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Old 03-23-2016, 05:17 PM
 
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Not only do stars not like to hang out in Hollywood, they usually don't like to hang out with common people. They usually hang out in private vip rooms in restaurants, bars and clubs that you won't be in
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:41 PM
 
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Not only do stars not like to hang out in Hollywood, they usually don't like to hang out with common people. They usually hang out in private vip rooms in restaurants, bars and clubs that you won't be in

Well I have found you never know who you will meet in LA. I was in Studio City(and actually a lot of famous people shop there) and had a woman start talking to me in the Pier One store, turned out she is a well known TV actress. It took me a second, and than I acknowledged who she was, she couldn't have been sweeter.

I used to live in Studio City and saw several celebrities shopping at the Vons there, gee just regular people....LOL.

OP, if you see famous people on your visit don't bum rush them and act all goofy. They're people.

Approach nicely if it is appropriate(as in they're not eating at a restaurant) and tell them you enjoy their work.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:40 AM
 
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Thanks for all the tips and comments thus far. We decided to take things up a notch and spend a little more $ on the hotel, since we all got free flights! (using miles). We want to make the most of our short trip. I am starting to narrow down options - here are a few. Any thoughts on these so far? It seems like staying in or around West Hollywood may make the most sense for us in terms of being close to stuff and in a safe walkable area to bars and restaurants and be in a pretty central spot overall. Would you guys agree? Here are some I see that might be in our budget range (I see some deals):

Farmers Daughter west Hollywood. Mama Shelter 202 Hollywood. The grafton on sunset west Hollywood. Beverly hills Marriot. ELAN Hotel – edge of west hollywood. The ORLANDO hotel – near the ELAN. Le Montrose. WEST HOLLY WOOD.
The Redbury. WEST HOLLY WOOD but on edge of east HW. The Modrian on Sunset BLVD.

thanks!
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:42 PM
 
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:16 PM
 
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definitely make sure to check out the 101 coffee shop in hollywood. formerly known as the hollywood hills coffee shop, it's a late night diner with vintage mid-20th century decor that was prominently featured in the film swingers along with tv shows such as entourage.

the food is decent for a diner - get the homemade corned beef hash - and there is the occasional celebrity sighting, although it's usually not an a-lister or anything.

the place is usually very busy, with a mix of tourists from the attached best western hotel, recent transplants who are trying to establish themselves in the entertainment industry, hipsters, and longtime residents of the area who appreciate a place with history and a straightforward menu of classic american comfort food.

during the daytime, the vibe is typical of any busy diner. at night (especially on weekends), the lights are dimmed, the music gets louder, and the diner fills with more of the party crowd. while this means that there will be a bit of a dbag element to the clientele, it also makes for some entertaining people watching.

when jon favreau and vince vaughn were struggling actors in the early '90s, they routinely met up for late night meals at this diner, as favreau lived right around the corner. in fact, the screenplay for swingers was partially written during several of those after hours sessions, and favreau loved the place so much that he decided to incorporate it into the script as one of the group's hangout spots.

The 101 Coffee Shop from “Swingers” | IAMNOTASTALKER

and as others have mentioned, the dresden in los feliz is a must-visit for fans of swingers. marty and elayne put on an entertainingly kitschy show (tue-sat nights only), just as they did in the movie from 20 years ago.

https://savingplaces.org/stories/his...en-los-angeles
The Dresden Restaurant | IAMNOTASTALKER
http://www.laweekly.com/arts/your-fa...d-bars-5137416
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:28 PM
 
Location: SoCal & Mid-TN
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Thanks for all the tips and comments thus far. We decided to take things up a notch and spend a little more $ on the hotel, since we all got free flights! (using miles). We want to make the most of our short trip. I am starting to narrow down options - here are a few. Any thoughts on these so far? It seems like staying in or around West Hollywood may make the most sense for us in terms of being close to stuff and in a safe walkable area to bars and restaurants and be in a pretty central spot overall. Would you guys agree? Here are some I see that might be in our budget range (I see some deals):

Farmers Daughter west Hollywood. Mama Shelter 202 Hollywood. The grafton on sunset west Hollywood. Beverly hills Marriot. ELAN Hotel edge of west hollywood. The ORLANDO hotel near the ELAN. Le Montrose. WEST HOLLY WOOD.
The Redbury. WEST HOLLY WOOD but on edge of east HW. The Modrian on Sunset BLVD.

thanks!
Be sure to check on the parking fee and build it into your budget. It can be upwards of $30 per night. And don't even think about trying to park on the street instead - the parking regulation is ruthless and the tickets make paying for parking at the hotel look cheap.
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Old 04-03-2016, 04:46 PM
 
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Thanks! Do you guys agree with the hotel location I am focused on? Or should we stay by the beach?
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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It's not even a contest. If you can afford it, pick The Mondrian on Sunset. It's the one with SkyBar. And you won't have to pay the cover if you're a hotel guest. You'll have something to talk about when you go home.

It's owned by Morgan's Hotel Group which owns The Delano in Miami Beach (Madonna was one of the first investors) and Morgan's in NYC ... very trendy for the rich and famous.

The Comedy Store is practically next door. You can take a cab to Beverly Hills so if you get trashed at dinner you don't have to drive. Cab fare will probably be cheaper than using the hotel valet to get your car out of the garage.

Check out photos:

https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/mo...t-drink/skybar
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:57 PM
 
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Thanks jukesgrrl but Mondrian is def the most pricey, what would be your second choice ? Doesn't have to be on the list above!
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Old 04-07-2016, 06:43 AM
 
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Now I am getting rate deals at Residence inn Beverly Hills, the Hotel Wilshire, and the Carlyle inn. Any thoughts on these? Thanks!
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