Hotel at a Glance: The Garland
The Garland is steeped in Hollywood glamour—the hotel was founded by actress Beverly Garland, and it’s right near Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame—but it’s also quite different from most properties in the area. Tucked away on 7 leafy acres, the hotel feels worlds away from Los Angeles with its tranquil gardens, towering pine trees, and adobe walls. Ms. Garland opened the hotel with her family more than 40 years ago, and it still retains a charming vintage vibe but with a fresh renovation that has given it an upscale flavor.
- Daily activities: Take a walk to see the former Brady Bunch house, get fitness tips from a top trainer, or enjoy free California wine tastings. The activities change based on the season.
- 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.
- In-room amenities: The newly renovated guest rooms and suites include private balconies and flat-screen TVs.
- Shop with the stars: Rodeo Drive, located 10 miles from the hotel, is one of the world’s most famous shopping centers.
- New restaurant: The Front Yard, set to open at The Garland in June 2015, will offer Californian cuisine with an emphasis on shareable dishes. In the meantime, the Courtyard Canteen will be open for all guests with a limited menu.
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 Theatre, 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.