Where to Stay in Los Angeles
SPORTSMEN'S LODGE HOTEL The big draw for kids at this unpretentious hotel in family-friendly Studio City is a heated Olympic-size pool. A popular perk: free shuttles and ticket discounts to Universal Studios. Doubles start at $124. 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; 818-769-4700; www.slhotel.com
LE PARC SUITE HOTEL The spaciousness of the rooms at this all-suite hotel, tucked into a residential street, will appeal to parents, as will the mini fridges, microwaves, and CD players in every room. For the kids, there's a rooftop pool. For a quick bite, walk down to Melrose Avenue for a chicken curry sandwich at the Urth Caffé. The people-watching there -- beautiful people, that is -- is trés amusing. Doubles start at $165. 733 West Knoll Dr., West Hollywood. 310-855-8888; www.leparcsuites.com
LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH HOTEL Strangely enough, in the land of endless summer, there are very few actual beachfront hotels. Here, you are literally on the ocean, steps from the Santa Monica Pier, and within walking distance of the Third Street Promenade. Other perks include a lovely swimming pool and a free gift for kids (cookies or a sand pail) at check-in. Doubles with ocean views start at $350, street-facing rooms at $275. 1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica; 310-458-6700; www.loewshotels.com
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL Who wouldn't want to visit the Pink Palace in the leafy paradise of Beverly Hills? This landmark hotel gives kids a card that entitles them to free drinks at either the retro cool Fountain Coffee Shop or the Cabana Cafe by the beautiful pool. Mom and Dad may want to drop by the fitness center, take advantage of the two tennis courts, or check out the famous Polo Lounge. Doubles start at $420 a night. (The famous detached bungalows, which feature sitting areas and more privacy, start at $460.) 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-276-2251; www.thebeverlyhillshotel.com
Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with permission from the October 2005 issue of Child magazine.