I must admit, I lived in Los Angeles for about 7 years of my adult life and never really spent that much time in Hollywood. It was always looked over and replaced with a beach but was I glad I was able to experience it now! Upon arrival at The Hollywood Hotel, I was transported back to a time of old Hollywood glamour, box office films, retro muses and decor. I could just imagine attending a lavish and glamorous party decorated to the nines amongst stars like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and other Hollywood folk donning expensive dresses and colorful blazers roaming the halls of the HH. Established in 1903 and situated in the heart of Hollywood, the 130 room Hollywood Hotel has been home to films including the 1937 film, “Hooray for Hollywood.” It is considered to be Hollywood’s hotel, recently being visited by celebrities including Kristin Wig, and Jessica Biel, just to name a few.
Our newly refreshed room, felt like classic old Hollywood boasting white, yellow, grey and black color combinations and decor with a modern, retro twist. Overlooking the open air fountain courtyard from the balcony was the perfect way to start the day with that famous California sunshine light beaming in. Mornings were spent with a hot cup of coffee in hand, wrapped in a plush white robe, planning our day of Hollywood activities.
The Hollywood Hotel is one of the most reasonably priced accommodations I have come across in the city of stars that offers incredible value in a great central location with plenty of public transit options surrounding it. It’s the closest hotel to the Hollywood Sign, Mount Hollywood hiking trails, Griffith Park, Greek Theater, and Los Angeles Zoo, while also being located just steps away from renowned LA shopping and dining, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Chinese Theater. Griffith Park Observatory was one of my favorite parts of Hollywood and was a magnificent view of the Downtown LA skyline with the sunrise peaking over. We got to be in Stephen Spielberg’s and Michael Jackson’s shoes in a mere matter of minutes from the hotel, I mean, talk about a productive morning! The Hollywood walk of Fame and Chinese Theater were quite a sight filled with lots of energy, colorful characters, visitors and stars. The Hollywood Sign was on my must visit list this trip. The hike up to it was a great way to get in some exercise in the amazing California weather while visiting an iconic Hollywood sight!
After a day of exploring, the Hollywood Hotel was a wonderful place to return to to relax, catch a swim and relax by the retro outdoor pool, pop into the on-site fitness center, lounge and sip cocktails in the fountain courtyard with other guests and even attend a show at the hotel’s very own comedy club, which brings all-star comedians from all over to the property on a weekly basis.
Overall, such a wonderful way to spend some time in Hollywood, California before our trip across the world. What once was an area I overlooked, has quickly become one of my favorite areas of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hotel has become my favorite Hotel in Hollywood. We’re now headed to LAX for our media tour to the Maldives, India, Sri Lanka and Singapore to celebrate our birthdays!
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