Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills
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... the window side as always. We took off an hour late because the person that put in the fuel forgot to give the Captain the official paperwork. The flight was very long but the mac and cheese got me through it. Pretty cool though, we got two New Years Eve's. When we got to LAX we went through border security. I didn't like that I didn't get to have my fingerprints done like Mum and Dad. I have to wait till I'm fourteen. We got ...
... I reminded myself how far I have come - many years ago I used to travel between San Diego and Illinois with banana boxes. Mom and Joe always knew what was mine in the luggage line!
What I learned about myself -
There are so many miracles happening and I get to see them when I am paying attention - like the cell phone being there when I got back. And believe me, I am paying attention!
There are a lot of friendly people in ...
... entertaining but not very enlightening. Whilst stuck on a bus ( they call it a tram ) we saw a few familiar buildings from film and TV including the Bates Hotel and house from Psycho, Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives and an impressive plane wreck from War of the Worlds. The Jaws drive-by with a fibreglass fishy lurching for the water was quite lame but worth a chuckle. The highlight was ...
... everyone is in good shape, super tanned, there are tons of gyms. I'd say this beach/ocean frontage esplanade and the pier reminds me of the Gold Coast.
We had a half hour on Third Street Promenade for a stroll and coffee at the Coffee Bean - this is where we learnt about ordering coffee in the US, you have to advise how many shots you want, then there is the choice of cream, creamer and milk. Nothing is easy, like asking for a Skinny ...
... dinosaur in the mouth and we plunged down a cliff. It was outstanding! The other realistic sets we went into was a western set, we sat at the end of a street when a river came smashing towards us, knocked over everything in its path and turned a corner right beside us, whew that was close! The subway was the final one, we were underground and an earthquake commenced, the cart shook and the roof opened with a cement semi trailer slid towards us and then a derailed train came in ...
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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.