Los Angeles Family Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • Los Angeles is a sprawling city, and there are many nearby neighborhoods with their own names and zip codes which can make staying here confusing. In the center of LA is Beverly Hills while Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena are just east of the city. San Fernando is to the north, and Santa Monica is west, along the beach.
  • Two popular LA destinations for families are Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Universal Studios is located just north in Central Los Angeles while Disneyland Park is just south in Anaheim, California. Choose a hotel close to whichever attraction you’ll be visiting so you can spend more time in the park and enjoy everything on offer.
  • Booking.com usually has the best hotel deals: Downtown Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, and Northeast Los Angeles. It’s one of the trusted hotel booking sites out there, and the one with the best deals. Note: we do earn a small commission when you book through them. We display prices usually for a family with two adults and one child, to make pricing more realistic. The actual price you pay might be higher or lower of course based on your family size.

The 10 Best Hotels for Families in Los Angeles, California

The Magic Castle Hotel, budget

Located in the heart of Hollywood, there is so much to love about this hotel that used to be an apartment building.  The suites come complete with full kitchens stocked with cooking amenities, a dining area, and large beds. Some of the suites can sleep up to six people, making them perfect for large families.

Free, full-size snacks are available all day and are completely unlimited while popsicles are available by picking up the red “popsicle hotline” phone. You can have laundry done at no charge and continental breakfast is included.  An in-house magician appears at breakfast several days a week and guests can also receive entry to the Magic Castle Club next door.

The Elan Hotel Los Angeles, budget

This affordable, boutique hotel in the heart of West Hollywood is a great option for families. Their allergy-friendly rooms are perfect for sensitive children and feature chlorine filtering shower heads, HEPA filters, and special bedding encasements for a peaceful night of sleep.

Shopping and dining are just steps away in Beverly Grove and Beverly Center. Continental breakfast is included in your stay and express check-out makes it easy when you’re ready to go home.  Parents will love the complimentary wine and cheese reception in the evening to help them relax and unwind after a long day.

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, mid-range

Families who have traveled to Los Angeles to spend time at Universal Studios will enjoy the location of this hotel.  It is just one block away and even offers early admission to certain attractions and discounts on tickets. Complimentary shuttle service is also available which makes it easy to get back to the hotel after an entire day of fun.

The on-site restaurant offers Chinese and Californian cuisine along with children’s menus and high chairs. Adults can grab coffee in the morning, dine poolside, and enjoy live music and cocktails in the lounge in the evening. Families who need addition space can upgrade to a suite and cribs are available upon request.

The Garland, mid-range

This affordable hotel which is not far from Universal Studios Hollywood has Family Suites complete with bunk beds and a TV for the kids in a private cubby and a king-size bed for parents.  The free trolley takes you to and from Universal Studios or can drop you at the metro station for easy access to downtown Los Angeles.

There’s always something happening at the hotel for everyone to enjoy. Children will love the arts and crafts in the lobby, face painting, or lawn and board games outside. Parents can indulge in street food, wine tastings, and yoga.

Hollywood Orchid Suites Los Angeles, mid-range

This hotel is right next door to the Hollywood & Highland Entertainment Complex which includes the Hollywood Walk of Fame, movie theaters, restaurants, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, and much more. There will be plenty of explore just steps from your room so you can see a lot of sights in a short amount of time.

Their strict policy against outside visitors past pm makes this a quiet option for families. All the rooms are suites and you can add on a connecting non-suite room to some suites to sleep up to 6 people. The small kitchenette and refrigerator makes preparing meals a breeze while microwaves are also available upon request. Enjoy the swimming pool and rooftop garden along with a complimentary light continental breakfast and self-service laundry.

Hotel Casa del Mar, luxury

Families who want to enjoy a relaxed, beachside vacation while getting pampered in style will appreciate all that Hotel Casa del Mar has to offer.  This oceanfront hotel was inspired by Mediterranean villas and is within walking distance to the Santa Monica Pier which features a Ferris wheel, arcade, and many carnival-style rides and activities.

A bike path goes right by the hotel and rentals are available, including child-safe tow pods. Luxury rooms are spacious and many have partial or full ocean views.  Upgrade to a full suite for additional room to spread out and relax. The hotel offers several experiences you can add on like surfing lessons.

The Langham Huntington Pasadena, luxury

Indulge in the height of luxury during your stay while letting the staff of the Langham Huntington take care of all your needs.  The kids program gives young guests crayons and a coloring book, information on family-friendly dining and activities nearby, and complimentary dinner and chocolate bar.

Children can also participate in seasonal tea events, enjoy lawn games, frozen treats, s’mores, and plenty of fun at the Langham Station which has games and other activities during the summer. The family getaway package comes with welcome sweets and amenities for kids and holidays are an extra special time at the hotel with many family-friendly activities, including festive meals.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica, luxury

Overlooking the ocean, this luxury hotel is set on five acres featuring bungalows and suites in addition to guestrooms.  The Miramar Beach Club has complimentary games and activities like beach volleyball and boogie boards.

You can request a microwave or mini-refrigerator be added to your room while cribs and roll away beds are also available.  Children will receive small robes and toys to play with on the beach along with welcome bath sponges and stuffed animals. You can also find affordable childcare services for times when parents need a night off.

Terranea Oceanfront Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, luxury

This luxurious resort on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean sits on a 102-acre estate and is filled with a variety of experiences.  There are nine different restaurants, a golf course, four swimming pools (one has a 140-foot water slide and Splash Zone), a kids club, and more.

Children ages 4-12 can join the Tide Pool Kids Club where adventure leaders teach them about the hotel’s history through fun activities, science experiments, and art.  The Links 9-hole golf course is perfect for families and there are s’more by the fire, and plenty of ocean adventures including kayaking and paddle boarding.

Disneyland Hotel, luxury

Stay right at the Disneyland Resort theme park and enjoy early admissions and a convenient location which makes it easy to get back to your room. Choose to stay in one of the three towers, Adventure, Fantasy, or Frontier and choose a room with a view of the Downtown Disney District or upgrade to a family-sized suite.

Families can also enjoy seasonal screenings of Disney movies outside, meet and greets with favorite Disney characters, two pools with monorail water slides, poolside cabanas, and more. Shopping and dining is just steps away and includes a tiki bar, steakhouse, casual island dining, and Goofy’s Kitchen.

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