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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Oscar worthy hotels and restaurants in La La Land

LA’s top rated hotels and restaurants 

It’s officially awards season and Sunday night saw the finest faces of the silver screen grace Hollywood for the 85th Academy Awards. If you’re heading to Tinseltown, where is best to lay your head or grab a bite to eat in the showbiz capital? TripAdvisor has put together a list of the top five hotels and the top five restaurants in Los Angeles according to the TripAdvisor community of reviewers*:


1.    Magic Castle Hotel – Located in Hollywood, this hotel prides itself on its personalised service and offers guests snacks 24 hours a day, all complimentary. It is located just one block from the Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and just five minutes away from the subway, which is just one stop to Universal Studios. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “We stayed at the Magic Castle for three nights and could not have been happier. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who really went above and beyond to cater to our needs.”
2.       Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills – Tucked away amidst a leafy residential neighbourhood between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles is newly renovated and is ideally positioned close to LA's top attractions. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “This hotel is extremely comfortable and the staff here are magnificent. They are warm and friendly and bend over backwards to help.”
3.    Hotel Bel AirNestled on 12-acres in the Bel-Air Estates neighbourhood of Los Angeles, the iconic Hotel Bel-Air has just re-opened after a two year transformation. The newly renovated rooms are designed with themes from the glamorous decades of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “This is by far the best hotel I ever stayed at. Amazing attention to each and every detail by entire staff. The room was immaculate and the grounds were lush and manicured to perfection.”
4.    The Redbury – The Redbury is situated at the convergence of Hollywood and Vine. Offering spacious guest flats, its design draws on inspiration from the arts, music, fashion and entertainment. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Rooms are very large, funky, and tasteful and the location is great.”

5.    Elan Hotel Los Angeles – Located at the crossroads of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood near the hottest spots in Los Angeles, this hotel has 49 rooms and offers plush bedding, contemporary décor, eco-friendly bath amenities, and complimentary WiFi. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Perfect location for everything, and away from the hustle and noise. The staff are probably the most helpful and friendly I have ever encountered.”

1.       Langer’s – Founded in 1947, Langer's Delicatessen and Restaurant has been open for more than 63 years and claims to serve the best pastrami sandwich in America. It is located across from historic MacArthur Park. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “By far, the best pastrami I've ever had.”
2.    Café Gratitude – A chain of restaurants, Café Gratitude specialises in gourmet vegan cuisine. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Perfect vegan taste and a very large menu at this value for money restaurant.”
3.    Getty Center Restaurant – Located in the Getty Centre, a museum which shows art exhibitions, the restaurant has great views of the Santa Monica Mountains. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Like the rest of the Getty Centre, the restaurant is cool, quiet, impeccably finished and economically priced.”
4.       Providence – This restaurant offers fine dining dishes of seafood and shellfish and is located on Melrose Avenue. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “The tasting menu was delicious and bold. Presentations were great, service wonderful and the wine list divine.”
5.    Hoy-Ka Thai Noodle House – Located on Hollywood Boulevard, this restaurant offers an extensive menu of Thai food. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “The food here is totally authentic. The staff are Thai and it shows in the food.”

*List is according to TripAdvisor’s popularity index.  Please note the popularity index is dynamic and can change at any time.  List was accurate as of 5 February 2013.