8 Amazing Places To Stay In Westwood, Los Angeles

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Westwood has countless reasons to visit and tons of great options to stay at for every group size and purpose. I should know: I lived there for more than a decade!

Because Westwood is the college town that houses UCLA, the neighborhood is very walkable and all the hotel options are centrally located and allow you close walks for almost everything. You can get to restaurants, coffee shops, movie theaters and more in the blink of an eye.

However, unless you plan on spending your time exclusively in Westwood I would highly recommend renting a car for your stay. It will make getting to all the LA has to offer much easier. This guide will make choosing the perfect Westwood accommodation for your trip as easy as possible. I have structured the guide with three great Westwood hotels first (including options for all price points), followed by the best short term rentals and Airbnbs in Westwood if you want a little more space to yourself to explore the neighborhood and UCLA. If you are looking for great places to eat and fun things to do, check out my restaurant and activity guides!

You can also use this handy map to find the best places to stay in Westwood, Los Angeles by location:

Best hotels in Westwood, Los Angeles

The W Hotel Westwood

The W’s Pool with Poolside Restaurant and Bar Service

The W is one of the best hotels in Westwood and a great place to stay regardless of the reason for your visit. The hotel is very modern with interesting art everywhere you look and delicious bars and restaurants. The pool is also a highlight as it features gorgeous cabanas and great food and beverage service. The location is great as it is right in the Westwood Village and it is very easy to walk to anything you might want to do in UCLA or Westwood. Everything about this hotel makes it a great place to stay for your visit to Westwood.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills

The name may confuse you in terms of its location, but I can tell you for sure that the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is in the heart of Westwood. I know because I walked by it all the time during my own decade living just a few blocks away! It’s hard to beat the location right on Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of it all.

The rooms here aren’t huge, but they are comfortable and stylish (thanks to a much-needed move away from the bright red animal prints that used to grace the guest rooms before its 2017 refresh). Hotel Palomar offers a small but nice outdoor pool, an ample fitness room and a solid restaurant in Double Take, which I’ve tried and enjoyed for dinner and cocktails.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills

This is also an excellent choice if you’re looking for a pet-friendly hotel in Westwood, and there isn’t even a pet fee! They don’t restrict the size or type of pets, but pet-free rooms are available for those with allergies.

Royal Palace Westwood Hotel

2 Queen Bedroom

The Royal Palace is a great option if you are looking for something clean and comfortable in Westwood on a budget. This hotel has a great location right in Westwood Village and has tons of restaurants and activities within walking distance which is a huge plus. The hotel does not very many amenities but the rooms are clean and very spacious which makes this a great pick for your visit to Westwood or UCLA.

Best vacation rentals and Airbnbs in Westwood, Los Angeles

Whether it be visiting for an extended amount of time or traveling with a large group there are countless reasons why you might prefer a short term rental property as opposed to a hotel. It can be really nice to have a space all to yourself and these are some of the best options in Westwood for that purpose.

Three Bedroom Spanish House (Sleeps up to 8)

Master Bedroom

This gorgeous Spanish style home located just outside of the Westwood Village and near UCLA is one of the best short term rental options in Westwood. Highlights of this property include the great backyard sitting area, convenient location, on site parking, and large amount space for groups or families. The price is also a strength of the property as it is around the price of the average hotel room in the area and comes with a ton of features you would not get in a hotel like a kitchen and multiple bedrooms.

Modern One Bedroom Apartment (Sleeps 2)

Master Bedroom

If you are a couple or individual visiting Westwood or UCLA this apartment located in the heart of Westwood Village might be the best option for you. The unit comes with a beautiful living room, fully furnished kitchen, and the complex has a pool as well. This is a great option if you are planning on having a longer visit to Westwood as you get far more than you would in a hotel and the price is a great deal for what you get.

Comfortable Private Condo (Sleeps 4)

Master Bedroom

One of the best budget options for Westwood accommodations is this private condo located a mile outside of the Westwood Village. This condo sleeps up to four by using an elevated futon with the main bed and is one of the best deals you can find in the area. This condo works great for trips of any length as you get to be in a quiet and centrally located neighborhood even if it is not directly in the Westwood Village. If you’d rather spend your money on food and activities, this is a great option for your visit.

Beverly Hills Home (Sleeps up to 7)

Gorgeous Pool and Backyard

If you are planning on visiting Westwood for an extended period of time but also are interested in what the rest of Los Angeles has to offer, this 2 bedroom home in Beverly Hills would be a fantastic fit. Located around a mile from Westwood this home is one of the best accommodation options for families looking for a luxurious Westwood vacation. The property includes a great kitchen, gorgeous backyard with a pool, and is in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city. Its close to Westwood which is great but also leaves you closer to Mid-City and Beverly Hills to do activities and spend time there. If Westwood is a part of your trip but maybe not the entire trip, this short term rental is a great option.

Other places to stay near Westwood, Los Angeles

In case you have a little flexibility in your geography, I’ll offer one more awesome place to stay near Westwood: The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. It’s located just on the other side of the 405 from Brentwood and is a wonderful oasis in the city. The property is beautiful, the rooms are spacious and the service is excellent. You can read more (and see tons of photos!) in my in-depth Luxe Sunset Blvd review.

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