Hotel at a Glance: Colony Inn
In recent years, North Hollywood has emerged as a hub for eclectic cultural venues and businesses. You can shop in bohemian boutiques and fill up on cuisines ranging from ramen to vegan. Afterward, peruse an art gallery or see a show in one of the more than 20 theaters in the neighborhood. The Colony Inn is set in the NoHo Arts District, within walking distance of hip restaurants and entertainment spots.
- Distance from Universal Studios Hollywood: 1.2 miles. Drive there in about 10 minutes, or park your car at the hotel for free and catch a bus or Metro train nearby.
- See LA: The staff can help you get tickets and book tours.
- Newly remodeled rooms feature mini-fridges and free WiFi.
- Bring Fido: Pets can stay in designated rooms for an additional fee.
- Fuel up with a free continental breakfast.
North Hollywood, California: Historic Theaters, World-Class Shopping, and Trendy Restaurants
Situated northwest of downtown Los Angeles and 20 minutes from Beverly Hills, North Hollywood (or “NoHo” as it’s sometimes called) is equal parts Tinseltown and cultural treasure. At the Hollywood & Highland Center, an upscale entertainment complex, you can see the Dolby Theater, the Academy Awards’ permanent home, and the iconic architecture of the TCL Chinese Theatre, where A-list celebrities have gathered for movie premieres since 1927. For a more intimate theater experience, head to the Noho Arts District, where independent companies produce a range of experimental work.
The Hollywood glamour picks up south of North Hollywood in Studio City. The setting for CBS studios and movie sets, its streets have been used as filming locations for several silver screen hits, including Pulp Fiction and Boogie Nights. There’s no shortage of shopping opportunities in the area either—Rodeo Drive boasts designer labels and world-class people watching, and the Melrose shopping district is lined with funky clothing boutiques, vintage stores, and kitschy themed restaurants.