Just back from a stay in West Hollywood. Stayed at “Le Parc Suites”:http://www.leparcsuites.com/. I think this place had its best moments 10 years ago. Not terrible, the service levels were good, the street is nice, but the facility is aging and probably wasn’t great to start with.
From walking around, where we should have stayed (kitchen a requirement):
* “Palihouse”:http://www.palihouse.com/suites.asp?st=5. Looks very cool and good kitchens. Not as nice a street location as Le Parc but looks way awesomer.
* “Petit Ermitage”:http://www.petitermitage.com/home.php. Also full kitchens.
Close but lacking a real kitchen:
* “LeMontrose Suite Hotel”:http://www.lemontrose.com/accommodations/amenities.php. Kitchenette type facilities
* “Chamberlain”:http://www.chamberlainwesthollywood.com/accommodations/index.html. Kitchenette as well in some rooms
* Urth Cafe — sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, breakfast too, and open at dinner time. Nice baked goods too
* Bravo Pizza
* Cha Cha Chicken — WAY better than the website. A favorite
* Lula Mexicana — good authentic mexican. I am always a sucker for tamales
* Shoop’s Deli. Solid sandwich and salad fare, closed at dinner
* Bergamot Station — good collection of galleries, easy to walk around
* The Bridge Cinema. Ok not in Santa Monica at all, in Culver City, nice high end theatre. Reserved seating which is cool.
El Gato Azul :: 316 W. Goodwin St. Prescott AZ :: — awesome tapas place with great margaritas and a great creekside location with indoor or outdoor dining. live music. we had a great time. PS Google Maps and Hertz EverLost both have the wrong location for this restaurant. 316 West Goodwin is right — about a block and a half west of town square on Goodwin.
Maui Hotels: Fairmont Kea Lani – Maui Seaside Hotel at Polo Beach — okay this place is stupidly expensive and they nickel and dime you to deal (except of course nothing costs a nickel here, they $10 and $20 you to death). But…they have amazing support for people with food allergies — they strictly adhere to an ingredients list you provide, use dedicate pots and pans, your food is cooked by a sous or head chef, served by a manager, the assistant head of food service will meet with you daily to discuss menus, etc etc. Really an amazing service and has made it possible for us to stay here — recommended if you have a food allergy or allergies to deal with. And when I travel in the future, I will ask hotels if they have an equivalent program.
Good thanksgiving at The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa — maybe not the best family resort in the world, but their service was impeccable, the weather was great, we had a good time. They especially did a great job delivering a Thanksgiving meal to our casita.
Haven’t had much opportunity to travel in the last year but hopefully will get the chance to do so. In the meantime there are some trips I am dying to take and I might as well collect all the links so I can quickly organize when I get the chance.
I’ve been dying to go to Chile for many years now. The natural beauty really calls to me. The highlight of my trip will be an Earth River expedition in Patagonia. This pretty much pins the trip to the Chilean summer months — December thru March.
Certainly I’ll want to spend time before or after the river in and around Santiago — some online guides:
And then probably will want to get out of Santiago and see one other part of the country…not sure where…maybe should stay in Lake District a while at end of rafting trip tho maybe I’d be all watered out at that point? Or maybe Valparaiso and Vina del Mar in central Chile — here is one guy’s idea of an itinerary. Easter Island would be a fascinating choice too but that just doesn’t feel to me like really getting to know Chile. Maybe the wine district — stay at Termas Jahuel.