Do You Believe in Magic?

The Magic Castle Hotel in Hollywood, California
Monday, March 19th, 2012

View of the pool from our balcony

My husband and I decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary in Los Angeles this year. We wanted magic and that's what we found. The Magic Castle Hotel at 7025 Franklin Avenue is a three minute stroll from the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard. It's close to all the action yet surprisingly quiet.

We stayed in a one bedroom suite, but there are standard rooms and two bedroom suites available too. The suites are between 500 and 800 square feet, larger than my first apartment with a full kitchen-which my first apartment did not have, and a lovely bathroom. I was advised to request a refurbished, quiet room and in room 211 we got just that. The new furniture and updated kitchen and bath made up for the industrial carpet and basic décor.

The true magic lay in the amenities. Service is so extraordinary that they won California's "Best Guest Relations" award for 2011. Any five star hotel would be thrilled to provide the level of service that this hotel offers. Best of all, the people working there appear to be enjoying their jobs-even having fun. And there is fun, one sign reads: " Guest registration 15 minute parking, all others may disappear.

Living room and kitchen room 211

Free snacks magically appear around the clock. It starts at check-in when guests are offered a free drink and a snack menu to choose from and continues through your stay. Presto chango: a hostess in a short tux wearing white gloves appears poolside with free popsicles and cool mint and rosemary towels.  Hungry at midnight and don't want to go out, dial room service and whatever you want from the snack menu will be brought to your room. Late for breakfast and in a hurry, don't worry-someone will bring a tray to your room or to the pool with a pastry, fruit juice and coffee.

Next door is the Magic Castle, a beautiful old building from 1909 that has been home of the Academy of Magical Arts for almost fifty years. Entrance to the Magic Castle is limited to invited guests. If you don't know any magicians who can get you in, staying at the Magic Castle Hotel will work too. We didn't go over, but an evening at the Magic Castle sounds like fun. Cover is $20 a person and dinner is included when you buy tickets to the magic show.

Make magic on your next trip to LA-stay at the Magic Castle Hotel.

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