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 friendly policy make this a terrific home away from home. Try Stafford + Mathis Kitchen for modern American cuisine served on a patio overlooking L.A. Live, make sure to book a treatment in the hotel's spa (or in the privacy of your own room), then meander the few miles down Figueroa Street and you'll be right at the Memorial Coliseum, ready for the big game, concert or other event happening there.

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 city. Enjoy the Japanese spa, where sauna, steam room and Jacuzzis await, along with body treatments and massages. There's a popular sushi bar on the property called Tamon, which also offers a breakfast buffet with both American and Japanese fare. And be sure to stop into Lounge Ohjah if you love to sing, as there's karaoke happening every night until 2:00 a.m.

Courtyard Los Angeles 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. even more choices for overnight stays. The Courtyard guest rooms feature a modern design with areas for working, sleeping, and relaxing, offering ether a king-size bed or two double beds. The Residence Inn is designed for an extended stay of five nights or more, with custom-designed fully-functional kitchens as well as complimentary grocery delivery service, dry cleaning services and onsite guest laundry room. Choose either one and you'll also have easy access to the Memorial Coliseum, just a few miles south down Figueroa Street.

Omni Los Angeles Hotel 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 overlooking the city and more, the hotel has a 4-Diamond AAA rating. Located on the city's historic Bunker Hill, the Omni is just steps from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Mark Taper and Ahmanson theaters and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and only a few short miles to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, making it a perfect location to see many of the sights that make the city a unique destination.

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 with billiards and DJs spinning tunes. Plus there's the unique Spin Standard ping pong club, open every night until 2:00 a.m., where top players and novices and everyone in between shares a love of the game. The welcoming contemporary rooms have plenty of space, down pillows, flat screen TVs, bathrobes and all the other amenities the discerning traveler prefers. And it's located just a few miles from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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. With a contemporary design that features flat-screen HD televisions, iPod docking stations and full-size soaking bathtubs in every room, this Ritz definitely lives up to the brand's reputation. Make sure to head up to the 24th floor for amazing views of the city and spectacular Asian fusion food created by famed Chef Wolfgang Puck at his WP24 restaurant there.

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 Level floors, with rooms that include Club Lounge privileges (breakfast, hors d'oeuvres, beverages, etc.) in the rate. The hotel has an indoor Roman-style swimming pool, a fitness center with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, and four restaurants. Be sure to enjoy the high tea every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the classically appointed Rendezvous Court and check out the live music in the Gallery Bar, too.

JW Marriott Los Angeles 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 rooms include high-speed wireless internet (free in the lobby only), cable/satellite TV, JW bathrobes and complimentary coffee and tea. There's a heated outdoor rooftop swimming pool, a fitness center and a beautiful spa accessed through its nearby sister hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles. Chef Ben Ford opens his popular Ford's Filling Station gastropub here in the fall of 2014, turning this hotel into a food lover's hotspot, too.

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 hotel also has a pool, restaurants, fully stocked mini bars and free wi-fi. It is the home of the fully restored Theatre at the Ace Hotel, a 1600-seat, gorgeously ornate movie palace that presents concerts, movie premieres, symposiums and more. Rooms range from small to medium, medium with terrace, large, large double queen, loft and Ace suite, so there is the perfect size for every single or group's needs.

Radisson at USC, Los Angeles
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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, 24-hour fitness center, free wireless internet, room service and Sleep Number beds in every room. Parking is $20 per day and pets are allowed in the rooms. Book this hotel early on during USC's football season, for it often sells out completely on home game weekends. Look for a pool party and a crowd in the whirlpool, especially if the Trojans have just won a game!


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