The renovated Studio Inn & Suites invites travelers to relax, take a dip in the pool, and visit the nearby Columbia Memorial Space Center
Studio Inn & Suites
Road-weary travelers stopping at the Studio Inn & Suites may be surprised at the hotel’s decorous trappings. Thanks to a recent renovation, lobbies, hallways, rooms, and bathrooms boast contemporary designs, clean lines, and smooth finishes. In-room WiFi and flat-screen TV’s make it easy for guests to relax after a long drive, while nearby attractions like the kid-friendly Columbia Memorial Space Center fuse history and science for a must-see experience.
- Kick back in plush beds and stream your favorite shows on your own devices, or catch up on national news on flat-screen TV’s.
- Take a dip in the hotel’s pool—a must have in Southern California’s sunny southern months
- Columbia Memorial Space Center: A short walk away, the kid-friendly center delivers hands-on science in robotics- and space-themed exhibits
- Not too far away from LA: Downey is a short drive from Los Angeles (15 miles) keeping guests away from the limelight but close enough for Hollywood fun
Hollywood, California: Iconic Tinseltown History and Hot Spots
It almost needs no introduction: Hollywood is one of the most famous locations in the United States, home to movie studios, historic theaters, and that iconic name-bearing sign. On Hollywood Boulevard, you can see the Walk of Fame, which features plaques in the sidewalk honoring more than 200 celebrities. In addition to their handprints, some celebrities have left some unusual imprints next to their names—Groucho Marx’s cigar, Whoopi Goldberg’s dreadlocks, and the wands of Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. The centerpiece of the Walk of Fame is the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre, where A-list celebrities have gathered for movie premieres since 1927.
Rock groups such as The Doors and Mötley Crüe got famous at raucous clubs on the Sunset Strip, one block south of Hollywood. One of the clubs, the Whisky A Go-Go, is still a boisterous nightspot today. About a mile east on Sunset Boulevard is the lovably retro Mel’s Drive-In, where George Lucas filmed scenes for American Graffiti in 1973. The café is located in the historic Max Factor building, where stars like Bette Davis once got their makeup done. The Hollywood Museum, also located here, houses film memorabilia including Marilyn Monroe’s sparkly dresses and Hannibal Lecter’s holding cell.