To be honest, we didn't expect a lot from this old place, but we were exploring old Route 66 and this was a must-stop on the tour. This is where all the biggest stars stayed back in the day when they were all shooting westerns. The rooms are named after them, and unlike many "themed" motels along Route 66, the stars could have really stayed in the rooms bearing their names. The rooms haven't changed much either. We were given an old-fashioned kitchenette unit, the Kirk Douglas Room, I believe, which opened right out onto the pool. Not an ideal location for us, but the wind was cold, nobody was using the pool, so it was quiet. When we made our reservations we'd been promised a third floor room, but this one was quiet enough except when people were passing by in the hall, which wasn't too often. The massive old wooden furniture in the room was fascinating. They really don't make it like that anymore, but it paled in comparison with the stuff in the two-story lobby. It's worth a stop just to see the lobby and its walk-in fireplace. Be sure to look at all the autographed photos of stars on the second floor. You've got to go up the incredible staircase anyway.
Our room was funky in comparison, worn but clean and comfortable. This place doesn't pretend to be an old Route 66 stop, it really is, and not much has changed since those days. There were maybe two electrical outlets in the room, already overloaded with connectors for the TV, clock and lamps. We did find one more in the kitchen so we could recharge our cell phone. Don't plan on plugging in a suitcase full of electronics here. Being unplugged is the charm of this place, though the magnificent lobby was full of people staring at their laptops and iPads, oblivious to their gorgeous surroundings. If you have any interest in old Route 66 or historic Hollywood, don't miss the El Rancho. Just remember it's still the 1950s here.
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