Los Angeles Journals

From Snow-Caps into the Mojave

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An April 2001 trip to Los Angeles by DrMaximus

Orbit Hotel Photo, Los Angeles, California More Photos
Quote: What was initially intended to be a mileage run turned out to be an unforgettable trip that fulfilled one of my childhood dreams.

From Snow-Caps into the Mojave

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Overview

Colourful Wall Mural Photo, Los Angeles, California
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(1) Renting a car and driving along secluded areas in California (out of LA city). Check out my other Mojave journal! (2) Driving up snow-capped mountains and a few hours later into the Mojave desert (3) Staying at the Orbit Hotel (4) Eating every other day at Johnny Rockets!Quick Tips: If you're going to LA, spare just a day (2 at most) exploring the touristy places eg. Beverly Hills, Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, Mann's Theatre, Studies, CBS, etc. For the rest of the time, you really should rent a car and get out of the city into the marvellous National Parks and little towns that dot the suburbs. You will truly enjoy the untouched nature up there in the mo...Read More

Orbit Hotel

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Hotel | "Orbit Ho(s)tel"

Orbit Hotel Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The Orbit Ho(s)tel was such a God-send! Realise I labelled it with an 's' in brackets because although it prides itself as being a hostel, I felt that the facilities it boasted of put it on par with 2 or 3 *** hotels. The Orbit, as its name suggests, is decorated with a futuristic theme, not quite unlike some really cool funky accommodation of the next century! Expect to enjoy bright green walls in the lounge, complemented with glaring yellow love seats and coral blue table lamps. I paid US$17 for a dorm bed, 6 to a room. For 4 to a room, one pays $22. For your own private double, it costs merely $52, which is $26 per person. A great deal. Every room, whether dorm or private...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2001

Orbit Hotel
7950 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, California 90046
(323) 655-1510

Coral Sands Motel

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Hotel | "Coral Sands Motel (Gay)"

Coral Sands Motel Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The Coral Sands Motel is located in the heart of Hollywood. Huge and spankingly new and clean, it offers numerous leisure activities including sunbathing and dipping in the elongated pool. All rooms have en-suite facilities, and come with fridge, TV, telephone, safe, hairdryer, and of course, impeccable room service. There are single rooms ($63), double rooms ($73), and suites. If you're looking for a queer-friendly environment in which to relax and enjoy your Californian holiday and Hollywood dreams, this would be one of your best bets.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

Coral Sands Motel
1730 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90027
(323) 467-5141

Hollywood International Hotel

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Hotel

Hollywood International Hotel Photo, Los Angeles, California
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This convenient and carefully planned location is right on the Walk of Fame! Enjoy the nearby attractions of the Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Wax Museum, Universal Studios, Farmer's Market, and Beverly Hills & Rodeo Drive! Free pickup from airport, bus and train stations. Enormous lounge with TV, video games, billiards, nightly movies, Internet access, fax, and free breakfast. Best of all they offer 24 hour reception so you can arrive anytime of the day. Three to four bed single-sex dorms. Best location in Hollywood on Walk Of Fame . Prices - Dorms from $16, private rooms from $40. Passport or student ID required. The Hollywood Hotel currently offers a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 21, 2002

Hollywood International Hotel
6820 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90028
(800) 750-6561

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Hotel | "Loews Santa Monica"

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My pal and I decided one day to just head out for a weekend getaway. The hustle and bustle from city life - the relentless honk-honks of impatient drivers and the green-man crossings that impatiently count down the seconds - had taken a toll on our natural selves. Coincidentally, the Loews Santa Monica was offering a cheapish weekend getaway package with full breakfast and spa treatments. As icing on the cake, we were promised - and offered - a room with an unbeatable view. I think that made us stay a lot up there because the room was lavishly decorated and it was obvious that no cent was spared in creating a welcoming ambience. We spent some time at the spa and fitness centre for whi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 16, 2004

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, California 90401
(310) 458-6700

Johnny Rockets

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Restaurant

Johnny Rockets Photo, Los Angeles, California
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My first meal in LA was had at Johnny Rockets! And boy was it a blast! I dived straight into the Rocket Double: over a half pound, two fresh patties, two slices of Tillamook cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, onion slice and special sauce ($5.99). Then I had the onion-ring/fries combo - "the perfect combination" ($3.99). Do not leave without first trying the EXCELLENT chocolate milk shake ($3.99). Leave your table manners, table etiquette and table ethics outside the swinging door! I assure you that it's gonna get messy beyond imagination! Grab the serviettes before they run out! For some more good ole 50's fun, pop in your penny for a song from the juk...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2001

Johnny Rockets
7507 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90046
213-6513361

LA Stars' Homes Tour!

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Attraction

LA Stars' Homes Tour! Photo, Los Angeles, California
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No trip to Tinseltown Los Angeles is complete without a tour along Beverly Hills. It's where all the stars live, and where you can drop your jaws in utter disbelieve and pick it up again, only to drop it again. This kinda happens every few seconds... the opulence and luxury of life on the Hills strikes dumb anybody who has the courage to relish it! Forget about playing it cool in LA; leave your rental car behind when on this trip, unless you plan on driving and reading the imfamous "Stars' Homes Map" at the same time, which means you have less time to enjoy the view, and no time at all to pick up those jaws. Get yourself on one of those "LA City Tours" (I paid $42 for mine) that bring you to the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2001

LA Stars' Homes Tour!
Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, California

Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive Shopping District

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Attraction | "Rodeo Drive: Pretty Woman fame"

Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive Shopping District Photo, Los Angeles, California
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As my city tour bus turned into Rodeo Drive, my driver and guide - aptly and affectionately named Elvis - turned on full blast the familiar Pretty Woman tune. We all screamed and cheered, as we were driven down this super famous road on which the film was made. Julia Roberts was filmed shopping on Rodeo Drive, at the cool expensive shops where she had no money to pay for anything. It has been said that on Rodeo Drive, you only have enough time (and ego!) to walk into the shops to check out the price tags! Near the ostentatiously endowed Beverly-Rodeo Hotel where Roberts and her millionaire other half had their suite, there are shops where you need to make an appointment before getting in. If yo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2001

Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive Shopping District
Rodeo Drive (and surrounding area)
Los Angeles, California 90210
(310) 248-1000

Sunset Strip

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Attraction

Sunset Strip Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The Sunset Boulevard is a street for as long as the sun shines, but after sunset, it takes on the persona of the infamous Sunset Strip. On the Strip, as it is called locally, you find endless chic and very cool bars and night clubs. When the sun goes down, this area comes alive, especially after 10pm. Do not miss The Viper owned by Johnny Depp and frequented by countless stars. Also equally infamous is the House of Blues that offers an excellent Sunday Brunch twice every Sunday. It boasts of authentic architecture and interior design that is a feast for the eyes. Bribe, rob and steal... do anything to get through those doors! The best Chinese restaurant in town is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2001

Sunset Strip
Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, California 90048
Not applicable

Silverwood National Park

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Attraction

Silverwood National Park Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Along Route 18 lies the little natural attraction, the Silverwood National Park, which is actually a beautiful protected forest with a lovely lake nestled high up in the mountain. We couldn't believe it when the car kept climbing up and gaining altitude, because the map did not show the elevation. So you can imagine that we were getting worried about getting lost in the highlands, with no food or water to back us up. All fears were allayed the moment we caught sight of Silverwood Lake, in its full majesty, grandeur and soul-relaxing beauty. No words can describe how we felt at that time, I just wish that anybody who reads this journal will someday make a trip to Silverwood and experience this f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2001

Silverwood National Park
San Bernardino
Los Angeles, California 92345

Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Attraction

Hollywood Walk of Fame Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The first place where busloads of tourists are whisked to the moment they land at LAX must be the Hollywood Walk of Fame along Hollywood Boulevard! And aptly so, as the street introduces you to the kind of Hollywood that you have spent so much to see and experience for yourself! Walking tours start from Mann's Chinese Theatre, in front of which many people grab their picture of Bruce Lee's Star panel on the floor. Also famous is the cement floor outside the theatre where many stars left their foot and hand prints, including Eddie Murphy's giant marks! For Mission Impossible and Tom Cruise fanatics, dash right across the road from Mann's and walk towards the shops on the left. Outside t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2001

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Blvd & Vine St.
Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 469-8311

Pretty Woman Opulence Photo, Los Angeles, California
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I was trying out my digital camera for the first time on this trip, so basically I just snapped at everything in sight. Strangely, I developed a street sign fetish, if I might call it that. And indeed, LA was far from letting me down on that!

The coolest street signs gotta be around Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica and the Melrose/Hollywood area. In fact, signs near the former were utterly cool and I would add, a tad ostentatious too. But I guess such stuff fit in very well in an area that seeps with opulence.

Check out the cool ones below! Cheers!

Best Car Rental Company

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Story/Tip

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I rented a sleek automatic 4-door econo-machine from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and boy was it a great deal! 1 full day, unlimited mileage, full insurance coverage (the works), pick-up and drop-off: all for $49! If you do not want insurance, take off $25! If you rent more than one day, the charge falls! I assure you that there's no better deal than this! Call them up when you are in LA at 310-6572921. They have 4 locations in LA: Beverly Hills: 265 N. Robertson Boulevard (310-5523514) North Beverly Hills: 463 N. La Cienega Boulevard (310-6572921) West Hollywood: 8367 West Sunset Boulevard (323-6544222) Ramada West Hollywood: 8583 Santa Mon...Read More