WHERE TO STAY
Magic Castle Hotel, 7025 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 851-0800, http://www.magiccastlehotel.com. Thirty units, most of them one- and two-bedroom suites, 500-800 square feet, with full kitchens. Pool, free WiFi. Doubles from $194. Also receives guests for its sibling, the Hollywood Hills Hotel, same address; (323) 874-5089, http://www.hollywoodhillshotel.com, just up the hill. Ten rooms, pagoda-adjacent pool, free WiFi. Rates $134-$164.The rates are low for Hollywood, the Trip Advisor ratings for service are sky high, and the only real drawback is a complicated parking situation for the Hollywood Hills Hotel.
Redbury Hotel, 1717 Vine St., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 962-1717, http://www.theredbury.com. First built as apartments, its 57 rooms are all 750 square feet or more. Hotel opened late 2010. Doubles from $250.
Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills, 6141 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 464-5181; http://www.bestwestern.com/hollywoodhillshotel. Pool, 86 rooms. Largely redone in 2011. Doubles from $99. Free WiFi. Parking $15 a day. Ask for a room facing the hills, not Franklin Avenue.
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 856-1200, http://www.renaissancehollywood.com. Open since 2001, with 632 rooms. Doubles from $259. (Doubles with breakfast from $289).
W Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 798-1300, http://www.whotels.com/LAHollywood. Here's where the party people stay. Opened early 2010 with 305 rooms, a pool and upscale nightclub on the roof (beneath the big red W) and a Metro subway station underneath (below the smaller black M). Doubles (about 400 square feet) from $259.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 466-7000, http://www.thompsonhotels.com/TheRoosevelt. Built in the 1920s, the Roosevelt has 300 rooms, a big pool. Doubles from $189.
WHERE TO EAT
Musso & Frank Grill, 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 467-7788, http://www.mussoandfrank.com. Old-school service, old-school menu, old-school setting. Lunch and dinner, main dishes, $15-$44. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Larchmont Bungalow, 107 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles 90004; (323) 461-1528, http://www.larchmontbungalow.com. Opened late 2009. Many vegan menu items. Breakfast all day. Lunch and dinner main dishes, $12.95-$24.95.
Palm's Thai Restaurant, 5900 Hollywood Blvd., Suite B, Los Angeles 90028; (323) 462-5073, http://www.palmsthai.com. Dinner main dishes (including crispy fish maw salad and deep-fried frog, sautéed with chile and garlic) up to $20.99. Live music usually comes in half-hour bursts, with sets at 7:30, 9 and 10 p.m.
101 Coffee Shop, 6145 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 467-1175, http://www.the101coffeeshop.com. Comfort food in classic '60s coffee-shop style. Open 7- 3 a.m. daily. Most breakfast combos $6.95-$10.95. Lunch and dinner up to $14.95.
Victor's, 1917 N. Bronson Ave., Los Angeles 90068; (323) 464-0276, http://www.victorssquare.com. Breakfast combos mostly $6.50-$15, lunch and dinner main dishes usually up to $18.
Oaks Gourmet Market, 1915 N. Bronson Ave., Los Angeles 90068; (323) 871-8894, http://www.theoaksgourmet.com. Opened in 2009, with salads, sandwiches and pizzas mostly $9-$12, and big wine and cheese selections. Only place to sit: one big, family-style table. Also Hollywood Bowl picnic baskets, $40 (for two) to $110 (for three). Open 7 a.m.-midnight daily.
Stout, 1544 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 469-3801, http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com. Burgers and beer. Beef, chicken and veggie burgers all $10. Opened late 2009, more than 20 beers on tap. Open until 4 a.m.
Yamashiro, 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 466-5125, http://www.yamashirorestaurant.com. An Asian-fusion restaurant and bar with a 600-year-old Japanese pagoda and wide, twinkling views of the city. Dinner main dishes, $25-$69; cocktails, $12.
Aroma Café, 7373 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046; (323) 850-8120, http://www.aromabakery.com. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a big dining room with glass walls and a big patio. Dinner main dishes, $9.95-$32.95.
Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles 90028; (323) 851-3313, http://www.magiccastle.com. A 30-day membership ($100) buys free admission (but not dinner) for two. Guests at the Magic Castle Hotel pay $10 Castle admission on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, $15 on Fridays and Saturdays. (Those prices will increase to $20 and $25 when the facility fully reopens.). The current dinner buffet costs $32 per adult, as do the weekend brunches. (Ordinarily, main dishes cost $20-$50.) Evening shows are strictly age 21 and older; children permitted at brunch. Dress code, $8 mandatory valet.