Price From $179
'Hood Brentwood, a neighborhood dominated by the Getty museum, perched in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The UCLA campus and ritzy Bel Air are a five-minute drive away.
The Vibe What was once a lonely Holiday Inn is now a subdued Joie de Vivre property. In the evening, the rooftop lounge comes alive as young professionals flock there for after-work drinks and music and to take in the 180-degree vista.
Rooms Amenities such as pillow-top mattresses and iPod docks are standard—plus, each of the 209 rooms has a balcony (thanks to the hotel's tower structure). Request one ending in 01 for views stretching from downtown Los Angeles to the ocean.
Plus The hotel's free car service (reservations required) will take you anywhere within a three-mile radius, including the Getty.
Minus If you bring your own car, parking at the hotel means ponying up $20 a night for valet service.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Mastercard, Visa.
Details Doubles from $179.