The InterContinental Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

The InterContinental Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is located at The Wilshire Grand Center.  At 1,100 feet, it’s the tallest building not only in Los Angeles and California, but the tallest west of the Mississippi River.  For years, the nearby U.S. Bank Tower had the distinction of the tallest building in L.A. at about 1,018 feet. You have to go up 70 floors just to hit the main lobby of The Intercontinental.  It’s here where you’ll find the friendly front desk and concierge staff, as well as an inviting bar, which is buzzing with guests, as well as locals unwinding during/after work. One floor down on the 69th, dine and drink at incredible spots like Dekkadance and Sora.  Of course 

Read More

LA Pride Week 2019

LA Pride Week 2019 this year happens between May 31st  and June 9th.  The theme (or hashtag) is #JustUnite. It all kicks off on the 31st of May with the 7th Annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium.  Guests are invited to come as early as 530PM for a pre-game festive event at the Right Field Plaza Bar.  You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy, for the first pitch isn’t happening until 710PM.  Fireworks and DJ Bowie Jane will complete the night when the game is over. On June 1st, take in the 3rd Annual LA Pride Night at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Their theme is “Pride is Universal.”  Perks include theme park access starting at 4PM, along with exclusive after-hours Universal Studios park access 

Read More

Where Should I Stay When Visiting Los Angeles?

If you’ve never been to our city, remember that it’s a huge spread out area covering over 500 square miles.  There are 4 million people in the City of Los Angeles, and just over 10 million in the county.  Los Angeles County includes places like Long Beach to the south, Malibu to the west, Lancaster to the north, and Pomona to the east. Picking a place to stay is going to be your biggest decision when coming to L.A.  You want to chart out your things to do list in Los Angeles when choosing your lodging.  Do you want to be at the beach during your stay?  Are you attending conventions or business meetings in Downtown L.A.? Or are you 

Read More

Best Romantic Spots in Los Angeles for Valentines Day

February is going to be a busy month here in Los Angeles.  In just a day, L.A. sports fans will be watching their home team, the Los Angeles Rams, take on the New England Patriots at The Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.  On Sunday, February 24th, The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, will once again host The Academy Awards.  Somewhere right in the middle on February 14th, daters and lovers will be taking in the best romantic spots in Los Angeles for Valentines Day. If you don’t immediately think of romance when thinking about L.A., just watch hits like La La Land, and Pretty Woman. Some of the best romantic date spots in and around Los Angeles include: The Griffith Park 

Read More

Black Friday Shopping in Los Angeles

Hard to believe, but Black Friday is already here?!  Some avoid it completely, while others love it.  If you’re one that doesn’t mind fighting for parking, fighting the lines, and fighting fellow shoppers, here’s a small list of Black Friday shopping venues in Los Angeles and their locations in relation to local hotels.  We’ve also thrown in some great dining options: The Beverly Center is walkable from hotels like The Viceroy L’Ermitage,  The SLS Beverly Hllls, and The Sofitel.  It’s a huge multi-level mall that just happens to be next to another shopping area called The Beverly Connection.  There’s a handful of brand new restaurants in the center, and places like Cattle & Claw, and Avec Nous are also very 

Read More

Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Hotels

It’s never too early to book your Beverly Hills and Los Angeles hotels for the upcoming holidays.  Hotels…as well as studio tours, restaurants, private sightseeing tours, museums, etc…will surely book up during late December and early January.  This can be especially true depending on the two teams that will be playing The Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena on New Years Day.  A few years back, we had Texas vs. Alabama, and the city was full to capacity with red and orange jerseys. Los Angeles is huge, so how do you pick your hotel?  Look at your itinerary and see what your goals are during your stay.  Some guests are literally just in and out of town for a convention or 

Read More

Arrive Hotel Palm Springs

The tagline for Arrive Hotel Palm Springs is, “A Neighborhood Hotel.” It’s so true.  We’ve done a post on Arrive before, but wanted to update a new one.  First off, it’s one of our favorite getaways, and they’ve had some recent updates to their venue. The desert community of Palm Springs is about a 2-hour drive from the general Hollywood or Beverly Hills area. It’s always been the perfect weekend trip or 2nd home for celebrities escaping the city-life of Los Angeles.  So much so, that there’s even celebrity homes tours there, much like we’ve got here in Beverly Hills with Glitterati Tours. When we can, we head to Arrive Hotel Palm Springs for some much needed R & R.  Even if 

Read More

Hotel Spotlight: The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

A legendary property in one of the most recognizable cities in the United States!  The Beverly Wilshire Hotel was completed in 1928.  Its name has changed slightly over the years, and some visitors still refer to it as The Regent Beverly Wilshire.  Since 1992, it’s commonly called A Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Wilshire (not to be confused with its sister hotel a few blocks away, The Four Seasons Los Angeles Hotel at Beverly Hills). The Beverly Wilshire Hotel’s guest list is long and impressive.  Notable names include Warren Beatty, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, President Barack Obama, and countless royal families from around the globe. The hotel sits perfectly centered in the 90210 zip code.  Its intersections include Wilshire Blvd. and 

Read More

Freehand New York Hotel

As tour guides for Los Angeles, 99% of our energy and focus is going to be on our great city, as well as the amazing surrounding areas like Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Santa Monica, Malibu and Hollywood.  We want to make sure guests LOVE our town as much as we do… but we too love to travel, so every now and then we’ll share our experiences on this blog about cities, venues, restaurants and things to do outside of our general circumference.   A few of us recently traveled to NY to see our friend Tuc Watkins in The Boys in the Band on Broadway (shows available through at least August 11th, 2018!).   We stayed at a fantastic hotel 

Read More

LA Pride 2018

LA Pride 2018 is less than a week away.  In fact, many consider it pride week, or pride month, so there’s no shortage of festivities.  The big day is Sunday, June 10th.  The day can start with a fun local brunch before the LA Pride Parade hits Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood at 11AM.  The parade usually travels from Crescent Heights to Doheny, so there’s plenty of viewing areas.  If you plan on setting up chairs, arrive early enough to stake your claim. This year’s theme is #JUSTBE.  Everyone is welcome so one doesn’t have to be in the LGBTQ community.  By everyone, just no pets, unless they’re service animals. The actual festival takes place on Saturday, June 9th from 

Read More