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Where to Stay in Los Angeles: Best Hotels, Neighborhoods & Travel Tips

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Planning a visit to the City of Stars? This quick guide on where to stay in Los Angeles will have you falling in love with Southern California and its endless summer.

Movies, music, books, newspapers, and all forms of media paint Los Angeles as the go-to destination where people can turn their dreams into reality. But more importantly, as the second largest city in the United States, Los Angeles is home to a diverse array of vibrant communities, resulting in an eclectic fusion of traditions and inspiration.

In this post, I'll take you through not only the best places to stay in LA, but also the top attractions, places to eat in each neighborhood, and how to best get around the city.

If you want to soak up the sun and revel in the waves, L.A. is as close to the movies as you're going to get. So, let's start planning your vacation by deciding where to stay in Los Angeles!

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Where to Stay in Seattle: Best Hotels, Neighborhoods & Travel Tips

Where to Stay in Seattle

The ultimate guide to where to stay in Seattle! Learn about the best Seattle neighborhoods to explore, depending on your budget and travel style.

One of the largest cities on the West Coast, Seattle is home to a lively arts scene, at least a hundred festivals, and a booming tech industry.

You'll never have to worry about what attractions are around you when deciding where to stay in Seattle – they're everywhere! Not only are you able to enjoy the many dazzling parks and museums dotting the city, there are also various opportunities to venture out into the wilderness and partake in any number of outdoor activities.

Seattle might get a bad rap for being dreary and rainy most of the year, but that just motivates residents and visitors to take advantage of great weather when summer does arrive. Because when it does, Seattle is truly unmatched.

Read on to learn more about the best neighborhoods in Seattle, the best hotels in Seattle, and all the travel tips you should know before you go in terms of what to see and how to get around the city.

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Historic Indulgence in Bruges: Hotel Prinsenhof 

Historic Indulgence in Bruges, Belgium - Hotel Prinsenhof | Europe Travel

The rain splattered against the train window as I traveled the short distance from Brussels to Bruges, only an hour away.

I’d dreamed of going to Bruges since I was around 13 and found a random penpal online who lived there. We wrote back and forth for months, talking about the differences in our cultures and how it was growing up as a teenager in Europe vs. America.

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Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel

Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City! Find out what my favorite hotel in the city is and why I loved it so much (hint: It wasn’t just for its stunning rooftop pool).

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel was by far one of the best hotels I stayed at in Asia. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam and wondering where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, I’d recommend checking out Liberty Central.

From the moment my friend Kelsey and I stepped into the Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel, we were welcomed as valued guests. After check-in, we grabbed fresh guava juice from the downstairs bar and sighed into our cushy chairs, taking in the expansive and open lobby with neutral tones and clean design.

Yes, we could definitely stay here for a while.

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A History of Class: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Grand Amway Plaza Hotel Review

Looking for one of the best hotels in Grand Rapids, MI The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel may be just what you’re looking for.

I had spent the last 12 hours in transit. First a red-eye flight from Portland, Oregon, then a Greyhound to Grand Rapids from Chicago. I traveled by light rail, plane, bus, and my own feet by the time I stood in front of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, looking straight up in awe.

The hotel is the epitome of grand, with architecture that dates back to the early 1900s, a singular American flag waving in the wind to beckon visitors into its doors. As soon as I stepped inside, it felt as if I had been transported back to the age of The Great Gatsby.

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A Home Away from Home in Victoria: The Oswego Hotel

The Oswego Hotel in Victoria, Canada

I rocked up in the hippie shuttle van from my last accommodation to an elegant building called The Oswego Hotel – my new home for the next two nights. At that time, I didn’t realize just how delightful my room would be, it would literally feel like a home away from home during my time in Canada.

When I walked inside the lobby, the woman who checked me in asked me what it was like riding in the hippie van around town, it looked like such a fun van and she had seen it around Victoria before. We continued to have a friendly chat about the city, where she was from in Canada, and about my trip and why I was there. Even though The Oswego Hotel is a classy establishment that would be considered chic by most, it didn’t have the pretentiousness that some nicer hotels tend to have. I loved it.

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A Funky Alternative in Victoria: Hotel Zed

Hotel Zed in Victoria, Canada

I hopped on the local bus, just a few minutes walk from the ferry station in Victoria. I proudly presented my Canadian dollars to the machine with the correct change and got my bus pass for the day to head uptown to Hotel Zed, my first stay in the city.

A short 10 or so minutes later and we were already at my stop, or at least I thought we were. I got up quickly, right as the bus started moving again, and I almost fell flat on my face to the horror of those on the full bus.

I could actually hear a synchronized sharp intake of breath by everyone on board until I caught myself as gracefully as a could with my big duffel in hand and quickly jumped off the bus like I knew exactly where I was going. Just a day in the life of me.

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A Historic Retreat in Montana: 320 Guest Ranch

A Historic Retreat in Montana - 320 Guest Ranch

Think back to the late 19th Century, a time when the West was for the brave and wild-hearted, a place for adventurers. Sam Wilson was one of these classic westerners. He laid the foundation for what is now the 320 Guest Ranch in southern Montana in 1898 with his 160 acre homestead along the Gallatin River.

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Best of Budget Luxury: Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown

Best of Budget Luxury: The Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula

The Holiday Inn gets a bad rap for being a generic hotel chain, and before I actually stayed at a nice one, I would’ve completely agreed with the naysayers. However, after staying at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, I can safely say that I was more than a little impressed with what I found at this particular location.

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