Stay at Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, CA
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Watch private jets land and take off from an aviation-themed hotel with a 25-foot model of a 747 in the lobby
Hotel at a Glance: Airtel Plaza Hotel
If there’s such a thing as a celebrity airport, Van Nuys is it. The literal launchpad of everyone from Bob Hope to Howard Hughes to modern-day musicians and movie stars, it’s also the site of luxury hotel Airtel Plaza Hotel. While kicking back beneath a 25-foot model of a 747, guests watch private jets land and take off from the runway just a few hundred yards away—and some can even see it from one of their 262 spacious rooms.
- The stay: All rooms feature views of the pool, courtyard, runway, or city, along with Serta beds, goose-down pillows, and flat-screen TVs. Newly renovated preferred rooms and suite boast granite bathrooms, glass-enclosed showers, and refrigerators.
- Dining and drinks: Executive chef Desi Szonntagh presides all three onsite dining vneues, including the European fusion cuisine at Landings Restaurant, and the Clipper Club Lounge. A Starbucks Cafe
- Business or pleasure: With two ballrooms and 18 meeting rooms, the hotel is able to host banquets as large as 450 or intimate business lunches for only a handful. Should they get a few hours for fun, guests can sneak away to nearby attractions like Universal Studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California: Northern LA Neighborhood Famous for Cruising Culture
Situated about 18 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, the neighborhood of Van Nuys was once the center of LA’s cruising culture. In the ’60s and ’70s, Van Nuys Boulevard was regularly filled with the sounds of revving engines and Led Zeppelin as teenagers in hot rods rolled up and down the 3-mile stretch of road. It was a ritual that eventually came to represent the Southern California lifestyle. You can still experience it on the third Wednesday of each month.
For entertainment that doesn’t revolve around the wheel of a car, the 2,000-acre Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area encompasses hiking and biking trails, three 18-hole golf courses, and a wildlife preserve. There’s also a Japanese garden outfitted with traditional buildings, bridges, and lanterns. To the south lies Universal Studios Hollywood, which provides thrill rides, shows, studio tours, and CityWalk, a three-block entertainment zone filled with restaurants, shops, and nightclubs.