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Magic Castle Hotel
Ranked #2 of 350 Hotels in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Had a magic birthday at the Magic Castle Hotel...”
Reviewed 18 December 2006

I had wanted to go to the Magic Castle Club for my birthday but heard that it was a private club for members only. However, my boyfriend discovered that guests of this hotel were given admission to the club during their stay. The reviews looked good so we took a chance. We were not disappointed.

The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. Upon arrival we were offered cookies and hot cider. The club is just right next door to the hotel, but if you ask, they are happy to shuttle you up the small hill just so the ladies don't have to try and hoof it up there in high heels! I certainly appreciated that. :-)

When we came back from the Magic Castle (which we LOVED!) there was a pretty box all wrapped up in a ribbon that contained an adorable mini birthday cake and a card signed by the staff! What a nice touch--and yummy cake too.

We were surprised to hear that the pool is heated to 80 degrees year round so we took advantage of that fact and had a romantic and refreshing moonlight swim. (They don't close the pool at night, they just ask that you observe "quiet hours" and not disturb others).

The hotel was close enough to walk to all the other places that we wanted to see so it was the perfect place to stay. I would definitely stay there again if I am in the area.

Thanks Magic Castle Hotel Staff for a magic birthday!

  • Liked — Location, staff, nice warm pool.
  • Disliked — Bathroom was a bit small. No big deal.
  • Tips/Secrets — Be sure to mention if it is your birthday. :-D
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank ExitRatRace
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North Lincolnshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2006

Stayed here 21.11.06 for three nights. Had a one bedroom suite overlooking the pool. The suite was great. Spacious, clean and tidy. It does look a little tired in places, paintwork, cupboards etc, but it is really nothing to worry about. The other features more than make up for it. The complimentary breakfast was more than adequate for us, juices, coffee, toast, pastries, yoghurts, cereals etc which can be eaten by the pool, weather permitting, or taken to your room. The staff were very attentive and friendly. The location was brilliant. A few minutes walk to the walk of fame, Graumans Chinese Theatre, Kodak Theatre etc. We were able to have dinner in the Magic Castle Club. My husband thoroughly enjoyed this. It was a really great place, Magicians were all very good, some better than others though. I would definitely recommend a stay at this hotel.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Tips/Secrets — book here
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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rochester,ny
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2006

We just returned from our Thanksgiving trip to LA and I had to comment on our stay at the Magic Castle. Our extended family (grandparents, aunt, uncle,niece,nephew, and daughter) stayed at the hotel for a week while visiting family in LA. This was our second stay at the hotel and while we didn't think our first stay could be topped...it was. The wonderful staff, attention to detail, comfortable surroundings are not a fluke, a one time occurance. This hotel truly cares about their guests and their experience at the Magic Castle and it is evident in everything they do. From the moment of check in, the great breakfast (poolside or in your room), the heated pool (the kids loved it), the comfortable rooms (we love the duvet!) to the movie "packages" for the kids (free dvd's and movie snacks). We have, as a group, stayed at hotels around the world and we all agreed that this is the best! Not the most deluxe, yes, the paint is chipping in places. It is not an exclusive 4 star ,but by far the most inviting, comfortable place. We hope to return next year, the only reason we might not is because my in laws are in their 80's and the stairs (no elevator) :( are really hard for my mother in law ( though she vows to return!)

Thank you to everyone at the Magic Castle for helping to make our family trip a wonderful time.

P.S. ceiling fans in the bedrooms would be really nice! (especially the first floor rooms)

  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with family
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Thank cz2
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Nr. Chester, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2006

We were nearing the end of a 16 day long trip travelling Route 66 so we'd driven from Chicago. What awaited us in LA was a 2 night stay in this lovely hotel. This hotel was amazing for us and the staff were the most friendly we'd experienced on the trip.

We got there expecting a nice room but we were blown away as we ended up having our very own apartment. The first day we were there the rain hammered down so we lent a couple of dvds from the hotel, ordered a pizza and chilled out on our sofa.

Everything about our room (apartment) was amazing, from the sumptuous bed to the amazing heating in the bathroom. We wished we'd spent 4 nights there instead of the awful 2 nights we had in Las Vegas.

LA is a strange place, I wasn't impressed with it (San Diego is much nicer) but the stay at the Magic Castle made LA wonderful for us!

  • Liked — The spacious rooms and the location
  • Stayed March 2005, travelled as a couple
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Mass.
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2006

Our family of five (four adults, one child) just returned from our vacation, and I am so happy to report that our Magic Castle stay was great. I had booked the two-bedroom suite after reading these reviews, and I had my fingers crossed that my family would approve. They did! The staff was great (Hi Gretchen) and so friendly. We were met with chilled fruit juice upon check-in. The pool water was warm and refreshing. The location cannot be beat. The complimentary contintental-style breakfast was a plus. The best thing besides the great staff was the CLEANLINESS. We were so comfortable sleeping in such clean quarters...

As there are no elevators, be prepared to climb some steps from the (secure) garage to your room, very do-able for most people.

We hope to return again.

  • Liked — Cleanliness and Staff
  • Disliked — No elevators
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with family
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10 Thank DiMor
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CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2006

We loved the Magic Castle! It is a really cute little boutique hotel with the most amazing staff I have ever encountered! Yes, I've stayed at the Four Seasons and in various hotels around LA and no staff comes close. We stayed on our anniversary and while I barely mentioned it as a special occasion they treated us like rock stars.

Among other things, we had to change our dinner reservation last minute because the restaurant was too far out of the way before our concert. They got us into the sushi restaurant up the hill, shuttled us up there, and even had a lovely complementary appetizer waiting to start us off.

The rooms were great (we had a suite) and the hotel was convenient to walk to the Lucky Strike for a cocktail later. The only thing I would change is the pool. It needs a little updating and is pretty small...real estate is tough to come by in LA.

I really can't say enough about the helpful, friendly, fun, & really on-top-of-it staff of professionals. They're the best.

  • Liked — Obvously the staff
  • Disliked — The pool
  • Tips/Secrets — The sushi restaurant is a must.
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank OsideLB
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belfast, northern ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2006

we decided to pay a visit to los angeles and not knowing a single thing about it we decided that staying close to holywood walk of fame was important to us... after some researching we found the most perfect hotel possible. four minute walk and we were at the chinese theatre.!!!
breakfast included. even better. staff friendly and knowledable. yes that was full marks as well. so after relaxing in our rather large private room (which included chocolate on the pilllows) we enjoyed a hearty healthy breakfast by the pool before chatting with the excellent staff on what to do and how to get there. armed with our free map we were soon on the local subways...
i highly recommend this fantastic friendly hotel to anyone who is unsure about anything los angeles!!!!

  • Liked — clean friendly and excellent location
  • Disliked — steps
  • Tips/Secrets — only attepmt to carry one piece of luggage at a time up the steps!
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Magic Castle Hotel
Address: 7025 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028-8603
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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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