BLVD Hotel & Spa
This hotel raises the style bar in an up-and-coming Valley location.
This stylish boutique hotel brings to mind an updated version of dad’s den – think Mike Brady’s study transported into the 21st century. The 69 guest rooms and suites are stocked with mini-bars, microwaves, refrigerators, 42-inch LCD flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. In addition, many suites have private 300-square-foot patios, full kitchens, living rooms and the option for a second bedroom; one is even outfitted with a barbecue grill. The property has a spa, café and bar; the latter is shared by the lobby and provides couch seating in a lounge-style environment. There are also 24-hour fitness and business centers and a heated indoor pool. The location right on Ventura Boulevard (given a kind of timeless fame by its cameo in Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’”) is just a five-minute’s walk to Universal Studios and an easy drive to downtown Los Angeles or over the hills into Hollywood.