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LOS ANGELES & BEACHES
THE GARLAND
Set in North Hollywood's trendy Studio City, The Garland is a family- run hotel, with charming decor that has the feel of a 1950s California country club. The 257 guest rooms are split across two buildings and continue the stylish retro theme – spacious, bright and with a touch of whimsy, and each featuring tea and coffee maker, refrigerator, and small, private balcony. ‘The Front Yard’ restaurant includes a lobby bar, and as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers a ‘food-to-go’ counter. An outdoor swimming pool is set in picturesque and tranquil gardens, and if the Los Angeles lifestyle encourages you to work out, a fitness centre is on hand. There are a range of hip restaurants within walking distance, and a free shuttle service is provided to nearby Universal Studios HollywoodTM.
LOEW’S SANTA MONICA
The impressive atrium of Loew’s Santa Monica gives way to a range of upscale public facilities and 341 well-furnished guest rooms and suites, each spacious, comfortable and offering a sofa-bed and private balcony with view of the ocean or coastline. ‘Ocean & Vine’
is the hotel’s main restaurant, with its specialities including locally caught seafood and fresh produce from Santa Monica’s Farmers’ Markets. Other options include the oceanfront setting of ‘Bar Belle’, the ‘Sunrise Breakfast Bar’ and ‘Fireside Lounge’, a great spot to dine looking out over the ocean with two crackling fireplaces in the background. Lounge by the outdoor pool while a concierge brings you chilled towels and refreshing water, spoil yourself with a treatment at the Ocean Spa & Fitness Centre or step across the road to the 31⁄2 miles of Santa Monica’s famed beach.
SHERATON PARK HOTEL, ANAHEIM
Set within grounds which give it a tropical feel, the family-friendly Sheraton Park is ideally located for Disneyland®, just a 15-minute walk to the park’s main entrance. The 490 spacious and brightly decorated guest rooms all feature the renowned Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed, as well as private balcony with views of the lush patio and pool area or Disneyland® Resort. Club Rooms provide access to an exclusive lounge offering free breakfast. Two restaurants include popular ‘Morton’s The Steakhouse’, serving great steaks and seafood, and the casual, fun bistro, ‘Park 55’, with its savoury California cuisine favourites. ‘Sip’ is the hotel lobby bar and when you’re out by the palm tree-fringed swimming pool, ‘Splash’ stocks a wide array of drinks and snacks. An additional benefit is the dedicated Disney Desk to assist with all your park enquiries.
HYATT REGENCY RESORT & SPA, HUNTINGTON BEACH
This Spanish-style Hyatt Regency blends the unique Southern California lifestyle with all the services and facilities of a deluxe resort hotel. All of the 517 luxurious rooms and suites has a private balcony or patio, and a full range of amenities includes coffee maker, mini- fridge and the renowned Hyatt Grand Beds®. Five restaurants each have their own ambience and style; enjoy contemporary and classic cuisine at the signature restaurant, ‘Watertable’; tuck into fish tacos and juicy burgers at ‘Pete's Sunset Grille’; order your food poolside from ‘Shubee's’ or ‘Mankota's Grill’: or grab a slice to go from ‘Tower 15 Pizzeria’. A heated pool, children’s water playground and upscale spa are there on property and just across the road, the glorious sands of Huntington Beach, where you may just fancy joining the locals in some surfing!
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