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5 Great Hotels for Families in Los Angeles

Where to stay in La La Land with the kids.

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Who doesn't want to visit Los Angeles? Ok, we may be a bit biased because we live here but LA is always a fun place for families, whether you're eager to see where movie magic happens or if you just want to soak up the laid-back Southern California lifestyle.

There's no bad time to visit Los Angeles as the weather is almost always perfect. But the winter months (December-March) can get cool so if you're looking for pool or beach time, avoid those months. Your biggest problem, however, may be finding a hotel that is central to all that you want to do. Los Angeles is a big town and thanks to traffic, it's not always possible to do the beach AND Hollywood in one day. 

Thus, we selected a hotel in different parts of the city sprawl, based on what you want to see and do. Here are 5 hotels in Los Angeles that we know to be very family-friendly with special kids programs and/or amenities on-site. 

Got a family-friendly hotel in LA that you love? Share your recommendations in comments or on our Facebook page! And don't forget to read our 3 Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles!


RITZ-CARLTON MARINA DEL REY

What Makes It Family-Friendly:

  • The Ritz-Carlton is actually located in the marina where kids can watch the ships (ok, small boats) come in. You'll also be close to where all the water adventures in Marina Del Rey take off from. Venice and Los Angeles International Airport are 10 and 15 minutes away, respectively.
  • The hotel has a waterfront pool and two tennis courts, for the days when you just want to stay "local."
  • A fun, lion knapsack is given to the kids at check-in that includes activity sheets, crayons, a flashlight and other goodies. Kids can also partake in activites offered by the Ritz Kids program.
  • Rates start at around $350 a night but increase to nearly $500 a night during the summer months.

 


OCEANA BEACH CLUB SANTA MONICA

What Makes it Family-Friendly:

  • Formerly an apartment building, the Oceana now features spacious suites that are decorated with an easy Southern California beach vibe. Some suites have mini-kitchenettes but all suites have a large sitting area and a separate bedroom, perfect for setting up those pack-n-plays.
  • The Oceana fronts Ocean Drive but it's also several blocks north of the crazy crowds that swarm the Santa Monica Pier. Still, the hotel is within walking distance to the shopping and restaurants of the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place.
  • Only guests have access to the hotel's restaurant and pool, giving you privacy, and peace, with your meals.
  • Due to the small size of the hotel, it's easy for the staffers to remember your name, your kids' names and what you like to eat and drink.
  • The Family Package at the Oceana includes three nights in a Signature One Bedroom Kitchen Suite with breafkast for up to four persons (two adults and two children), four hours of babysitting services once per stay, tickets to Pacific Park on the pier and an in-suite movie with popcorn, once per stay. Rates start at $590 a night.

 


AKA BEVERLY HILLS 

What Makes it Family-Friendly:

  • AKA is located in the middle of Beverly Hills, half a block north of Wilshire and close to all the iconic Beverly Hills sight-seeing spots. For parents, Spago is just across the street, but you can also have it delivered to your room via room service.
  • The hotel was originally meant for guests staying 30 days or more but AKA has since opened up for guests who only need to stay seven days.
  • One-bedroom suites start at 1,055-sq.ft. and include full kitchens with dishwashers and 5-top gas stoves, dining tables and chairs, private patios, Bulgari amenities, free WiFi and best of all, washers and dryers. 
  • Rates for a one-bedroom suite start at $380 a night. Housekeeping only comes once a week and is $90 for each time beyond that.
  • (Staying less than a week in LA? We recommend the Four Seasons Los Angeles for families.)

 


LOEWS HOLLYWOOD

What Makes it Family-Friendly:

  • You want to stay in Hollywood? The Loews is the ultimate Hollywood hotel. The property is adjacent to the Dolby Theater, where the Academy Awards happen every year, and the Hollywood and Highland shopping complex. It's also close to the Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Bowl and the Universal Studios Theme Park. 
  • Kids receive a complimentary Loews Loves Kids activity book at check-in along with a lending library of toys, books and games to borrow during the stay. Also available are kits to child-proof the rooms in case you have real young ones traveling with you.
  • Healthy food options for kids at the restaurant and through room service.
  • Rates start at around $350 for a deluxe king but rates can go higher during Awards Season (typically, January-March.)

 


RESIDENCE INN AT LA LIVE

What Makes it Family-Friendly:

  • This Residence Inn, which shares the space with sister hotel brand, Courtyard by Marriott, is located across from downtown LA's entertainment district, LA Live which includes the Staples Center--home to the Lakers, the Kings and the Clippers--and a ton of dining and entertainment options. It's also a good central spot if you're heading to Dodger Stadium or to the University of Southern California.
  • There's a variety of suite options, all with full kitchens. You can also opt to have your refrigerator stocked before your arrival, thanks to Residence Inn's grocery delivery service. 
  • It actually has a rooftop pool on the third floor, which is good because DTLA can get hot.
  • The RI Lounge hosts a complimentary breakfast buffet every morning and downstairs, there's a 24-hour convenience market in case you forgot anything. Or in case, someone in your group gets hungry after hours. 
  • Rates start at $350 for a one-bedroom junior suite but rates can go higher depending on the act or team that's in town at the Staples Center.

[Photos: Ritz-Carlton, Oceana, AKA and Trips + Giggles]

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