Where the Stars Live
With a reservation at one of the hotels near Bel Air – Westwood, you can feel like one of the elite. Bel Air was established in 1923 by a farm owner from Santa Fe Springs who struck it rich when oil was discovered on his land. He bought a large ranch in Southern California and broke it up into large, high-class residential lots. Today, the area forms one-third of the affluent Platinum Triangle in Los Angeles and is home to both the wealthy and famous. Its list of well-known residents, past and present, includes President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, and Wilt Chamberlain. It has been the setting for plenty of classic television, including the Beverly Hillbillies, the Rockford Files and, of course the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. And if you ever grow tired of ogling the luxurious homes of the well to do, you can also visit the Hannah Carter Japanese Gardens or attend the annual Bel Air Film Festival, both within close range of many hotels in Los Angeles.
Where the Stars Play
Developed on the lands of the Wolfskill Ranch in 1922, the Westwood neighborhood’s original claim to fame was being home to the expansion of the fast growing Southern Branch of the University of California. Today, it remains the site of some of the most historical movie houses in L.A., including the Art Deco Crest, the Mann Village, and the Bruin Theatre. The area still hosts a good number of movie premieres, where the big name stars come out to celebrate the opening of their theatrical releases. It’s also home to the Armand Hammer Museum, known locally as the Hammer, notable for its collection of Impressionist art. With a reservation at the hotels near Bel Air – Westwood, you too can gain a bit of entertainment history and see the stars only steps from the comfort of your room or suite in area hotels.