Ogle Muscle Beach bodybuilders (and, on clear nights, the Hollywood sign) from the rooftop lounge at Hotel Erwin (from $169). All 119 rooms — renovated last October from a previous life as a Best Western — have private balconies.
Find entertainment nearby at the Ritz Carlton LA Live (from $369), opening across the street from a fourteen-screen movie theater, Lucky Strike bowling lanes, and a dozen bars and restaurants in early April. The glass tower’s rooms offer panoramic views of the city.
Climb the red-carpet-lined spiral staircase in the lobby of the new W Hollywood (from $219) — just completed in January 2010 — then go for a swim in the LEED-compliant building's heated rooftop pool.