Answers: Places to eat near Chateau Marmont? Things to do near LAX? Where is the Walk of Fame? Best views in Los Angeles?

Answers to more Travel Questions:

Q: Interesting places to eat near Chateau Marmont? (in West Hollywood, CA)

A: YES. In any direction, you have your choice of restaurants! What cuisine and price range are you seeking? West Hollywood has a few restaurants to choose from…

all along the Sunset Strip and Sunset Boulevard: Rainbow Bar & Grill, BOA Steakhouse, Katana, The Standard, Hollywood, Skybar, Mel’s Drive-In, Greenblatt’s Deli, Carney’s, the London West Hollywood Hotel, the restaurants at Sunset Plaza and many more.

Sunset Boulevard at Sunset Plaza - West Hollywood, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)
Sunset Boulevard at Sunset Plaza – West Hollywood, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

all along Santa Monica Blvd (“Boy’s Town”): Hamburger Mary’s, HAMBURGER HAVEN, Dan Tana’s,The Abbey, and east towards Hollywood: Barney’s Beanery, Formosa Cafe, Jones Hollywood and many more.

all along LaCienega (RESTAURANT ROW): Matsuhisa, The Stinking Rose, Lawry’s the Prime Rib and many more.

There are cafes and restaurants all along West 3rd Street and Robertson, The Ivy, the Four Seasons Hotel on Doheny, Canter’s Deli and Little Ethiopia on Fairfax, Urth Caffe and all along Melrose too.

And then there’s alway’s the world famous restaurants in Beverly Hills, the Century City Mall, any number of eateries and chain restaurants in Hollywood, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Yamashiro, Roscoe’s House Of Chicken & Waffles, In-N-Out Burger, Chick-fil-A @and many, many more.

There are great restaurants in hotels and “hole in the wall” joints, strip malls and taco/food trucks. If you want “dinner and a show”, there are Supperclubs (nightclubs that have dinner service – admission to the club is usually included with dinner) and Comedy clubs (the Comedy Store, the Laugh Factory and the Improv all have food service). There are good websites and dining guides (Zagat’s, ChowHound, Yelp, etc.) that can help you determine menu and price range for most places in Los Angeles, just do the research.

LAX - Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)
LAX – Theme Building (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Q: 6 hour layover in Los Angeles, what is there to do? I’m going to have a layover in LA for 6 hours and was planning on going to Hollywood Blvd.

A: Places to visit and eat near Los Angeles International Airport

You probably don’t have the required time to visit Hollywood, with travel time to and from the airport and current security procedures.

(see my previous answer BELOW for Hollywood-LAX travel time)

These places are all close to LAX:

Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX

Encounter Restaurant at LAX -CLOSED. but it’s a cool building

Randy’s Donuts on Manchester blvd

In-N-Out Burger on Sepulveda blvd

Roscoes House of Chicken and Waffles

The Proud Bird  on Aviation blvd

Trader Joe’s on Sepulveda blvd

Hollywood Park Casino on Century blvd

Custom Hotel on Lincoln blvd

There’s a lot of great restaurants, shopping and entertainment in Culver City, Venice Beach and Santa Monica but these areas are farther away.

LAX - Welcome to Los Angeles!
LAX – Welcome to Los Angeles! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Where is the walk of fame and how far is it from the airport in L.A.? This is my first time to LA and I was wondering where the walk of fame is and how far is it from the airport?

A: Where is the “Walk of Fame”? Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood!

The Walk of Fame runs from LaBrea to Gower and up Vine to the Capitol Records Building. You can see the stars’ hands and feet in concrete in the courtyard of (Grauman’s) Mann’s Chinese Theater, visit the Kodak Theatre and shop at Hollywood & Highland. Also in the immediate vicinity are Ripley’s, Madame Tussaud’s, Max Factor and the Hollywood Wax Museums. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the El Capitan Theatre and the Jimmy Kimmel Live studio/offices are just across the boulevard. There are also many restaurants, clubs, bars, retail and tourist gift shops in the neighborhood. The Musso and Frank Grill, Frolic Room, AVALON Hollywood (the old Hollywood Palace Theater), Pantages Theatre and The Egyptian Theatre are all very historic spots along the Walk of Fame.

A: How far is it from the airport?

Los Angeles International Airport in Inglewood is far away. And depending on the time of day, traffic and your chosen route, it can take 20 minutes or two hours. The LA Flyaway recently started a Hollywood Shuttle, but it’s timeliness because of traffic has been problematic.

Bob Hope Airport in Burbank is closer and the 170 and 101 freeways provide a direct route which can take 20 minutes or an hour depending on time of day, traffic or an event in Hollywood or at the Hollywood Bowl.

Hollywood and Highland
Hollywood & Highland on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Q: Best views in Los Angeles? We’ll be visiting and want to take in the views! Ocean views, city views from restaurants, hotels, parks, etc. Where are the best places to take some photos in LA?

A: Great views of Los Angeles day or night?

The Standard and Skybar on Sunset Blvd and the Rooftop Bars/Pool Decks at the London West Hollywood Hotel, Montage Beverly Hills and Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive all have great views along with cocktails and food.

Nice views of Downtown at WP24 from the 24th floor bar and 25th floor restaurant (the WP stands for Wolfgang Puck), both the Elevate Lounge and the Rooftop at The Standard Downtown LA have excellent views.

Downtown Los Angeles from up high!
Downtown Los Angeles from up high at WP24! (copyright 2103 JoshWillTravel)

If you can get into City Club on Bunker Hill (a private club on the top of the Wells Fargo building) there’s a men’s restroom with the best view!

The Music Center plaza has great views of DTLA, Cityhall and the DWP Building. The dancing fountains, the PEACE statue, and the architecture of Disney Hall, the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion provide great scenery.

Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)
Los Angeles Music Center (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There’s a picnic area at the top of the Hollywood Bowl that has great views and it’s open during the day as a city park. You might also catch a (free) rehearsal if it’s the musical season.

Visit the Getty Museum for amazing views and amazing art. FREE just pay $10 for parking. Open late on Fridays.

Take a slow drive along Mulholland Drive for great views of the San Fernando Valley and West L.A. day or night. There are numerous turnouts and vista points between Hayvenhurst and Runyon Canyon Park.

San Fernando Valley #1 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)
San Fernando Valley #1 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)
San Fernando Valley at night (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)
San Fernando Valley at night (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)



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