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Disneyland has long attracted groups of all sizes, and a new, exclusive experience will have lucky guests believing in fairy tales again. Called 21 Royal, the epicurean journey for up to 12 guests takes place in a 2,200-square foot two-bedroom apartment that overlooks New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park. It was originally planned as a private residence inside the park for Walt and Lillian Disney, but Walt died before it could be realized. Now, based on watercolor renderings by Dorothea Redmond, a Disney set designer and later Disney Imagineer, the project has been completed. 

The Empire-style décor is filled with surprises that shouldn’t be spoiled. Suffice it to say, magic happens at the flip of a switch. The evening begins with a cocktail hour where guests explore the residence while Matt Ellingson, who has the dual roles of sommelier and project manager, provides history and lore. Then guests are seated in the dining room for a seven-course tasting menu, or “epicurean theater,” presented by Executive Chef Andrew Sutton and Chef de Cuisine Justin Monson. Storytelling is woven into each course and the evening, with its warm elegance, is meant to evoke the experience, says Ellingson, “of a small dinner party hosted by Walt and Lillian.”

Chefs Andrew Sutton and Justin Monson, along with the 21 Royal culinary team and Sommelier Matt Ellingson, create a menu that’s inspired by the group who is dining. The team is eager to create dishes and wine pairings that summon up treasured moments and memories. As the culinary adventure draws to a well-orchestrated close, everyone gathers on the balcony that overlooks the Rivers of America for after-dinner drinks, coffee and desserts. On nights when fireworks or the Fantasmic! show take place, the lucky guests of 21 Royal will have the best view in the park. The $15,000 cost includes park admission, so the experience can be one that stretches from Disneyland’s opening to after its close. 

Both Luxe Hotels in Los Angeles offer two completely different experiences. The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is the only hotel on Rodeo Drive, with easy access to dozens of designer stores, while the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel has some of the best pool facilities on LA’s Westside.

Now, the two are teaming up to bring Rodeo Drive to the pool. All guests at the Rodeo Drive hotel will have access to the pool at Luxe Sunset Boulevard with any booking.

 

A $16 million redesign has been announced at Stanford Court, a tech-centric hotel located atop the San Francisco landmark Nob Hill. With a slated completion of spring 2018, the renovation will touch everything from the hotel's lobby to their guest rooms, fitness center, meeting and event spaces and hotel amenities. The hotel will remain operational throughout the entirety of the project.

 

It’s not easy to get the press to brave the traffic of midday Hollywood and show up for the launch of a bottled tomato sauce. But when Rao's Homemade introduced their latest flavor—Tomato Herb—they had a full house of food writers and bloggers. And everyone left happy.