Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills
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... afternoon to all hours of the night. It's a bit of a mix of everything from gym junkies, roller-skating/skateboarding, Bob Marley groupies, street circus people looking for the next dollar for food or the other obvious need, there is a graffiti park, corrugated iron stalls of cheap stuff, and green outfitted men that you can approach for a necessary requirement of the green stuff - yes it's legal here but not like Amsterdam, they have medical ...
... really well.
The Hollywood Boulevard strip was a hit with all, we got lots of photos and then dinner at the Hard Rock café was well received with Ben at the front of the line. He was so hungry he was even considering ordering two meals so we had to educate him that we are now in America. Leaving safely satisfied with fully bellies there was no need to stop for desert just pick up some of the Reece's ...
... do the famous Universal Studio's back-lot tour. There was even a 45 minute queue for that ! The tour is the signature attraction at the park, and goes into a working movie studio with various film sets on the lot. For about 50 minutes, you get a narrated tour in multi-car trams led by a guide. It travels through the Front Lot, Back Lot and various attractions, passing sets and props from movies and TV shows along the way.
This was my third time on this tour over the years and ...
... first time in over two weeks that we'd actually rested. The pool area was very nice, you have to use your room key to get into it. There are big plush sun loungers with towels set out and there are a couple of what only can be described as four poster beds available too. There's a bar and a eating area and a couple of dinning areas that have curtains that can be pulled around for privacy. In the pool there are floating foam beds and the pool ...
... dressed up as film characters who you will pose with for a quick buck. We saw Batman get into an argument with Spider-Man, with one of the Fantastic Four trying to calm them down.... so funny.
We saw the hotel that was used in the film Pretty Woman, where Richard Gere climbs up the fire escape at the end, amongst other famous film locations that were pointed out. Before we headed back to the hotel we went to the Farmers Market which is an ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills
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Just Plain Cool
I received a GREAT deal on this room through Priceline. It was a fantastic, trendy place to stay. The Avalon embodied California patio culture for me. I loved The Thymes toiletries and the cool touches like crank-out windows. The neighborhood is nice and cozy, filled with 1920s bungalows. I would love to stay here again.
While it is undoubtedly true this hotel doesn't offer ostentatious ammenities, my cousin and I found it very stylish in it's minimalism. The rooms are nicely designed, the staff wonderfully helpful. The heated pool is open 24 hours a day and there is free DSL service. Pool cabanas have shag carpeting and reminded me of a much more under-stated poolside Skybar.
I had a very similar experience to the "So-So" review. I was quoted a rate of $189 for the dates of my reservation by telephone. When I arrived, I was told the rate was $209. When I explained that I had been quoted $189 at the time of reservation, the desk staff acted like I was lying to them. They told me that they used to have a weekend rate of $189, but no longer. It was "impossible" that I had been quoted the lower rate. They told me I should have gotten something in writing. Silly me. On principle, I stood my ground. They called their reservation person who confirmed that I had been quoted the lower rate. No apologies. To the good -- the housekeeping staff and parking attendants were really great. They were warm, friendly, and accommodating. They work hard to make the place what it claims to be -- too bad the front desk staff is so inferior.
Stayed at the Avalon for two nights (a Thursday and Friday night), and absolutely loved it. This is what I look for in all hotels where I stay, and rarely find it: superb modern design, recently renovated, cool people, attention to detail, warm welcome from friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere, nice bathroom goodies, Frette bedding, an open-air pool, and broadband internet.
A good value is you book through Priceline or Expedia. The room was spacious and well appointed. Once major complaint was the lack of a fan in the bathroom and no screen on the bathroom window. The housekeeping staff leaves the bathroom window open in order to let the room air out and that lead to many a winged creature entering our room while we were out. My husband got to eject the unwanted visitors each evening when we came back to the hotel. The location was in a very quiet residential neighborhood. A bigger sign our front would be nice as we passed the hotel twice when driving through the neighborhood trying to find it. We stayed in the side building. Not in the main one. Really quiet at night. We loved that. The staff at the Avalon are professional and polite. Not much was known by the front desk staff about some of our museum destinations. That kind of worried us. However, most of the staff that we encountered could not do enough for us when providing directions or handling our bags. The restaurant was just OK in our opinion. There were much better places to eat just up Rodeo Drive and Beverly Drive. I would definitely recommend the Avalon for LA visitors because of the cleanliness, value, and proximity to Beverly Hills and LA attractions.
Well, the pool is definitely the signature of this hotel. With its pale blue tone and its hip restaurant off the lobby you sense that this is a place to be seen. One day while sunbathing we were treated with a celebrity sighting. On our last day we were treated with another major movie star cuddling with a female companion. It was quite fun stargazing but the other parts of the hotel are just hip and okay.
We stayed at the Avalon for three days in February and had mixed views.
I am not hip but still enjoyed my stay at this hotel. It may have
Stayed a long weekend here. Started off with the hotel placing us in a standard room so small my husband and I bumped into each other. We requested to be moved to a premium room, which the hotel resisted at first, giving us excuses about not being able to find one. They had the gall to tell me that I did not pay for a premium room when I paid in full, in advance, for a premium room through Expedia (I had the Expedia receipt to prove it). Once they moved us they forget to move everything to the other room. In the end my sunglasses went missing and the complementary CD they gave us was nowhere to be found. So, get this, I asked them to give us another CD, five times! In my opinion that was four times too many. It really was not the free CD I wanted. I was curious as to what songs were in the CD, since Ive enjoyed W Hotel CDs so much. Expedia listed this hotel as a four star. The property is really a glorified motel. I do give credit to their effort in trying to do good design (I am an architect/designer), but little grungy details place them on 2-3 star category. The tub was only a 16 shallow Home Depot special with no plugs. It took me three requests to get a plug out of this hotel so I could take a bath! Because of the front desk staffs inability or lack of care to service guests requests, even though they do it courteously enough, I rate them in the two star level. Since even my cheap sunglasses went missing, we were worried about leaving anything valuable in the room. Thank god we did not bring our G4 laptop since the advertised safe in the room was the size of my jewelry box! I enjoy five star hotels like the four seasons, regents, regis, fairmont, oriental and even w hotel chain, which is rated four stars. If W is a four star hotel, then Avalon barely makes two. I made a mistake in trying this hotel out. I would not recommend it. If I paid their advertised price of $245 a night, I would have been really mad. On the note on procuring rooms through Expedia: If a hotel has a license to treat Expedia guests differently, because we paid less than other guests, then booking through Expedia is not worth the savings. Who knows, maybe it was not the Expedia connection but this pervasive LA attitude present as thick as our San Francisco fog.