|The Hollywood Bed & Breakfast - Los Angeles, California|
Change of plans folks for our (me and Pat) trip to Hollywood next month. I had reservations at the Historic Hollywood Hotel. During a lull in the activity at the hotel (where I work) last night I thought I would check in Trip Advisor to see what others were saying about the Historic Hollywood Hotel. Alas, what I saw caused me much concern. All the recent reviews I read for the above mentioned hotel (December) were not good. Oh no, NOT GOOD. Everything from a "dicey" neighborhood to plumbing not working properly (one reviewer advised taking a bath in the bathroom sink was preferable to taking one in the shower, that's how small the bathroom was and how poor the water pressure). The only consistent good thing I read about this hotel was the friendliness of the front desk staff. Hey, I need more than a friendly front desk person for a ten day stay in Hollywood. I need a clean room with proper working toilet facilities. What really changed my mind was reading the reviews about the "smoky" smell. NO.THANK.YOU. I work in a non-smoking facility and that's where I prefer to stay, especially if I'm paying for it. In fact, even when I'm not paying for it like I did last year when I stayed at Pat's nifty lodgings (for free) in Toronto.
|Pat's minimalist house in Toronto|
So with great regret I called and cancelled my reservation and went on the search for a new place to stay. Keep in mind that neither I nor Pat are well off retirees. My retirement pay is from the 37 years I worked for banks. If I was a U.S. government retiree (high five figure to six figure retirements, plenty of these guys in the Rehoboth Beach-Lewes-Milton Gayborhood) then I could probably throw caution to the wind and stay at any upscale hotel in Century City, Los Angeles. But I'm not nor is Pat. We're both modest in every aspect, especially income. Which suits us just fine but we do have to be more careful about where we stay.
|Two modest men (Pat more so than me) of modest means at the Agave Restaurant in Lewes, DE 2014|
So after several hours of searching I came across the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast. I found it by the excellent reviews it had received on Trip Advisor.
I did more research and found that this bed and breakfast is located near (Sunset Boulevard - we're going to be discovered!) and all the other tourist attractions two Old Gay Guys would look for during their visit to Hollywoodland.
Oh I know the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast may disturb Pat's spartan, minimalist's preferences but the price is right and the location is perfect.
I've never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before (although I work at one i.e., "I'm not a doctor but I play one on TV, etc."
I've already talked to the couple who own the B & B on the phone and they sound quite pleasant.
The days are counting down until our takeoff on January 7th. This should prove quite an adventure for the Two Old Gay Guys.