Tourism and Hotels in L.A. Get Boost For Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service

- Melissa Mewdell,


Brook Shields speaks at Michael Jackson’s memorial service.

Hotel, restaurants, tourist hot spots and airlines reported a massive leap in business and reservations over the weekend in L.A. due to Michael Jackson’s memorial service at Staples Center today.

The cloud of visitors descending upon Los Angeles is a mixed bag of people coming from across the United States and people coming from as far away as France and Switzerland. Hotelsmag.com reports that this could actually give the local Los Angeles economy a $4-million boost!

The memorial, attended by both fans and celebrity friends of Michael Jackson began at 10 a.m. in Los Angeles. The Jackson family was there, including his daughter Paris-Michael who gave a speech.

Also, many of MJ’s longtime friends (Smokey Robinson, Kobe Bryant, Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, Lou Ferrigno, Don King, the Kardashian sisters, Magic Johnson, Brooke Shields, Larry King and Usher) attended. You can see a video of Brooke Shields’ speech above.

Some of the hotels in Los Angeles where guests of the memorial service likely stayed include:

Sunset Marquis: located on a secluded, tree-lined residential cul-de-sac, this hotel in Los Angeles is a mere half block south of the world famous Sunset Boulevard and one block west of La Cienega Boulevard.

W Los Angeles  – Westwood: Found on a quiet, residential street, the W Los Angeles Westwood is the perfect place to go to relax. This gorgeous refuge is where you come to get away from it all when staying in Los Angeles, and likely a destination for many attendees of Michael Jackson’s memorial service today.

The Sunset Tower Hotel: Now fully renovated, the Sunset Tower Hotel used to serve as a residence for some of Hollywood’s greats including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Manroe. At 74 rooms, guests here can expect an intimate environment and lots of privacy (probably why it’s a favorite among the stars).

Shutters on the Beach: this hotel is an elegant sea-side resort with an intimate environment. This hotel is frequented by the rich and famous and, most recently, it was featured on the Hills. We wrote about it when Spencer Pratt met Heidi Montag’s father at Shutters on the Beach in May.

Hotel Casa del Mar: This hotel is one of the most luxurious and grandest hotels on the west coast. Nothing compares to the ambiance of Hotel Casa Del Mar. It’s held on to the traditional look and feel of the 1920’s and was painstakingly restored recently. We wrote about this hotel as part of our top golf hotels for Father’s Day feature in June.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel: The birthplace of the Academy Awards many a star has graced the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The lofty rooms in this 12 storey tower are modern, chic and luxurious.

Thompson Beverly Hills: Close to the world renowned Rodeo Drive shopping district and L.A.’s downtown core, the Thompson Beverly Hills hotel is home to the West Coast’s first BondSt sushi restaurant. It’s no wonder it’s such a favourite among locals and guests from afar.

Montage Beverly Hills: A grand and traditional hotel, Montage Beverly Hills is a large hotel just stone’s throw from Rodeo Drive’s world-class boutiques. The guest rooms pay homage to vintage Hollywood glamour and modern day luxury – one of the reasons we find it so delightful.

THE HUNTLEY Hotel: This hotel in Santa Monica has 209 rooms and stunning views of the ocean, city and mountains. It’s definitely one of Southern California’s nicest hotels and we’re sure many MJ fans headed here for some peace and quiet after his somber memorial service. Check out our review of THE HUNTLEY Hotel on the Jetsetter.

SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills: A great design hotel found right in the heart of Beverly Hills. This hotel is very sophisticate in design and is a lovely place to stay if you’re both a business and sightseeing trips. Read our review of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

The Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills: At only 49 rooms, you won’t get a more intimate experience at a hotel than the one you’ll get at the Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills. Personalized guest services, high attention to detail and massive amounts of privacy are things that make this hotel stand out.

Andaz West Hollywood: This pet-friendly hotel is a sophisticated option for visitors to Hollywood. At 257 rooms, the Andaz West Hollywood is a large hotel with a great view of the West Hollywood Hills.

Terranea Resort: this resort is both timeless and world-class and is in a remarkable setting, perfect for a relaxing sea-side getaway. It’s one of the finest oceanfront resorts on the California coast and boasts one of the best views we’ve ever seen.

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