The best family-friendly hotels in Los Angeles
Los Angeles sprawls over 500 square miles, so when it comes to hotels there’s a lot on offer. Thankfully, whether you want to soak up the sunshine on a Santa Monica beach, head to the La Brea tar pit museum, or take a movie studio tour, High Life has the perfect place for you and the family to bed down between excursions. James Bartlett picks three of his favourites
Trident-shaped and built from Carrara marble and Tuscan stone in the Renaissance style, the 395 rooms of the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, have hosted celebrities, musicians, politicians and royalty since 1928, and appeared in movies such as rom-com favourite Pretty Woman. Kids get special treatment from the moment they arrive, when they’ll find a cuddly toy and other goodies waiting. Rooms have kid-sized robes and toiletries, and special spa treatments are available, too. For the adults, Michelin-starred Cut offers celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s twist on the classic steakhouse, while the room service menu has choices for infants, young children and tweens. There’s also a large lending library of DVDs to watch – plus babysitting services.
People-watching to the max on a stroll along Rodeo Drive and seeing the dizzying fashion, art, jewellery, watch and sportscar excesses of life in La La Land.
Almost all suites can accommodate a family of four, depending on the age of the children, and prices are worthy of an Oscar: expect to pay upwards of $1,000 per night.
Located at the legendary Hollywood and Highland crossroads, the 20-storey Loews Hollywood Hotel is a mid-century modern Gensler design. With 628 rooms, a fifth-floor spa and a rooftop pool, it offers stunning views of the city skyline and is moments from the 2,704 (and counting) stars on the Walk of Fame, the Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Madame Tussauds. If BA’s family check-in zone at Heathrow’s T5 has already smoothed your journey, the Loews Loves Families programme takes over, offering everything from bottle warmers to crayons, cribs to nightlights, child-proofing kits to special menus. Be sure to take a Starline Sightseeing Tour and enjoy some ten-pin bowling at Lucky Strike. If your tribe still has any energy left, you can go star spotting at the Griffith Observatory: on certain days astronomers will set up telescopes to gaze into the twinkling night skies.
The 4,000-plus acres of nearby Griffith Park are also home to the LA Zoo, steam-powered trains, a carousel, hiking trails and much more.
Standard rooms for two adults and two children are £250+ a night, but ones with views of local landmarks are, naturally, more expensive.
The iconic Hollywood sign rests atop the Santa Monica Mountains, but beyond that is the San Fernando Valley, where you’ll find retro-style resort The Garland, a family-owned seven-acre hideaway with 257 rooms that’s just turned 50. Everyone will want to climb aboard the complimentary trolley to nearby Universal Studios and see Harry, Hermione, Ron and friends, but you can also stroll around the hotel gardens or explore the neighbourhood on a guided walk to famous locations such as The Brady Bunch House. All rooms have a balcony, while family suites have a king-size bed and a separate nook with bunk beds and a TV/DVD player. British Airways SkyFlyers gives kids reusable swimming bags during the flight, so you can keep everything dry during poolside activities that include board games, macramé classes, or ‘Dive-In’ movies where you sit back – or get wet – watching big screen classics.
The street treats of the Taste of LA Taco Cart on Saturdays are always popular (when it runs in the summer months), and there’s a regular late-night happy hour at The Front Yard patio bar.
Kids Rooms start at £330, Family Suites at £370.
British Airways Holidays is here to help you find your perfect break. From carefully selected hotels to straightforward car hire, all costs are included in the final price, meaning there are no surprise extras. Plus, with a Customer Promise, ATOL protection and a 24-hour helpline, you’ll have total peace of mind when booking your holiday.
You can earn Avios for all the family by signing up to the British Airways Executive Club and creating a household account (even infants can join, but they only earn when they purchase a seat)