Whether you’re visiting a student, checking out the campus, traveling for business, or simply passing through on vacation, there are numerous reasons to visit the UCLA area. You’ll of course needs somewhere to stay if you do find yourself traveling to this part of Los Angeles.
Luckily, you have plenty of options from which to choose. The following are some of the more noteworthy. Keep them in mind if you’re planning a trip to UCLA in the near future.
Where You Should Stay When Visiting UCLA
Century Park Hotel
Convenience is key when choosing a hotel near a particular destination. You don’t want to sacrifice quality simply to be closer to the area where you’ll be spending most of your time, but you also don’t want to be so far away from your destination that traveling between it and your hotel throughout your visit becomes a hassle.
That’s fortunately not something you need to worry about if you opt to stay at Century Park Hotel. By car, it takes just a little over five minutes to reach UCLA from here. The fact that it’s in a busy part of the city means you also won’t have any trouble scheduling a ride if you don’t have your own vehicle.
However, easy access to UCLA’s campus is by no means the only reason to stay at Century Park Hotel. It’s also an ideal choice if you wish to enjoy a true boutique hotel experience. Although the property has been around for upwards of 30 years, it was recently renovated, ensuring all rooms are clean, comfortable, and designed to leave a lasting impression.
To get a better sense of your options, check out the pictures of the rooms available in the online gallery.
The various room designs allow for a flexible lodging experience. Additionally, along with unique interior design styles, the various rooms at Century Park Hotel are available in a wide range of sizes, from a smaller space that sleeps two, all the way up to larger rooms designed to accommodate groups of 10 or more people. This makes finding the right space for your group and budget very easy.
Rates will of course vary depending on what type of room you choose to book. Factors such as when you are planning your stay will also contribute to the overall cost. A relatively smaller room may be available for as little as $126 a night, and up to around $194 (and potentially more during very busy seasons) a night. You can learn more about rates online.
The main point to understand is that Century Park Hotel provides you with options. Regardless of your budget, you can find a room here that allows you to enjoy an elegant experience without spending more than you can afford. Of course, if you’d prefer to splurge on the fanciest room in the hotel, that’s always an option.
Your stay will thankfully be pleasant regardless of which type of room you stay in. To make your visit even more convenient, Century Park Hotel offers complimentary breakfast and in-room WiFi. This makes it ideal for everyone from business travelers to vacationing families. It’s also located near some of the finest dining in this section of LA, ensuring you’ll always have somewhere to turn when you want a delicious meal.
Courtyard Marriott Century City
This nearby hotel offers the reliable and consistent experience many frequent travelers have come to expect from the popular Courtyard Marriott chain of hotels. As always, rates and room styles vary depending on the needs of each individual guest. For instance, a Suite room at the Courtyard Marriott Century City can cost $340 a night. Smaller rooms for single guests obviously charge less, although, again, various factors come into play when determining costs. The hotel also offers free WiFi for those who need to work while traveling.
The Beverly Hilton
Hilton is another popular hotel brand that is known for providing guests with a fairly standard experience they can rely on. As with all the other options on this list, it’s also a quick drive from UCLA.
The Beverly Hilton is an option to consider if you’re not sure what type of room you may want to stay in just yet. The hotel offers a range of different room styles catering to a range of different tastes. The Wilshire Tower rooms consist of 16 king rooms and suites, along with a few select penthouses for guests who wish to experience a greater degree of luxury. Guests who would prefer to be closer to the pool may instead wish to stay in one of the Cabana Rooms. Along with being close to the hotel’s pool, these rooms boast a tropical theme that may appeal to certain travelers who wish to feel as though they’re on an exotic location, even when staying inside. The Oasis collection of rooms may be more attractive to people who want a little peace, quiet, and privacy during their stay. The hotel also features accessible rooms for guests who might struggle to reach rooms in other areas of the property.
Once again, the type of room you decide to stay in (along with other relevant factors, such as when you’re going to be in town) will naturally contribute to the rate. For example, a Cabana Room near the pool with one King bed would cost approximately $300 a night in the middle of March. Prices tend to increase from there depending on whether you wish to add certain features to your room. For instance, a King Deluxe room with an additional terrace would go for about $309 a night this time of year. A luxury suite with one King bed and one bedroom would be around $1,368.
UCLA Tiverton House
It’s important to point out that different hotels serve different purposes. Depending on the reason you are traveling to the UCLA area, certain hotels may thus be more attractive to you than others.
That’s why it’s worth including the UCLA Tiverton House on this list of nearby properties. As the name implies, this hotel is very close to campus, and also offers guests access to UCLA via a free shuttle.
However, UCLA Tiverton House isn’t necessarily the right hotel for everyone visiting this part of LA. That’s because it was specifically designed to serve the needs of patients at UCLA Medical Center and their families. It’s therefore only worth considering if you’re visiting the area because a family member staying at UCLA Medical Center and wish to be near them. If you’re traveling to UCLA for any other reason, you’re likely better off looking into other spots in the area.
Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel & Spa
As the name implies, you can expect this hotel to deliver on two key factors: it’s located in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of LA, and it’s home to a spa, should you want to indulge in a little relaxation during your trip. Of course, it’s also very close to UCLA, allowing relatively easy access to the campus any time you need to head over.
Guests of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Spa have two major options from which to choose when deciding what type of room they would like to stay in. They can select a traditional room of varying sizes, or if they would prefer something more spacious, they can opt for a more luxurious suite. Again, it all depends on how much you wish to spend.
The team here also clearly makes an attempt to cater to guests interested in wellness experiences. Along with traditional spa treatments, the hotel also offers guests the opportunity to exercise at its fitness center or pamper themselves at the on-site salon.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
This is yet another entry on this list whose name clearly indicates its location. Fortunately, if you’re in any part of Beverly Hills, you’ll always still be relatively close to UCLA.
It’s once again worth noting that different hotels in the area are designed to cater to different types of guests. For example, because the Beverly Hills Hotel aspires to provide guests with a luxurious experience in as many capacities as possible, it’s not exactly the most affordable entry here.
Consider how the rates of its rooms compare to some of the other hotels this blog entry covers. Rates for a basic Superior Room start at $595 a night, while a Deluxe Room starts at $812 a night.
Prices typically go up from there. Like many of the other hotels in the area, the Beverly Hills Hotel offers guests a range of lodging options. Someone interested in having a little more space in which to relax might opt for a Junior Suite, starting at $1059. Those willing to pay even more for a unique experience can choose to stay at one of the hotel’s famous Bungalows, where stars such as Marilyn Monroe once stayed. The hotel of course complements its lodgings with a pool, several on-site restaurants and bars, and numerous other amenities.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is likely not a place anyone would consider staying if they’re not willing to spend a decent amount of money on a hotel room. Luckily, that doesn’t mean travelers with tighter budgets can’t enjoy a luxurious experience while staying near UCLA. Thanks to the rise of such boutique hotels as Century Park, it’s entirely possible to enjoy true luxury without paying more than you can afford.
Hotel Bel-Air is owned by the same hospitality group that owns the Beverly Hills Hotel. Unsurprisingly, it also emphasizes luxury, though in slightly different type of setting.
Hotel Bel-Air is tucked away in wooded hills. The hotel’s website in fact describes the spot as a hidden sanctuary. Guests may wish to stay here if they would like to feel as though they’ve escaped from the hustle and bustle of the city when they return to their rooms after a day of exploring LA.
Room options and rates are very similar to those at the Beverly Hills Hotel. For instance, rates for a standard Superior Room currently start at $695 a night. However, rates can range substantially. The Swan Lake Suite (one of several different suites available at the hotel) currently goes for $3060 a night.
Like its nearby counterpart, Hotel Bel-Air is not trying to provide accommodations for people on a budget. It’s aim is to offer a memorable experience. The amount of money you would pay to stay here will reflect that.
Luxe Sunset Boulevard
Luxe Sunset Boulevard is yet another area hotel that claims to offer guests a boutique experience. Thus, it’s also another spot where rates can vary depending on the type of room in which you might choose to stay, and when you plan on visiting. For example, in mid-March, a basic Superior Room would typically go for about $252 a night. Prices can also increase if guests choose select additional options, such as a breakfast package. Suites will of course cost more as well, with a Vista Suite starting at $499 a night that time of year. The hotel is also home to rooms designed specifically to accommodate traveling families. An on-site restaurant and pool also offer convenience to guests who may feel like staying nearby during certain times of day.
UCLA Guest House
UCLA Guest House is (as you might assume) located directly on the UCLA campus. It’s been part of the campus and owned by the university for several decades now, serving to provide accommodations to everyone from guest scholars to parents of UCLA students.
That means it may not be the perfect option for everyone traveling to the area. For example, while it might be right for someone who is visiting UCLA to deliver a series of guest lectures, it’s likely not ideal if visiting UCLA is just part of your trip. Additionally, according the UCLA Guest House’s official policies, it’s almost always customary for the hotel to qualify a guest’s visit before determining if they can make a reservation. This is partially due to the fact that the hotel is a non-profit institution with very few rooms which are typically in high demand. That means the hotel’s managers need to ensure they are providing accommodations to people who are genuinely visiting UCLA for a reason that justifies their stay on campus. If you can’t justify why you should be given a reservation at one of the hotel’s rooms, you’ll likely be wasting your time trying to book a stay here.
That said, for those who can demonstrate that they are deserving of a reservation, the hotel provides numerous on-site amenities, such as mail service, a fitness center, and more. You will very likely enjoy your stay here if you’re visiting the UCLA campus for a few days. There aren’t many different types of rooms from which to choose, but this is primarily because the hotel is still technically located on a college campus, and was thus designed to serve a practical purpose for visitors. Again, it wasn’t designed to appeal to all travelers in the area.
Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles Santa Monica
Holiday Inn is another famous hospitality brand. People who choose to stay at a Holiday Inn can usually anticipate a fairly consistent experience. Although some factors and details will naturally vary from one Holiday Inn Express to another, in general, these hotels are designed to offer accommodations people can rely on.
This of course isn’t an option to consider if you’re interested in a boutique or luxury experience. However, it is a convenient option that may appeal to some travelers for a variety of reasons. First, it’s only eight miles away from Los Angeles International Airport, making it easy to reach when you arrive in the city. Rates also currently start at $255.00 a night, making it an affordable option when compared to some of the more luxurious hotels featured on this list. Guests can also take advantage of a full breakfast when starting their days. If you have kids, your kids can enjoy breakfast for free.
Maison 140 Beverly Hills
Boutique hotels are appealing because they provide travelers with the option to stay in settings that evoke a particular feeling or atmosphere. On the one hand, that means certain boutique hotels won’t be right for everyone, as their themes may not be attractive to all guests. On the other hand, this means that those who are interested in their particular themes will very likely enjoy the experiences these hotel offer.
Consider the example of Maison 140 Beverly Hills. This boutique hotel’s interiors were inspired by the elegance of Paris, with rooms designed to make guests feel as though they have stepped into an elegant European destination from days gone by. As always, rates can vary substantially depending on a range of factors, so it’s best to look into your options ahead of time if you’re considering staying here. The hotel also has an on-site bar that looks like something from a classic film. Given it’s name, Bar Noir, that’s perhaps to be expected.
Maison 140 Beverly Hills is located only slightly farther away from UCLA’s campus than most of the other hotels listed here. That said, it’s still only a short drive, and the hotel is close enough to numerous stores to make up for a little bit of extra distance between guests and campus.
Mosaic Hotel is another option worth considering if you’re visiting the UCLA area and would like a boutique experience. Although the hotel doesn’t boast a unique theme like Maison 140, nor does it feature a dynamic interior design style like Century Park Hotel, it does earn points for appealing to a relatively wide range of travelers. The 49 rooms here are designed to serve a range of purposes. Some are practical, catering to people who are traveling for business. Others were designed with romance in mind. Thus, regardless of why you’re visiting the UCLA area, you may find a room here that caters to your preferences and needs. It’s not the most affordable option on this list, but it’s also certainly not the most expensive.
SIXTY Beverly Hills
SIXTY Beverly Hills is an immensely chic location that likely appeals to a crowd interested in the spot’s on-site rooftop pool, rooftop lounge, signature restaurant, and of course, comfortable rooms. Access to both the rooftop lounge and pool also provides guests with unique views of Beverly Hills and the surrounding areas of LA at night.
Once again, rates vary because styles of room vary. As of now, a smaller Beverly Hills Queens Superior room may start at around $245 a night in mid-March, with prices increasing throughout the month.
Important Points to Keep in Mind
Before concluding this guide, it’s worth covering some essential points to help you better plan your trip to the UCLA area. First of all, the rates listed here reflect typically what was posted on the official scheduling calendars for these various hotels. It’s always important to remember that rate can and will vary for a variety of reasons. Thus, while the rates covered here are currently accurate, they may not always be in the future. You still need to conduct research ahead of time to confirm what you read about a hotel in the past still holds true.
You also need to consider what’s important to you when deciding to stay near UCLA. Fortunately, all of the hotels featured in this blog entry are within short driving distance of campus, so proximity will never be an issue. That said, being close to campus may not be the only relevant feature of a hotel in your opinion. In addition to being near campus, you might want to enjoy accommodations that offer a unique experience you can’t get anywhere else. If that’s the case, you’d likely want to focus on the boutique hotels here, straying away from the more standard brands.
These are all simply points worth keeping in mind as you prepare to visit UCLA and the surrounding areas of the city. Luckily, with plenty of options from which to choose, you’re sure to find the right hotel for your trip.