Hotel at a Glance: Beverly Garland Hotel
While the Beverly Garland Hotel certainly has a Hollywood connection—framed photos of the hotel’s namesake actress and original owner line the lobby walls, and complimentary shuttles drop guests off at Universal Studios and the Metro Red Line Station near the Hollywood Walk of Fame—it’s also quite different than most properties in the area. Tucked away on seven leafy acres, the hotel feels worlds away from Los Angeles with its tranquil gardens, towering pine trees, and adobe walls. Beverly Garland opened the hotel with her family more than 40 years ago, and it still retains a charming, vintage vibe.
- A sparkling outdoor pool sits at the heart of the property surrounded by oversize lounge cushions, topiary plants, and a white-brick chimney and fireplace.
- Signature dishes: Korean braised shortrib with spiced pumpkin and butternut squash ravioli topped with brown butter and sage at Warren's Blackboard
- In-room amenities: Guest rooms include private balconies and flat-screen TVs
- Learn from a pro during a lesson at one of the hotel's two lighted tennis courts
- The cocktail list at Warren's Blackboard features a pineapple jalapeño margarita and “That’s My Jam" with blackberry jam and rum
- Shop with the stars: Rodeo Drive, located 10 miles from the hotel, is one of the world's most famous shopping centers
North Hollywood, California: Historic Theaters, World-Class Shopping, and Trendy Restaurants
Situated northwest of downtown Los Angeles and 20 minutes from Beverly Hills, North Hollywood (or “NoHo” as it’s sometimes called) is equal parts Tinseltown and cultural treasure. At the Hollywood & Highland Center, an upscale entertainment complex, you can see the Dolby Theater, the Academy Awards' permanent home, and the iconic architecture of the TCL Chinese Theatre, where A-list celebrities have gathered for movie premieres since 1927. For a more intimate theater experience, head to the Noho Arts District, where independent companies produce a range of experimental work.
The Hollywood glamour picks up south of North Hollywood in Studio City. The setting for CBS studios and movie sets, its streets have been used as filming locations for several silver screen hits, including Pulp Fiction and Boogie Nights. There’s no shortage of shopping opportunities in the area either—Rodeo Drive boasts designer labels and world-class people watching, and the Melrose shopping district is lined with funky clothing boutiques, vintage stores, and kitschy themed restaurants.