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“Great for Families. Loads of Space”
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Magic Castle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 351 Hotels in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
New York
1 review
“Great for Families. Loads of Space”
Reviewed 19 August 2006

We stayed in the one bedroom suite ( room 105) for 3 nights last week. Our family of 4 included mom, dad, daughter 13 and son 10. The location of the hotel was great for walking to the majority of the Hollywood sights (Chinese Theatre, Kodak, Starline Tours, El Capitan theatre, Disney Soda Fountain, and the Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center). The room had more than enough space and was clean and provided all the necessary amenities. The staff was extremely helpful and we enjoyed the breakfast every morning sitting at the tables by the pool. Other users mentioned the bathrooms as an area of concern, so I was a bit worried. However in our room, there were only two specific issues: there was no working extractor fan which probably caused some of the peeling paint on the ceiling over the shower and the towel rack that they chose was far too flimsy for the weight of the towels and was begining to come loose from the wall. But that is it!! The remainder of the room was very nicely decorated to modern standards for a boutique hotel.

We would stay here again.

  • Liked — Location, Staff, Large Sized room-Great Value, Secure Parking
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Tips/Secrets — They will honour internet rates if you book with then directly and you don't have to pay until checkout rather than at time of booking!!
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Toronto
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2006

My son and I stayed at the Magic Castle Hotel during a vacation to the LA area. The hotel is small but in a great location, just two blocks from Hollywood Blvd. One of the best parts was its association with the Magic Castle. Minors can't get into the Castle to see the performances except on weekend brunches and unless you are with a member. The only exception is for those staying at the hotel. Since my son is a magic buff, that was a big attraction of staying there.
However, we were pleasantly surprised with just about everything. Most impressive was the staff which was so incredibly friendly and helpful. They were never overbearing but always willing to help out.
The rooms were decent, but not overly impressive. They had everything we needed. I was a little taken aback by the carpets, which looked a little worn, but half-way through our stay, they were being replaced. The beds were very comfy while the bathrooms were a little tired, but still very functional and clean.
Every morning there was a continental breakfast served in the small lobby. I ususally took my food out to the pool-side tables and sat there. The pool was a great feature; it wasn't too big but was great for cooling off. My only complaint was one night, at about 2 a.m., some drunks jumped in and were a little noisy. But that was an isolated occurence.
If you're there on vacation, you can easily walk to Hollywood Blvd and all the attractions there. As well, the hotel next door -- which I wouldn't suggest you stay at -- is where Janis Joplin was found dead.
Overall, I'd go back to this hotel in a minute, based largely on the staff.
Great job

  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
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Iowa
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2006

My family of 4 recently stayed in a refurbished 1 BR suite for 8 nights. Our family includes 2 young teenagers. The hotel is a wonderful central location for LA and surrounding areas including Walk of Fame and Chinese Theater, beaches, Disney, Universal, Dodger game, etc.. The refurbished suite provided excellent space for the 4 of us to spread out and either watch TV in the BR and living room or read the morning newspaper at the the kitchen table. The continental breakfast included fresh croissants, scones, fruit, cereal, juice and coffee. The beds, pillows and bathroom towels were very comfortable especially after a hot, sandy day at the beach. The small pool was refreshing. Upon arrival, our room included treats for the kids and a bottle of Pinot. The staff also provided a roll away bed. The underground secure parking was a welcome convenience for only $8/night. We felt very safe and secure at this location.
The staff on all shifts were very nice and accomodating with driving directions and a very welcome good morning or afternoon! A special thank you to Gretchen, Nick and Darren for their hospitality. During our stay, I viewed several hotels considered on Trip Advisor and would honestly say that my choice was the correct one. I would highly recommend this hotel for the price and location.

  • Liked — Location, price, comfort of beds, space
  • Disliked — stuffy bedroom without AC or fan
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Woodbridge, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2006

We stayed at the Magic Castle Hotel for four nights in early August, and we really enjoyed this hotel. Everyone who works in the hotel is very friendly and helpful, especially with providing recommendations on places to eat and helping out with directions.

We stayed in a studio room and the furniture was renovated, but the carpet was not. The bed was large and comfortable. The hotel is a few blocks from all the Hollywood attractions like Kodak Theatre, etc. The breakfast is basic and pretty good. We liked the free DVD rentals a lot. There is a fridge in the studio.

There was that there was a lot of noise the first two nights from other hotel guests next door. The walls are very thin. There were some cracks in the wall. Also, the shower temperature was not totally consistent. The parking garage is good but small, and the spaces are very tight. We did not use the wireless internet, so we cannot comment on it. There is an internet kiosk that is 20 cents/minute if you do not have a laptop.

If you are looking for a posh and luxurious experience, this is not the hotel for you. However, if you are looking for great value and a comfortable experience, and don't plan on being on your room all day, Magic Castle is a good fit.

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Bristol, UK
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2006

I've been to the Magic Castle twice now and really enjoyed both stays. The location is perfect - a 5-minute walk to the Hollywood & Highland area, but far enough away from Hollywood Blvd to be quiet. Also very easy to get on the route to other tourist areas, eg Santa Monica.
The hotel has obviously had some refurbishment in the last couple of years, but - as others have posted here - the decor still needs to be updated in some areas. The bathroom in particular looked very old. But in terms of getting the exotic 'old-style Hollywood Motel' feel, it's right on the money.
Despite the old bathroom, I would certainly stay here again and would recommend the hotel to other travellers.

Stayed July 2006
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San Francisco
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2006

I can't say enough great things about the Magic Castle Hotel and its incredible staff. The experience was great from the moment we arrived and all the way through check out. At check in, we were provided with sparkling italian sodas (an unexpected treat on such a warm day). The rooms were tastefully appointed. And they even had complimentary breakfast and free wireless service. The best part of our stay is when we went into our room. There was a chocolate cake and a card signed by the staff. I'm not sure how they even knew it was my birthday. I highly recommend staying at the Magic Castle. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2006, travelled as a couple
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PHX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2006

My girlfriend and I stayed one night at the Magic Castle. Our overall impression is the Magic Castle was worth the stay. It is extremely close to all the Hollywood action. The rooms were as described with nice linens and clean appearance. Our room had new carpet. Parking is a reasonable $8 a day, not uncommon in LA no matter where you park. The front desk was friendly and we received a cold bubbly beverage upon arrival.

  • Stayed June 2006, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Magic Castle Hotel

Property: Magic Castle Hotel
Address: 7025 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028-8603
Phone Number:
Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Central L.A
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Los Angeles
#2 Romantic Hotel in Los Angeles
#11 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Magic Castle Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just one block from Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Hollywood/Highland Center. We feature mostly very large One-Bedroom Suites. We also have smaller "Single" rooms, which are great for short stays and we have Two-Bedroom suites that sleep up to six people. All suites have a full kitchen, dining area, living room with pull-out sofa, and either one or two private bedrooms. We don't just talk about amazing guest service...we live it. Come and experience a truly unique and independent hotel. Enjoy the complimentary snacks available 24 hours a day, complimentary breakfast, and complimentary WiFi. Turndown service every night, and a newspaper delivered to your door each morning. Also enjoy access to the private club, The Magic Castle. There are age and dress code restrictions, so please ask us about it. ... more   less 
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