Home To The Stars
Let’s talk Los Angeles’ biggest export: movies! While some say there’s an air of broken showbiz dreams and crooked studios looming in LA (cue Mulholland Drive), we can’t shun this huge industry. It doesn’t just put actors on the map, but also employs set designers, animators, producers, costume designers, and countless others.
During awards season, the Kodak Theater becomes a mecca for all things showbiz. The Academy Awards are the ultimate prize, where Oscars are awarded yearly to the very best in film. Expect madness if you’re in the area. Traffic, flashing lights, paparazzi stampedes, and screaming fans included. But if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the action, there’s no better place to go than the Kodak Theater area.
If you’re wondering where you can spot celebs, look no further than the home of the rich–and the richer–Beverly Hills. This neighborhood invented old school Los Angeles luxury. You can be a tourist here. We won’t tell anyone. Walk down Rodeo Drive, re-enact your favorite Pretty Woman scenes, or appreciate the sprawling mansions that line the streets. If you’re feeling extra tourist-y, you can attend home tours in the area and get a peek inside some of the gilded gates.
For those of the art-house and independent film persuasion, LA offers an alternative to the big budget-productions of Hollywood. The Film Independent Spirit Awards, in conjunction with the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), have been steadily nurturing emerging talent. They compile a talent-stacked collection of films to screen every year in June. Score some early tickets and don’t miss out on viewing a project that may be the next big thing.
Four Seasons Beverly Hills
The Four Season Beverly Hills is always associated with the highest level of hospitality, and would be a luxurious place to call home during awards season. You may end up being neighbors with George and Amal, but this place is all about privacy. They are the celebrity pro’s, after all. Whether you’re walking the carpet or not, we recommend that you splurge on one of their spa treatments and get your camera-ready glow on. You won’t regret this kind of lavish living–since it’s only for a few days.
This boutique hotel is ingrained in Hollywood film and music culture. Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison and countless other famous names have rested their heads here. Chateau Marmont is the spot for anyone who’s someone–or those who want to be. Awards season is a busy one, so be prepared to dodge paparazzi crowds. In case you didn’t know, this is an André Balazs property, so you should expect sex appeal, moody interiors, and lots of stories within the famous walls.
Peninsula Beverly Hills
Get treated to some of that old Hollywood glamour at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, where a more mature crowd is the typical clientele. Exclusivity is of the utmost importance in this gorgeous hotel, and during the Academy Awards it’s taken to the next level, with the entire staff prepped for a star-studded and demanding season. Expect loads of flashing bulbs outside the hotel, but inside you will find peace and quiet, and all the attention to detail you can possibly imagine.
Since 1963, key players in the music and film industry have utilized the Sunset Marquis as their home away from home. This private, relaxing, and cozy hotel is just steps away from the famed Whiskey a Go Go nightclub, which was frequented by The Doors, Led Zeppelin and other famous bands. Today, you can still spot The Boss hanging out by the pool at times. The staff is no stranger to Academy Awards season, and is there to address the needs of every guest. Whether you’re headed to the show or simply catching it on TV, you’ll feel immersed in the action here.
Farmer's Daughter Hotel
We can’t round up all the hotels in this list without including one that won’t break the bank. Cue the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel. This boutique hotel on Fairfax is the rustic-inspired, laid back option for travelers seeking a beautiful but down to earth hotel. Between the breezy, comfortable rooms, the lunch menu at Tart (not to be missed!), and its proximity to all Hollywood icons, we can’t think of a reason not to book here.