Photo Essay of My Perfect Day in L.A.

Los Angeles revealed another facet of her urban jewels yesterday as I solo toured Century City, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. I was in eight hotels and I have to say that I recommend any of them for a nice stay in L.A.

I’ll follow-up with more extensive hotel reviews for individual properties once I am settled back at home. Today is a perfectly clear blue sky day for driving Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast back to Monterey. Los Angeles had some big rain Wednesday night and it wasn’t until yesterday afternoon that the sun finally came out after five cloudy days. The cloudy skies made point-and-shoot photography tough.


Andaz West Hollywood (Hyatt Hotels)


Best Western Sunset Plaza, West Hollywood courtyard pool.


The Mondrian L.A. (Morgans Hotel Group)


Historic Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. 


Beverly Hills has old trees on quiet residential streets where you can park a car during the day and walk around neighborhoods. 


Bucolic Beverly Hills is such a contrast to the vibrant music and party scene of adjacent West Hollywood. I enjoyed both locations thoroughly.


Penthouse rooftop view from Beverly Hilton.


Yoga space with a view of Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills from the rooftop helipad at InterContinental Los Angeles Century City. The little white spot at the top of the mountains in the center of this photo is the Hollywood sign.


My entourage missed this scene at the Hyatt Century Plaza.


I drove Sunset Blvd. to sunset on PCH-Highway 1 for the drive north through Malibu and out of Los Angeles County.

And now its time for the Big Sur coast today – I am going home to Monterey.


Update April 30: I uploaded 85 photos of Andaz West Hollywood with captions on Loyalty Traveler Facebook.

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  1. @James – that Steely Dan CD is actually in my car player. I wasn’t listening to sounds while driving Sunset.

    That song is one that I don’t know well. I’ll have to listen to the lyrics more closely.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find a great radio station from Santa Barbara that kept me going when I was in Oxnard trying to drive my way around the Highway 1/Highway 101 interchange detour in the dark.

    That Santa Barbara station carried me for hours up to near Santa Maria the next day. No memory of the call letters or number though even though I continued listening in my hotel room in Ventura.

    Classic rock like Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, Grateful Dead.

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