Stay Close to All the Memorial Coliseum Action at LA's Downtown Hotels

The landmark Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was built in downtown L.A. back in 1923, just adjacent to University of Southern California. It is still the home for USC's sold-out football games. But it is much more than that, as two Summer Olympics, two NFL Super Bowls, countless concerts and many other huge events have happened here over the decades. With so many things taking place there, events that draw gigantic crowds of up to 100,000 people, there's always a need for decent hotel rooms nearby. Since only the Radisson Midtown at USC is within walking distance (about 15 minutes door-to-door), its 240 rooms fill up fast on game day. That's why we suggest choosing a hotel in the downtown business district of Los Angeles, for it is a quick drive (use Figueroa Street, never the freeway), only about three miles from there to the Memorial Coliseum. In the heart of downtown, you'll find chic and trendy places (the Ace Hotel, the Standard), classic older favorites (the Millennium Biltmore) and top-of-the-line luxury hotels (the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles). There is even a brand-new Marriott, the Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. LIVE, where visitors can settle in for a long-term stay in the City of Angels, complete with fully functional kitchens on the Residence Inn side of the massive two-hotel tower overlooking L.A. Live.

Luxe City Center Hotel
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A lovely boutique hotel near L.A. Live, the Luxe City Center Hotel has 178 rooms (16 of them suites), all done in a modern decor. Granite and marble bathrooms give a luxe feel, with plush robes ready to envelop you; and free wi-fi and a pet...  Read More

Miyako Hotel Los Angeles
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The Miyako Hotel Los Angeles has 173 Asian-inspired rooms, where wi-fi is complementary and children under 12 stay free. Located in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of downtown L.A., the hotel is also near the burgeoning Arts District area of the...  Read More

Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. LIVE
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The Marriott International Corporation added the towering dual-purpose Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. Live to its other hotels located in that popular complex (the JW Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton) in mid-2014, giving visitors to downtown L.A....  Read More

Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza
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The Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza underwent a complete renovation in 2011, making it 17 stories of modern sophistication. With 452 guest rooms and suites, a heated outdoor lap pool, a lovely restaurant (called Noé) with an outdoor patio...  Read More

The Standard Downtown LA
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A trendy boutique hotel (its more-famous sister is on the Sunset Strip), The Standard Downtown LA features a rooftop swimming pool with decadent waterbed cabanas, bar and beer garden, 24-hour room service, free wi-fi, a happening lobby lounge...  Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
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You'll know you've arrived at the top-rated downtown hotel as soon as you enter the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. From the welcoming glass of champagne to the incredible views of the city you'll see from your room or suite, this is a special place....  Read More

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
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A downtown Los Angeles fixture for the past 90 years, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is the grand dame of L.A.'s luxury hotels. With 683 guest rooms and suites, all with an Old World European feel, the Biltmore also offers Executive and Club...  Read More

JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
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The JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live towers over from the Staples Center, the Nokia Theatre, the Regal Cinemas and all the restaurants and clubs that make L.A. Live such a popular spot. The 21-story, smoke-free hotel's spacious guest...  Read More

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
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The Ace Hotel opened in 2014, creating a seriously hip enclave just a stone's throw from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Broadway. Located in the historic United Artists building (look up to see the ornate details), this 13-story, 182-room...  Read More

Radisson Midtown at USC
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Located just on the edge of the USC campus and a short walk from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Radisson Midtown at USC is the most convenient hotel to the venue. With 240 spacious rooms and suites, the hotel also boasts a swimming pool,...  Read More


Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny

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