There most certainly was champagne on the Qantas flight to LA. Unfortunately not Taittinger but Duval-Leroy Brut. A new one for me, and enjoyable. Qantas Business class was at the usual standard, the crew were excellent (to great but that’s another story), we enjoyed the offerings of Qantas business. So much so that the missus is seriously considering the US$2000 to upgrade the return. All of this is something that I might save for another story. Instead what about the magic
We landed at LAX pretty wrecked despite the almost flat Skybeds, after immigration and battling shuttle buses we had a hire car as booked, and 1 suitcase too small. Europcar decided against the free upgrade, no doubt because they handed the booking off to Advantage. I didn’t notice, or care, because I was more stunned about the immigration officer being unable to get a single name correct as per our passports. It has been entertaining to call each other by our US CBP names.
We set off towards our hotel in Hollywood. The new Android phone had google maps talking at me with an accent, speaking in yards and miles, and with me saying righty tighty or lefty loosey for every turn. It works. An hour later, oil wells and the missus thinking I’m being good for only sticking to 40, we arrived at the Magic Castle Hotel at about 9 am. After announcing myself at reception hoping to ask to store some suitcases, I was astounded to be told that the room will be ready in about an hour and then invited to enjoy the complimentary breakfast.
That is a reflection of the Magic Castle Hotel. Free breakfast for all guest, complimentary multi mix drink machine, free snacks and 24/7 heated swimming pool. The breakfast also includes vegemite, a reflection of the large number of guests from the antipodes. The staff are excellent and didn’t seem to want tips. Parking is reasonable at $13 a night. The rooms are clean and tidy and they all have a kitchen. the hotel used to be apartments in a former life, this is reflected in the space of the rooms and the feel of the complex.
Location is conveniently 1 street from Hollywood Boulevard, and it was an easy drive over to Burbank, Santa Monica, Beverley Hills and Griffith Park.
Overall, the Magic Castle Hotel was the perfect way to acclimatise to the time zone with a 2 night and 3 day stay. It’s no Waldorf Astoria, who has that kind of coin anyway, but it gets the job done. Highly recommend.