Beverly Hills

Sunshine, blue skies, palm trees, and lots of swank –

It was “life as usual” in Beverly Hills the last few days.

I stayed at The Beverly Hilton Friday through Sunday.

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The Beverly Hilton has “old Hollywood” glamour.

There are black and white photos of Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood heyday stars throughout the hotel.

You can also eye other celebrity memorabilia at The Beverly Hilton.

Red carpet events are regularly held at the hotel including The Golden Globes.

My favorite “star” was a fellow I named Fat Fish:

Fat Fish © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

There’s a beautiful, gigantic, salt water aquarium at the hotel.

It included a shark, but Fat Fish was SO huge and fat –

I couldn’t help but decide he was my favorite.

My room was in the hotel’s Wilshire Tower.

(Sorry to disappoint, but I had a “regular” room, not one of the super fancy ones.)

The room was very nice and had a balcony looking out at the skyscrapers of Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

The above photo isn’t a great one, but I was running out to meet my daughter for dinner when I took it.

My only complaint about the hotel was the very (very, very!!!) slow service at Trader Vic’s and at poolside.

After thirty minutes of waiting at the restaurant, no one had come to even acknowledge our party was seated at a table.

(No water, no verbal acknowledgment – nothing.)

Finally, one of our party went to talk to the manager.

A waiter was found and our evening continued without a hitch.

(The restaurant comped us a round of drinks and dessert as an apology.)

Unfortunately, on two different occasions we found the service impossibly poor poolside also.

Beverly Hilton Pool © SHaggerty 2014 W-1

Clearly, the hotel was considerably short staffed.

It was too bad, but I still enjoyed my Mai Tais  stay.

Saturday morning I stopped into Bouchon Bakery for coffee.

I sat out in the garden for awhile and then went on an obligatory walk down Rodeo Drive.

After all, I couldn’t come back from three days in Beverly Hills without a Rodeo Drive visit, could I?

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Saturday night I had dinner with my daughter at Upper West.

It was excellent.

I highly recommend the restaurant if you’re ever in the West L.A. and/or Santa Monica area.

(Great food, great service, friendly staff, and fun atmosphere.)

The L.A. Marathon was taking place on Sunday.

It was a really (!!) hot day and I watched many of the marathoners walk the course past my hotel.

Traffic was extra-impossibly-horrendous because roads were closed everywhere.

I made a mental note to never, ever, get anywhere near L.A. again on marathon day.

Now, it’s back to reality.

I have a very busy few weeks ahead!

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