Hollywood is a must-see destination on a family vacation in Los Angeles, especially when traveling with tweens and teens. It’s the entertainment capital of the world, known for blockbuster movies and celebrities, but not usually an A-list of family-friendly hotels. The Garland, a boutique hotel on seven acres in North Hollywood, is a game changer. Having recently emerged from a $20 million renovation, it’s a fantastic option for families who want a Hollywood experience.
The Garland will please hipsters, locals and families with its aura of Hollywood Hills glamour and its mix of 1970s hippie chick and Palm Springs-style poolside indulgence. Exceptional service and design throughout create an experience that feels star-worthy and delivers great added value.
Family-Friendly Review and Highlights of The Garland
The Garland began life as a Howard Johnson hotel in 1972, but the rainbow sherbet is long gone. Named after the developer’s late wife, well-known actress Beverly Garland, the property is a family-run hotel with its namesake as its muse.
The recent renovation merged the glamour of the movie industry and the 1970s with Southern California comfort and trendiness — relatable for guests from around the world. The result is a relaxing haven that offers private niches and places for all ages to escape.
Who should stay at The Garland? For those in search of a beachside vacation, this is not the spot. The North Hollywood location is perfect for families who want to delve into all that Hollywood has to offer, both the wow-factor attractions and the low-key neighborhoods where celebrities mix with locals. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Bowl and Warner Bros. Studio are within a 15-minute drive, and Universal Studios Hollywood is 5 minutes away on the The Garland’s free trolley.
Furthering the Hollywood theme, the neighborhood adjacent to the hotel is home to the original Brady Bunch house. A short walk leads to quaint Tujunga Village, filled with coffee shops, restaurants and boutique shopping.
The hotel’s 243 rooms and 14 suites range from regular hotel rooms to suites with bunk beds for families. The orange-and-white decor feels retro, though rooms are fully modernized with very comfortable beds.
The Garland makes dining with kids fun. The main restaurant, The Front Yard, has a SoCal indoor/outdoor vibe with a range of seating options and a seasonal menu that attracts locals. After a day out, dining here is an easy choice, with farm-fresh ingredients and good-sized “made for many” platters that are enough to feed a family. And for kids who don’t like green vegetables, it’s time for a Hollywood TV-show style challenge: The tempura broccoli wins over the pickiest eaters.
The Garland offers many perks that families will appreciate, ranging from regularly scheduled movie nights at the pool to board games for checkout and foosball on the patio. During summer, macrame classes for kids expand to include adults who want to join in the fun. There’s also a guided neighborhood walk once a week and Tai Chi Yoga in the garden; parents can try a complimentary group training session in the gym and a weekly wine tasting in the hotel’s boutique, which feels like a mini L.A. design store.
For families who want a taste of Hollywood, The Garland is convenient, service-oriented, kid-friendly and reasonably priced. After a day of sightseeing, it’s a relaxing home away from home where everyone can unwind, relax or play.
Room rates for a family of four begin at $209 for a Deluxe Two Queen and $359 for the Family Suite.
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Editor’s Note: Kristi was hosted by The Garland in order to review the hotel for families. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Kristi Marcelle.