TRAVEL EDIT: Next stop: Beverly Hills baby!

Hi beauties! Today’s post will talk about my time in Beverly Hills 90210 and will follow on from my previous post! So to pick up where I left off last, we took an Uber from Ontario to Beverly Hills and had the loveliest driver (shout out to Mervin!). Driving through downtown LA was an eye opener; homeless people lined the streets which was really sad and the buildings were rundown and dirty. It was really interesting seeing the scenery change as we drove closer towards our destination and towards a more prestigious area of LA; the streets grew cleaner, the building were beautifully maintained and luxury stores spotted tree lined streets. 

We stayed at the Beverly Hills Terrace, a small boutique hotel situated in the heart of Beverly Hills which was significantly cheaper then other hotels in BH yet the quality and service were not compromised in any way. Our hotel was lovely and offered a full continental breakfast, free wifi and walking distance to most attractions in Beverly Hills. Our room was small but efficient and included a fridge, coffee machine, free toiletries and a view of the Hollywood Hills (!)

Our lovely room. While it was small, it was efficient and included everything we needed for our stay. 

The foyer of our floor was really pretty. 

I loved the old Hollywood touches. 
The sitting area right outside our room : #47

Our first day was spent settling into our hotel, familiarising ourselves with our new neighbourhood and stocking up on some food supplies. 

There was a Ralph’s about a five minute walk from our hotel, which was a small boutique supermarket selling lots of healthy fruit and veggies, groceries and healthy cooked meals which was a godsend as my body was craving healthy foods.I picked up a few of these carrot and celery containers along with these amazing pretzels! I made them last the entire trip and even brought some home with me. 

On our second day we went on a long walk to look at the beautiful mansions and made our way to Rodeo Drive. It’s a long road lined with the most luxurious brands such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany & Co and many more.

Rodeo Drive! 

Villa Blanca! 

I window shopped most stores, went in a few and wished that I’d married a millionaire LOL. After we returned to the hotel, we had a freshen up and cup of tea and made our way to the next location, The Grove shopping centre. We decided to walk there which took about 40 minutes, and it was actually a great way to see more. On the way we passed Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, the LA Farmers Market and a sports stadium. 

The Grove is an outdoor mall with both luxury and budget stores, a beautiful outdoor water feature and some great restaurants to grab a bite after a long day of shopping.

The beautiful water fountain at The Grove in LA. 

I made my first (of many) Sephora visits where I purchased the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions eyeshadow palette and the Tarte Amazionian Clay Park Ave Princess bronzer. 

I also browsed the high fashions at Nordstrom, contemplated a few items at Anthropologie and went into American Girl which is a huge store selling girl dolls in all sorts of different outfits (I saw a nurse doll, workout doll complete in active wear and many more). Mum and I also had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, which is a restaurant that offers a huge variety of dishes from pizza to seafood, salads to cocktails.

I had the avocado, corn, chicken and blue cheese salad. So good! 

On our third (and last) day we walked all the way to downtown LA to visit the Chinese Theatre and Walk of Fame. We both really loved seeing the star studded footpath which stretches quite far and covers both sides of the road.

The Chinese Theatre
Snow White’s star! 

We did some shopping, had a quick drink at Starbucks and stopped in at some luxury stores on the walk back to the hotel.

It was amazing seeing venues such as the Viper Room, Whiskey Go Go, the Roxy and the Trobouder. I am a huge Guns n Roses fan and knowing that they’d played at some of these legendary venues was super exciting to me!

Seeing Slash’s handprints was also a highlight for me.

Hotel Beverly Terrace was an amazing hotel and I would definitely stay here again. Although it was a small hotel, their amenities provided were great; free wifi, an amazing continental breakfast and helpful front desk service. 

The breakfast was the highlight of the stay for me and was served in the hotel restaurant called Cafe Amici. The food was such amazing quality and included organic teas, yoghurt, pastries and fresh fruit. 

The restaurant also served lunch and dinner and on our last night we decided to have a meal there. Cafe Amici had a formal feel to it at dinnertime (very different to the casual breakfast each morning) and the restaurant was filled with some very fancy diners. I ordered the spaghetti with clams in white wine which was so delicious, coupled with a glass of the nicest Prosecco I’ve ever tried.

When our plates were cleared, our elderly Italian manager remarked that I must have liked my food as my plate was empty. Looking around at the restaurant, other diners had barely touched their food and it reinforced just how health conscious everyone is in LA. It’s easy to see how so many celebrities develop eating disorders in LA; everyone was super thin and attractive and I definitely felt like a blimp next to them!

I thoroughly enjoyed Beverly Hills. I loved the sprawling streets, beautiful mansions (which made my house look like a tin shed in comparison) and beautiful sunny weather. The people were friendly and helpful and the food was similar to what we have here in Melboune. If there is one place I’d return to it would be Beverly Hills (although I’d love to stay somewhere in the Hollywood Hills next time!).

I really hope you enjoyed this post, especially if you’re planning a trip to LA! If you have any questions or comments please let me know as I’d be happy to answer!

xo Roxane. 

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