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HotelChatter Questions: Where to Stay In LA?

January 30, 2007 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

A friend of HotelChatter is due for a trip to LA to partake in some sort of awards season boondoggle. The Industry has presented her three hotel choices to choose from based on location to the Wrap Event in question: The Sofitel Los Angeles, The Elan Modern and The Orlando. She needs to book, yesterday, and wanted a quick rundown of HotelChatter knowledge. As always, we like to help out our friends. Go this way for our hotel thoughts on this matter.

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SOFITEL LOS ANGELES
The Sofitel Los Angeles is approximately 2.2 miles from the Wrap Event in question and is our number one choice. Recently redone, the hotel boasts sleek, black decor in the lobby and rooms that are furnished with modern amenities and furniture. What's great about booking this hotel is that the web site has an interactive tour of the rooms labeling all these amenities that are found in each type of room, so you know exactly what you are getting.

Also, the hotel has a great nightlife scene with Rande Gerber's Stone Rose Lounge and the Simon LA restaurant, known for its eye and junk candy. Of course, all this hotel goodness comes with a steep price tag of $300 a night on the weekends.

ELAN HOTEL MODERN
The Elan is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Sofitel and to be honest, we've probably driven by that place a million times and not realized it was an actual hotel. The location is on the corner of the block but there's no grand entrance and from what we can see from the street, there's not much of a lobby. Indeed this place used to be an "old person's home." But reviewers on TripAdvisor love the place for its location near the Beverly Center and The Grove shopping, friendly service, European boutique feel and reasonable rates. Rooms start at $179.

ORLANDO HOTEL
The Orlando gets less stellar reviews than Elan Hotel Modern (despite being a Preferred Boutique member) like thin room walls, ok amenities, outdated bathrooms and a teeny tiny pool. However, the place still gets props for the location a block east of La Cienaga on Third Street, which has some vintage shopping (Polkadots and Moonbeams) along with some trendy designers stores (Trina Turk and Lulu Guiness.) Rates start at $229 for a weekend and include 50 percent off parking, breakfast, and a $10 taxi voucher. Although we suggest using the taxi voucher to go further east on Third for some better breakfast spots.

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