It’s certainly a step up from the Best Western—this 1927 Mediterranean-style villa makes quite the impression from its perch in hilly Los Feliz. The allure is obvious: Tuscan-style gardens, a sprawling pool terrace, and cool cloistered walkways are just a few of the perks for guests (for an extra fee, the owners will throw in full maid service). Better yet, trails leading to the Hollywood Sign are less than a mile away. Though it bills itself as a retreat for plastic surgery patients, it’s clear anyone with a penchant for spa-size bathrooms and stone fireplaces will be at home here. It’s no surprise that GQ and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills have usurped the Eden-like grounds for film shoots. For the same cost as a five-star hotel suite, you’ll get ten times the space, making this an easy pick for newlyweds, hard-to-please visiting parents, or staycationers looking to splurge.
Set at the edge of Griffith Park, the famous Hollywood Sign is surrounded by a network of winding mountain trails. A hike through here in the early morning reveals not only unsurpassed views of Los Angeles, but also a quiet moment to reflect on an important piece of the city’s history—though it underwent massive renovations in the '80s, the original sign dates back to 1923. Make it an easy visit during your vacation by staying at one of the best hotels in L.A. near the sign.