Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Carriage Inn
This AAA Three Diamond hotel is located in an affluent neighborhood of Los Angeles—the entertainment capital of the world. It’s a short drive from the area’s many silver-screen attractions. Universal Studios Hollywood, where you can battle robots on Transformers: The Ride-3D and take a guided tram tour of movie sets, is just 8 miles away.
- Tranquil oasis: The hotel’s heated outdoor pool and hot tub are surrounded by lounge chairs, palm trees, and flowers.
- 24-hour Denny’s serving hearty breakfasts and burgers
- Shop till you drop: Antique shops, jewelry stores, and trendy restaurants line the renowned Ventura Boulevard shopping district, located 1 mile from the hotel.
- Award: TripAdvisor’s 2018 Certificate of Excellence
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles: Upscale Neighborhood Featured in Movies and Television
About 15 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles along the Los Angeles River is Sherman Oaks, a filming site for many TV shows and movies, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scrubs, and Crash. Fast Times at Ridgemont High was filmed at the more than 300,000-square-foot Sherman Oaks Galleria, where you can browse high-end boutiques, watch a movie, and dine at one of the many onsite restaurants.
Take a scenic drive south to experience LA and Hollywood’s attractions, including the California Science Center, Venice Beach, and Griffith Observatory. The observatory affords great views of the landscape and the Hollywood sign.