If you want your hotel to be as cool as the city itself then head for the Thompson Hollywood Roosevelt.
Flanked by Hollywood Boulevard's star-studded pavements, the hotel is in the heart of Tinseltown and has played a role in its glamorous past: among its many legendary guests is Shirley Temple (who learned to tap dance on the lobby tiles).
All rooms come with Thompson's famously comfortable beds, Dean & Deluca-filled mini-bars and large bathrooms. Book the tower for views across the city.
With five bars on offer you might be tempted to stay up all night, but don't worry if you do: breakfast at in-house diner 25 Degrees (served until 11.30am at the weekends) is the best hangover cure before you set off to conquer California.
WOW FACTOR: The Hollywood access - there's always a party going on somewhere in the building, and you'll have ringside seats.
FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours
WHEN TO GO: Spring, Autumn