Random Pics of Los Angeles (part one)

Random Pics of Los Angeles (part one)

Had a meeting in Santa Monica yesterday, so I made the drive and took some cool pics. I wanted to cruise to Malibu, but there was major construction and a “traffic delay” on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Thought I’d share some of the pics I took plus a few others from other trips that I haven’t posted that are also interesting.

Here are some (hence the part one) in no particular order or narrative:

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West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Tunnel Vision – McClure Tunnel in Santa Monica (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cruisin’ West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Wilshire blvd at Midvale in Westwood (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cruisin’ West LA – 10 freeway Transition to 405 freeway north (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Pacific Ocean from the California Incline in Santa Monica (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

Sunset Over West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunset Over West LA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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9039 Sunset Blvd on the Strip

9039 Sunset Blvd on the Strip – A Brief Photographic History:

If those walls could talk! This address was the home of Cafe LaMaze in the 30’s (with a lounge called the Key Club), Sherry’s in the 40’s (where Mickey Cohen was shot), the Plymouth House in the 50’s, Gazzarri’s in the 60’s-80’s, Billboard Live and the Key Club in the 90s until last December 2013 when it became 1 Oak Nightclub.

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Cafe LaMaze 1930’s

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Sherry’s 1940’s (Mickey Cohen was shot here!)

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9039 Sunset Blvd – The Plymouth House 1958

9039 Sunset - Gazzarri's Supper Club 1960's

9039 Sunset – Gazzarri’s Supper Club 1960’s

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Gazzari’s 1970’s

9039 Sunset Blvd

9039 Sunset Blvd – Gazzarri’s 1980’s  Bill Gazzarri “See Ya Pal”

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9039 Sunset Blvd – Billboard Live and then the KeyClub 1990’s- 2013 RIP

I used to promote club nights as Joshua 13 with Stephen Aquarius and Luis Q NightKing Productions at the KeyClub! “Cloud 9” on Wednesday and Friday nights, “The Indepen-Dance 1998”, “Midsummers Night Dream 1998”, “Saturday Nights in the Plush Room” and “The Resolution!” on New Years Eve 1998-1999.

MidSummers Night Dream Party at the KeyClub 1998

MidSummers Night Dream Party at the KeyClub 1998

Saturday Nights in the Plush Room at the KeyClub

Saturday Nights in the Plush Room at the KeyClub

"The Resolution" New Years Eve 1998-1999! at the KeyClub

“The Resolution” New Years Eve 1998-1999! at the KeyClub

 Now it’s the new 1 Oak Nightclub. (but for how long?)

9039 Sunset Blvd - 1 Oak Nightclub 2014

9039 Sunset Blvd – 1 Oak Nightclub 2014

UPDATE: Not too long after this Blog was posted, rap mogul/convicted felon Suge Knight was shot “six times” at a pre-VMA party at 1Oak nightclub. Lucky mo-fo will survive the shooting. Weird parallel to the Mickey Cohen shooting in the 40’s!

“And it’s all just a little bit of History repeating!”

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Birthday! Labor Day Weekend in Vegas…where to stay?

Q: Birthday weekend in Vegas…where to stay?

My friends and I going to Vegas for my birthday over Labor Day weekend! We need a place to stay that isn’t outrageously expensive, but has a lot going on. We’d like to stay in a hotel that has daytime pool parties. There are 5 of us and we’re open to getting two rooms or a suite, if it’s worth it. Any suggestions? – Talia H. Seattle, WA

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Welcome to Las Vegas (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A: Las Vegas on Labor Day Weekend?

Try The Cromwell, the newest boutique hotel on the strip. It used to be Wild Bill’s and before that it was the Barbary Coast. Located center strip at Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd. Drai’s is located in the hotel, so you get your choice of pool party, club night or after-hours. Just fully renovated! Everything is fresh and new.

You’re across Las Vegas Blvd from Caesars Palace, the Forum Shops, The Mirage and the volcano. Next door is Harrah’s, the Flamingo, The Venetian and Palazzo, The Quad soon to be renamed The LINQ after the giant ferris wheel next door. Across Flamingo is Bally’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, the Bellagio Hotel and fountain, and The Cosmopolitan.

There’s lots to see and do within “walking distance”, which will save you on cab fare and waiting. Great restaurants, spas, clubs, shows and other diversions at any of the above resorts. You can also access the monorail at Bally’s or the Flamingo.

Make reservations in advance (do it by telephone rather than online and always get the name of the person you talk to!) because everything will be crowded!

NOTE: Bring sneakers for walking and then switch to heels when you arrive at your destination. Use a Big purse and plastic bag.

Avoid the MGM, it’s too big and the service is only ok.

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Dinner at Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise Encino

Dinner at Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise Encino

We were going for dinner tonight at Sushi Hirosuke and instead found this sad news taped to the door:

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Sad News! Sushi Hirosuke RIP (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

My friend Hiro, the sushi chef, opened this place in the early 90s and we used to have dinner here twice a week. He sold it to a nice couple who ran it for a long time. It was a good place, not great, but it was reasonably priced, local, and always good enough.

My friend Hiro-san now owns the amazingly awesome Sushi Ichiban Kan in Tarzana (you can read about it and see the pictures in my previous blogs).

There’s a lot of sushi competition in the neighborhood! On Ventura Boulevard, between Sepulveda and Reseda, there are more than fourteen sushi restaurants: Katsu-ya, Midori, Yamato, Benihana’s, Okamura, Cho Cho San, Dancing Wasabi, Octopus, Four on Six, Sushi Ajito, Crazy Tokyo, Sushi Tsune, Makoto, and our new destination for dinner Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise Encino.

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Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise Encino (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Upstairs in the mall where they shot “The 40 Year Old Virgin” is a new Japanese restaurant. I had heard nice things about it, but this was my very first time dining there. Ride the escalator or elevator to the third floor, enter the restaurant and enjoy the asian food and drink experience.

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Gyoro Gyoro (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Gyoro Gyoro (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Gyoro Gyoro (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

The Bar of Tokyo at Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise has a great selection of sake and a full bar! They have a Happy Hour menu and specials from 3-6:30pm and after 10:30pm.

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Gyoro Gyoro – Bar of Tokyo (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Gyoro Gyoro (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Gyoro Gyoro – Bar of Tokyo (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Gyoro Gyoro (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Gyoro Gyoro – Bar of Tokyo (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Gyoro Gyoro (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Gyoro Gyoro – Bar of Tokyo: Great Selection of Sake!(copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Gyoro Gyoro – Bar of Tokyo: Beers on draft. (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Restaurant!

Tuesday at 7pm, the place was empty. When you enter through the restaurant you are greeted at the Host Desk by the Giant Face seen below.  There’s a glass enclosed covered patio with a nice view of Ventura Blvd, the Sushi Bar area and a Dining Room area. We sat inside in a booth, which was too low for the table, wasn’t very comfortable for my back, and felt very cramped and claustrophobic. I did have a view of the glass enclosed kitchen, but could only see the grill from where I was seated. 

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Gyoro Gyoro – Sushi Bar (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Gyoro Gyoro – Kitchen & Grill enclosed in glass (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

It’s a very pretty restaurant, done in very modern Japanese design. We were seated, greeted and provided with drinks while we perused the menu and decided on our food choices. They have a massive menu with sushi, salads, rolls, entrees, sides, and desserts….and it’s very confusing. They also have an ala carte sushi and sushi roll menu and a yakitori menu with all kinds of traditional (chicken, beef, vegetables) and weird things (intestines, livers, and other parts) grilled on a skewer. Mark those menus with a pencil.

The prices are VERY REASONABLE!!! You can eat a lot of different things, share them, try stuff you might never try if you feel adventurous, and just have a really big meal Japanese meal for a good price. The drink prices are also GREAT!

ON THE MENU: hot sake, cucumber with sesame sunomono, grilled shishito pepper, avocado & negitoro (spicy tuna), fried calamari, spicy tuna roll, Wisconsin roll (salmon and crab), sushi – salmon, yellowtail and albacore, potstickers, chicken meatball and pork kalbi skewers and an iced green tea. We also ordered the live Uni pasta, roasted eggplant side, and a big Spicy Tuna and Rice bowl (we asked for brown rice, but got steamed white rice instead).

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Gyoro Gyoro – Hot Sake! Large size! (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Gyoro Gyoro – Cucumber with sesame sunomo (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Gyoro Gyoro – grilled shishito peppers (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Gyoro Gyoro – avocado and negitoro (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Gyoro Gyoro – fried calamari (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Gyoro Gyoro – chicken meatball and pork kalbi skewers (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Gyoro Gyoro – potstickers (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Gyoro Gyoro – Wisconsin roll: salmon over crab (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Gyoro Gyoro – spicy tuna roll (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Gyoro Gyoro – Sushi! Salmon, yellowtail and albacore. (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Everything was good! The fish was good quality, fresh and tasty. The cooked stuff was also done right. The fried calamari was excellent! I also enjoyed the spicy tuna dishes quite a bit. The avocado and negitoro was a good choice. Next time I’ll have the pork kalbi salted instead of sauced and forget about the cucumber and sesame sunomono.

They’re open late weeknights, and really late on Fridays and Saturdays, so I might have to go back soon….

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Gyoro Gyoro – Enjoying my dinner! Tasty Japanese Goodness! (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

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Into the Sunset on Ventura Boulevard…Time to Blog This. (copyright 2104 JoshWillTravel)

Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise – 17401 Ventura Blvd., B21, Encino, CA 91316 http://www.otootorestaurant.comhttp://www.ramla.net

 

Travel Massive at The Roof at The Hotel Wilshire, a Kimpton Hotel

Travel Massive Los Angeles March 2014 Event

The Roof at The Hotel Wilshire, a Kimpton Hotel

I was invited to the Travel Massive Los Angeles event last month, but time and traffic prevented me from attending. So last night, on a cool Tuesday evening in March, I drove over the hill and down to the Miracle Mile for the event at The Roof at The Hotel Wilshire.

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Wilshire Boulevard, “the Miracle Mile” (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

On Wilshire Boulevard, between Crescent Heights and La Jolla, stands The Hotel Wilshire, a Kimpton Hotel.

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Going Up! Switch elevators on the sixth floor and ride on up to The Roof.

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire: bar and restaurant area with limited seating, two cabanas, flanked by couch seating, and small tables on the patio around the pool:

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Bar and Restaurant: (food by Executive Chef Eric Greenspan)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bar and Restaurant Area at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Nice Bar at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Free Cocktail Tuesday! Vodka and seven. (one drink ticket and a cash tip)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cocktail Time at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Party on the Pool Patio! Cocktails and networking with a fun mix of new people.

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Pool Patio at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There were introductions, “thank yous” and a couple of short speeches:

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The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The event was sponsored by the wonderful Tourism Authority of Thailand:

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Tourism Authority of Thailand at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

And then there was a raffle prize drawing:

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Raffle Prize Drawing at The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Pool Patio at night – great views with lots of city lights in the distance:

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The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Nice view! Looking east down Wilshire:

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The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I won some cool luggage!

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

A medium size heavy duty rolling duffle bag with a hard plastic back and bottom, wheels and a retractable handle embroidered with the Thailand text: (very cool!)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Roof on Wilshire (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Big thanks to Travel Massive Los Angeles, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and all the folks at The Roof and The Hotel Wilshire for a very nice event!

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Sunday Brunch at the LUXE Hotel On Sunset

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE Hotel On Sunset – On Sunset Restaurant

Big Thanks to the LUXE Hotel On Sunset, the On Sunset Restaurant and LWH Hotels for the wonderful brunch! I was lucky and won brunch for 2 at the Tokyo Cerulean Hotel Reception at the LUXE On Rodeo (see past blogs, it was a great event!). I had to wait until after football season for a free Sunday, so today we went to collect my win and try their well reviewed Brunch.

I love this hotel. It’s a beautiful property! You can take the full photographic tour in my other blogs, there are a couple of links at the bottom of this page. This blog is just about the brunch and the delicious food and drink that we enjoyed today.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch Ahead at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I made a reservation and we had a lovely table reserved for us on the restaurant patio.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cold Table: seafood – crab claws, crab legs, shrimp, oysters, bagel, lox and grav lox, cream cheese, sushi, scallop ceviche, fish ceviche, herring, meat plate – salami, turkey, 3 kinds of cheeses, crackers, tomatos and mozzarella, salad, muffins, danish, coffee cake and all kinds of bread.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hot Table: chafing dishes – bacon and sausage, roast potato, mexican rice, mashed potato, roast peppers and vegetables, fish in sauce, pancakes, french toast, waffles, blintzes, eggs benedict, and more.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Omelets, crepes and prime rib. Oh my!

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Prime Rib carving station. With Au Jus and horseradish sauce.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Crab legs, crab claws, shrimp, and oysters.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bloody Mary, fresh squeezed Orange Juice, Iced Tea and Coffee to drink.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cold Plate: sushi, crab legs, crab claws, shrimp, scallop ceviche, bagel, lox, grav lox, and cream cheese.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cold plate; cornbread muffin, chocolate danish, salami, turkey, pepperjack cheese, bread, and a california roll.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Prime rib au jus with horseradish sauce, eggs benedict, and cheese blintzes with berry sauce.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bacon, sausage, french toast, roast potato, and mashed potato.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Fruit: pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, Dessert: mini fruit tart, flourless brownie, and a chocolate mouse cake roll.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Many tempting desserts and a fruit platter.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

You can dine indoors in the dining room or bar area or on the restaurant patio or bar patio.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Today’s brunch was accompanied by music from a wonderful jazz trio.

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Sunday Brunch at the LUXE On Sunset (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel On SunsetSunset Blvd (at the 405 freeway), West Los Angeles, CA

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Hosted Reception at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, CA

The Sportsmen’s Lodge at Ventura Blvd and Coldwater Cyn in Studio City

The staff at the Sportsmen’s Lodge invited our office for a nice cocktail reception and tour of the property.

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Recently renovated, the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City is a real San Fernando “Landmark”, the original lodge opened in the 1880’s.  Read more about the history on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportsmen’s_Lodge 

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Porte Cochere at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby and Reception at The Sportsman’s Lodge (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby Bar at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cocktails at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Poolside at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Guest Hallway at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Renovated Standard Double poolside at the Sportsman’s Lodge (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Clean and simple bathroom at the Sportsman’s Lodge (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There is 30000 square feet of Banquet, Party, Performance, Meeting and Event Space!

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Pond and Garden outside the event center at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The River Rock Bar and Lounge has been renovated and the Patio Cafe is currently “under construction”.

The Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

River Rock Bar at the Sportsman’s Lodge (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

In 2007, the Sportsmen’s Lodge was sold to developer Richard Weintraub for approximately $50 million. Plans to renovate the existing hotel and add as much as 300,000 square feet of retail space are ongoing.

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“The Art of Hospitality” LWH Hotels event at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset

LWH Hotels presents “The Art of Hospitality” at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset

First, I want to say this was an excellent “first class” event.  The LUXE on Sunset is a beautiful property and in addition to the On Sunset restaurant they have great event space!

Traffic was bearable coming from the San Fernando Valley on the 405 freeway.  Massive construction at Sunset Blvd, but with a little patience I arrived early and dropped my car with valet parking.  It was unusually quiet in the reception and lobby area, but it’s a familiar space now. (I toured the property recently and was also here for the Holland America Line seminar last week – see my past blogs for more on both of those).

The Front Desk and Reception Area:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Entrance LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Front Desk at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sitting area at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Bar and Lounge off the Lobby:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Lobby Bar at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Lobby Bar Lounge at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ON SUNSET Restaurant:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel – On Sunset Restaurant Patio Dining (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Exterior Courtyard and Ballroom Patio Area:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Courtyard walkway and patio for the Ballrooms at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Fountain at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LWH HOTELS “THE ART OF HOSPITALITY” EVENT (with American Airlines)

Ballroom patio area pre-party:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Patio Area at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Open Bar!

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Endless Sushi! Also a carving station with turkey and prime rib, pasta salad, green salad, cucumber/tomato/onion salad, artisan bread, and a risotto bar (choose your ingredients) and then a great pastry dessert table with coffee/tea service.

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Endless Sushi at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Carving Station:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Prime rib and turkey, horseradish sauce, cranberry sauce,  and hot gravy:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Risotto Bar (choose your own ingredients, made to order):

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Dessert Table: petit fours, pastries, cake pops, creme brulee, chocolate mousse, etc…

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Trade Show with Vendor Tables from LWH Hotels around the world: http://www.lwhhotels.com Don’t book online, contact me joshuawwilletttravel@gmail.com or another travel professional to book your reservation!

Los Angeles (On Sunset, On Rodeo Dr, and City Center at L.A. Live Downtown), La Jolla, San Diego, New York, Monterey Bay, Sedona, Colorado, London, Paris, Milan, Sorrento, Tokyo, Sydney, Vancouver and Toronto were all represented.

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Presentation and Raffle Prize Drawing!

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

After the last prize drawing, everyone headed for the valet parking, so you had to move fast or you might end up waiting a long time to get your car back.  On exiting onto Church St and then heading north on Sepulveda, there was more construction: lane closures and the 405 freeway entrance was closed at Moraga…

BIG THANKS to LWH Hotels, LUXE on Sunset, and American Airlines for the invitation!

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Breakfast with HAL at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset

Holland America Line breakfast presentation at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby of the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bar at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bar at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Meeting Room at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Breakfast at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A nice spread of fruit and berries with creme fresh, muffins, danish, juice and coffee.

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