Dennis A. Amith

A Lifestyle, Personal Style and Travel Blog

The One about Sakura Hotel & Hostel (Ikebukuro)

A few people have asked where I stay when I go to Japan, since I stay for a longer duration than most vacationers.  I am still not as confident as my other friends who do AirBNB, but they tend to stay for short durations 1-2 weeks versus 3-4 weeks that I do. In Tokyo, I found that Sakura Hotel & Hostel which has five locations in Nippori (near Yanaka), Ikebukuro, Hatagaya (Near Shinjuku/Harajuku and is […]

The One about The Varden – A Boutique Hotel in Long Beach, California

For those looking to stay near Downtown Long Beach, definitely check out The Varden. Restored in 2014 by co-owners Larry Black and Charles Knowlton, many people passing by will notice the name “Dolly Varden” on top of the building. From what I have read, Dolly Varden was “an eccentric circus performer” and a wealthy admirer supposedly build the building for her.  Dolly Varden lived on the top floor of the hotel in a number of […]

The One about Staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Near Long Beach Convention Center

Having stayed at several hotels in the Long Beach area, this time I decided to stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites near Long Beach Convention Center. What was surprising was it was located near where I lived in Long Beach as a teenager. This simple budget hotel is 5.1 miles from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, 4.5 miles from the Aquarium of the Pacific and 5.4 miles from California State University Long Beach. For […]

The One about the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Right on 7000 Hollywood Blvd. and a short walk from the TLC Chinese Theatres is the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. An iconic hotel which hosted Hollywood cinema legends such as Charles Chaplin, Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and many more. And while events still happen at the hotel (such as the Turner Classic Movie Festival), it’s probably the closest hotel for those who want immediate access to the Hollywood Stars Walk of Fame.  Right when […]

The One about Watching the Sunrise during Breakfast at the PCH Club in Long Beach

  I stayed at the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach and for the most part, if you are going to Long Beach and need an affordable hotel near the Marina, this is the place! But my highlight was early in the morning, as I had breakfast at PCH Club (connected to the hotel). There is a great view of the marina and I had to experience the sunrise during breakfast. Romantic.  Elegant and just […]