Thursday, May 18, 2006

Travel Stories- San Francisco

If you are ever on your way to Santa Cruz for some reason and need a place to stay, may I suggest the Brookdale Lodge. I think the Brookdale Lodge was once a nice place, maybe up until the 70's? A photo of Marilyn Monroe in the lobby is proof that she was once a guest. Then in '77 there was a big fire, the hotel was rebuilt, but it was never able to recapture those long gone salad days. The once classic style can be described as rustic velvet Bavarian swingers nature camp. The bright red lobby features a round cream colored couch and a giant cage in the corner filled with about 30 male finches. You can have a drink in the Mermaid Room, which is located below ground level. Its large murky window is also the north wall of the swimming pool, providing a good view of any swimmers underwater. The best feature by far of the Brookdale Lodge is its dining room. A river runs through the middle of it and you can watch birds fly around as you sit in your high backed 70's chair and enjoy the Sunday brunch (9:30am to 1:30pm).

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