Hotel at a Glance: The Garland
This 4-star hotel is steeped in Hollywood glamour—it was founded by actress Beverly Garland, and it’s right near Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Still, the hotel feels worlds away from busy Los Angeles, thanks to the leafy property’s tranquil gardens, towering pine trees, and adobe walls. Opened more than 40 years ago, the hotel retains a charming vintage vibe, though a fresh renovation has given it an upscale flavor.
- Daily activities: Take a walk to see the Brady Bunch house, get fitness tips from a top trainer, or enjoy free California wine tastings. Activities change based on the season.
- A sparkling outdoor pool is surrounded by oversize lounge cushions, topiary plants, and a white-brick chimney and fireplace.
- In-room amenities: Recently renovated guest rooms feature private balconies and free WiFi.
- New restaurant: The Front Yard offers California cuisine with an emphasis on shareable dishes.
- 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.