22.03.2013 - 22.03.2013 21 °C
We had an early wake up call for a 9am flight out of Phoenix. It was still dark when the alarm went off and it was a quick check out. Our car was read and it was off. I drove the last leg which our satnav indicated would only be 30 minutes. The freeway was good at that time of the morning but the signs to the airport pretty scarce.
The rental drop off was enormous but located about 3 mile from the terminal. Very efficient return process and included a bus shuttle to the terminal. Arrived at the terminal and I remembered that my good glasses were still in the car. We checked in and because of time to spare it was back to the avis rental site to find my glasses. It was worth the effort because they are Rayban and we have time to spare.
The airport at Phoenix has no Admirals club so we waited for our flight in starbucks. The security process was very quick this time around but when we arrived in LA and I opened my checked-in bag, the TSA had left a calling card in my bag. We had TSA approved locks on the bag and they searched mine on a random basis. Good security and care given we didn't know until reaching the hotel.
The American Airlines flight was via their sister carrier Eagle Air. This is similar to the Qantas Link arrangement with a smaller jet servicing short legs. Still the flight was more enjoyable than the one from NY to LA. Coffee was still shit though....
The jet was so small that our carry on luggage had to be left at the door and we picked it up on arrival. The overhead lockers were too small.
Arrival into LA was just after 11am and we bused it to the arrivals area. Bags were collected and the Super Shuttle took us out to the Langham at Pasadena.
One of the nicest hotels in LA it is located in a quiet but expensive area of LA south of the city. It took about 50 minutes via freeways to get there and I just glad that I wasn't having to drive.
Arrival at the Langham was via back streets around Pasadena with some very large and obviously expensive houses. Compares in some way to Hunters Hill without the harbour view and smog.
Waiting for us at the entrance to the Langham was David Caruso from Miami CSI fame. He obviously heard that I was arriving and wanted a look at me. Stars, when will they learn.
The hotel is beautiful and we scored one of their best rooms. It has a 180 degree view across the LA mountain ranges and city, shame we can't see it for the smog.
It has become a tradition for us to "Lux" it up before our flight home and the place to stay is the Langham. In Hong Kong the stay was just great and it has continued here in LA.
The club lounge overlooks lower LA and Pasadena which is in a very leafy suburb toward the eastern mountain ranges. Shame about the fog.
The lounge has lunch, afternoon tea and pre dinner horse's doers. Between all that is Moet champagne. Can't even begin to outline just how good it is. This is what holidays are about.
Talking of beaver. Found this cute one in the grounds during our walk.
The grounds have flora not too dissimilar to Oz and it's the start of spring in the US.
A quiet night in the lounge with a day of shopping tomorrow. We have decided to give Disneyland a miss given that it is a 7am start and return around 8pm. This also coincides with the spring break for the kids and the locals believe that ride queues will be around 2 hours per. Not for us that's for sure so we will continue to rest up in preparation for our Spa treatment tomorrow and very late flight out of LA for Oz.