotels to hang out in their lobbies and pretend you're staying there without paying the money.

Related Stories:
· Best Western Beverly Pavillion reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Hotels in Beverly Hills [HotelChatter]

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