Welcome to Hollywood, California! Cassandra and I decided to spend a couple of days in LA to break up the flight on our journey to the South Pacific. After a six hour flight
Sean & Cassandra Acclimated Quickly to the Hollywood Lifestyle.
from BWI we settled in to the glamorous W Hotel. The W is located on Hollywood and Vine and features a residential section that has been popular with the local stars. The rooftop pool bar is run by Drai’s (Las Vegas) and throws the liveliest parties in the city. Frequented by the cast of Entourage, Lindsay Lohan, Common, Zoe Saldana, Justin Beiber, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone, Ben Affleck and Mark Cuban, the W is the place to go to mingle with celebrities. As we pulled in to the entrance late that evening, a large group of mostly scantily clad females was exiting the lobby with an extremely tall gentleman in the middle. We found out later that was Dennis Rodman – not the A- lister we were hoping to see, but it was definitely an entertaining start to the evening!
“Grinchmas” Celebration with Max the Dog.
Our room at the W was spectacular! It had an amazing walk-in shower and a view of the city and the iconic Hollywood sign. We ordered brekkie in bed one morning and just looked out at the skyline for hours. We had a brilliant dinner from Delphine – a French Mediterranean restaurant on the first floor. We enjoyed cocktails in the spacious lobby and then worked off the calories in their top shelf fitness center overlooking the city. This was one of the most exciting and contemporary hotels we’ve ever stayed at.
We spent an enjoyable day at Universal Studios. If you only have a day to see the sights, they offer a VIP experience that gets you where you need to go quickly. We saw a behind-the-scenes look at how movies are produced and visited some of the classic sets – Jaws, The Bates Hotel (Psycho), and King Kong, to name a few. There were several unique movie themed rides. We particularly enjoyed the Simpsons, The Mummy, Terminator and Transformers. As it was in December, the park was promoting its annual “Grinchmas” celebration. That night a local newscaster read the Grinch to the crowd as the Whos in Whoville sang, danced and lit the celebratory tree. Afterwards we were able to get photos with the Grinch and his dog Max! Later that evening we visited the Sunset Strip to check out the comedy clubs. We opted for the Comedy Store. Bobby Lee was headlining (he starred in Mad TV, had cameos in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Harold & Kumar) and we enjoyed about half a dozen acts that evening.
Our final day, we walked the Hollywood Star Walk all the way to the Chinese Theater. Outside the theater is a cast of street performers dressed as famous movie characters. It was quite a vibrant scene. Cassandra’s favorite shoppe inside the complex was an authentic Willy Wonka’s Candy store. We wished we had time to see a film that day, but we had to catch our next flight. On our way to the airport we were able to stop at Pink’s hot dogs for one last taste of Hollywood. We’d seen it on the travel channel and knew of its reputation as the most sought after dog on the west coast (there’s always a line around the block). We wish we could have stayed longer….we were just getting acclimated to the lifestyle.