Jeff Zarrinnam, hotel director of Hollywood Hotel, is one of Hollywood’s foremost experts on the destination, its history and one of the most active and visionary leaders in the area. Jeff was born in Hollywood at Kaiser Permanente Hospital more than 50 years ago and makes his home in Hollywood. Jeff also works in Hollywood, is the President and CEO of Hollywood-based Zarco Hotels Inc., which owns the Hollywood Hotel, of which he is the hotel director, and is on the steering committee or board of at least eight Hollywood civic organizations.
Jeff’s fascination with Hollywood is as deep as his roots in the community. The re-established Hollywood Hotel on Vermont Avenue was built in 196 and purchased by Zarco, Inc. in 1964. Jeff has amassed many original items from the hotel’s first location on Hollywood Boulevard. In addition to launching an aggressive renovation of Hollywood Hotel, Jeff is restoring the 31- suite Chateau Celeste, an upscale boutique hotel directly across the street from Hollywood Hotel, which was originally built in 1927. The various sections within this City Guide include “Jeff’s Best Secrets,” places that Jeff, as the ultimate Hollywood insider, recommends. Enjoy!
Located just a short mile from the heart of Hollywood, the Hollywood Hotel is nearby the storied intersection of Hollywood & Vine, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Sign, as well as Griffith Park and its newly-renovated Observatory. Also on the neighborhood is the nation’s largest municipal park, Griffith Park, which is full of trails and scenic overlooks, as well as a train museum, the L.A. Zoo and the Museum of the American West.
Take a drive west of Griffith Park and you’ll come to the notorious Sunset Strip, featuring the Roxy, House of Blues and Whisky a Go Go. From rock and roll to folk, punk to the blues, virtually every top musical artist has hit the stage at one of these three musical venues.
A stone’s throw to the west is the city of Beverly Hills, home to countless luminaries and Rodeo Drive, one of the most exclusive shopping districts on the planet. At the Museum of TV & Radio, one can view screenings and gallery exhibitions commemorating the small screen and the golden age of radio.
The Hollywood Hotel is freeway close to famed Universal Studios Hollywood™ Theme Park, the world’s largest movie studio and theme park, and Universal City Walk®. Universal Studios Hollywood puts you so close you can hear the cameras rolling. Get an inside look at the sets and uncover the behind-the-scenes secrets of legendary films. And, for a big Hollywood finish, visit Universal CityWalk®, for L.A.’s hottest entertainment, dining and shopping.
After coffee at the Farmer’s Market, Be sure to spend a day at the Los AngelesCounty Museum of Art, which has an extensive permanent collection of both American and European painting as well as Asian and Islamic artifacts. LACMA’s Japanese Pavilion houses works dating from 3000 BC to the 20th century. Step across the street from LACMA and see the Craft & Folk Art Museum, which is dedicated to promoting traditional artisans and handmade art.
Next to the L. A. County Museum of Art complex is the Page Museum, featuring the world famous La Brea Tar Pits, which has hosted millions of visitors from around the world, each coming to take a giant step back in time with the many prehistoric creatures unearthed from their primordial goo.
Lake Hollywood is a beautiful lake situated in the Hollywood Hills in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. The surrounding recreational area, known as Lake Hollywood Park, offers walking, hiking and jogging for its visitors.
There are many ordinary ways to see the sights and sounds of Los Angeles, but none as exciting and out-of-the-ordinary as seeing them while on the back of a horse. One of the best places in LA to see spectacular views is on the trails near the Hollywood Sign. It’s an equestrians dream and one that many who visit will never forget!
Hollywood is home to some of the best hiking around, including the trails that lead to the Hollywood Sign (see more below) and Runyon Canyon. Visitors and locals who frequently hike along these famous trails can expect panoramic views of the city, beaches and famous landmarks throughout LA.
Golf & Tennis
With endless outdoor activities to see and do in Hollywood surprisingly some of the most popular are not located at the beach. Golf and tennis are both popular, outdoor activities that people of any age can experience in Hollywood. The area has many free golf courses and tennis courts that are easy to get to and make for an exciting and competitive day out!
“Jeff’s Best Kept Secret:” Trail Maps to the Hollywood Sign
Many people who visit and live in Los Angeles want to see the Hollywood Sign but aren’t familiar with the trail maps that make it easy to visit this famous outdoor landmark. The Hollywood Sign trail maps can be downloaded online or on a mobile phone, and they give accurate and clear directions on how to get to all three hiking trails including, The Mount Hollywood Trail, The Canyon Boulevard Trail and The Cahuenga Peak Hike.