A lovely upscale hotel is the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel (1755 N. Highland Ave., 323/856-1200, www.renaissancehollywood.com, $313). Right at the corner of Hollywood and Highland, you’ll be in the thick of all the action here. This hotel has taken the SoCal mid-century modern style and given it some new millennium touches to create a colorful, high-end property that appeals to well-heeled travelers of many tastes. With more than 600 rooms, you’ll probably find one to suit you.
Expect eye-piercingly bright blue, yellow, and red bedspreads and upholstered chairs in sizeable rooms, some with nice city views. Kids are welcome here, and the hotel offers childcare for parents looking a few hours’ respite or more adult attractions. If you’re not up for the Walk of Fame or the Wax Museum, grab a chaise lounge on the rooftop pool or just order room service.
To dine in true style, try Twist, the on-site California cuisine restaurant that features small bites to let diners try as many menu items as they can stand. If you’re staying at the Renaissance to admire the modern artistic touches, get a brochure from the desk and take a tour of the common spaces, which display more than 70 works of colorful modern art for your admiration (many by local artists).
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition