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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
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.
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?
When we called, a friendly voice at the other end said she’d be right there. And she was!
She even opened it for us.
Fun for everyone!
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!
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.
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.
Here is the TV and the doorway to the bathroom.
And here is the kitchen area.
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!
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.
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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