Best kept secret in LA: Palihouse in Santa Monica. A few blocks from the promenade, but far enough that it blends in like a local in the neighborhood. It's so close to everything but tucked away, so you feel like you can get away from it all.
The rooms are essentially unchanged from the original apartments, so it feels like home. The vibe of the whole place is like traveling back in time, when everything was dialed back a few notches. This is the best place to avoid the hype and hysteria.
If you're in LA, do yourself a big favor and stay here.