We often go to Hollywood and play the part of tourists. As lifelong residents of California, we’ve been throughout Los Angeles and Hollywood, but we never tire of our adventures! My dad is a member of the world famous Magic Castle, which has afforded us many enjoyable adventures to Hollywood over the years. Typically, we get a pet sitter or board our pets. This time, we tried something new! We got to visit the Hollywood Hotel, which is a pet-friendly hotel in Hollywood.
I was nervous about the prospects of bringing a pet with us on a trip. We’d never done it before and Jack the pug was a new addition to our family, which made me a little uneasy. This was a fantastic experience, however—one that I would do again and again! The Hollywood Hotel pulled out all the stops to make our trip with our favorite pug the most comfortable and enjoyable experience!
When we arrived at their beautiful lobby at the Hollywood Hotel, we knew it was going to be a luxurious and pleasurable stay.. The staff were friendly and quickly got us checked in. They gave us a tour of the beautiful grounds and we learned a bit about the history of this historic hotel, built in 1903. I had no idea how rich the history of the hotel was or the famous guests who have stayed, such as: Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Aidan Quinn, Jessica Biel, to John Krasinski and BJ Novak and Jason Ritter. The hotel has a comedy club downstairs, where these celebrities have performed during open mic nights! Pretty cool! Rudolph Valentino lived in the hotel, in room 264. The Hollywood hotel is where he met his wife Jean Acker and where they spent their honeymoon!
The Hollywood Hotel had all the amenities we could have asked for! We had a delicious hot breakfast buffet downstairs in their lovely cafe. They had a chef on duty to cook us a tasty omelet of our choice of ingredients. I chose bacon, cheese, onions, and bell pepper. Mr. Bear had an omelet with everything. In addition to their cafe, they have a lounge with nighttime entertainment and a full bar, where Mr. Bear enjoyed a cocktail before we hit the town!
We enjoyed a dip in the pool and followed it up with a 20-minute sauna session. The hotel is just clean and beautifully well-maintained. The bed was so comfortable and the recently renovated hotel had a very modern feel, although they were very thoughtful about preserving some of its most charming historic charms.
We opted for the, “Pamper your Pet” package, which gave us all we needed for Captain Jack Sparrow, our one-eyed pug! Captain Jack was right at home! They provided us with: a plush and comfortable pet bed, a cute plush toy/stuffed animal, food and water bowls, dog treats, and pet waste bags. I was so grateful for that last one! I had forgotten to grab ours from home before we left!
We found out that in true Hollywood form, you can make anything happen! Even if you don’t have a pet of your own, the Hollywood Hotel will provide you with a “Puppy Party” package! For an extra fee, you can have the pups come to you to cuddle! How much fun! It was $50 extra for the Pamper your Pet package, which was a steal for us! We usually have a pet sitter or board our pooches when we’re out of town. It was nice to have them with us and know they were well taken care of.
The Hollywood Hotel is central to everything! The day we arrived, I realized I had forgotten my swimsuit. I saw the inviting pool and decided I must not miss a dip! The staff informed me that West Hollywood Gateway was just up the block. Thankfully, the shopping is nearby and I was able to get myself a new bathing suit and do a little shopping! SCORE! We took a taxi to the Magic Castle and even with Hollywood traffic, we were there in 10 minutes! The following day, we took a beautiful drive up to the Griffith Observatory and walked around at Griffith Park. It’s a stunning place to walk with your family and canine friends! We spent about an hour exploring before we trekked back home.
We really enjoyed our stay at the 130 room historic Hollywood Hotel. We know that we’ll stay again and make sure to remember our bathing suits, but if we don’t, we know that shopping is nearby. It’s a very reasonably priced hotel, especially for the Los Angeles/Hollywood area. It was great to be close to all the amenities we’ve come to enjoy in Hollywood. It was a great place to stay and met all of our needs! How great to be able to include our furry friends on our vacation!
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