An affordable dash of Hollywood is only a stone’s throw from the city’s major attractions at the Hollywood Heights Hotel.
This boutique hotel is comfortable and stylish and offers superb customer service to boot.
Unassumingly located on Highland Ave, just behind the Kodak Theatre, I received a ‘Hollywood’ welcome from the moment I drove onto the premises.
The valet kindly offered to take my bags and directed me through to the lobby where I was greeted by George Clooney!
Yes, George had recently taken up residence in the stylish lobby...right next to the Madame Tussauds sign!
Why check in right away when I had the opportunity to snuggle up to one of the most desired men in the world? I continued to do so every time I entered the lobby over my two-night stay at the hotel!
With a jam-packed schedule for my short stay in LA, the staff accommodated me so well and they always did so with a smile.
My room was generously sized with a comfortable king size bed that was very welcome after the long haul flight from Sydney.
I was hoping for a glimpse of the Hollywood sign from my room but I was located at the back of the property so only overlooked the car park but, with Hollywood right outside my doorstep, I knew I wouldn’t be spending too much time worrying about that!
The bathroom featured a full size bath and superbly pressured shower, along with a very large vanity area, which is always a bonus in my books with the amount of cosmetics I tend to pack when travelling!
Concierge provided me with an array of local home delivery menus however and I tried an interesting Mexican meal that I can’t say I would try again!
Complimentary Wi-Fi meant I could update my friends and family on my trip and also make free phone calls to Australia via ‘Tru-Phone’ my latest must-have when travelling.
For a mere USD$8 per month I can call a range of countries free of charge when using a Wi-Fi connection (otherwise it uses up your data connection).
This trip I would be taking advantage of free calls to U.S mobiles and Australian landlines, which certainly helped with the homesickness of a five-week trip overseas!
Breakfast the following morning was divine. ‘The Hideout Hollywood Hotel Restaurant’ served a full buffet breakfast in sleek, sophisticated surrounds and a variety of newspapers were available which is always lovely when dining alone.
The bar also features regular live entertainment and is designed in a way that you feel completely removed from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood just through the palm trees!
With more and more people choosing to travel with pets (especially in L.A...Paris Hilton anybody) it was refreshing to see a hotel really cater to the needs of all their guests.
The weather was rather inclement during my stay so, whilst I didn’t get the opportunity to sample the pool firsthand, the area is exactly what you would expect from a boutique hotel in L.A.
Cabanas surround the pool along with cushioned chaise-lounges and tables complete with umbrellas for when it actually is sunny enough to enjoy the area!
Simple, yet stylish, poolside is quite a drawcard to hold events and sometimes guests can even enjoy live entertainment over the summer months.
I was quite disappointed to check out of the ‘Hollywood Heights Hotel’ because it’s not every day that you feel at home at a property.
The staff were just amazing and it made my day to be greeted with a “good morning Miss Aroyan”.
It baffles me that they can remember every guest that stays at their hotel!
It’s rare to find a property in Hollywood that evades pretention. This is one of those.
Old-school service coupled with new-school style made my stay at ‘Hollywood Heights Hotel’ one that I will remember for a very long time.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Hollywood Heights Hotel
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Natalie Aroyan