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When planning a trip and choosing your home away from home there’s a lot to consider like location, comfort, safety and price. On a recent blogger trip for the #BraveCarsLandEvent I stayed (and played) at the Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood. While we were so busy and spent much of our time working away from the hotel, when we were there I was as relaxed as if I were at home.
Their location is perfect for any visitor to Los Angeles (trust me I’m a local), regardless of whether your trip is for business or pleasure. If you’re in town to see some of the magic of Hollywood, this is the perfect place because you’re centrally located to Disney/Dreamworks Studios. First time in Hollywood? Go for a walk and enjoy the sights at the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where you can take photos as you place your hands in the prints of your favorite movie stars at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
For the business traveler that has to work before they can play (like us on this trip), the Los Angeles Convention Center or gather and CNN/Turner Broadcasting Studios are also nearby. All rooms have complimentary wi-fi and an over sized work desk for catching up on e-mails and burning the midnight oil.
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I remember the days when hotels were basically cookie cutter designs, most of them looked the same. Now things have changed and the rooms are designed so you can relax and escape but also work! My room and all rooms have a microwave and refrigerator, the perfect place to keep leftovers from lunch or that bottle of wine. After a long, but fun packed day, I set up camp at the over sized work desk to answer e-mails and check on the blog. It was so nice to sleep in the Hilton Serta Perfect Sleeper and wake up feeling refreshed without someone’s foot in my face or elbow in my back.
The Pavilion Pantry, located in the lobby, is open 24 hours and has a variety of snacks and beverages to cure your munchies. My favorite were the salads and wraps (made fresh daily). They also had a selection of microwave meals – from asian choices to Lean Cuisine!
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There’s also a fully equipped fitness center, whirlpool and a heated swimming pool. The pool is raised and behind the building so away from the bustle of the busy street the hotel is on.
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My only dislike is that the room service is extremely limited (5pm-10pm daily – no breakfast!). With such busy schedules, it was difficult to find time to eat. The restaurant located downstairs did have a great breakfast buffet and offers daily specials and a kids menu. *TIP* Try the Cucumber Ginger Marini – might be the best thing EVER.
Its no secret parking in Los Angeles is harder to find than a Yeti, so the hotel has valet parking, but be prepared to pay $30 per night (which is right in line with the going rate in Hollywood). Nice thing is, once you arrive at the hotel, you can leave your car parked due to it’s great location. Forget about dealing with traffic and walk to The Chinese Mann Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, The El Capitan, the mall and even the brand new Dolby Theater!
A big thank you to Disney/Pixar for inviting me on an all expense paid trip to experience Brave and Carsland. Thank you to Hilton for providing a place to rest my weary head!