Best hotels and hostels in Hollywood

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    Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

    At the heart of the action, the Roosevelt heaves with Hollywood lore: Shirley Temple learned to tap dance on the stairs off the lobby, Marilyn Monroe shot her first print ad by the pool (later decorated by David Hockney) and it's said that the ghost of actor Montgomery Clift can still be heard playing the bugle.

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    Mama Shelter

    Hip, affordable Mama Shelter keeps things playful with its lobby gumball machines, foosball table and live streaming of guests' selfies and videos. Standard rooms are small but cool, with quality beds and linen and subway-tiled bathrooms with decent-sized showers. Quirky in-room touches include movie scripts, masks and Apple TVs with free Netflix. The rooftop bar is one of LA's best.

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    Dream

    This 179-room complex is inspired by mid-century style and designed by the acclaimed Rockwell Group. It's a hip, sceney spot, with a massive rooftop pool area and a branch of legendary New York bar Beauty & Essex. Entry-level rooms aren't especially strong on space, though all offer floor-to-ceiling windows and pared-back elegance in neutral, hangover-friendly hues.

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    W Hollywood

    The W's soaring, sparkly atrium makes quite an impression, as does the sceney, palm-fringed rooftop pool deck. In shades of grey, silver and white, rooms are minimalist and modern, with white leather headboards, down comforters and a pillow menu for fussy sleepers. Many of the Wonderful, Spectacular or Fabulous category rooms are small. Corner Fantastic Suites are the best bet.

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    Hollywood Hills Hotel

    Breathtaking city views, a curvaceous pool guarded by a 17th-century pagoda, and roomy digs with balcony and kitchen are among the assets at this older but well-kept hillside hotel. A partial refurbishment has seen rates skyrocket, making the place less value these days. That said, we love the tranquility and proximity to central Hollywood. Check in at the adjacent Magic Castle Hotel.

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    Loews Hollywood

    Location, location, location! This tower hotel soars beside the Hollywood & Highland shopping center, right in the heart of Hollywood. Rooms are clean, smart and modern (if a little generic), with sleek bathrooms, iPod docking stations and free wi-fi. Hotel assets include a spa, small outdoor pool and gym – rooms directly beneath the gym are noisy so don't land one.

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    USA Hostels Hollywood

    This sociable hostel puts you within steps of the Hollywood party circuit. Private rooms are a bit cramped, but making new friends is easy during staff-organized barbecues, comedy nights, hikes and various walking tours. Freebies include wi-fi, linens and continental breakfast with cook-your-own-pancakes. It has cushy lounge seating on the front porch and free beach shuttles.

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    Magic Castle Hotel

    Walls at this perennial pleaser are a bit thin, but otherwise it’s a charming base of operation with large, modern rooms, exceptional staff and a petite courtyard pool where days start with fresh pastries and gourmet coffee. Inquire about access to the Magic Castle, a fabled members-only magic club in an adjacent Victorian mansion. Parking costs $13.

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    Elaine’s Hollywood B&B

    This B&B offers four rooms in a lovingly restored 1910 bungalow on a quiet street. Your outgoing hosts speak several languages, serve a generous continental breakfast and will happily help you plan your day. Cash only.

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    Highland Gardens Hotel

    The lobby at this residential-style motel is more glamorous than the '70s-time-warped rooms. Brad Pitt stayed here when he first arrived in Hollywood and wore a chicken suit for nearby El Pollo Loco. Janis Joplin overdosed in room 105. Rooms facing Franklin St tend to be noisy. More positively, parking and wi-fi is free and Hollywood Blvd attractions and the metro are a walk away.

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    Vibe Hotel

    Especially popular with young international travelers, this blue-hued motel-hotel comes with an outdoor tiki lounge area and the choice of basic or premium rooms. While both are pretty simple, the latter come with their own full kitchen. Budget rooms have a fridge and microwave and all rooms have flat-screen TVs, free wi-fi and private bathroom. Free, limited parking on site, too.

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    Hollywood Downtowner Inn

    You’ll dig the bougainvillea on the railings, and the historic neon sign. Rooms are dated but spacious, with exposed-brick walls, sponged walls and high ceilings. All have a microwave and fridge, and wi-fi, a simple breakfast and on-site parking are all free. Built in the late 1950s, the motel is the last-standing Melrose-style building in Hollywood.

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    Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel

    Not all rooms are created equal at this family-run hotel with colorful retro touches. For more space and quiet, get one in back facing the sparkling pool. Self-caterers will welcome the refrigerator and microwave, although the on-site coffee shop serves some pretty good comfort food and is open late. Parking is $20.