The best hotels in Westwood

From upscale retreats to no-frills spots, these Westwood hotels offer a prime location near UCLA and L.A. attractions
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By Danielle DiMeglio |
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If your L.A. itinerary includes visiting the UCLA campus or exploring L.A.'s Westside, you're in the right place. Westwood hotels promise close proximity to the university's sprawling grounds, plenty of restaurants and shops (both high-end and college-budget friendly), and notable attractions like the Hammer Museum. Plus, the neighborhood is just a short drive away from oceanfront Santa Monica (15 minutes) and lush Beverly Hills (5 to 10 minutes, depending on L.A. traffic). Not to mention, the 405 freeway entrance is right in your backyard if you're looking to venture farther—or back to the airport. From upscale retreats to no-frills lodging, check out our guide to the best Westwood hotels.

The 6 best Westwood hotels

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W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills

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Nestled among the residential streets near the UCLA campus, W Los Angeles in Westwood blends luxury and comfort for both locals and visitors alike with its many in-house hotspots such as the STK steakhouse, the Living Room Bar, as well as the Backyard poolside retreat and the indulgent Bliss Spa. 

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Kimpton Hotel Palomar

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The newly minted 4-star retreat is smack-dab on crowded Wilshire Boulevard, but with its swanky interiors and sumptuous guest rooms, you'll forget all about the busy thoroughfare. Head to the game room for pool or darts, indulge in California fare at the hotel's Double Take restaurant, lounge at the pool or, better yet, book an in-room spa treatment after a long day of exploring. 

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Plaza la Reina

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This charming and intimate getaway is reminiscent of Santa Barbara with its vibrant tiles, flower-draped courtyard and Spanish Colonial-style design. The all-suite, luxury boutique hotel wins over guests with its rooftop lounge, alfresco dining and refined rooms, which each come with a fully-equipped kitchen. 

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Hilgard House Westwood Village

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If you're looking for a low-key stay that doesn't skimp on charm or quality, the Hilgard House is right up your alley. This quaint, vine-and-brick-lined hotel juxtaposes the city's modern buildings with an Old World, European aesthetic, from the lobby to the guest rooms. Before exploring L.A.'s nearby attractions, fuel up on the hotel's complimentary continental breakfast. 

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Claremont Hotel

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The historic Claremont, built in 1939, was the first hotel to emerge in Westwood Village. Fun fact: the charming boutique property is still owned and operated by the family that developed the hotel way back when. The 53 rooms still maintain the same vintage design with retro furnishings and decor. If you're looking for a simple and affordable hotel that's clean, comfortable and within walking distance from UCLA, this is your go-to. 

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Royal Palace Westwood Hotel

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This small, no-frills hotel isn't exactly a "royal palace," but if you're looking for proximity and affordability over luxury, it's definitely a convenient option. Located in the heart of Westwood, you're right next to a slew of restaurants, shops and the UCLA campus (just two blocks away). Plus, there's free parking (a major bonus since most hotels in the area charge a pretty penny), a complimentary continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi.   

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The best things to do in Westwood

Westwood and the Spanish-tiled storefronts of Westwood Village are inextricably tied to the UCLA campus, but there are plenty of things to do in Westwood that don't require tuition. Whether you're checking out the area's essential museums, historic movie theaters and hidden gardens or cruising through the stunning estates of Holmby Hills, you'll find plenty of things to do in Westwood.

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