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... us. When I heard them scream I knew something was ahead and could either avoid it by moving quickly past or in the one instance, pushed Joel toward the ghoul. We did see one lady near one of the numerous exits during the walk on the ground for some unknown reason. She must have had quite a fright.
Something a little more light hearted was Shrek in 4-D. We walked past the queue and got priority seating which was a perk. It felt a bit déjà vu and then I realised I had ...
... Monica along to Venice Beach... Dan posed on Muscle Beach, we walked along a pier or two, ate some belt-busting nachos and drank a nice American beer each! Dan is a little sun burnt - but he would not listen to me when I suggested sun cream when we got up this morning!? Ha!
Quiet night at the hotel bar this evening before picking up the hire car in the morning - this time tomorrow we'll be in ...
... to speak to one of these Grey Nomads and realise that the amount of travelling we had been doing in Australia was nothing compared to them.
From Lake Macquarie we drove down to Sydney and were fortunate enough to spend more time with friends we haven't seen in many years. We were staying with Patrick & Ellie and their two children Harvey & Tom. Our first evening in Sydney we had dinner at Dinner Patrick & Ellie's house and Patrick's parents Mike & ...
... executive decision to catch a cab. Arrange for the cab to come and it turns out to be a car with a driver. Leanne is going ask him how much it is going to cost and I'm like it's too late for that. We jumped in and hit the road, turn onto the freeway and it is bumper to bumper. 1 hour and 20 minutes later he drops us off in Hollywood where I', thinking this is going to cost us $200+. When we ask him how much he says $55, gave him $60 or whatever and got the hell out of there before he ...
... minutes at the lounge. So was nice to have a drink and a few bites to eat before we headed off to the plane. Once we were on board I got to look at the selection from the menu. My plan was to have the Japanese meal but by the time they came to see me that selection was gone. Which was a good thing because the menu said that the Japanese meal had fish but somebody made a mistake. The meal actually ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Bel-Air Los Angeles
Horrible staff at Hotel Bel Air? I have stayed at HBA on more than one occasion and no I'm not super wealthy - I pull up to valet in a Toyota and they have treated me no different than other guests. I have always found the staff helpful and sincere in their desire to ensure my stay was nothing less than perfect. HBA provides a unique experience in a romantic and tranquil setting within the neighboorhood of Bel Air. This IS a five star hotel. Period.
Elegant. Secluded. Impeccable service.
Elegant. Secluded. Romantic. And it just seems to get better.
We were married at the Bel-Air 18 years ago and return every year for a few days. Now we bring our kids. It is so beautiful and the service is quiet and attentative. I heard they recently received their fifth star...it is well deserved.
Staff is horrible
The Hotel Bel-Air is a terrible faux-pas in terms of a choice to stay in Los Angeles Area. There are many other places to choose from that would aggravate you less.
Despite the owner of the Hotel being a Prince,
Princely service is not the norm. They check you out to see you're really rich or just rich. They expect an exhorbitant tip for carrying a bag 2 yards.
The hotel is just terrible. Staff re-education a must. They behave like snotty children of rich parents when they are just help. Atrocious!!!
Bel-Air southworld culture
I believe the Hotel Bel-Air is better than The Beverly Hills Hotel and its bungalows. It is similar to nouveau
Californian with in 2004 very Norma Desmond tones.
When I think of it I think of southworld culture and water as still as glass with a big perspective like Devil's Lake State Park of Baraboo, Wisconsin's south shore.
THE best for a romantic weekend!
My fiance and I just got back from a weekend at the Hotel Bel Air and it was simply the best. The staff were outstanding and provided a level of service I have yet to find anywhere else. Yes, the rooms are pricey, but the suites provide a quiet and tranquill setting to get away from life's stresses. The Restaurant is a great place for a romantic dinner (they accomodated a special dessert request) - the food and service were both five star. The pool is open 24/7, although it is crowded on holiday weekends. My one suggestion would be to visit the hotel during a slow weekend (non-holiday) to ensure access to the wonderful pool.
Just returned from a 3 day visit, and loved everything about the hotel. The gardens were the most beautiful and extensive (considering the size of the hotel) hotel gardens we've seen. We found all the staff to be very warm and friendly. No one was snobby, even though we showed up in our rented Ford Taurus, and were always dressed casually. We loved all the extra touches in the room, around the pool, and when working with the front desk or concierge. It spoiled us for other hotels in the area though. Checked out Santa Monica and we no longer have any desire to go to any of the nearby beach hotels. We'll definitely return to the Hotel Bel-Air.
We stayed here for our wedding night and the next. I have tea at the hotel often and have always loved the grounds and heard it was a great place to stay. Checking in at midnight in full wedding gown and tux, my husband and I beamed to the front desk person - " We are checking in!" His reply, a curt "obviously". I said, " We just got married!" This time I got a sarcastic, "You're joking". The room was truly beautiful but I was very disapointed to find that the champagne and "Bride & Groom" embroidered pillowcases I had brought by earlier that week were not in the room as they had promised. They never turned up. The next morning there was a wedding right outside of our room and noise from the restaurant could be heard. when we checked out and mentioned the problems they couldn't have cared less. So, not wanting to have a bad feeling about our weekend, I paid the bill- almost $3,000 for two nights, and left. Getting the car, the valet asked, "What kind of car do you drive?" I replied a black BMW and he rudely said, "Oh like that is going to help me here in LA".
As far as I'm concerned, this is in a class by itself. First off, the grounds are amazing, romantic, and beautifully manicured, you almost feel like you're in a tropical jungle all your own. There are swans in the man made streams that add to the romance of the place. You wouldn't even know that you were ten mins. from gridlocked Los Angeles if you didn't know where you were. This place is very special for its impeccabley decorated and comfortable rooms, with the feeling of total privacy and the staff's attention to detail and eagerness to please.
After staying at The Beverly Hills Hotel 4 months ago I could mostly only see shortcomings during my visit to the Hotel Bel Air.