Comfort Inn Near Universal Studios Hollywood
321 North Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: (323) 665-0344
Fax: (323) 665-1152
321 North Vermont Ave , Los Angeles, CA, US, 90004
- Phone: (323) 665-0344
- Fax: (323) 665-1152
The latest breakthrough in Los Angeles mass transit and urban living is to be found at the Wilshire Vermont Station. This multi-million dollar complex, is home to not only a state of the art metro station, but also a variety of retail and recreational activities. There is also urban housing, making this complex a place to live, place to play, place to shop and of course a place to get into and out of. Don't forget to glance up at the brightly-colored mural by April Greiman. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Farmers Market as well. Check website for more details.
During its heyday, this sprawling department store was dubbed the "Cathedral of Commerce." Opened in 1929, the Bullocks Wilshire Building was one of the most impressive consumer centers that the city had ever seen, an art deco masterpiece adorned with chrome, marble, leather and crystal. The building has since garnered a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It has now been restored and re-opened as the Law Library of the Southwestern Law School. The building is open to the public only periodically throughout the year; call the number listed below for recorded information on upcoming tours.
Established in 1905 and named after the distinguished Sir Micheltorena, it would be fair to say that the Micheltorena Elementary School is an institution in itself. Offering elementary education to the students, this school assures all a comprehensive education which exceeds expectations and delivers all-rounded kids year-after-year.
Raleigh Studios, is the longest running studio in USA. It was initially known as "Famous Players Fiction Studios" and aims at providing the best equipments and undivided attention to the productions they undertake. It provides the best in sound technology, equipments such as lights, sets and props. The studio also offers good quality production and post-production services and facilities, to go along with variations in the screen formats.
The area that MacArthur Park now covers was once a swampland. But in the 19th century Mayor William H. Workman brought in topsoil and trees and created a lake in a low ravine by filling it with water. It was one of the first public gardens in Los Angeles and is named after General Douglas MacArthur. There are more than 80 species of plants. Paddleboats are available for rental on the lake and there is a snack bar and playground. Many locals come here to picnic and play. Although this is not the safest area in town, if you are here during the day there should be no problems. Besides it is very convenient to reach this park as there are several bus stations scattered around it.
The Zen Center of Los Angeles has a 30-year history as a Zen training and practice center. In recent years, Zen philosophy has taken hold among mainstream society, and its principles and practices are taught in corporations, meditation groups and nonreligious devotees alike. Newly renovated and carpeted, the center area allows people to gather to hear and participate in talks. It also offers introductory classes at various levels. Newcomer classes are available, and instruction is given in zazen, the central Zen practice of sitting meditation. Check the Web site or call for specific classes, events and details. The center also sponsors retreats throughout the year.
Frank Lloyd Wright, a famed architect, built Hollyhock House for Aline Barnsdall in 1923. The heritage house was handed to the city in 1927, and has been home to many organizations over the years. Located within the environs of Barnsdall Park, the house is surrounded by galleries, studios and a theater and attracts scores of visitors. The quaint village of Los Feliz is a hop, skip and jump away. Tickets for the tours can be purchased at the Municipal Art Gallery.
Angelus Temple was opened by Aimee Semple McPherson in 1923. She was a highly eccentric and spiritual woman who rejected her Methodist upbringing in order to preach her famous Pentecostal "Foursquare Gospel." In addition to opening the church, she started a radio station and opened a Bible College. Her church became known as the Church of the Foursquare Gospel. The "foursquare" refers to the four symbols Aimee saw in a vision: the cross, the crown, the dove and the cup. The church itself is magnificent, a large, domed, circular structure based on the design of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Regardless of doctrine, the structure and its historic significance is worth a visit to this site.
The Fairbanks Garden located in Hollywood Forever Cemetary is a memorial garden dedicated to the legendary actor Douglas Fairbanks. The garden has a 120 feet long reflecting pool that beautifully mirrors the images of the marble sarcophagus, three marble columns and the actor's brass profile. The garden is a beautiful eulogy to the great actor.
Sitting pretty under the famous Hollywood Sign is the Paramount Studio site, and a visit here is a memorable experience. Avail of one of the studio tours, and let a bit of Hollywood glamor rub off on you. The venue's huge, the wrought-iron double arch gate at Melrose & Windsor is an architectural wonder in itself, and it opens on to vast premises where Hollywood productions come to life. Wander through the Bronson Gate, and watch screenings in progress within the only big-time motion picture studio in the area. The huge library contains more than 1,000 titles, including many Oscar winners. Dating back to 1912, the place also contains a crockful of history. If you are really, really interested, send in your resume, and they might just hire you! In any case, be sure to keep an autograph book at hand when here to gather a bit of stardust!
A manmade body of water and a site of a continuing wildlife preservation project, Silver Lake Reservoir has served joggers, walkers and dog owners for decades. A 2.15-mile path with a couple of ups and downs loops around the reservoir, consisting mostly of compacted dirt, highly suitable for running. A community center, a small basketball field and a specifically designated dog park flank the park on the south side so you can let your canine pals off the leash within the perimeter. A few folks, however, prefer to take their pups for a walk or a trot around the water. The idyllic aspect of the scene is somewhat lessened by the wire fence encircling the actual reservoir. Nevertheless, the place still gets a thumbs-up from many local jogging and fresh air enthusiasts as a pleasant site for a jog or a stroll. Parking along the reservoir remains ample throughout the day. -Jamie Zum
This cemetery is as Hollywood as they come. Genuine elegance is provided by its Egyptian temples, Greek statues and Roman memorials. This is the final resting place for some of the most famous names in early Hollywood history including Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks and Rudolph Valentino. The Paramount Studios lot lies adjacent to these grounds, and many of its stars have been buried here. Some of the more impressive grave sites include the water-guarded mausoleum of William A. Clark, Jr. and Douglas Fairbanks’ monument and reflecting pool.