LA Adventure Specialist - 12:00 3 February 2010

Hollywood’s biggest night

You don’t need a designer gown, a best-actor nomination or a wrist weighed down with diamonds to experience the excitement of the Oscars. Even though only Academy members get coveted seats inside the Kodak Theater, with a little planning you can immerse yourself in all the star-studded glamour — and avoid any logistical snafus — of Hollywood’s biggest night.

The Academy Awards is a huge event that brings people to Los Angeles from all over the world, so if you plan to be in town and need accommodations, it’s worth it to do some research and book early. Hotels near the Kodak Theatre atHollywood & Highland (such as the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spawhich is located at the north end of the shopping center) offer the best vantage points for watching the preparations and are your best bets for spotting celebrities. Keep in mind, however, that many offer a limited number of rooms to the public and book up quickly. If you’re very lucky, you might snag a room with a view at the Roosevelt Hotel, where you can soak up some Oscar history (the first Academy Awards ceremony was held here in 1929), or at the new W Hollywood which boasts its own red carpet. Or take one of our private Los Angeles van tours. If you can’t find a room near the action, try posh properties such as Hotel Bel-Air or the Beverly Wilshire, where there’s a good chance of mingling with famous guests.

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