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Hollywood Hills Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1999 N Sycamore Ave, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Hollywood)   |  
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Ranked #67 of 322 hotels in Los Angeles
Miami, Florida
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“AMAZING bang for your buck”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed at the hollywood hills hotel after I kept hearing about Magic Castle and knew I had to check it out. From the moment we arrived we loved it. The staff was nice, friendly, and professional. They offer free snacks and soda! The hotel is up on a hill and provides beautiful views from your own balcony. It's a 5 minute walk to Hollywood Blvd. As mentioned there's a shuttle to take you up, and it seems to always be available at a seconds notice. Granted, if you're looking to stay in a luxury hotel, this isn't it. But my room was clean, large, had amazing views, and the staff was spectacular. That coupled with the location definitely made this hotel perfect.

Room Tip: DEFINITELY check out a show at magic castle. Just make sure to reserve that a few days in advance...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The hotel is located up in the hills, next to the Yamashiro restaurant, offering breathtaking views of the city. For those who are reluctant to walking up the hill, the staff provides free shuttle service to the rooms, which are in fact bungalows/apartments. The room we had, although functional, was dated and definitely not well-maintained. There were stains on the wall and carpet. The whole place needs a renovation, and thorough cleaning habits. We also did find a few ants in the apartment during our stay, as noted by other travellers.

The staff was curteous and professional.

Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, but this place has the potential to be so much better.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My brother and I stayed up in the Hollywood Hills for a week in October and it was great! Yeah the rooms were dated but the view was breathtaking - you could see all of LA from up there!
The price was exceptional and the facilities at the hotel great! The complimentary breakfast, snacks and wifi were appreciated!
The staff were so friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make you feel welcome.
This hotel is in a great location, a block away from Hollywood Boulevard and a short cab ride to West Hollywood. WeHo was great spent a lot of time there! I really enjoyed our stay and will definately stay there again!

Room Tip: I can highly recommend the city view rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights up on the Hill, room 301. We had a fantastic time here, the rooms were comfortable and clean, and the staff were amazing, really super helpful and polite and happy. The pool on the hill is great, we spent a few days lazing by the pool and were pretty much the only people using it. The views from the top of the hill, from the apartment and the pool are nothing short of spectacular. The rooms may be a tiny bit tired, and could do with a paint, but we didn't care about that at all. The location is perfect, a 5 minute walk from reception to Hollywood Boulevard. This place has two hotels, the Hollywood Hills Hotel, up the hill, and down the bottom of the hill The Magic Castle Hotel. If you want spectacular views and an awesome pool then head up the top. We can't recommend this place highly enough, we'll be back.

Room Tip: Get a room on the corner and you get views of the Hills and the City.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Port Lavaca, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We really loved the location of this hotel. So close to everything in Hollywood yet you feel like you're secluded from the city. We really enjoyed how we didn't have to hear the hustle and bustle of the streets but could capture all the great views of the city. The staff were all very friendly and accommodating, they never once complained or were "too busy" to help.

The reason I didn't give this hotel a higher rating is due to their up-keep; unfortunately this place has been through a lot and is in desperate need of a make over. It's a good place to rest your head and have a good night's rest but there were some improvements that need to me made. I really wish the owners of the property would capture more of the history of the surroundings, and highlight the Asian-American fusion that once dominated this area. The rooms could use this and I feel help liven up the entire place.

I would recommend this hotel for those travelling as a family, friends, and maybe even couples (although don't expect it to be a spa/boutique hotel...this place is old and dated). So proceed with open minds and knowing that you'll be saving a buck or two and are in a good location with excellent staff.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redondo Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Now, this hotel is situtated right next to Yamashiro - (Mountain Castle) a sushi restuarant with a breathtaking view of Los Angeles. The property has been part of Hollywood History for almost 100 years. The property consists of lower hotel (Magic Castle , up the hill is Hollywood Hills Hotel then turn to the peak is Yamashiro - all walking distance)

The Hollywood Hlls Hotel is adjacent to The Magc Castle Club where check in, unlimited snacks and complimentary breakfast are available. The hotel is not modern or chic. It doesn't have any flat screen televisions or Ipod docks. However it's pool is next to Yamashiro garden and has a great view of Hollywood since the whole property is situated up in the hills.

It's walking distance to Hollywood Boulevard and Highland. SO the location is a Gem. I had a good experience with my stay. We tried the 1 bedroom suite and the kitchen and restroom were clean stocked with towels and all. It was also quiet and a nice walk down the hill to Hollywood Blvd. (A free shuttle is also available to and from Magic Castle entrance) Parking is $11 a night.

I'll definitely come back- however if you're looking for a luxurious hotel with automatic draperies this isn't it... The Hollywood Hills Hotel is more rustic, simple and tranquil.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

After reading the reviews, I had decent expectations of this hotel.

Night 1. First night (room 201 or 211) - actually downgraded (and lied to as they said it was the room we booked). We had booked a King suite with City view (and I have the documentation to prove it) but instead received a twin double with a hill view. The room was extremely run down and the sheets were covered in blood stains and upon complaining we were given new sheets which we had to change ourselves. After a bit of hounding the night manager admitted we'd been given the wrong room. He said our real room wasn't available but promised to move us to the correct room the next day, saying we'd get full compensation for the lost night.

Night 2 & 3 Upon return from a day out (which was blighted by the worry about the room move) we were told they'd successfully moved us. We got into the room (I think 511 or 504), and this time it was a king bed but not a suite. I rang the manager who said the the room type we actually booked was in no fit state to be occupied, and that actually it was very difficult to correctly describe the rooms they had available on the websites they sold through. They said they'd decided that giving us a King bed and a city view should be enough.
It was a filthy, battered room, with a fridge that looked like it had been chewed and spat out by King Kong, and a bathroom which provided a stable home for a lively parade of ants. This room was also located very near to a Japanese restaurant which seemed to have some nice outdoor space. Unfortunately that meant that we had loud music and other general noise playing into the room until around 11.30pm. It was the last but one evening of our holiday and too late to move. The manager confirmed the room was cheaper than than the one I'd originally booked and we eventually agreed suitable compensation was a 25% discount on my original payment for nights 2&3 (on top on a full reimbursement for the first night).

Despite our agreement the refund I've received so far was about 1/4 of what was promised. The 1 star is because I can't give lower, and covers the free snacks and swimming pool.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hollywood Hills Hotel

Address: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Hollywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #67 of 322 hotels in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hollywood Hills Hotel 2.5*
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