I believe I’ve visited Los Angeles three times.
2000, maybe? Stayed with a friend from DCL in West Hollywood, after being picked up at Burbank airport. I believe he lived between Santa Monica and Sunset Blvds., but it might’ve been between Melrose and Santa Monica. The neighborhood was decent enough, and it was nice staying in a neighborhood, as opposed to some of the other places in L.A. (below). We went to Fry’s and The Getty and a few other L.A. type places.
2001, maybe? This trip was for work. The company I was working at was in Costa Mesa, down in The OC, and I stayed right around the corner at the Westin South Coast Plaza. Nice hotel, easy training gig. During the week, the work schedule did’t leave much time for sight-seeing. However, since I lived on the East coast and it was a two week engagement, I stayed over the weekend instead of flying back. Instead of staying in Costa Mesa, I booked in at the Hilton in Woodland Hills for the weekend. With nothing to do, I asked the concierge there for suggestions, and she recommended the Topanga Bluegrass Festival. It was a rainy, dreary day in Malibu, but stunningly gorgeous in the Valley. The part of Costa Mesa I was in was more commercial than where I stayed before, and could’ve been Any Suburb, USA. Woodland Hills seemed more residential and upscale, but I wouldn’t take my word for any of it since it’s been so long and my memory is hazy.
2007, maybe? Another work trip, this time for a large Cisco conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in, aptly enough, Anaheim. This time we stayed at the Doubletree Anaheim. Prime location, with easy walks to the convention center, Disneyland, and Morton’s and Ruth’s Chris. It helped that this was a trip with an expense account. This trip did have some built-in fun times, so myself and a co-worker cruised down to Newport Beach in a rented Grand Marquis (awwww, yeahhhhh) on Saturday and checked out the food and sights. A stop at Dave & Busters and Disneyland’s version of Downtown Disney was in order, as well. It was my first trip to Disneyland and, as someone who worked in the WDW Magic Kingdom for awhile, it was kind of surreal.
If I were visiting LA for vacation, where would I stay? No clue. Every site I’d want to visit is so far from each other that it hardly matters. Suggestions welcome.