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Trade WeHo for Downtown L.A. Hotels on Grammy Weekend

January 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM | by | ()

Views of Downtown L.A. from the rooftop of The Standard

Awards season has hit its stride in Los Angeles, ushering an even greater influx of A-list celebs, parties, and traffic jams that are already all-too-common in the entertainment capital of the world. It's also an immensely popular time to travel to the city, meaning hotels, especially those luxurious playgrounds for young and rich US Weekly regulars are more packed than usual.

This weekend's Grammy awards are taking place at the gargantuan Staples Center, and there's still time to book it to La-La Land in hopes of seeing Taylor or GaGa or Beyonce (cue heart palpitations and OMG-ing). Rather than try to find rooms at Chateau Marmont, the Roosevelt, or other West Hollywood/Hollywood hotspots, we opted to do some research into what's going on Downtown, where the awards are being held.

The first place we checked was the Millennium Biltmore, namely because it's one of the better locations to stay if you're planning on milling around the Staples Center pre-show. Though, be warned, many streets are sure to be closed off and security will be tight, so you'll get a distant glance at the stars at best.

In any case, rooms at the Biltmore start at $202 for a Standard King Room. No Grammy package, but the you'll be near the Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, and a ton of great restaurants that are a part of the Downtown LA renaissance.

We've written about the Los Angeles Athletic Club lately, too, as it's much more than a place to play racquetball. Having recently been renovated by designer Tracy Beckmann to reflect the style of a gentleman's club, the sports facility/hotel is also a good bet for it's proximity to the Grammy action. We found rooms starting at a very reasonable $149/night through Monday.

Then, of course, there's the Standard Downtown, where nominee Britney Spears was once said to have "seduced" a co-ed. It's right next to the L.A. Public Library and near Chaya Downtown, and those rooftop views are pretty fantastic. We're trying to banish memories those hazardous waste disposal charges we wrote about a year ago. Rooms here start at a whopping $254.66, but if its a slick and seductive atmosphere you're looking for, this is the most Grammy-appropriate of the three hotels we've mentioned.

[Photo: IK's World Trip]

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