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2014 Hollywood Film Fest

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Does anyone have any reviews or comments about staying at either the Roosevelt Hollywood Hotel or the Lowe's Hollywood Hotel while attending the Film Fest?  We will be attending the 2015 Fest for the first time, and have heard good and bad about either hotel.  I understand Lowe's is very close to the Roosevelt, so walking to the main activities aren't a problem; just wanted opinions on the hotels.  Thanks, Ken

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Does anyone have any reviews or comments about staying at either the Roosevelt Hollywood Hotel or the Lowe's Hollywood Hotel while attending the Film Fest?  We will be attending the 2015 Fest for the first time, and have heard good and bad about either hotel.  I understand Lowe's is very close to the Roosevelt, so walking to the main activities aren't a problem; just wanted opinions on the hotels.  Thanks, Ken

 

Ken,

 

Your best bet is to scroll through the topics in this forum and in the Questions and Concerns forum.

 

 

Here is a thread that might help:

 

http://forums.tcm.com/index.php?/topic/46215-which-hotel/?hl=%2Broosevelt+%2Bhotel&do=findComment&comment=925879

 

There are likely more in Festival specific threads that might require some digging.

 

The Roosevelt is preferred by many because of its close proximity to the theaters, the fact that you can hang out in the lobby or Club TCM and then go to your room at the end of night. Convenience is one of the best things about staying at the Roose. 

 

But, it does sell out quickly once the dates are announced. 

 

Loewe's is close to the Chinese complex and Hollywood and Highland which has access to a number of eateries. Plus the hotel is newer than the Roosevelt and popular with Festival goers and TCM staffers. . The entrance to Hollywood and Highland in the middle of the boulevard is a pedestrian walkway that leads to and from the El Capitan and a short jaunt from the Egyptian.

 

It, too, tends to sell out but, it seems, not as quickly as the Roosevelt.

 

There are other options as well, the Best Western and a Hilton Express are both on North Highland a short walk to the Boulevard, the W at Hollywood and Vine (a short subway ride from Highland to Vine), the Magic Castle Motel on Franklin behind Hollywood and Highland and others.

 

The festival is a great deal of fun and you should have a terrific time seeing movies, panels and meeting other fans of TCM!

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Thanks for your input; it's greatly appreciated!  We were first time cruisers on the TCM cruise last year and it was fabulous.  Thought we'd attend the film fest in 2015.

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Thanks for your input; it's greatly appreciated!  We were first time cruisers on the TCM cruise last year and it was fabulous.  Thought we'd attend the film fest in 2015.

 

Looking forward to meeting you and Rose in 2015! If you have any questions or concerns about the FF, please post them here and those of us who have attended before will try and help!

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Does anyone have any reviews or comments about staying at either the Roosevelt Hollywood Hotel or the Lowe's Hollywood Hotel while attending the Film Fest?  

I tried my best to find but ....... :(

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Staying at the Roosevelt has some advantages and disadvantages.

 

Club TCM, where all the movers and shakers meet and greet throughout the festival is host to panels, events, and discussions, and if you stay in the hotel, you are definitely closer to all the action. We also had 7 book signings this year in the lobby, which added even more activity to the HRH mix this year.

 

If you love the pool, and it is a lovely, heated arena for bathing beauties, sipping something cool, and different events, the hours are normally 7 am-7pm, but during poolside screenings, it is closed even earlier.

Alcoholic beverages are also expensive poolside, but if you are hungry, there is the 25 Degrees restaurant open 24 hours a day with yummy burgers and onion rings, sumptious breakfasts, and a fabulous waiter named Jesse. Try to sit in his section. You will feel SPECIAL. You can also order goodies to much on by the pool as they have a full service menu.

 

There was also a TCM Wine Club event at the cordoned-off Cafe area across from the pool, which hosts a little Tiki-like bar tucked behind the bamboo. For the adventurous, play a little ping-pong while holding on to that Mai Tai

 

During the festival, if you bring your own car, there are valet charges that can run up to $35 a day, but if you reserve your room while the TCM Film Festival promotion discount is valid, those charges are discounted somewhat. Mark is a wonderful go-to guy at Valet, and Will is also helpful at the bell-desk.

 

But the biggest disadvantage at the HRH is the cost. It can be prohibitive for some guests. And be very cautious when you receive your final bill. Review all the costs, taxes, and charges. It they overcharge you for anything, you might not receive a refund for a month, if that. Always double-check that the mini-bar service has been cleared on the bill before you approve it. I have heard tell of some folks who were charged the entire contents of the mini-bar on their charge cards AFTER they had left town.

 

Don't forget about the hotel taxes, either. The hotel room charge always includes taxes not quoted in your proposed reservation amount.

 

The staff are always courteous and compassionate, but if there is a problem, ask to see the manager on duty.

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