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... all up the coast is popular as a summer destination as all the holiday activities advertised indicate. Again not much traffic or hildaymakers here inthe winter time. Suits us as we get to see the areas in different light and without crowds.The coast has an interesting history of pioneering and sadly Indian conflicts and their removal and losses of life (a lot due to diseases introduced) and lands . We stayed overnight in a town called Eureka where there was hot ...
... un-motivating movement of failed youth departing from an all too warm bar stool. I was able to get the car started first time from the half hearted push of my not so willing accomplices and parked up and walked back into the pub to duly buy them a pint each. Gone are the days when someone might have actually offered to help with something for free. With my pride intact we drove on for the rest of the afternoon and into a town called Foster.
We based based ourselves ...
Arrived at LAX at about 640am and am now awaiting my connecting flight to snowy Chicago! I now understand why people could have a lot of trouble with this airport. Very busy, not the best navigating yourself around. Geeze that flight was long......made me think whether I'd want ...
... I remembered from "Get Smart", and ended up at Olvera Street, which is the oldest part of LA. There we visited an abobe house, dating from 1818. Upon our return to the hotel, we decided to visit a pizza restaurant just up the road from the hotel for dinner, and made the mistake of ordering a large size! We won't make that mistake again. The 5 of us couldn't finish it! While the pizza was quite nice - the owner of the restaurant was a character I'll never ...
... after that Jackie wanted another ride as I did, and in fact we had two more rides. Keeping to our schedule we next went to the Universal Special Effects Stage, which included learning the secrets behind moviemaking. This was excellent and gave us a much better understanding how things are done on the screen.
Next it was to the Blues Brothers and they were fantastic. Great songs, able to get the spectators fully involved and it was a ...
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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.