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L.A. for a day: Hotel Palomar

So many cool boutique hotels to stay at in L.A., which one to choose? How about Hotel Palomar? Located a few blocks away from Westwood VIllage, UCLA and a short drive to famous attractions like The Getty Center and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the contemporary 19-story Kimpton hotel features a heated outdoor pool with poolside drink service, spa tub and is even pet-friendly.

All of the 268 rooms offer 42-inch LCD TVs, iHome docking stations, free wireless Internet access and a fully-stocked honor bar with organic options. Other amenities include bathrobes, L’Occitane toiletries, turndown service and laptop size safes. Suites also feature Fuji spa tubs. Don’t forget to dine at the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Boulevard 16, for fabulous menu offerings like a Ribeye Cap served with cippolini onion puree and slow roasted Yukon Gold potato or the Loc Duart Salmon served with a crispy potato rosti, brussel sprouts and bacon vinaigrette. The restaurant’s wine list boasts an impressive 125 labels as well.

As a special promotion right now, book a room online and for just $1 more, choose a cocktail or continental breakfast to be added to your reservation. Rooms start at $220 a night.


A Magical Stay

It used to be that one needed to be invited by a magician to get into the ultra exclusive Magic Castle in Hollywood. Indeed, the Victorian-style mansion has been the private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts, an organization devoted to keeping the ancient art of magic alive. For nearly five decades, the Magic Castle has enthralled captive audiences with up-close magician performances in intimate parlors throughout the mansion. While it’s true that the general public still needs an invitation from a magician to gain admittance, here’s a quick way to skip that: Stay a night at the Magic Castle Hotel, natch. Rooms start at $170 a night and grants you entry into the castle for a night of magical entertainment. Bear in mind that dinner reservations will also need to be made at the Magic Castle and there is also a dress code.

To book a night at the Magic Castle Hotel: 800.741.4915

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