Ace Hotel to open in 2013 in the old United Artists Building

The beautiful Spanish Gothic style United Artists Building in Downtown L.A. will become an Ace Hotel, which has a scheduled opening for the summer in 2013.  The original building was built in 1927 to show the films of United Artists, the production company started by superstars, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith.  If you’ve never been to an ACE Hotel, they are super hip and stylish.  The finished hotel should have about 180 rooms, a pool, a bar, a restaurant, and of course, a 1,600 seat theater.  This venue is walking distance to our convention center, Staples Center, The Nokia Theater and L.A. Live.  Great to see the continued gentrification of our downtown.

Private Tour company in Los Angeles receives stellar reviews

A short note of thanks to our many guests that have taken the time to write up reviews about their Glitterati tour of Los Angeles on personal blogs, travel sites, Trip Advisor, Yelp, etc.  All of you, along with the wonderful concierge teams and travel agents, have made Glitterati Tours one of the highest recommended private tour company operators in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood!  A small sample of reviews: Fabulous tour!  Yes, it is worth every dime!  We so saw much and and were given so many historical facts that it made the tour very interesting and personal.  Excellent guide, spotless vehicle and on top of that he had cold bottles of water for us and snacks!  Met 

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Pasadena and Los Angeles welcome Wisconsin and Oregon

Congratulations to Wisconsin and Oregon for making it into the big Rose Bowl game on January 2nd, 2012.  There’s no doubt you’ll fall in love with our amazing weather, beautiful mountain views, and endless activities and dining options.  Of course, many of you will be enjoying our Tournament of Roses Parade, but while in Pasadena, make sure to check out The Norton Simon Museum, The Huntington Library, and Old Town along Colorado Boulevard. Travel west 20 minutes and visit Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  Glitterati tour operators can provide you with a private tour of Los Angeles.  There’s no better way to experience our city and all that it has to offer.  With a private tour, you travel in luxury and 

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Calendar for The Legendary Pantages Theatre in Hollywood

One of the most spectacular venues in Los Angeles, and home to the hottest Broadway in L.A. shows, is the amazing Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.  This is one of our most historic gems and it’s located at the world-famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine. Some of the Pantages Theatre offerings for the first half of 2012: After a record breaking 2 year run, Wicked is back and running through January 29th, 2012.  See the hilarious Kathy Griffin dish on all things Hollywood February 3-4.  From February 28-March 4, Spamalot returns to Los Angeles.  Rock of Ages rocks it out from March 20-25.  Coming back to L.A., Mamma Mia takes the stage from March 27-April 8. Billy Elliot, The Musical, electrifies 

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Tours of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills with Designer Showcase Maison de Luxe

Whenever we conduct tours of Beverly Hills, one of our most popular stops is Greystone Mansion.  This stunning 46,000 sq. ft. home is on 18.5 acres in the heart of prime 90210 real estate.  As a Beverly Hills park, it’s usually open for the public to walk its grounds and admire the Welsh slate and limestone structure. Good news, bad news…it’s closed to the general public, BUT it’s open as a designer show house.  This is a rare occasion to see the interior of the home, and a chance to view the work of 20 professional designers.  If this 1928 estate looks familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it in dozens and dozens of Hollywood’s biggest films and television shows. Greystone 

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Hollywood Time Capsule at Sunset and Vine

While conducting Hollywood Tours, we drive by locations hundreds of times.  Until you actually walk some of these streets, you don’t notice the little gems.  Came across one of Hollywood’s time capsules this afternoon at the corner of Sunset & Vine.  (Enlarged photo may display upside-down on some systems).

The World Famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine

The most famous intersection in Hollywood is the corner of Hollywood & Vine.  Made famous in the 1920’s by the radio and film industries, this plot of land is now hotter than ever.  Within a one block radius, you’ve got the hip W Hollywood Hotel with Drai’s Nightclub and Delphine Restaurant, The Redbury Hotel with Cleo Restaurant, Katsuya Hollywood, Capitol Records, The Lexington Social House, Beso Restaurant, The Pantages Theatre, Wood & Vine Restaurant, Dillon’s Irish Pub, Off Vine Restaurant, Frolic Room, Hemingways Lounge, and The Arclight Hollywood Theaters with The Cinerama Dome.  Plus, you’ve got a metro station right under the W Hotel, and the Walk of Fame runs both North/South and West/East on the corner. If you’re there on a 

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Glitterati Says, Our recommendations on all things L.A.

We’ve recently added several dozen recommendations to our website for visitors taking tours of Los Angeles.  Our new “Glitterati Says” lists include the areas of Downtown L.A., Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Venice, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Recommended hotels in Los Angeles Things to do in Los Angeles Best restaurants in Los Angeles Check back often, for these lists will be updated on a regular basis.

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO Coming to Santa Monica

When taking Hollywood tours, we highly recommend attending Cirque Du Soleil’s Iris at The Kodak Theater.  I’ve always been a fan of their Vegas productions, having been to “Ka,” “Love,” “O,” “Mystere,” and “Le Reve.” “Iris” did not disappoint.  The tens of millions they put into transforming the Kodak stage paid off big time.  Paying homage to Hollywood, this huge stage production with its aerial acts, gymnasts, mind-blowing stunts, along with a driving score by Danny Elfman, make this a must-see show. Los Angeles is about to get another Cirque show when Ovo comes to Santa Monica. Opens on January 20th. For more information, check out the Cirque website.  

Montage Hotel Beverly Hills Special Offer

And To All a Free Night: Montage Beverly Hills From seasonal celebrations to elegant accommodations and savory cuisine, Montage Beverly Hills offers countless moments of pure holiday magic. Book a three night stay and get the fourth night free along with two complimentary Calabaza Patch cocktails and a complimentary personal shopper consultation with Joe Katz. Your stay at Montage Beverly Hills during And to All a Free Night includes: • Accommodations starting at $595 • Stay three nights and get the fourth night free • 2 Complimentary Calabaza Patch cocktails upon arrival • Complimentary personal shopper consultation with Joe Katz Valid November 1, 2011 – January 6, 2012. Rates will vary based on room type and availability.  Taxes and gratuities 

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