Price From $139
'Hood Culver City, a little pocket of hipness in an otherwise nondescript area south of Interstate 10, five miles inland from Venice Beach; downtown L.A. is 12 miles away. Popular restaurants, most with outdoor seating, surround the hotel, keeping the sidewalks busy and cheerful late into the evening.
The Vibe Once a home to Greta Garbo, and formerly owned by John Wayne, this 1920s-era building is one of Tinseltown's most storied addresses. The lobby's plush, antique chairs and elegant picture windows are your first hints that the hotel values its past as much as its present.
Rooms Antique chairs and armoires, dramatic curtains around the beds, and thick decorative brocades evoke the Hollywood heyday of the 1920s and '30s. Ask for a room on the third through sixth floors, with good views of the Hollywood Hills.
Plus The third-floor hallway is lined with movie posters and plaques describing the Hollywood shenanigans that occurred on the premises.
Minus Parking can be a hassle here. The best options are multistory public lots across the street, which charge as little as $6 a night.
Free WiFi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Mastercard, Visa.
Details Doubles from $139, including breakfast.