a dear friend is arriving into town. she asked me for somewhere fancy to stay

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she said she also preferred a location where there would be good celebrity watching.

i gave her some recommendations by the beach and in hollywood. she asked me about downtown.

this is what i said:

DTLA is not fancy. It’s dirty and worn and experiencing a very slow revitalization.

In the day it looks like Tijuana on steroids.

At night it looks like NYC having a hangover.

There is one exception, hotel wise, in DTLA: The Millennium Biltmore, which is also old. So old the first Academy Awards were held there. They even have a tea room. The rooms are small and zero celebs go there unless they’re doing a photo shoot for Vanity Fair (bc the architecture inside and out is Victorian and beautiful.

she said perfect! we just booked a room at the Ace! see you soon!

and that’s why i’ll never write a tour book.