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... so far……. We also got to see the costume museum, which featured a whole floor dedicated to Harry Potter costumes and props!! My favourite thing in the museum was the Luke’s Diner menu which was used in Gilmore Girls – mum, I nearly died!!!! After Warner Bros we went for dinner at Hard Rock Café and then went straight back to the apartment as my head was still
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... them, only to then bump into Louis Cole and Marcus Butler (two English guys who are also quite established on YouTube) so we quickly said hi to them. After some more looking around at the weird artwork that people were selling, we walked over to the beach. Amanda lay in the sun while I went in for a swim. The waves were quite nice and it felt really good to be in the water again. It was a nice and relaxed way to ...
... Griffith park with my host and did a little hike (I really have no idea what counts as a walk and what counts as a hike but I wore trainers and there was a slight incline so hike it is) and saw the hollywood sign. We then went to the observatory which was very nice and saw some weird solar noon thing. After that we went on the long drive through Hollywood and Beverly hills (it was about 10 miles but took over an hour because ...
... My burrito weight one pound and was so delicious! The drive back to LA was nice. We left early to beat the morning traffic. We drove through Laguna hills and Laguna Beach then headed straight to Hollywood to do the hollywood trail up behind the sign. It's a 40 minute hike up and the sun and our legs were burning but it was such a great thing to do the views were breath taking. You could see out so far and walk around the top to see both sides of the ...
... were very few people walking in the streets. The second was the state of many of their historic buildings. While they were once grand twenties or so landmarks, they had been left without love and care for quite some time and were rather tired, sad now. There were the odd exceptions, but downtown LA looked rather, tired, empty and a little seedy.
That did not matter, as today was the family catch up. The reunion was at our hotel, the very hip ...
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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.