12 Coolest Neighborhoods In LA, California, The USA - Updated 2021

coolest neighborhoods in la

Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and the second-most populous city in the United States. Nicknamed the “City of Angels”, it is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and entertainment industry and sprawling metropolis. The city is divided into over 80 districts and neighborhoods. It is often described as the “Creative Capital of the World” as one out of six of its residents work in a creative industry and there are more artists, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers and musicians living and working in LA, than any other city at any time in history. Famous attractions you can visit here include; the Hollywood Sign, Universal Studio of Hollywood, Disney land, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard, Santa Monica State Beach and LA County Museum of Art. Read on to know about the coolest neighborhoods in LA, California, the USA.

1. Downtown LA (from USD 175)

Downtown - Los Angeles, United States - Cityscape photography
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Downtown Los Angeles, or DTLA as the locals call it, is the central business neighborhood in the city. Smaller districts like Chinatown and Little Tokyo are located in the area, too. If you’d like to get right into the city’s nitty-gritty, try staying Downtown. It is home to landmarks like El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Music Center. Hotel Indigo on Francisco Street is a great place to stay. You’ll have the privilege of experiencing royalty treatment and witnessing the spectacular views of the LA skyline.

Hotel Indigo - Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel

Address: 899 Francisco Street

Bridal suite Invoice provided Outdoor pool Snack bar Bowling Business centre Live music/performance Ironing service

2. Beverly Grove (from USD 159)

West Hollywood
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Beverly Grove is an upscale neighborhood within the larger Beverly-Fairfax district in West LA. The area is a shopping and dining haven, housing major commercial centers like The Grove and Beverly Center. High-end boutiques fill vibrant streets like Melrose Avenue and Robertson Drive. If you’re interested in staying within this neighborhood, we highly recommend Elan Hotel on Beverly Boulevard. Guests can enjoy the free Wi-Fi and the wine and cheese reception. The property is an affordable option in an otherwise luxurious area!

Elan Hotel

Address: 8435 Beverly Boulevard

Security alarm Shared lounge/TV area Business centre On-site parking Valet parking Allergy-free room Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays

3. Hollywood Hills (from USD 219)

Casa de Lila, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, with Pacific Ocean
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Hollywood Hills is a hillside neighborhood of Hollywood district in the central region of LA. Hollywood district is known as the motion picture capital of the world. Encounter celebrities in a star tour or around Hollywood & Highland shopping complex. Stay at Loews Hollywood Hotel, a luxurious hotel that features a rooftop pool and a sun terrace. Adjacent to this hotel, capture the glitz and glamour at an awards show at the Dolby Theatre or watch a movie at TCL Chinese Theatre, where there are celebrity handprints, footprints and autographs in the concrete of the theater’s forecourt. Walk of Fame is also less than one minute away. Visit one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles and experience the celebrity world.

Loews Hollywood Hotel

Address: 1755 North Highland Avenue

Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Air conditioning Meeting/banquet facilities Internet services Fire extinguishers Facilities for disabled guests Gift shop Currency exchange

4. Venice (from USD 194)

Venice, Los Angeles, CA 02
Source: Photo by user Blake Everett used under CC0

Wondering about the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles to visit? Head to Venice, a beachfront area known for its canals, beautiful beach, boardwalk and the shopper’s paradise of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Venice Breeze Suites, a studio apartment with an amazing beach view, is just 0.5 km (0.3 miles) from the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk which is a must see. The Eastside of the ‘walk’ has; specialty shops (tattoo parlors, piercing shops and T-shirt vendors for an LA souvenir), restaurants and uniquely designed residences. On the Westside, enjoy watching a myriad of street performers; spoken word artists, dancers, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers, broken-glass walking, fortune tellers, mimes and musicians. Admire the public art or engage in sporting activities such as gymnastics, skating, swimming, surfing, basketball, volleyball, handball and biking on the beach.

Venice Breeze Suites

Address: 2 Breeze Avenue

Express check-in/check-out Private check-in/check-out Lift 24-hour front desk Fire extinguishers Facilities for disabled guests Security alarm Concierge service

5. Los Feliz (from USD 65)

Shakespeare Bridge
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Los Feliz is a hillside neighborhood in the central region of LA. There are plenty of old-school watering holes, hip shops, and cafes, and it borders sprawling Griffith Park. Stay at PodShare Los Feliz, a hostel which comes highly recommended as a low budget accommodation that is safe and comfortable. It offers a continental breakfast. Get to explore Griffith Park, a municipal park at the eastern end of Santa Monica Mountains. Attractions in the park include; the Hollywood sign, nature trails, horse riding, Bronson caves, a zoo, stargazing at Griffith Observatory and concerts at Greek theatre. Stay at Los Feliz and get to explore this park with all its unique attractions. This neighborhood presents a haven for nature lovers.

PodShare Los Feliz

Address: 4534 Fountain Avenue

Facilities for disabled guests Laundry Smoke alarms Non-smoking throughout Free WiFi Shared kitchen CCTV in common areas WiFi Available

6. Woodland Hills (from USD 155)

Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Woodland Hills is a neighborhood bordering the Santa Monica Mountains in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. It has lush vegetation and is a great place to hike, bike and enjoy nature. Stay at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites whose elegance provides great comfort to its guests. Walking along Ventura Boulevard, experience lively bars and gastropubs with delicious food and live music. Get in shape while enjoying views from various vantage points as you hike towards Topanga Overlook. Set with picnic sites, marvel at the amazing scenery of San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica Mountains from the Top of Topanga Overlook.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Woodland Hills, an IHG Hotel

Address: 22617 Ventura Boulevard

Outdoor pool Fitness centre Laundry All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized WiFi Available Non-smoking rooms Air conditioning Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays

7. Sherman Oaks (from USD 87)

Sherman Oaks Galleria - panoramio
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Chris Yarzab used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Sherman Oaks is a San Fernando Valley neighborhood that is popular with families seeking suburban comforts. Enjoy a quiet retreat right in the heart of San Fernando Valley with lots of green spaces. Bordered by busy freeways, it features shopping malls, the most renowned being the open-air Sherman Oaks Galleria and charming restaurants. Find unique desserts at Crème Caramel LA, Buttercelli Bakeshop and Happy Days Cafe bakeries. Visit this neighborhood for an amazing shopping experience and stay at 777 Motor Inn, a cozy hotel in Sherman Oaks.

777 Motor Inn

Address: 4781 Sepulveda Blvd

Air conditioning Fire extinguishers Daily housekeeping Vending machine (drinks) Express check-in/check-out Free parking Family rooms Laundry

8. Bel-Air (from USD 745)

East Gate Bel-Air
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Socccal used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Bel-Air is an upmarket neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, California, on the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. The winding streets are lined with lavish mansions on large properties with lush vegetation. Stay at the glamorous Hotel Bel-Air, which is at the heart of this community, and be among celebrities and entertainment industry elite. Tour the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden whose structures (main gate, garden house, bridges, and shrine) were built in Japan and reassembled here. It features streams, a waterfall, a tea house, and blooming magnolia and camellia trees. Stay among the elite in this neighborhood.

Hotel Bel-Air - Dorchester Collection

Address: 701 Stone Canyon Road

Outdoor pool Face masks for guests available Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities WiFi available in all areas Daily housekeeping 24-hour security Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays ATM/cash machine on site

9. Pacific Palisades (from USD 281)

Pacific Palisades Coast
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Pacific Palisades is a coastal, affluent residential neighborhood in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, tucked between the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Stay at Channel Road Inn, a luxurious hotel in the area near the water. In addition to a hearty breakfast buffet, this hotel also offers complimentary afternoon wine. Explore attractions such as Temescal Gateway Park that has hiking trails with a sweeping coastline that leads to a waterfall. The thick, sandy shores of Will Rogers State Beach, provide access to a 35-kilometer (22-mile) beachfront bike path. Landmarks include Getty Villa museum that showcases Greek and Roman antiquities and the mid-century modern Eames House. This neighborhood offers access to a private beach that is less congested.

Channel Road Inn, A Four Sisters Inn

Address: 219 W Channel Road

Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Physical distancing in dining areas Non-smoking rooms Internet services Massage Physical distancing rules followed Fax/photocopying Cashless payment available

10. Koreatown (from USD 27)

Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Koreatown, one of the coolest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, is in the city center. Despite its origins of Korean culture, residents are a mix of Latino and Asian. It is the most densely populated district. It offers a busy late-night scene with its many bars and casual 24/7 dining. Experience Korean barbecue restaurants with tabletop grills, karaoke nights, hip speakeasies and flashy clubs and Wiltern Theatre, an art deco music venue. In the historic buildings and contemporary complexes are traditional spas, bubble tea cafes and specialty grocery stores. Stay at Libra hotel, a hostel rated for best value, and explore Koreatown’s vibrant nightlife.

Libra Hotel

Address: 3909 West 6th Street

Adult only CCTV outside property WiFi Available Private parking Parking Internet services Vending machine (drinks) Heating

11. Van Nuys (from USD 89)

1932 Art Deco Valley Municipal Building Van Nuys City Hall
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Michael D Caliandro used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Van Nuys is a relatively high-density neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. Its streets are lined with continuous businesses making it an ideal place to shop and eat different cuisines from various parts of the World. While here, you can stay at Motel 6 Van Nuys, which is centrally located in the San Fernando Valley and features an outdoor pool. Visit attractions like Art Deco style Valley Municipal Building (Van Nuys City Hall), a Japanese Garden which demonstrates a positive use of reclaimed water in what is usually considered a delicate environment and Lake Balboa Park that offers waterside relaxation, a range of water-sport activities and jogging and cycle tracks.

Motel 6 Van Nuys

Address: 6909 Sepulveda Blvd

12. Echo Park (from USD 70)

Echo Park Lake with Downtown Los Angeles Skyline
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Adoramassey used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Echo Park is a densely populated neighborhood centered on Lake Echo Park. It is a scruffy and hippie Eastside neighborhood with colorful street murals and a lively nightlife scene. Indie music venues, trendy bars and taco trucks can be found along Sunset Boulevard, along with coffee shops, vegan eats and quirky boutiques. Echo Park Lake offers paddle boating among lotus flowers. Nearby is Dodger Stadium and Elysian Park. Angelino Heights is a picturesque nook with Victorian homes. Stay at Super 8 by Wyndham Los Angeles/Alhambra that is within driving distance of downtown Los Angeles. It offers a free continental breakfast. This neighborhood exposes one to the downscale parts of Los Angeles.

Super 8 by Wyndham Los Angeles/Alhambra

Address: 5350 Huntington Drive South

Unique neighborhoods to choose from

Los Angeles, California, has several neighborhoods to choose from. These neighborhoods vary from upscale to downscale, primarily residential or commercial, with a variety of attractions in each and varied culture of the people there. All these distinct characteristics make each neighborhood unique and a cool place to stay. Visit Los Angeles, California, and experience the different neighborhoods.

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