Hollywood
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!!READ!! Absolutely fifthly and full of sketchy people. Don't bring your kids here if you are any type of good parent.
1.0 of 5 bubblesJun 2024
In June 2024 stayed in Hollywood on the so called iconic Sunset Blvd to be precise and honestly I and my partner are beyond disgusted with the state of this place. Not only is the streets infested with litter, homeless and junkies. My partner nearly stood on a dead rat and human poop on the pee stained sidewalk amongst the trash that was everywhere. When we got go the walk of fame there were multiple occasions where my partner and I had to grab each other's attention to prevent one another from slipping over in vomit and pee. Whilst on the walk of fame we had vendors jumping in our faces every 20 seconds trying to sell us tours, cds and street food and they become abusive when you decline. We got to the pedestrian crossing to walk over to the Chinese Theatre when an old man walked in front of us with his pants hanging down to his knees and his butt showing. He seemed to be homeless and in a drug affected state. Around the back streets behind the Boulevard is infested with tents and homeless people and some are just laying on the ground twitching from what looks like overdose. This area is absolutely not family friendly. DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT BRING CHILDREN HERE. the only thing that's accurate in the tourism magazines is the tall palm trees. They are pretty tall and tower pretty high... but so are a lot of the people in Hollywood. As canabis is legal here. If you don't want your kids exposed to drug overdoes, crack , weed, human poo on the ground, vomit on the ground, abusive sales men, crackheads and homeless people who are in a pretty bad state. Stay far far far away from Hollywood. Don't worry the smell of the place will probably kill you before the people do. It smells rotten. I grew up in a small country town with no electricity and running water and still that was more clean and hygienic than Hollywood. I have seen gad station bathrooms cleaner than this area. Unless you are willing to fork up $$$$ to stay in Beverly Hills you will be disgusted. Venice Beach is more chill but stoner's and salesman everywhere who want your money. Don't do it. If you want disneyland and universal stay in Anaheim and travel in to see Hollywood.. its not glitz and glam. The closest thing you'll see to glitzy in Hollywood is broken glass or shiny points of syringes on the ground.

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Hollywood undoubtedly conjures up images of movie stars and high-end lifestyles, and to this day, tourists flock here from around the world to see the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre and to catch a glimpse of the famed Hollywood sign up close. Celebrity impersonators and crowds give these areas the feeling of an amusement park while many clubs and hotels fill up around the weekends for late-night partying - the Hollywood club scene is a haven for thumping music and table-side bottle service. But parties aren’t the only way to enjoy this area, many visitors come to the neighborhood to sit back with a picnic to watch a performance at the Hollywood Bowl and those looking to stay fit trek along nature trails in the Hollywood hills and in Griffith Park.
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Jktchorne
Fort Smith, AR1,514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Hollywood should be on ever travelers bucket list of must see and do! Where movie magic comes to life!
Go see all the places where your favorite movie was filmed!

Iconic Hollywood sign which does not like up at night. Hollywood boulevard the street never sleeps and walk of stars. TLC Chinese theatre with stars hands/feet. Universal studios park and back lot studios! So much more!

Only down fall to this area, is it dirty like many citys. Homeless is all over sadly rampant. There is tents set up every corner, roads, or nook. It incredibly sad. Been many places this is one worst. I am sure all harmless but take caution for those who my be unstable.
Written January 2, 2022
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,496 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is where most of the movies we watch originate. It is a huge drawing card, much like Times Square is for NYC. Sadly, there is much too much violence in the movies they produce. Yikes, and even Hollywood has a Museum of Death; oh well, it is part of the cycle of life. In touring Hollywood, I saw more homeless people than anywhere else in Great Los Angeles.
Written August 7, 2019
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travelertrip96
Las Vegas, NV31 contributions
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We stayed the second night of our trip into L.A. very close to Hollywood Boulevard at the Hollywood Orchid Suites Hotel (truly Hollywood's Best Hotel Value). Before hitting the sack as some might say, we had dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen at the Hollywood and Highland mall.

The next morning we got up and had breakfast at Shelly's Cafe on Hollywood Blvd. The restaurant was home to several scenes from "Million Dollar Baby" with Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank. From right outside Hollywood and Highland you can see the El Capitan theater which houses all of the Walt Disney Pictures film premieres. Next to Hollywood and Highland is the Kodak Theatre which is home to the Academy Awards every year. We walked down the block (to the right from Hollywood and Highland) to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Later that day, we took a tour of the theater and for $12.95, it's worth it. A tour guide takes you from the theater's big screen to the VIP Lounge upstairs. Walking up and down Hollywood Blvd., and looking/taking pictures of the thousands of Hollywood stars, the Hollywood Walk of Fame stretches from Hollywood and Vine to Hollywood and La Brea. Now, certain stars such as Julia Roberts and George Clooney don't have stars, so it's suggested that you check who has them before going so you don't spend your whole day looking for ones that don't exist. We took Vine St. down to Selma Ave. and walked Selma Ave. to Highland Ave. passing the Crossroads of the World, the famous Hollywood High School and the Hollywood Museum (which we went into). The museum holds thousands of props from your favorite blockbuster films. The upstairs acts as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Since the Hollywood sign is shrouded in fog for most of the early morning, we took a picture of it once we got back to Hollywood and Highland (arguably the best place to snap a photo of Hollywood's most historic landmark). We had dinner at The Grill on Hollywood at of course, Hollywood and Highland. After dinner, we went inside the Roosevelt Hotel and took a few pictures. My wife had been wanting to do that since we arrived there.
Written August 31, 2010
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Phiuth
Stainland, UK38 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Family
We visited just for the day doing the tourist Hollywood Hills, Beverley Hills etc.
shocked at Hollywood- full of homeless and the smell of weed… as a Uk 🇬🇧 tourist it had been on my wish list for some time. Would not recommend. I didn’t feel safe at all
Written September 14, 2022
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Debra K
Venice, California83 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Solo
No where in Los Angeles disappoints visitors as much as Hollywood Blvd. Expecting to see the glamor of the movies, what they find are seedy souvenir shops, homeless people and crowds of other tourists. It's a pretty awful street -- nothing like the historic Hollywood Blvd. of my youth (now I'm dating myself) filled with bookstores, elegant shops and so on. It used to be a real neighborhood. Now it's a tacky destination. HOWEVER, if you're a visitor to Los Angeles, especially if you've come from far away, you really can't miss Hollywood. Here are THREE tips on what not to miss: (1) Chinese Grauman Theatre - yes, you've got to go for the handprint and footprints of the stars. But try to go INSIDe - go see a movie. The interior is just amazing. For that matter, Hollywood Blvd. is home to more than one Movie Palace of the golden ages. Check out El Capitan and the Egyptian as well. That will give you a sense of the glory of days gone by! (2) The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel -- the very first Academy Awards was held here! It's still a fabulous property. And it's haunted. Ask the concierge for the hand-out on the history of famous ghosts here. Have a drink or a meal and wander the public spaces. (3) Musso and Franks -- the oldest restaurant in Hollywood and it hasn't changed a lot, including (I think) the original waiters. A fabulous bar, a dining room that allows you to reminisce about the famous people who gathered here. (4) Yamashiro's -- just above Hollywood - nothing to write home about with regard to the food, but the restaurant has an interesting history and you can have a drink and look down on the rest of L.A.

So, prepare to be horrified by the general appearance of the Blvd., but if you've had a drink at each of the destinations I've suggested, you'll be looking at it through rosy (and historic) glasses.
Written June 27, 2014
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Rogerdob
La Canada, California2,612 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
"Hollywood: is only nice around the one-block area of the Chinese Theater/Hollywood Mall area. The rest of the neighborhood and area is dirty, run-down, and frequented by bums and runaways that ask for money. Every time I walk around there (mainly to get to the Egyptian Theater), I feel like I have to keep an eye on my back. I do not feel safe at all in the evening

It is somewhat nice in the area near the Chinese Theater...lots of high-end stores, tourists, and activities. Parking is reasonable in the big underground garage at the Mall.

But if you wander away from the area you will see the awful underbelly of Hollywood. It is very sad and I do hope they will someday clean it up.
Written April 21, 2013
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littleian
Auckland10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
We, along with many others, paid for a Hollywood Homes tour with E Hollywood Tours. Their web site is; www.ehollywoodtours.com. These guys pick up on Hollywood Blvd and promise to visit 50 homes, crime scenes and the Hollywood sign. The tour started off well, then the guy ran out of fuel, so we had to stop at a pertol station. He then left us for twenty minutes at Rodeo Drive before a boring run through the traffic, back to Hollywood Blvd. When I stated we were promised a visit to the Hollywood sign, this was denied. All in all; a poor tour with few houses visited and little information given out. I would book with one of the reputable companies, or hire a car and drive around yourself.
Written May 16, 2011
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Leewinson
Wirral, UK42 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Please don't go to Hollywood and waste your hard earned money. We are so disappointed and disgusted that the government even allow people to come here as a holiday destination.
We emailed them while we were there to inform them of how bad this is allowing this.
It is filthy, stinks of human urine and there is human faeces on the streets. Homeless overrun everywhere and tents erected. The place is just such a disappointment. My husband is a big guy and he said we are NOT walking the streets of an evening here I do not feel safe.
We even wanted to book flights to leave to come back home to the UK. Instead we hired a car for 4 days to get us 3 hour drives or more to get out of the area and still along the way we seen homelessness at its worst in a country that is so rich but looks worse than being a third world country.
We were threatened on Hollywood Blvd, seen someone's bag get stolen, I nearly kicked a needle when walking along the street with sandals on. We saw men playing with their genitals, homeless routing in bins, sprawled in streets, shouting at holiday makers and people urinating in the street.
If you still go at least you have been warned. I would suggest you go to somewhere else and change your holiday.
Written June 28, 2023
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JenniferB71
Aurora, CO134 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Family
I've lived in CA before over 20 years ago. My 21 year old niece wanted to see Hollywood during our 13 hour lay over at LAX. I drove her around to different areas, Hollywood being one of them. Maybe as a 43 year old adult now I see Hollywood for what it is and that it's a dump! We stopped at a Starbucks on Sunset and there was a needle on the ground-real nice! The area is in complete decay. It's really sad! She didn't even want to get out to go walk around on Hollywood Blvd. So we went to Santa Monica instead, a much better choice. If you go to Hollywood, stay in the tourist places and even then, be very vigilant and be aware of your surroundings.
Written January 20, 2014
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Keysha M
Baton Rouge, LA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
OMG! Our tour guide, Mark Morrow, was awesome!! He has a genuine love for what he does. He takes you to all the legendary spots like the Hollywood Sign, the Chinese Theater, the Grove, Beverly Hills, etc., as well as the tour of homes. He is also very accomodating to his passengers. He provides snacks, water, sodas, etc. I was very impressed by him. Also, with him, you don't have to ride in a hot bus. You are shuttled in an air conditioned Mercedes van.
Written August 25, 2011
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