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The fire of NFL football has been relit in Los Angeles. And the torch of the Rams stadium at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was lit (literally) in front of a massive crowd of football fans a few weeks ago. With over 91,000 tickets sold for the opening game against the Seattle Seahawks, the L.A. Rams (ooooh, nostalgia) claimed their first victory in 22 years.

So, now that the fallen angel has returned to the City of Angels, flocks of fans are heading west. Here are some tips on where to stay when you go, plus some other things to do in L.A. when you’re not wearing your melon heads and decades-old, pre-STL hats and T-shirts.

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The L.A. Hotel Downtown

The hotel: 

Modern. Sleek. SO L.A. This recently renovated modern oasis in the heart of downtown offers a special room package for Rams games. Oh, and an outdoor pool, so pack that swimsuit.

What’s nearby: 

It’s just 0.2 miles away from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, where you can hear world-class stylings of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Los Angeles Central Library is also in walking distance, and is a major architectural landmark. It was even designated a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument. Free docent tours of the building and its art are given every day that the library is open for business, and on Saturday there is a tour of the Maguire Gardens, which surroundthe library. If you’re looking to experience a little culture with the fam or your footballin’ friends in the city of plastic surgery and fancy cars, these options are all touchdowns.

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Luxe City Center Hotel

The hotel: 

Get ready for the blitz of dining, shopping, nightlife and culture surrounding this 4 star “luxe” accommodation, also positioned right in the center of downtown L.A. The patiooverlooks L.A. LIVE. The rooms are chic, comfortable.

What’s nearby: 

The Arts District is just an onside kick away from the hotel, making it so easy to see tons of galleries, studios, artisanal crafts and architectural wonders. Fashionista sista? The Fashion District is also within a runway’s strut from the hotel. Shop wholesale, retail, designer style and everyday bargains at over 150 stores and vendors. Eat and drink in the Financial District, the commercial hub of the city. There really is a new, flashy experience at every turn, so even if you don’t have a gameplan set, you can just call the plays as you maneuver through the hustle and bustle.

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JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

The hotel: 

Just over 5,280 yards from the LA Rams stadium sits this 4 star, highly recommended (by 91% of CheapTickets peeps) swanky hotel. Okay, sounds like a lot of yards, but it’s really only 3.4 miles away. Anyway, the contemporary décor and indulgent amenities will let you relax and kick back like a true LALALand VIP.

What’s nearby: 

And, you’ll be right in the midst of the exciting downtown action. Just moments away from The Staples Center and L.A. LIVE, be sure to check the calendar to see if there are any must-see shows or games taking place during your west-coast adventure. Definitely worth the extra yardage to take a pass at the L.A. Opera (just 5 minutes from the hotel), the fourth largest opera company in the entire country. So much to do. So much to see. OK, next…

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The Mayfair Hotel

The hotel:

Built during the roaring ‘20s, this hotel is a true historic gem. Though no longer a host to flapper girls and oil barons, the charismatic charm and energy has evolved into contemporary, modern vibes with a twist of old-timey intrigue.

What’s nearby:

This hotel sits at the gates of the Financial District, and is just a short stroll to the 7th Street Restaurant and Shopping Corridor. Want to explore more than DTLA (Downtown LA)? Head to the Metro station at 7th Street for a subway ride to whatever LA hotspot you want to explore next. Legendary Bev Hills shoppin’? Picturesque Santa Monica beaches? Panoramic Hollywood Hills? It’s all here for your vacationing pleasure, when you’re all done Rams rooting (oh yea, and The Mayfair is only, like, 3.8 miles away from the Coliseum. Like, totally awesome, right?!

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Hotel Normandie

The hotel:

Only 4.5 miles from the stadium, this boutique hotel was first developed in 1926 by renowned LA architects Albert R. Walker and Percy A. Eisen. The exterior boasted a Renaissance Revival motif and the interiors a Spanish Colonial Revival concept (surely you architecture buffs can appreciate all of these architecture words). Fast forward nine decades, and it’s time to expand, redo and update, whilst keeping the winning features from the old playbook.

What’s nearby:

So, wondering what lies in the backyard of this historic LA hotel? You guessed it…Koreatown! With a mix of Korean restaurants like Soowon Galbi (authentic Korean BBQ, MMM), attractions like The Wiltern (a top music venue for live entertainment with performances from big names like Alice In Chains and Glen Hansard), and kickin’ nightlife with spots like Café Brass Monkey (Korean karaoke EVERY night of the week), Koreatown is a must do, must see, must sing, must MUST. 15-yard penalty if you don’t.

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