Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Brief Glimpse of Hollywood...

I may be the Palm Springs Savant, but I spend a fair amount of time in Los Angeles from time to time. As I'm not one for driving late at night, if I have late meetings or am out socializing I'll spend the night at a hotel in town. In LA, the Hollywood Roosevelt is one of my favorites for its history and location. The Roosevelt is a stylish old hotel right in the heart of Hollywood. Built back in 1927, it has been popular with movie stars and film world ever since. It has a fabulous poolside bar that is a hot spot to see and be seen. The famous Hollywood Walk of Fame runs right past the hotel, so there is plenty to see while out for a stroll. Just across the street is the famous Mann's (Grauman's) Chinese Theatre, and no matter where you turn you are bound to see some piece of Hollywood history. The Roosevelt is said to be haunted by the ghosts of numerous Hollywood legends, including Marilyn Monroe. When you stay at the hotel you can almost feel the history surround you.

above: the back entrance, where limousines pull up to drop off guests and visitors.

above: The main lobby, decorated in a grand old style. It is my favorite part of the hotel.

above: some of the grounds at night.

above: the hotel pool is the scene for a hip bar/lounge area, with pumping music and an acrylic bridge spanning over the pool.


above: just down the road from the hotel are these landmarks: The old El Capitan theatre and Hollywood Guinness World Records.


above: The Ripley's Believe it or Not building...with a dinosaur on the roof!
Of course there is much more to Los Angeles than this area, but I thought they made for fun photos. Thanks for stopping by.
-Rick Rockhill

8 comments:

kenju said...

I wish I had gone into the hotel lobby, instead of looking at it from across the street at the theater - which I still refer to as Graumann's. Does that date me, or what?

captain corky said...

You live the good life, Rick. Someday perhaps we'll have a drink together.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Kenju- next time you go, do check it out!

Corky- I'll hold you to that!!!

Diane J Standiford said...

The actor in me will always love NYC more. LA ain't my bag. I like grit. I'm not pretty nuff for LA---but YOU are! Look at that tux.

Kathy said...

That lobby is so elegant!!

RhodesTer said...

Ah, our old neighborhood. We lived on Orchid about 100 feet from the rear loading dock at Hollywood & Highland, where I was a security supervisor. Dorian and I would occasionally wander into the Roosevelt and have a drink.

I've met a handful of the people you have in your sidebar pics.. I think I've mentioned that before.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

And right up the hill from your favorite Hotel, is me! When are you going to come and visit, Rick? This is my neighborhood! I have spent many many MANY hours at The Hollywood Roosevelt, through a number of incarnations...and Renovations....It is amazing how it came back "in style" and once again became THE place to be seen....The Ups & Downs of Hollyweod! You better get on up here, soon, dear Rick.

WAT said...

It all looks so familiar...

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