The sprawling five-story hotel, an L.A. landmark in the San Fernando Valley, is under new ownership and management and thus has a new contemporary look. There are new sleek white booths in the coffee shop but the same popular menu of American classics; breakfast is a notable good value. The Olympic-size pool and patio with outdoor bar (summer only) remain, as do the extra-wide halls and high-ceilinged rooms. The adjacent event center is famed for its storied Hollywood
connections. Inquire about hotel packages.