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A May 2007 trip to Los Angeles by ak1

Babylon Court at the Hollywood & Highland Center Photo, Hollywood, California More Photos
Quote: This was my first trip to Los Angeles. Different than most of my vacations, but still interesting.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The Millennium Biltmore Hotel is a historic treasure situated within the financial district of Los Angeles. From the moment that I walked into this beautiful hotel I was stunned. The European influence within this hotel is amazing; the grand columns, ornate ceilings, and the elaborate marble floors were all breathtaking. Visiting the Biltmore Hotel was like paying a visit to the past. This hotel opened in 1923 and has been honored with hosting special events such as the Academy Awards. When the hotel was first built it was the largest hotel west of Chicago. Many celebrities, presidents, and royalty have visited the Biltmore Hotel because of its grand prominence on the West Coast. The B...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 30, 2007

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90071
(213) 624-1011

Best Western Hollywood Hills Hotel

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Hotel | "Best Western Hollywood Hills"

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As we pulled up to our hotel I began to wonder if I made the right hotel choice. This hotel was on a busy street in Hollywood and seemed a little small. After getting out of the car, we somehow managed to ride the elevator up from the car garage to the first floor by the pool. There were some rooms out by the pool area that looked like they were a little scuzzy, but then I realized they were in the process of remodeling everything on that floor. We did find our way to the lobby; it was anything grand but it was clean. We were informed at the lobby that we had a room inside of the main building, I was relieved to hear that. However, then they also told us that the elevator was broken and that...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 31, 2007

Best Western Hollywood Hills Hotel
6141 Franklin Avenue
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 4645181

Grill on Hollywood

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Restaurant | "The Grill on Hollywood"

Babylon Court at the Hollywood & Highland Center Photo, Hollywood, California
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The Grill on Hollywood is located in the Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center, next door to the Kodak Theater. The Grill has a large entrance that is open to the shopping center that overlooks Babylon Court. This restaurant has high ceilings, beautiful dark woods, subtle colors, and dim lights to enhance the ambiance of your dining experience.My boyfriend and I dined here on our trip and were seated at a large comfortable table. We were quickly greeted by our server who filled us in on their specials. We tried their onion rings for an appetizer which were good but not outstanding. Then for our main course we both had their steak. I added one of their amazing red wine sauces to my meal to liv...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2007

Grill on Hollywood
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
(323) 856-5530

Pink's Hot Dogs

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Restaurant | "Pink's"

Pink's Hot Dogs Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Pink’s is the ultimate hot dog stand. They have been around since 1939 and are a landmark in Hollywood. The biggest difference between Pink’s and your normal hotdog stand is that Pink’s piles on the toppings; nacho cheese, mushrooms, olives, guacamole, you name it they probably have it.This was the busiest hot dog stand that I’ve ever been to. We got in line at nine o’clock at night on a weekday and were in line for an hour. During our wait I think I changed my mind on what I wanted to order once every ten minutes, probably because everything sounded so good. I finally decided to get the Planet Hollywood Dog which included: a polish Sausage, grilled mushrooms, onions, bacon and cheese....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 30, 2007

Pink's Hot Dogs
709 North La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 931-4223

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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Grauman's Chinese Theatre Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was the inspiration of Sid Grauman. The Theatre was designed after a traditional Chinese Theatre and several items were brought from China for authenticity and had to undergo authorization from the US Government in order to be imported. The Theatre opened in May of 1927 and has been a historical Hollywood landmark ever since. Well known for Hollywood tradition the Theatre has hosted several movies premieres and even a few of the Academy Awards. The fore court of the theatre has nearly 200 autographs with the hand and foot prints in cement of old and new stars. Roy Rogers’s prints also include imprints from his horse Trigger. Marilyn Monroe tried leaving an earring...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2007

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
(323) 464-8111