Staff Picks

  • ‘Tis the Season for Lots of Light Displays!

    You don’t stay in a place nicknamed Tinseltown without expecting to see some dazzling displays for the holidays. West Hollywood and the greater L.A. area offer plenty of mind-blowing light and art installations to get you in the holiday spirit. ... Read more

  • Work off That Food Belly at LA’s Fun Run

    After Thanksgiving, you may need an extra incentive to work off the mass amounts of food consumed over the holiday. If this is the case, consider signing up for a family-friendly fun run, such as the 2018 LA Tofurky Trot Fun Run & Vegan Food Fest.... Read more

  • Fall is All About Art, Culture & Pizza Pies

    Sunset Boulevard is famous for a variety of reasons – here in West Hollywood, the Boulevard is best known for its nightlife, its proximity to trendy places, and a sophisticated, cosmopolitan approach to the City’s cultural events.... Read more

  • Learn What Lies Beneath at the Aquarium of the Pacific

    Ever wonder what lies beneath the waves at your favorite beach? At the Aquarium of the Pacific, you’ll see exactly what swims below the surface as you marvel at the more than 11,000 animals in exhibits showcasing the stunning variety of life indigenous to the Pacific Ocean.... Read more

  • Screening Films in Style at the Rooftop Cinema Club

    What better way to enjoy the final stretch of summer in Tinseltown than by kicking back with friends at an outdoor movie screening on a warm L.A. evening?... Read more

  • Ring Up the Laughs at West Hollywood’s World-Famous Comedy Store

    If New York is the beating heart of SNL-style sketch comedy, and Chicago is ground zero for long-form improv, then L.A. is definitely the place to be if you’re hankering after some cutting-edge stand-up.... Read more

  • The Last Remaining Seats: Classics of the Silver Screen

    In Hollywood, we always have our eye on the next big blockbuster, but every now and then, we also like to indulge a little nostalgia. If you’re feeling wistful these sultry days of summer, we encourage you to check out the LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series.... Read more

  • Robertson Boulevard: Shopping and Celebrity Sightings

    So you’ve strolled along the Walk of Fame, you’ve hiked up to Runyon Canyon, you’ve secured your postcards of the Capital Records Building, you’ve dropped by the Chinese Theatre—but you haven’t done it all till you’ve spent an afternoon indulging your greatest retail wishes on internationally renowned Robertson Boulevard.... Read more

  • The Rise and Fall of Hollywood Legends

    If you’re interested in learning about the inspiring, delightful, and twisted history of the 20th century’s major film studios, radio and TV networks, and record labels, you must join local historian and longtime Hollywood resident Philip Mershon on one of his intimate, two-hour walking tours, brought to you by the Felix in Hollywood Tour Company.... Read more

  • Disney’s Aladdin the Musical Comes to L.A.

    New York City may be almost 3,000 miles away, but when it comes to seeing the best of Broadway, guests of the Grafton on Sunset might as well be staying in midst of the Big Apple’s famed theater district (albeit with much, much nicer weather, of course).... Read more

  • A Fat Tuesday Extravaganza at West Hollywood’s Iconic Amoeba Music

    Mardi Gras is nearly upon us, and if you’re looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate this year, we highly recommend the festivities at Amoeba Music, Hollywood’s biggest independent record store, which will be hosting its annual Fat Tuesday celebration on Tuesday, February 13. ... Read more

  • A Magical Journey to Mexico with the Circus of the Sun

    Over thirty years ago, two unknown street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, set out to redefine the parameters of the circus arts. Today, their vision has become the internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil.... Read more

  • The Dazzling Lights of Christmas Tree Lane

    One of the great joys of spending the holiday season in West Hollywood is the mild weather. Unlike our New England friends, we won’t be shoveling our cars out from under six feet of snow anytime soon.... Read more

  • The Downtown Independent: Screening Films as They Were Meant to Be Seen

    Sometimes it seems like the authentic cinema experience that once made Tinsel Town glisten like no other city has all but faded. Indie movie houses like The Downtown Independent, however, prove that L.A. shines as bright as ever.... Read more

  • L.A.’s Very Own Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest is the traditional German celebration that, since its inception in 1810, has brought Bavarians out in their best Dirndls and Lederhosen to imbibe top-notch beer and the most indulgent dishes in all of Deutschland. But you don’t have to be in Bavaria to enjoy the thrilling cultural extravaganza.... Read more

  • Explore the Ocean Depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific

    Located about 45 minutes south of the Grafton Hotel by car, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a bit of a drive, but with a collection of more than 11,000 animals representing the vast ecological variety found in the Pacific Ocean, the exhibits at this aquarium are well worth the time it takes to get there.... Read more

  • Discover SoCal's Freshest Organic Produce at the Sunset Strip Farmers Market

    California is known for being on the cutting-edge of innovation, whether in terms of technology, entertainment, or culture. But sometimes moving forward means getting back to basics, and that’s exactly the philosophy we were looking for when we set out to explore LA’s nearly 90 farmers markets.... Read more

  • The Comedy Store: Where the Talent is Priceless

    West Hollywood’s Comedy Store is more than just a comedy club; it’s an L.A. institution. Formerly the elegant Ciro’s nightclub, which regularly catered to the biggest stars of the silver screen, made its transition to comedy club in 1972.... Read more

  • A Night at the Movies: The Last Remaining Seats

    If you’re feeling a bit wistful this June, the LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series has just what you need to indulge that sultry summer nostalgia. ... Read more

  • Shopping with the Stars

    Your stay in West Hollywood wouldn’t be complete without a day spent shopping like a star on world renowned Robertson Boulevard, the trendy counterpart to Rodeo Drive.... Read more

  • Where the Movies Come From

    One of the biggest rackets in L.A. (aside perhaps from the film industry itself) is the glut of Hollywood tours you’ll be inundated with when you arrive. Local historian and resident Philip Mershon provides something much more substantive and compelling, though.... Read more

  • A Holiday for Floats, Pipes, and Green Pints

    California may be a long way from Ireland, but it’s among the very first to bloom.... Read more

  • Fantastic Dates and Where to Bring Them

    Eat your heart out at these decidedly lovely restaurants.... Read more

  • Rubies + Diamonds Cafe

    Heard the one about the dancing goats? Legend has it that coffee was first discovered in Africa by a mountainside herder whose goats were literally dancing all night long (and keeping him awake!).... Read more

  • Candy Cane Lane

    You know those classic Christmas movies where neighbors try to do "outdo" each others' holiday decorations?... Read more

  • LA's Independent Film Houses

    If you’re not from LA (and we’re assuming your not if you’re staying at the Grafton on vacation) it might feel impossible to choose a movie theater given the wide range of options.... Read more

  • LA's Best Oktoberfest

    The best Oktoberfest in LA takes place between October 21st – 23rd at Manhattan Beach.... Read more

  • The Aquarium of the Pacific

    The Aquarium of the Pacific debuts two new exhibitions this fall, Horses & Dragons and Vanishing Animals.... Read more

  • Farmers Market in West Hollywood Fashion

    California has long had a reputation for supplying the United States with fresh produce.... Read more

  • Ladies and Gentleman...The Beatles!

    50 years ago the Fab Four first arrived in on U.S. Soil and sparked one of the most storied pop cultural movements of the 20th century--Beatlemania. The Grammy Museum, located in Downtown, which celebrates all genres of music, recording technologies and processes, as well as the history of the Grammy awards, will host over 400 pieces of Beatles memorabilia, videos, and photos of the quartet to commemorate this momentous anniversary through September.... Read more

  • LA Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats

    Want to immerse yourself in classic movies in classic settings this summer? You’re in luck. The LA Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series will transport you back to the Golden Age of film.... Read more

  • Arthouse Cinema | The Grafton on Sunset

    At the center of a West Hollywood getaway is a love and appreciation for the movie industry, so while you’re here, why not catch a film at an intimate arthouse cinema? Unlike your typical movie theater, the Sundance Cinema, located just a ten minute walk from our Sunset Strip hotel, is a perfectly thought-out experience from beginning to end.... Read more

  • The Birthplace of Tinseltown

    From the moment you arrive in L.A., you’ll have countless Hollywood tours from which to choose, most focusing on the Walk of Fame or the Movie Stars’ Home Tour.... Read more

  • Lights, Camera, Cover Photo Shoot

    Remember the popular "mean girl" from MTV’s Laguna Beach, Kristin Cavallari? Well, it turns out, she’s nothing like that. Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting Kristin and the Bella LA Magazine team as they shot her cover photo in our West Hollywood hotel.... Read more

  • A Glance into the Glamorous Life of Elizabeth Taylor

    Staying on the Sunset Strip in the heart of West Hollywood gives you a taste for Hollywood glamour, whether you’re strolling past Chanel on Robertson Boulevard or finding yourself at the Kodak Theatre while out on the town.  ... Read more

  • Out of This World

    If you’re not afraid of doing some learning on your vacation (it’ll be fun, we promise!), you can get in touch with your inner-scientist with a trip to the California Science Center. ... Read more

  • Shop in Style

    When in West Hollywood, shop like a star on famous Robertson Boulevard. With a collection of stores ranging from chic and stylish Chanel and Louboutin to quirky spots full of unique and surprising finds, you're sure to score a few treasures made just for you or the hardest-to-please on your holiday shopping list.... Read more

  • Plan A Getty Getaway

    When you're planning your next trip to West Hollywood, considering tacking on an extra day for in-depth exploration of the world-renowned Getty Center.... Read more

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