Friday, December 19, 2014

Hollywood Trip - Change of Plans

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.  



19 comments:

  1. You and Pat are going to have a FABULOUS time!!! And the Hollywood B&B looks really great! I'll keep that in mind when I finally make it out there one day.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      Pat and I will have a FABULOUS time. in Los Angeles. I'm so glad I double checked the hotel where we were originally going to stay. Disaster avoided.
      Ron

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  2. Ron,
    It didn't occur to me that when you posted earlier about the accommodations at the hotel might just be "dicey". Hollywood in with all of the allure that's attached is indeed in a questionable area, cheap housing and a transient are the norm. I can remember quite some time ago that the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was considered a dump and definitely was not the place you wanted to go. It had lost it's luster after the golden days of Hollywood. Hollywood is re-inventing itself and the Hollywood Roosevelt has undergone a transformation of sorts, it's the place to stay now. I'm glad you found the B&B, I know you will be happier there. If I sound like an eastern boy who knows a lot about California in particular, I do. All of my mother's side of the family have lived and currently live there from San Francisco down to San Diego area. I have visited more than once, enough to say I prefer to live on the east coast and occasionally visit California. It's a different culture, just my humble opinion, that I could never embrace.
    Enjoy your visit, there's still a lot to do and see making the effort and the cost worth it.
    Jack

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    1. Jack,
      Pat suggested Los Angeles for our mutual birthday (mine November and his December) celebration this year (I tried to talk him into seeing the Mummers' Parade last year and this year but to no avail). Pat's been to LA before and tells me he knows his way around. Whatever, happens I'm sure we'll make an adventure out of our stay. But I did want to make sure we had a comfortable (and safe) place to rest our heads at night after a big day of "Ron and Pat's Excellent Adventure."
      Ron

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  3. Fascinating: I often wonder how accurate are the on-line reviews. I know people who are disgruntled are far more likely to go on line an remonstrate than the ones who were content. I would be curious to hear if you 'stop in' for a tour and look-see and see if the place is as bad as you read.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      The on-line reviews (Trip Advisor) had to be read carefully to understand what the reviewer is writing about. I know this from being on the other side of the front desk in my job at the hotel where I work. The reviews for the previous hotel where I had booked were 1005 negative for this month of December and that pretty much made up my mind that I didn't want us to stay there. Where we will be staying probably will disturb Pat's minimalist sensibilities with all the "busyness" of the decor but at least it will be clean and safe and affordable and in a good location for our adventures.
      Ron

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  4. Just as well you found out now when there was time to make your 'adjustment', Ron. Sounds very much like you're doing the right thing. It's so important to have somewhere where you can be sure you can return to in order to relax after a day of tiring yourself out. We look forward to copious postings of your visits to numerous 'places of interest'.

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    1. Ray,
      I am very careful about where I stay. I don't want to ruin our trip by staying in a place where I am uncomfortable. Relaxing after an adventurous days is high on my priority list.
      Ron

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  5. Looks like fun, I stayed at the Renaissance Hollywood when I was there three years ago (expensive, the office was paying the bill - as I recall it was over $200 a night.) You will have a great time. There is a subway station near the Kodak Theater, you can go into downtown LA for like $2.50. The home of the French Dip sandwich is a delightful dive walking distance from Union Station. That is as far as I made it when I was there, I was only there a couple of nights and had 2-3 meetings to attend.

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    1. David,
      I briefly considered staying at one of the more expensive ($200 and up) hotels but this bed and breakfast where I book our room seems like a good fit for us. I've never stayed art a bed and breakfast before so this will be yet another adventure for us.
      Ron

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  6. Ron,

    I don't know where this Hollywood Hotel you had booked at came from, but ti is not "THe Historic" Hollywood Hotel, where many movie stars (especially in the Silent Era) and foreign royalty stayed. That was torn down in the mid-1950's to make room for a bank and mall. The Hollywood area was pretty seedy when I was there and Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood & Vine were rather tawdry. I was there in the 1980s, maybe Hollywood has improved, but I doubt it. Best bets are to take the bus tours of the city and Beverly Hills. And the real fun thing to do is spend a day at Universal Studios. May the two of you have a blast and I'll see ya in the picture shows!

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      I noticed when I was researching on line for hotels in the Century City area of Los Angeles that many of them had "Hollywood" in their name. I'm not a babe in the woods and, of course, I understand that name is to invoke memories of glamourous Hollywood times of the past. No guarantee of a really nice (and clean) place to repose at night and recount the day's adventures. I'll be taking a lot of photos and videos which I will share via Facebook and this blog. Stay tuned.
      Ron

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  7. The Hollywood district is very different; very touristic and fun. Not always safe as any touristic areas attract pickpockets and crazy people but the B & B looks really nice. Yamashiro restaurant up on the hill is an OK restaurant but with a beautiful view. Are you guys going to go to Disneyland too? Are you going to rent a car? I am getting excited for you so I can only imagine how you feel.

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    1. Nadege,
      Thanks for the tip about pickpockets. That almost happened to me once when I worked in Philly. I plan to rent a car for at least a few days but Pat thinks we can do most everything by walking or public transportation. We will see. But you're the second person to recommend a visit to Disneyland which I had completely forgotten about. Yes, we will definitely go. Only this time I hope I don't end up with double vision again after going on a particularly aggressive ride at the Canadian Exhibition during last August's visit with Dr. Spo and Someone. After that ride with those guys (and Pat), my vision was double for the rest of my visit to Pat. I have to remind myself that I'm an old geezer now and be more careful with these youthful rides.
      Ron

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  8. I know you and Pat will have a wonderful time on my side of the states, wish I was closer so I could meet the two of you. Hoping you have great weather as lately it's been pretty nasty. Don't forget a rain coat and an umbrella! If it rains just think how thankful I will be since I really would like my yard to stay alive. The B&B looks cute, looking forward to seeing and reading about all of your adventures. Stop by Disneyland if you have the time and patience, the decorations are wonderful this time of year.

    Cindy from Sonoma

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    1. Cindy,
      Thanks for the reminder about Disneyland. I had completely forgotten about visiting Disneyland. I thought that was one of my many dreams that would be unrealized. I've been to Disneyworld, once. Pat's never been to either so we'll definitely put a visit to MIckey Mouse Land on our To Do List.
      Ron

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    2. Ron,
      So glad I reminded you about Disneyland. Skip California Adventure unless you are really into roller coasters, there was only one ride there I would go on. When touring Disneyland walk around the park counter clockwise and that will help you avoid some of the crowds. Also take advantage of Fast Pass, it really does help with the wait for those rides. You will get some good exercise there, wish I could join you.

      Cindy from Sonoma

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  9. You initially had me puzzled, Ron, because the original Hollywood Hotel (Between Highland and Orchid) was demolished in 1956. The new Hollywood Hotel is on Vermont, isn't it? I think that's near the Fairfax district - which was a good area when I lived there. Hlywd has changed drastically since then, so it might very well be sleazy now. I have no doubt, however, that you and Pat will have a real blast there. Wish I could be there with you!
    It's incredibly hard for me to type on this new laptop, so I'll keep my comment brief.

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    1. Jon,
      I know very little about Hollywood other than I want to rent a place to stay in Century City near all the usual Hollywood tourist attractions. Pat knows Hollywood better than I do. When I was checking Trip Advisor for a place to stay I must have run across a dozen hotels, motels, and what not that had the name "Hollywood" in them and also a view of the Hollywoodland sign. Oh for sure Pat and I will have a blast while we're there. Last summer in Toronto we had a grand time just bouncing around. Pat wants to see 77 Sunset Strip. That's his goal. (smile).
      Ron

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