France has been preparing all year for the Paris Olympics which will take place this July. The iconic city is expected to receive over 15 million travelers for the games. Given that Paris is rated the most visited city in the world most years, it’s certainly prepared for all those tourists. That said, Disneyland’s Paris hotel has been closed for renovations for the past two years. Well, it’s finally reopened – just in time for the Olympics!
Guests at the hotel can expect to see rooms inspired by iconic Disney stories such as Frozen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled, just to name a few. The Superior and Deluxe rooms feature bed canopies and crystal boxes fit for a prince or princess. Meanwhile, the hotel’s lobby boasts a hand-made crystal chandelier. If you really want to go all in on your Disney vacation, you can opt for a Castle Club room, which includes an exclusive check-in area, lounge, and elevator. Even more luxurious are the Princely Suite and the Royal Suite, which have fireplaces, chandeliers, massive living rooms, and balconies overlooking Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
The president of Disneyland Paris, Natacha Rafalski, said, “The reopening of Disneyland Hotel marks a new milestone in the transformation of Disneyland Paris, extending our legacy as a leader in the European tourism industry with a unique blend of storytelling and service excellence, not to mention our exceptional capacity to welcome families. We are thrilled to unveil this one-of-a-kind five-star property celebrating beloved Disney royalty, which represents one of the most immersive hotels in Europe today.”
As of the time of writing, rates start at $1,174 per night, including park passes.
When one conjures images of Los Angeles, the mind often gravitates towards iconic landmarks like the Hollywood Sign, the Walk of Fame, and the glamor of Rodeo Drive.
However, within the vast expanse of this sprawling city lies a myriad of neighborhoods, each possessing its distinct charm and allure. While the renowned attractions hold their appeal, there’s a burgeoning neighborhood silently making waves — Culver City.
An Emerging Entertainment Epicenter
Culver City is at the center of a paradigm shift—the neighborhood has been prominent over the years for its housing of big-name studios like Sony Pictures. Culver City is now attracting the likes of digital media giants Apple TV+, Amazon Studios, HBO Max, and others, making it an ultra-modern entertainment hub.
These recent industries and young professionals have revitalized the community. Now, one can also see the emergence of plenty of new restaurants and boutiques that have revitalized Culver City adding to the appeal of Los Angeles!
A Vibrant Boutique Hotel
At the forefront of Culver City’s renaissance is The Shay, a Destination by Hyatt hotel, inaugurated in October 2021. This boutique establishment comprises a vibrant eatery, a co-working space in the lobby and an exclusive rooftop swimming pool—the only one in the city. If you want a midday swim at your hybrid office space, The Shay is the place to be.
The Shay represents Culver City’s artistic character, and it also doubles up as a social center that hosts pop-up shows by local sellers and displays native artwork on its walls. It has 148 rooms to boot, so there’s a decent chance you could get a room if your timing is right!
Food, Glorious Food
Start your day at Equator Coffees, the inaugural SoCal outpost of the LGBTQ+-founded sustainable roasting company from Northern California. For a lunch experience, return to the rooftop of The Shay and indulge in Canopy Club. Inspired by the atmospheres of Palm Springs and Miami, this poolside restaurant offers a lively setting against the backdrop of pink walls, pool umbrellas, and abundant greenery. Very nice indeed.
For dinner, proper foodies should reserve a seat at Etta, a full-service restaurant adjacent to The Shay’s lobby. Helmed by award-winning chef Dan Perretta, Etta’s menu celebrates Italian classics, presenting a curated selection of fresh salads, wood-fired pizzas, and house-made pasta dishes.