Hollywood Travel Guide

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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Visit Mama Shelter Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90048
June 18, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

Usually, Mama welcomes us into the world. But in just a few short weeks, we’ll be welcoming a new Mama into the world—Mama Shelter Los Angeles.

We’ve been waiting for Mama to open for quite some time, pretty much since we sniffed out her address last summer (at the corner of Selma and Wilcox in Hollywood proper.) Now, after a few delays, Mama Shelter will be hugging guests tight to her bosom on July 1.

The LA Times recently ran a pre-opening piece on Mama Shelter, focusing on the colorful chalk artwork that adorns the ceiling of the ground floor lobby which packs in an extended bar, a check-in area, a business center, an oversized foosball table, a coffee shop and a small restaurant.

But last week, we were able to walk through the entire property, including the rooftop, with Mama Shelter papa owner Benjamin Trigano, who in addition to heading up the U.S. expansion of his family’s quirky hotel collection, also owns the M+B Gallery in West Hollywood.

Although he’d never take the credit for it, Trigano completely embodies the spirit of this Mama Shelter—which is art-centric but super casual; innately cool, but extremely friendly; Hollywood, but real Hollywood, not the celebrity kind; and provocative, but a little silly. Indeed, he's pushing forth all of these attributes with a single goal in mind--to have fun.

"It's really about creating a real welcoming environment," Trigano said. "We stress this all the time with our staff, with everybody we work with, we're not trying to be the coolest, we're just trying to be a fun place to hang out and have a good time."

And there will no be shortage of places to have a good time here.

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The Dream Hotel is Coming True in Hollywood

June 12, 2015 at 5:54 PM | by | ()

Like most dreams, we forget about them when we wake up in the morning. So it's understandable that we've forgotten all about the Dream Hollywood Hotel since first hearing about it in 2011. But lo and behold, here's a snapshot of the Dream sequence, er, construction, rising up on Selma Avenue in Hollywood.

When it's all said and done, the hotel should have 182 rooms, spread out over 10 stories. And as you can see from this rendering posted on Curbed.com, there will some sort of rooftop experience as well.

Which means that while you're on top of the Dream, you'll also be able to wave to the people dining and drinking (and working out) on the rooftop at the forthcoming Mama Shelter Los Angeles which is half a block away. (Mama will be opening in a few weeks; stay tuned next week for our sneak peek.)

Mama Shelter.

Also in the neighborhood, just a few small blocks away, will be Thompson Hollywood which was announced the other week. At long last, Hollywood won't just be a trendy branding fad, but instead, it will be a neighborhood you can actually stay in. Cheers to that.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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Call 1-844-5OCLOCK to Make Your Margaritaville Hotel Reservations (Seriously)

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  Site Where: 1111 North Ocean Drive [map], Hollywood, FL, United States
May 19, 2015 at 7:07 PM | by | ()

Thirsty for a Margarita...ville hotel stay? Simply call 1-844-5OCLOCK to make your reservation at the brand new Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, opening on October 1.

As we briefly mentioned in September, the beach resort inspired by singer Jimmy Buffett will have 349 rooms, 17 stories, a Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill, a License to Chill rooftop bar, the Lone Palm Bar and a 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar. There will also be a 15,000-sq.ft. St. Somewhere Spa and an "authentic 'no worries' tropical vibe" present throughout.

Here are some more details on what to expect after you get drunk and screw er, relax in your hotel room:

Each of the resort’s 349-rooms will evoke feelings of relaxation and paradise, with coastal-luxe décor. Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy luxurious bedding with crisp all-white linens, teak-finished furnishings accompanied by subtle maritime accents, spacious walk-in rain showers, 42-inch LCD televisions and clocks with Bluetooth capabilities, ensuring maximum comfort and total relaxation.

Spacious walk-in rain showers with sea glass colored tile, teak vanities topped with vessel sinks and tropical bath potions (rendering above) will create a serene bath experience that is truly transporting. Attention to detail will be expressed in the thoughtfully selected features placed in every guestroom and suite, ensuring each guest enjoys a slice of paradise.

We're assuming cheeseburgers are definitely on the room service menu too.

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First Look at Mama Shelter Los Angeles, Opening on May 15

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90048
March 27, 2015 at 4:29 PM | by | ()

Voilà! At last, we have a room photo of the forthcoming Mama Shelter Los Angeles located in the heart of Hollywood.

We've been tracking this hotel's progress since we first learned of its existence (and exact location) back in August. But now, you can finally begin to plan your night with Mama in LA.

Room rates will start at $139 a night on May 15. Currently, booking is not working on the hotel's website but we expect that to be in action very soon.

The ground floor of the hotel is set to be a free-flowing reception area, lobby, bar and restaurant (from chef Benjamin Bailly of LA hotspots, Petrossian and Fraiche) while upstairs there will be just 70 Thierry Gaugain-designed rooms spread out over six stories, but tricked out with king beds and 27-inch iMacs which will serve as the room TV. As you can see, the rooms are very much like other Mamas, complete with those funky nightstand lampshade masks. (Hello Burt and Ernie!)

Mama Shelter Los Angeles will also have an outdoor rooftop gym which we kinda can't wait to see in action. #workoutselfieoverload

Want to learn more about this Mama? She's already "written" you a "letter." Here it is in full below.

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'American Horror Story's' Next Season Will Take Place in a Hotel with Lady Gaga

March 4, 2015 at 3:23 PM | by | ()

If hotel occupancy begins to plummet next fall, we might know who's to blame---the Fox TV show, American Horror Story. The creepy show has announced its "theme" for its next terrifying season, which will be "Hotel." (Last year's was "Freak Show.") And no, we don't think it will be about some fancy luxury hotel. It will be a straight-up haunted spot. Also, Lady Gaga plans on joining the cast.

Huffington Post reports that the show could be based on the famed Garden of Allah, a legendary hotel on Sunset Boulevard, which opened in 1927 and was pretty much the Chateau Marmont of Hollywood's Golden Age, where famous people went to get into trouble. (Coincidentally, Chateau is across the street.)

Today it's home to a bank, a McDonald's and a Subway but nearly a hundred years ago, it was just starting out as a hideaway for many actors and creative types like Marlene Dietrich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Humphrey Bogart and Orson Welles.

The hotel was demolished in the late 1950s but you can still see a replica of its ground at Universal Studios in Orlando. That's where we snapped this shot.

No word on what type of character Lady Gaga will play but we don't think playing an eccentric, possibly possessed, hotel guest would be a stretch.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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It's All Change in Hollywood (The Hollywood Hotel, That Is)

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  Site Where: 1160 North Vermont Ave [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90029
February 23, 2015 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

It’s only the morning after the Oscars, and already changes are afoot in Hollywood. At least, they are at the Hollywood Hotel (The Hotel of Hollywood, as it somewhat presumptuously likes to style itself), which is celebrating awards season with a multi-million dollar “refreshening” of its 130 rooms.

Contemporary yet classic is the name of the game for the rooms – wooden floors, neutral colors, custom-designed furniture and “interactive” flatscreen TVs. Don’t get bored, though – there will be “fashion-inspired artwork” and a “freestanding, vintage-style clothes rack” to make you feel like you’re in a photoshoot. Very Hollywood! Bathrooms will be in monochrome, but we don’t have photos yet.

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Mama Shelter Los Angeles Probably Won't Make That February Opening Date

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States
February 3, 2015 at 2:11 PM | by | ()

Mama Shelter is expected to open their Los Angeles location in February, which HELLO!, is this month, but judging from these snapshots we took yesterday, we're going to have to say, "Non."

The site, a block south of the happening Hollywood Boulevard, looked very much like it did in August, except there was some serious filming going on (maybe TV, possibly a movie.) Upon getting closer to the building we could see that significant work has been done on the facade and that serious construction is continuing on the inside.

So progress is indeed happening, but a February opening is laughable. This mama is going to be late! Which is typical of Hollywood stars. Ugh.

However, Mama is looking for some Mama's helpers as evidenced by this jobs posting. Looks like they still need a sales manager and an F&B director. Interested?

You can read more about what this Mama Shelter will be about here.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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Here's Your First Look at Mama Shelter Los Angeles, Opening Later This Year

Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
August 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM | by | ()

Mama Shelter in Bordeaux

There's been no formal announcement but there's been no secrecy surrounding it either. We're talking about the pending Mama Shelter Hotel for Los Angeles. See, it's right there on the Mama Shelter Twitter bio.

But aside from a LinkedIn job listing looking for a hotel restaurant and general manager, we were having a hard time uncovering the exact whereabouts of Mama Shelter LA. But today, we've found our Mama.

Previously, we've heard West Hollywood and Hollywood flung about as possible locations but those are two very different areas. West Hollywood is trendy and expensive. Hollywood is gritty chic and more affordable. Since the latter practically describes Philippe Starck's Mama Shelter concept to a T, we suspected that's where it would open.

We put in a request to our contact at Mama Shelter hotels on the exact location, but while waiting to hear back, our resourceful European editor uncovered this article. Even if you don't understand French, you can understand what it says.

Des négociations sont aussi en cours pour l'ouverture dans un ancien hôtel des années 1920, dans le quartier de Hollywood, à Los Angeles, «fin 2013».

So Hollywood, it is. And an old hotel from the 1920s too. But still, we wanted to know exactly where. So, we dug a little deeper.

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The Best Room to Book at The Loews Hollywood Hotel

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  Site Where: 1755 N. Highland Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA , United States, 90028
June 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM | by | ()

The Loews Hollywood, smack dab in the middle of all things well, Hollywood (like the Dolby Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl), recently completed a $31 million renovation which has transformed nearly every inch of the property from a former Renaissance by Marriott hotel into a sleek, stylish and cosmopolitan Loews hotel.

While all the guest rooms are sporting the new, heavy-on-the-grays look, the best room to book is clearly this junior suite on the top floor. Room 2017 to be exact.

There isn't a separate sitting room but the suite does has 622-sq.ft of space to spread out in and a sleeper sofa to accommodate an extra guest (or two.) But what's really the star of the show here is the killer view of the Hollywood sign which is entirely unobstructed. You are actually looking out on the hillside where the iconic sign stands. (Our nighttime picture really doesn't do it justice.)

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The Hollywood Roosevelt Pool is So Chill Even a Boybander Can Go Unnoticed

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  Site Where: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
January 20, 2014 at 1:44 PM | by | ()

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has always been a fave hangout for celebrities du jour (remember the days of Teddy's?) but we never knew the hotel's pool area was so chill that a boybander could hang with his friends and not get accosted by a ton of screaming fans.

That's exactly what happened with Harry Styles of One Direction the other day. Paparazzi shots show him lounging poolside with his heinous tattoos signature floppy hair and Calvin Klein undies on full display. Joining him were It fashion girl, Alexa Chung and rock royalty's Pixie Geldof.

According to the Daily Mail, Styles hung poolside for a whopping three hours, largely unnoticed, except by the paparazzi. A fan would come by here and there and Styles would oblige with an autograph or photo. Indeed, one fan got a snap with Styles at the entrance to the Hollywood hotel.

This is quite a contrast to the last time One Direction visited a hotel. Hmm, maybe Harry isn't so hot after all. Strength in numbers, we guess.

Interested in kicking it poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt? You're in luck. Not only is it extremely warm in LA these days, rooms are open at the hotel this weekend during the Grammy festivities. Rates start at $309 a night but you can split that rate with your most loyal 1D friends.

[Photo composite: HotelChatter]

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Here's Where You Can Order Taylor Ham Through Room Service

January 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | ()

Here's another reason why we still love room service--we found the New Jersey specialty meat, Taylor Ham, on the room service menu at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Florida.

Normally, taylor ham (or pork roll as it's also sometimes called) can only be found in Jersey, and most often, in diners and bagel shops. It's a specialty that's favored by many Jersey natives (especially for nasty hangovers) but scorned by outsiders who would rather just eat bacon or regular ham.

So imagine our surprise when we saw it on the menu in our hotel room in Hollywood, Fla. All in all it took about 10 seconds from the time we saw it on the menu to ordering it up from room service (along with an iced coffee.) And no, we aren't quite sure what's in taylor ham but we're ok with that.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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The Loews Hollywood Has a Helipad and The Views From It Are Spectacular

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  Site Where: 1755 North Highland Ave [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
December 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM | by | ()

We've got a thing for hotel helipads (check out the one time we visited one in Hong Kong) so when we saw this photo of the helipad at the Loews Hollywood, our knees got a little weak. And not just because the helipad is so high up.

For starters, we didn't even know that the Loews had a helipad. So that's pretty baller (and obviously useful too in emergency situations.) Second, look. at. that. view. Spectacular.

The hotel, in the heart of Hollywood near the Dobly Theater, aka home of The Oscars, is currently undergoing a $31 million top-to-bottom renovation that's expected to be finished in March. Just in time for the red carpet to be rolled out.

We'll have more on the new Loews (it was formerly a Renaissance Hotel) in the new year so stay tuned!

[Photo: Loews Hollywood]