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Summer Vacation: The Garland

Go to The Garland because of its proximity to Universal Studios; stay because it is one of North Hollywood’s coolest family-friendly spots to stay and play.

Located near Universal Studios (it is so close the hotel offers trolley service to and from and some rooms even have a view of the theme park), The Garland is in the middle of the action in Los Angeles. However, its super-cool bohemian retro-chic vibe and on-site signature restaurant make it a hot spot all on its own.

The lobby is a great place to start when it comes to zeroing in on what makes The Garland so likeable. The quirky art, like a golden hippo sculpture, shows off the hotel’s lightheartedness while the gorgeous lighting and mid-century-modern furniture display its design know-how. The main building is rounded out with The Lobby Bar for innovative sips and small dishes and The Store, where visitors can grab elevated souvenirs, like locally made spirits and jewelry.

That aesthetic extends to the hotel’s wide selection of rooms and suites, which have gray and white undertones with The Garland’s signature orange accents. For those traveling with children and teens, the Family Suites are wonderful; a small bedroom off of the living area holds a bunk bed. Fitness fiends will adore the Wellness Suites. Thanks to the suite’s Peloton, Bowflex Adjustable Weights and Mirror fitness system, guests don’t have to take a day off from training, even on vacation.

But for those looking to enjoy the art of doing nothing, we suggest doing so poolside. The boutique-y pool provides a serene escape day or night, especially thanks to the pool’s beautiful fireplace and trees decked with twinkle lights. Plus, this summer, families can enjoy dive-in movies every evening.

The Front Yard

Open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch, The Front Yard at The Garland is an adored dining spot in North Hollywood. Guests can savor creative craft cocktails in the serene outdoor dining setting and enjoy elevated twists on traditional dishes, like shrimp and grits, biscuits with butter, pot pie and deviled eggs.

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