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Magic Castle Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7025 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Central L.A)   |  
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“Just Magic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great staff, great location. Walk to the subway for Universal Studios, walk to Manns Chinese Theatre, Hard Rock Cafe etc. Parking is great because we had a rental car. It is like staying at Melrose Place-our room was a 1 bedroom apartment with a kitchen, dining table and a balcony overlooking the pool. Enjoyed having space and breakfast by the pool and the free snacks were a bonus. There is a very good grocery store about a block away which makes self catering very easy here.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelManager, General Manager at Magic Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Hello Leafylin,

I loved reading your review of our hotel. I'm really glad you liked your stay with us so much. I love that you compare us to "Melrose Place". We get that a lot. It does feel that way (without the drama).

I hope you will come and see us again.

Sincerely,
Darren Ross
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I had a friend coming in from South Dakota and wanted to do the whole tourist sightseeing thing. The staff was simply wonderful and so helpful. They recommended a restaurant that evening and it was the most romantic and lovely place ever. We were also booked for the sightseeing bus tour and were given free shuttle to both places. It was a fantastic weekend! I will definitely be back when we plan another weekend in Hollywood. Thank you so much to the staff. Oh, and the one bedroom suite was beautiful and the bed was very comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Really fantastic hotel. Five star quality. The staff cannot do enough for you and all the little extras are brilliant. A free paper in the morning, free drinks and snacks, free laundry service and one staff member gave us some free aloe Vera to help with sunburns. The rooms are lovely, showers are huge and cleaning service is great. Couldn't get over how lovely and helpful the staff were always checking you were ok and bringing free snacks when next to the lovely heated pool. Would live here if I could. This place is fantastic can't recommend it highly enough!!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelManager, General Manager at Magic Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Hello Gillian G,
I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope that sunburn is feeling better! Having grown up in Southern California....we always had Aloe Vera handy....and we have it our guests too....just in case.

Please come see us again soon.

Sincerely
Darren Ross
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Great staff, great location clean and comfortable. Although the rooms and furnishings could definitely use some updating all the positives surrounding the Magic Castle Hotel make it easy to overlook this minor flaw. Had a great stay in a 2 bedroom suite. One of the great bounuses of staying at the Magic castle Hotel is the ability to access the Magic castle itself (you must make advanced reservations). The Magic Castle itself is definitely a MUST-SEE

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

I never review anything good or bad however these guys deserve the acilades. We called to see if we could get an early check in and there wasn't a room available so Josilyn upgraded out room so we would have to wait. The rooms were on the older sine but clean neat and comfortable. Josilyn and Nick and the other staff were very friendly and helpful. My son bought a Sonic Screwdriver (Dr. Who fans will know what I'm talking about). He needed a screwdriver to get the battery cover off which he discovered while my wife and I were sleeping. So he tooled on down to the front desk and Nick helped him get it operational. They are very conveniantely located and just super people. If you stay here you will be happy

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HotelManager, General Manager at Magic Castle Hotel, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Hi Kelled2,

We are very lucky to have Jocilyn and Nick!! I'm so happy that you had such a positive experience staying with us. Most importantly (of course) your son's toy was made to work!! I remember this story, the staff and I were talking about it.

Please come see us again.

Sincerely,
Darren Ross
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Magic Castle Hotel Is a Wonderful place to stay! Very Clean! Everyone that works there was happy, helpful, so kind!! They did a great job. The hotel is close to all kinds of fun things!! Pool was heated and clean. The Rooms are clean, and they have more then enough room :) I would stay again!! If you are thinking about staying at the hotel, I would do it!!!!! Great job Magic Castle Hotel :)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

When I told my husband we were staying at a place called The Magic Castle he laughed and then got very worried. I told him I was putting my faith in the Trip Advisor reviews and I'm happy to say, you all came through again!

My family stayed here for 3 nights March 25-27. The hotel appears to be a converted apartment building with the rooms on 2-levels, all surrounding a pool in the center courtyard. This is a very typical SoCal apartment set-up so for those coming from lands afar, this gives you a little taste of native LA living. We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite. It had a full kitchen with stove, fridge and microwave. The bedroom had a comfortable king size bed and our two teenage boys slept on the pull out sofa in the living room. The rooms are very spacious... not hotel size, apartment size! And we had a huge flat screen HD TV in the living room with OnDemand and a smaller one in the bedroom. Bathrobes were a nice touch, too.

The room itself is neat and clean, but nothing luxurious--except for the size. Traveling with 2 teenagers this was the first place we stayed where we didn't feel cramped. What is exceptional about this place is the service. You are treated like you are at a 5-star resort. The day we arrived I did 2 loads of laundry and we came back from dinner to find it all folded neatly on our bed. The staff constantly asks what they can do for you, from doing your laundry to helping find a tour to providing maps and directions.

As others have written, there is a generous snack menu, all on the house, and at your whim. Simply ask at the front desk. When we checked out they even asked if we wanted some snacks and sodas for the road. All of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly.

A continental breakfast is provided each day in the small lobby area. Secure underground parking is $11/day. Wifi is free.

The hotel itself is on a busy road which can make it tricky pulling in and out. Not for the timid driver! At night and early morning you will hear street noise, because of where you are. Otherwise, the location is very nice. Off the main strip in a residential area but only about 1/2 mile to the 101, a 2-block walk to Hollywood & Highland shopping center with a plethora of dining options, and 1 block to Graumann's Chinese Theater and the heart of Hollywood.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7025 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Central L.A , Hollywood
Amenities:
Business Center 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
#12 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Magic Castle Hotel 3*
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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