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When planning our first trip to Los Angeles, one of the most daunting aspects was trying to find hotels in Hollywood that met our needs. So many places were out of our price range, yet we wanted to be close to Hollywood attractions since we’d never been to LA.  We also wanted a family-friendly hotel where we felt safe, and we needed a place to park our rental car.  When I discovered the Magic Castle Hotel, I knew I’d found the place for us!

About the Magic Castle Hotel

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The Magic Castle Hotel is a small, adorable hotel that, at one time, was an apartment complex.  Many rooms face the courtyard with the pool and poolside tables.  The location is great if you’re looking to see the Hollywood stuff; the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater are just a couple of blocks away.  Since they used to be apartments, the rooms have a full kitchen and dining area. Though these are not luxury accommodations, the hotel offers some great “freebies” that make your stay convenient.  They provide free snacks, soft drinks, and ice cream twenty-four hours a day.  We loved coming back to the hotel and grabbing a cold drink before heading to the room.

Pop and ice cream at the Magic Castle Hotel

And if that isn’t great enough, the pool area has a “popsicle hotline” with a red phone for ordering emergency popsicles.  How fun is that?

The Magic Castle Hotel Popsicle Hotline

When we called, a friendly voice at the other end said she’d be right there.  And she was!

The Magic Castle Hotel Popsicle

She even opened it for us.

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Fun for everyone!

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Another great thing about this hotel is that it has a parking garage under the hotel, so you don’t have worry about finding parking nearby or leaving it in a questionable place.  It’s secure right below the hotel.  And speaking of security, while there aren’t indoor corridors, you still have to walk through the lobby to get to the courtyard and your room.  You can also enter the courtyard from the parking garage. Just know that your door doesn’t face out into the street.

Our Room at the Magic Castle Hotel

When we checked in, I was a little flustered.  We’d just flown into LAX, taken an Uber to Avis to get the rental car, and somehow found our hotel using GPS driving through various neighorhoods in Los Angles.  When we go to the check-in desk, the resptionist was so nice, and another lady at the desk got us some cold sparkling lemonade to celebrate checking in to the Magic Castle.  How sweet!  We downed the lemonade, and I started to relax.  It was just lemonade, I promise!

The Magic Castle Hotel

I also noticed as I was checking in that they have items laid out for tea.  It looked lovely.  And then they offered us some of the free snacks off of the list.  They also offered to help us order in dinner if we’d like.  So helpful!  But it was our first night in LA.  We planned to explore a little.

Our room was near the front desk, just to the right after entering the courtyard.

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We had a standard double queen room.  Don’t mind our things on the table or the “Kristin dent” in the pillow.  The room was clean and ready for us.

Here is the window facing the courtyard.

The Magic Castle Hotel

Here is the TV and the doorway to the bathroom.

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And here is the kitchen area.

The Magic Castle Hotel

After we settled in, we did drive around for a while and found some dinner.  When we returned, we discovered we had turn-down service.  Kristin went right for the slippers!

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We slept well that night. I didn’t hear any noise after I fell asleep.  We woke up early so we could explore Hollywood that morning.  We just nibbled a little in the room, but as we left, I saw the continental breakfast laid out in the lobby for guests.  If you wanted to have a leisurly breakfast by the pool, you could.

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We had a great two-night stay while we explored the area.  I’d like to say that we tried out the pool, but we were too busy to get it in.  During our stay at the Magic Castle Hotel, we walked around Hollywood, ate on Sunset Strip, visited Griffith Observatory, and had beach time at Santa Monica and Malibu. I’d say our adventures were a good trade-off.  I hope if you’re planning a trip to the area that you consider the Magic Castle Hotel when looking for hotels in the Hollywood area. It turned out to be a delightful memory on our Los Angles trip!

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  1. I love hotel reviews – it is such a daunting task trying to find a place to stay in an area you have never been! This is a great review and will add it to our list when we are ready to explore LA!

  2. What a GREAT hotel that is! I LOVE the Popsicle hotline, the underground parking and the free drinks. Those are some amazing perks! Thanks for the awesome review.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful place to stay! So accomadating! Love that! Thanks for the wonderful review!

  4. I have to say this is a neat hotel review I personally love the popsicle hotline.That is awesome.

  5. Beth Balberchak Reply

    I haven’t been to CA in soooooo very long. I love that you included the Hollywood Knights movie. One of my faves!

  6. Omg this makes me feel like I would be staying at Melrose Place!

  7. Looks like you guys had a great time. You got lucky with your hotel choice and it looks like it turned out great. I feel your pain in trying to find the best place to stay when your visiting a place for the first time. Thanks for all the information

  8. I used to live in West LA and can attest that it is a daunting task to find a family friendly hotel in an affordable price range! This looks like such a cute place! What a great reference for anyone looking to travel to LA!

  9. Lisa Manderino Reply

    It’s great to find a nice place to stay! I love the Popsicle hotline!

  10. Finding a hotel that fits within your budget is quiet a challenging task! Looks like a perfect place to stay, clean, free breakfast, and oh yeah, ice cream! 🙂 The best part is, it’s convenient as it’ close to the majority of the tourist attractions.

  11. Sounds like a great little hotel! The popsicle phone is super cute, and the free soda and ice cream is definitely a bonus. I wish all hotels got on boars with that one.

  12. This is a great review. You never know what you’re going to get when you’re traveling to a new place. Sounds like you guys had a great time and were lucky enough to find a great place to stay!

  13. I love the popsicle hotline, what a nice touch for a hotel to offer. Thank you for sharing!

  14. I’m most impressed with the emergency popsicle phone! We keep talking about venturing to LA, but we’re a bit nervous about it. I’ll have to check out your other posts and take advantage of your tips!

  15. Oh, that sounds just perfect for my family. With 7 kids, I shudder at the thought of ritzy places. I think those places would add stress to me AND to the kids, having to act a certain way or be careful of everything. They aren’t hooligans, but they are normal kids who get excited and curious.
    I have put this recommendation into my Pinterest travel folder Thank you!

  16. This looks like a great hotel for my family! We would really enjoy the free snacks, especially the ice cream! I better pin this for later!

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