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4 Haunted Hotels To Visit in Los Angeles, California This Halloween

HOTEL ALEXANDRIA, Downtown Los Angeles

Albert C. Bilicke and Robert Alfred Rowan built the first luxury hotel in the early 1900’s in downtown LA, and it was supposedly as well known and esteemed as the Coronado Hotel is in San Diego County, California now (many hauntings and has expanded into a lovely luxury hotel on the Pacific Ocean).

Known as LA’s first five star hotel, it glittered with gemstone tile, marble, pillars, mosaic floors, and stain glass windows that sparkled.  United Artists was supposedly formed in this hotel when a meeting with Charlie Chaplin and others decided the industry needed a new crew.

Although this new, bright hotel seemed to have a bright future, by the 80’s it had financial troubles and had to be converted into low income housing for Angelenos.

Prior to that there have been numerous ghost sightings of an Edwardian women in the hallways, phantom dancers in the ballrooms, and old fashioned business men in the guest rooms. 

One room in particular, the Valentino Suite, is said to be the most haunted of them all. 

Unfortunately you cannot book this hotel, but if you are brave enough you can rent out a room.  Be our guest.

CECIL HOTEL, Downtown LA

Nicknamed ‘The Suicide’, this haunted hotel still exists today.  It was home to 2 murdered females, an accidental drowning female, and 2 murderers that were convicted leading to one of them committing suicide.

The darkest was The Black Dahlia as Elizabeth Short was last seen as this bar before she was brutally murdered as her murderer sawed off all her body parts.

American Horror Story had a Hotel episode based on the stories of this hotel and others that are eerily similar and jaunting.

Interested in having the night of your life? Book here.

THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT, Hollywood

Many say they’ve seen Marilyn Monroe at the bar enjoying herself as a ghost, others have seen her at the pool.  Most book her preferred suite and said to have seen her in the mirrors.

The Hollywood Roosevelt was a wonderful stay, and when I first arrived with my guests, we had already gotten a feeling like we were being watched.  After leaving for dinner, we got very lost driving back and trying to find the hotel.  Then we eerily ran into Rosaria Dawson playing the piano on her own.  It was pretty spooky, but we weren’t surprised famous actresses would be there considering it’s ritzy past.

Care to run into Marilyn’s ghost this Halloween?  Book a room here!

THE MILLENNIUM BILTMORE, Downtown LA

It’s 100th anniversary is this year, and guess who is attending the party?  All the ghosts of Hollywood’s dark past including Elizabeth Short, The Black Dahlia, studio head Jack Warner, actresses Betty Davis, Greta Garbo, and many more will be there in pure form.

The Millennium Biltmore is opulence at it’s best, where marble, quartz and pillars ordain it’s halls that hang crystal chandeliers, and guests are ready to live like a 1920’s Hollywood star.  Check out the latest article on it’s crooked past, you’re likely to be scared when booking your stay, and its long run history has plenty of stories to keep you up at night. Learn more on this article in Haute Living here.

Want to meet some old Hollywood ghosts?  Book a night at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel today right here.

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10 Rooftop Restaurants in LA Worth Booking Tonight

Takami Sushi + Roboto Restaurant, Downtown LA

811 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 2100

Japanese food at it’s best, Takami Sushi + Roboto Restaurant has lots of fresh sashimi and sushi with spectacular city views.

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Perch, Downtown LA

448 South Hill Street

This downtown LA gem is a gorgeous multi-floor rooftop worth it’s weight in gold. Although expensive, it is definitely worth visiting during happy hour if you don’t want to splurge for the sweet French cuisine.

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The NoMad Rooftop, Downtown LA

649 South Olive Street

This contemporary American restaurant makes your Instagram humble brags look flagrant, but all worth the cost of your visit at The NoMad Rooftop.

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The Rooftop Garden at The Peninsula, Beverly Hills

9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard

Fancy Mediterranean at it’s finest, this bar, rooftop, and restaurant have the most gorgeous views of the town.

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The Rooftop Grill at The Maybourne, Beverly Hills

225 N Canon Drive

New American cuisine, this beautiful ambienavce mixed with a plethora of wines and cocktails to taste, you will delight your palette with American classics.

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Catch, West Hollywood

8715 Melrose

The same Catch in NYC, this fancy brace restaurant features specialty seafood you can’t get anywhere else. Definitely worth bringing your bestest of friends to celebrate.

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Moonshadows, Malibu

20356 Pacific Coast Highway (PCH or the 1)

Tiki themed patio with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Feels like you are already sailing a ship when you sit down at a table. Great for the party animal or the sophisticated view pleaser that wants a good time.

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The Highlight Room, Downtown LA

6417 Selma Ave

Really scenic rooftop dining area with state of the art drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic to entertain the most sophisticated palette.

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Mama Shelter, Mid City LA

6500 Selma Ave

Mama Shelter is what everyone has been missing out on for years and years. This boutique retro and funky design is comfy and makes you feel like you are eating at your fancy rich aunts place. I highly recommend it!

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Checkers Downtown in the Hilton Hotel, Downtown LA

535 South Grand Ave

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10 Best Weekend Spots with Toddlers in Los Angeles

Oh the joys of parenthood!  There are times where you are just exhausted and want to stay home with the kids all day, then there are those days where you really need to get out!  We have two younger boys toddler age and we always find it tough to find places that are kid friendly, and safe for the little ones.  We have been in Los Angeles for a little over a year now and have found many different places to go with kids that are really great and entertaining for all.  Hope you can visit all this year, and let us know what you think!

  1. Under The Sea Indoor Playground

http://www.undertheseaindoorplayground.com/

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3871 Grand View Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90066

310-915-1133

We love this place for play and parties!  We come here often to learn the kids play around and enjoy the magical wonders of the sea!  It is educational and very clean, which is a double bonus.  They are open late on Tuesday nights and have a great supportive group of moms that love to chat and exchange ideas about parenting.  Would highly recommend a visit!

 2. Kings Park

https://www.yelp.com/biz/kings-road-park-west-hollywood

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1000 N Kings Road

West Hollywood, CA 90069

323-848-6308

This park is enclosed for the most part, except for the entrance, so very nice for speedy fast toddlers!  It has a little fountain with water that the kids can touch and play with, super zen and very beautiful.  It has a playground with a slide, mainly for smaller children though.  It comes with a waterfall on the side and bathrooms are accessible during the day, and are very clean.  My boys love it and sometimes other children leave their toys behind so if you forget to bring them it’s no big deal!

3. Roxbury Memorial Park

https://www.yelp.com/biz/roxbury-memorial-park-beverly-hills

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471 S Roxbury Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

The park here has it all, a community center, tennis courts, practive walls, basketball court, volleyball, benches and views of the city.  Many bring extracurricular items like soccer balls, soccer goals, lawn bowling, bocce ball, baseball bats, gloves and balls, and anything sports related that will get your little one active and running around.

4. La Brea Tar Pits

http://www.tarpits.org/

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5801 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90036

213-763-3499

You are going to love this park!  Pretty enclosed and family friendly, there are art classes your children can take, where they can paint and have a ball!  They also can run around the prehistoric mammals in tar pits to get a little history, and can play with the outdoor statues too!  Bathrooms are accessible and clean, and many times local schools will do field trips here, so filled with children and lots of fun.  They have vending machines near the bathrooms if you need a drink and a café as well that gives you access to food + drink for all.  The museums itself are kid friendly but I would recommend a stroller if you think they will wander.  Great place for kids and adults!

5. Griffith Park & Southern Railroad

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4400 Crystal Springs Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-664-6788

Our boys absolutely LOVE this park!  There are train rides, old locomotive trains you can walk through and run around, a store with train memorabilia and little picnic areas for you to reserve for parties if you like, or just sit for a little picnic with your little ones.  I would highly recommend this place, but heads up, if your kids are super fans it is a hard place to leave!  Enjoy!

6. Travel Town Museum

http://www.traveltown.org/

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5200 Zoo Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-662-5874

Another big winner, this train museum is free to enter, and you only need to pay if you want to enjoy the rides.  It was founded in 1952, and the train collection is extension, really awesome for boys that love Thomas the Train, and all the other trains out there!

7. California Science Center

https://californiasciencecenter.org/

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700 Exposition Park Dr

Los Angeles, CA 90037

Check out this extensive museum that has labs for kids young and old to explore and learn more about science, making it fun!  They have different programs you can enroll in, the IMAX theater and have so many things to do that you will love.  Definitely worth checking out!

8. Zimmer Children’s Museum

http://www.zimmermuseum.org/

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6505 Wilshire Blvd #100

Los Angeles, CA 90048

323-761-8984

LOVE this museum, would recommend calling in before to let them know you are coming!  This is really designed for children 8 and under, so what a great place to get out with your kids.  There are hands-on exhibits and family programs that you can explore with your family.  I think you will really love it.

9. Kiddie City

https://www.kiddiecityla.com/

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3825 S Bronson Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90008

323-389-8248

I can’t say enough about the staff here, they are super nice and supportive, and VERY patient.  I would enroll in one of their programs just to get out of the house and hang with other moms & dads that are home all day with the kids.  There are so many things to go out and experience.

10. Kidspace Children’s Museum

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kiddiecitry

480 N Arroyo Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91103

626-449-9144

This place is great for a regular visit, events, programs, birthday rentals, groups and news about the community.  There are outdoor playgrounds where the kids can walk around streams and play along the Storyteller boards to paint and also ages 10 and under with their caregivers.

HAPPY EXPLORING! 😊