Los Angeles has an awful lot to offer the tourist and yet it is a difficult city to get the most out of. Famously vast and sprawling it is not possible to base oneself in one location convenient for everything as each of the major attractions seem to be twenty minutes drive from each other. As a result, you should expect to spend sometime driving in congested traffic and to spend a fortune on parking.
And yet we’re all the more determined to visit Los Angeles again. It needs more than a just a few nights and the more you work at it, the more it rewards you.
A downtown boutique hotel, the O Hotel is a trendy little establishment of just 67 well appointed, if a little small, rooms. It’s all done very well, except that the hallways are a little bit Travelodge.
Preferring to explore, we don’t usually eat in the hotel, but Downtown is actually very quiet after about 10.30pm and the all night diners are crap. The O had a very well presented contemporary menu served in a bar that may be just a tad self-concious. Their take on bread and butter pudding is particularly worth a mention. Peanut butter and jam sandwiches have never taken off this side of the Atlantic, but having tried the combination some years ago, I am now occasionally struck down by a craving. And bread and butter pudding has always been the king of traditional English deserts. So O Hotel’s bread and butter pudding with peanut butter and blackberry jam served with banana ice cream was a must. It did not disappoint and it’s worth booking a stay here for this pudding alone.
Tag: USA2010. Written 20 June 2010.