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Hotel near to a big shopping mall

Is there a nice 4-star hotel just next to a big shopping mall? We have originally planned to stay at the Marriott LA Live but it seems that it is a business hotel. We are with kids and plan to drive

Which of the following you think will best suit us?

1) Omni

2) Lowes

3) jW Marriott LA live

4) Sofitel Beverley Hill

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1. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

Of your list, Sofitel is the one closest to lots of shopping.

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2. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

Or do you think we should stay at JW Marriott at LA Live which we have booked ?

We love shopping mall like fashion island or southcoast ( with all kinds of brand ) and with restaurant ....

Sofitel suggests we book 2 rooms for 4 persons which we really don't want to

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3. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

Sofitel is much better located for shopping than the others mentioned - Its across the street from Beverly Center (massive, massive mall), across the street also from the Beverly Connection (smaller, discount mall) and about a mile away from The Grove / Farmer's Market complex which is a mid-sized outdoor mall. On the streets between Sofitel and The Grove (3rd St., Beverly blvd., Melrose Ave.) there's tons of boutique shopping, and even more in the other direction along Robertson Blvd. Its also near tons and tons of great restaurants, including the infamous "restaurant row" area of Beverly Hills / La Cienega Blvd. If you don't like the situation at Sofitel, you could also try SLS in Beverly Hills (about a mile from Sofitel) which is also 4 star, or perhaps take a step down in accommodation and book somewhere like Hotel Elan or The Orlando which are in the same general area.

Omni and JW Marriott are in downtown LA where there's not really much in the way of shopping. There is the Macy's Plaza mall, walkable from either (but not a short walk) but its really a "meh" mall at best and not very large.

Loew's (I presume you mean the Loew's in Hollywood) is located near the Hollwood / Highland center but as malls go, its pretty "meh" too - its a nice mall with lots of restaurants, but not a lot in terms of shopping.

The other place I would suggest you can find 4-star hotels in close proximity to lots of shopping would be Santa Monica - the 3rd St. Promenade is a large outdoor mall 3 blocks long - basically 3rd St. between Wilshire blvd. and Broadway Ave. Across from the Promenade on Broadway Ave. is Santa Monica Place, which is a good sized outdoor mall that's only a couple of years old. 4-star'ish hotels near there include Loew's Santa Monica, Le Merigot, Le Meridien Delfina, Casa Del Mar, Shutters, The Huntley and the Fairmont Miramar.

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4. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

Embassy Suites in Glendale is a short few blocks drive to the Glendale Galleria and the Americana. , but then you're a further drive away from the tourist attractions, museums, nightlife etc. Closer to Warner Brothers and Universal however if those tours are in your plans.

Best Western Sunset Plaza is not a bad drive to the Beverly Center/Sofitel and has rooms for 4 with 2 queen beds. (These are very nice three stars as opposed to four stars/ they don't have restaurants onsite but plenty on the surrounding blocks).

Why did you choose JW Marriott, to be near what? Are you attending something at Staples Center?

www.glendalegalleria.com

www.americanaatbrand.com

www.sunsetplazahotel.com

embassysuites.hilton.com/Glendale

Edited: 14 May 2014, 16:49
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5. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

The Sofitel offers double rooms with 'full size' beds (which are smaller than queen size). As such, the hotel recommends those rooms for families with 2 adults and 2 kids 12 years of age and younger. If your kids are older than that, you could look at the Le Parc Suite Hotel which is a 2 minute drive from the Sofitel. They have a couple of floor plans that might work for you. Their 'studio double' has two 'full size' beds (smaller than queens) but you should be able to add one more bed to the room (there might be an extra charge for this). Their Studio King plan has a king bed + a sofa bed and their 1-bedroom plan has a king + a sofabed. (You should be able to add beds to any of these plans).

The hotel is not 'next to a mall' but it's a taxi ride of just a couple of minutes or you could take the bus along La Cienega Bl (2 minutes).

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g33252-d84460-R…

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6. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

Actually, there's a HUGE and brand new shopping complex near the JW Marriot at LA Live, called Fig at 7th

So if you like the look and the price of the JW Marriot, you'll be happy with the shopping, too. It's a wonderful hotel. Look here:

http://www.figat7th.com/

Edited: 14 May 2014, 19:56
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7. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

I'll respectfully disagree with my beautiful and intelligent colleague from Santa Monica and discourage you from staying at L.A. Live for these reasons:

a. Our downtown area is at the eastern end of our large metro area so it's not centrally-located.

b. During the summer, temperatures are at their highest in downtown (compared to the area around the Sofitel or the beach -- Santa Monica).

c. The mall of which Elle spoke has very little in the way of apparel shopping. Of the 33 merchants in the mall, 19 of them are restaurants! Of the remaining 14, only 6 sell apparel. Of the 6, here are some more details:

i. "City Target" is a medium-priced department store chain. It's part of the Target chain and it differs from the dozen or so "Target" stores in L.A. in that it's smaller, has more 'localized' fashions and is more expensive. (So, smaller, less variety and more expensive than regular Target).

ii. Sport Chalet is a discount sporting goods store. So, unless you're buying clothes or shoes for athletic activities, there's isn't much there. Of course, if you want inexpensive t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc,, mostly embossed with the names of college or professional sports teams or with the name of the garment's manufacturer, there's plenty to choose from here.

iii.Zara isn't open yet

iv. Victoria's Secret and their "Pink" shop (2 different stores in the mall) is a specialty store selling lingerie and informal clothes. They are more toward the mid to high-range for what you get.

v. H&M -- mini-outlet stores/trendy fashions for those on a budget.

So, the stores will give you a nice taste of shopping in L.A but aren't going to satisfy a serious shopper. If it were me, I'd stay in Beverly Grove (Sofitel or the nearby Le Parc Suite Hotel) or in Santa Monica where you can shop to your heart's content.

In the Beverly Grove area, the Beverly Center has 100 shops including a large Macy's which is always having sales and offers additional discounts if you show your passport. Across the road from that mall is the Beverly Connection which has a dozen discount and mini-outlet shops. A 7 minute bus ride away is the Grove which has 40 mid-range shops along with a Nordstrom Department store. There is also local shopping in the neighborhood along with boutique shops on nearby Melrose Av and Robertson Bl.

In Santa Monica, there is the "Santa Monica Place" mall along with the adjacent outdoor 3rd Street Promenade. Add to that boutique shops on Montana Av and along Abbot Kinney Bl in nearby Venice.

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8. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

Thank you for the compliment, HSJ, however the website isn't updated with the recent (and highly publicized) openings at the Fig at 7th mall. There is a great deal of shopping.

However, I will completely agree that shopping is better in Santa Monica and near the Sofitel. If the OP can stay at Le Merigot, a Hyatt property, or the SM Loews, they should consider it - they would be shopping for days on end (but it wasn't an option in the original list)

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9. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

All the way from Singapore to shop for days on end, what a concept.

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10. Re: Hotel near to a big shopping mall

Dear MachThree, Harold, HSJ and Elle

Thanks so much for all your recommendations and details. I will go through them tonight.

We are not planning to shop all day and night but thinking that it would be nice to live next to a shopping mall so that whenever we are back at the hotel early, we can always pop in to have some food and do some shoppings.

We booked JW Marriott initially because most or nearly all of the guests commented that the rooms are clean and new!