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Two days in Tinsel Town

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An April 2004 trip to Los Angeles by SFPhotocraft

W Los Angeles - Westwood Photo, Los Angeles, California More Photos
Quote: During Spring Break 2004 we headed south to Los Angeles. We did the regular, Disneyland, and added two days in Los Angeles. La Brea Tar Pits, Westwood, and Kodak Center are a few stops off the beaten track.

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Hotel | "W Hotel"

W Los Angeles - Westwood Photo, Los Angeles, California
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"Cool" is what comes to mind when you mention the W Hotel. The hotel is somewhat Eastern European looking, it is an ugly cement building on the outside. It's on a tree-lined street just a few blocks from Westwood Village and UCLA. When you drive up you are greeted by the hip movie-star wannabes dressed in black who park your car. You enter the hotel up a staircase that is also a fountain. The lobby is dark wood and modern. Small tables with glass chess sets ontop and cool people sipping mojitos fill the lobby. The front desk staff is hip, friendly and efficient. Even th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

W Los Angeles - Westwood
930 HILGARD AVE
Los Angeles, California 90024
310-208-8765

Mojo

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Restaurant

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This is the hip restaurant in the W Hotel in Westwood. The restaurant is just off the lobby of the hotel. It bills itself as having a Latin American menu. However we only had breakfast here and the breakfast menu is not very Latin in feel. However I saw the lunch and dinner menu and it looked great. (Worth a trip back). Being in the W Hotel this place is as cool as you would expect. It has big round cushy booths. Our waitperson was outstanding. She was gorgeous and cool, but had a huge smile and couldn't do more to make the meal a fun one. Our son fell in love with the muffins and she kept making sure she gave him one more, one more and one more. He was in love with her by the e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

Mojo
930 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, California 90024
+1 310 443 7820

Callender's

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Restaurant

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We had just finished a morning of La Brea Tar Pits and it was time for lunch. We thought about driving into West Hollywood or the updated Farmer's Market on Fairfax and have a "nice" lunch. We had parked the car on Wilshire (easy street parking in this area) and heading back we walked by a restaurant called CALLENDERS that looked very nice and upscale. We ditched our more elegant plans and thought we can enjoy a nice lunch on the Miracle Mile. It didn't hit me that the name CALLENDER'S was actually an upscale Marie Callender's. Not only was the Marie name dropped, but it was far from the average strip mall Marie Callender's. It was an elegant brick building with a lovely patio out front. ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

Callender's
5773 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90036
+1 323 937 7952

Kodak Theatre

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Attraction

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We had gotten tickets to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat during this visit. It was at the new Kodak Theatre. We were eager to see the musical and couldn't wait. However, the real surprise was the theatre itself - it was worth the visit! We were running late and had to get from Westwood to Hollywood. Our internet directions suggested 18 minutes. However driving through Beverly Hills and West Hollywood the traffic sucked. It took us nearly an hour! We were panicked and pulled into the garage at Hollywood and Highland at 8:00pm for an 8:00pm curtain time! No problem. We paid the extra money and did valet parking, we were right at the theatre door. We got to our seats just i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

Kodak Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 308-6300

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

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Attraction | "La Brea Tar Pits (Page Museum)"

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The La Brea Tar Pits are one sight you would never expect to see in a major urban area. When you walk up you see two giant Mammoth statues stuck in the oozy, gloppy tar. The tar pond is a real tar pit and it smells and is bubbling with the oily tar. You enter the main building, which is a low-rise square building. The hours are 9:30am to 5:00pm each day. The cost is $7.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids. The first thing off the lobby is a theater with a very simple movie that explains what happened here and why there is a such a wealth of fossils at this sight. It's a good first start for the rest of museum. The museum is small with lots of bones of sabre-tooth tigers, Mammoth and ot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 934-7243

Universal Studios Hollywood

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Attraction

Universal Studios Hollywood Photo, Universal City, California
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Universal Studios is a fun day, and saving a day on your next stop to LA is worth the visit. It's fun for all ages and far more than just rides and thrills. You will actually come away having learned something about LA's number-one industry--movie-making! The park is easy to reach from LA, and the parking is not a hassle. Heck, it's LA, so you can even get valet parking at the park! The lines are not as long as Disney; this was spring break, and we only waited at the front gate for 5 minutes to buy tickets. We opted for the $79 Frontline Passes, which seems a little rude, but we feel that they were worth EVERY penny. Basically, it allows you to CUT IN THE FRONT OF ANY LINE! You never wai...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
(818) 864 837-725