Glass elevators in motion at The Westin Bonaventure

Go On Location: The Best Action Movie Locations in Los Angeles

01/29/2015

Lindsay Blake

Los Angeles sees a lot of action when it comes to filming, especially when it comes to filming, well, action movies. From 80s classics like "Commando" and "Beverly Hills Cop" to more modern features like "Iron Man" and "Transformers," the L.A. area has been home to some of cinema’s biggest adrenaline-filled moments. Read on for a list of locations where some of the genre’s most memorable scenes were shot. Lights, camera and…action!

Entrance to The Beverly Hills Hotel

Paul Williams: Architect to the Stars

01/29/2015

Wiebke Schuster

A master of styles from English Tudor to Spanish Colonial and the casual California ranch-style, African American architect Paul Revere Williams was the creative force behind many of L.A.'s most iconic landmarks.

Elevators at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Go On Location: Los Angeles Hotels Featured in Film and Television

10/22/2014

Lindsay Blake

Everyone who comes to Hollywood wants to see a star. What many visitors don’t realize is that the hotels they check into are stars in and of themselves. In fact, many L.A. hotels boast a resume that would be the envy of most actors. Read on for a guide to Los Angeles hotels that have been immortalized on screen, along with the productions that made them famous.

Culver Hotel exterior at night

The Culver Hotel Celebrates 90th Anniversary

09/02/2014

Discover Los Angeles

The Culver Hotel once again shines as the jewel of downtown Culver City. New ownership and an extensive renovation have brought the landmark 46-room hotel into the modern era, and it’s ready to celebrate its 90th birthday in style.

Historic Los Angeles Hotels

08/04/2014

Discover Los Angeles

If walls could talk, you can only imagine the stories they’d tell about the legendary guests who have stayed at the historic hotels in Los Angeles. These are the hotels where Marilyn Monroe and Jim Morrison spent their nights and where authors like Hemingway and Fitzgerald wrote their literary masterpieces. Walk through these hotels and it's easy to imagine the 1920s, when L.A.’s hotel boom ushered in an era of celebrity, fashion and luxury. Today, these historic hotels still retain their distinctive features while boasting modern amenities — perfect for a quintessential L.A. visit.

Los Angeles Art Deco Hotels

07/05/2014

Tara de Lis

Art Deco was one of the most popular design styles of the early 20th century. Following on the heels of the Art Nouveau movement, it flourished in the period between WWI and WWII, and in many ways went hand-in-hand with the joie de vivre of the Jazz Age. Art Deco buildings are sleek in style, often painted in bright colors, with dramatic expressions and geometric motifs. Los Angeles is home to many fine examples of Art Deco, among them these five historic hotels.

Discover Marilyn Monroe's Los Angeles

05/27/2014

Daniel Djang

Norma Jeane Mortenson was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. The world knows her today as Marilyn Monroe, who became one of the biggest movie stars of the 1950s and early 1960s, only to have her life cut short at age 36. Monroe was known for her comedic performances in classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot. Eager to escape typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio - her dramatic turn in Bus Stop earned critical praise and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. In the decades since her controversial death - officially ruled a “probable suicide” - Monroe has become a legendary movie star, international sex symbol, and pop culture icon. Read on for Los Angeles locations where you can discover Marilyn Monroe’s enduring legacy, from her favorite hotels and restaurants, to one of the world’s foremost collections of Marilyn memorabilia.

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