'Much can be said about life of peace and harmony without leaving one's couch. But to do that in reality, you need to have a big heart that can take a pounding and still come out a winner.'
These are the words of Clive Cussler, a famous novelist from Alhambra, California. Without bearing any semblance of pretence whatsoever, Cussler tries to strike a chord with his readers in simple words and a gem of an idea. What's more striking is the fact that he actually succeeds in doing so!
Come to think of it, Cussler was not and is not the only famous face from Alhambra. From politicians to civil servants and stage actors to movie stars, not to mention a host of footballs, baseball and car racing legends, a number of residents born, brought up or raised by Alhambra have gone on to enrich the society they live in, which, in the words of Aristotle, the only acid test of a harmonic people.
Talking about harmony, another facet of Alhambra's societal structure is worth not only noting but also admiring and adopting. A significant part of Alhambra's population is made up of immigrants from the far orient, in particular China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Because of their presence in this otherwise quintessentially Californian city, a peculiar flavor is added to the melting pot of society. So, what results out of all this potpourri of life is nothing but highly delightful and visit-worthy!
The bottom line is, you won't regret visiting a city like Alhambra where culture and life go hand in hand together. Make your plans right away, for we've got no time to fritter. And to help you speed things up a tad, we are providing a quick-fix of Alhambra hotels guide!
Cheap Hotels and Lodges in Alhambra
As it turns out, not being one of the many mainstream holiday destinations in California has somehow helped Alhambra in a strange way. The San Gabriel Valley in which this city is located is not too far from Los Angeles, the most popular tourism destination in the whole wide world. That indeed does take some sheen off the tourism offered by Alhambra, making everything around here a bit cheaper in the process.
This may come as a good news for travelers who like to travel light and keep their pockets heavy. Without burning glaring holes in their bank accounts and credit card statements, they can hope to find a handful of cheap hotels here that are good enough for short stays.
However, one thing must be noted by tourists planning on choosing one of these cheap hotels that they are not, in most cases, equipped with state of the art facilities or amenities. What you get is exactly worth what you pay for, and that, we think, is a fair deal.
Among a few budget hotels in Alhambra that we reviewed, two came out to clear-cut list toppers.
The Raymond Hotel and the Alhambra Inn are the picks that we are referring to. While you can't expect to get top-notch hospitality here, these score pretty heavily in terms of basic amenities and affordability.
Looking for Luxury Hotels in Alhambra? We've Got 'em!
Very many tourists prefer to choose luxury resorts over cheap inns, and for such tourists who comprise a part of our readership, here's a round-up of luxury hotels in Alhambra.
The best of these are found not too far from the city, only about 6 miles, in Los Angeles. But if you are sick of commuting already, you can find world-class comfort and lavish style in Ambassador Inn Alhambra and Days Inn Alhambra. While both of these are renowned for their fair prices, their luxury is certainly put on display in these two properties!
Independent and Boutique Hotels in Alhambra
This category seems to be virtually non-existent in Alhambra, unless you care to look beneath the surface. And when you do, you are guaranteed to find some stupendous deals.
The best way to bypass the hotel-sickness that many tourists develop when they are on the road is to choose a boutique hotel. Holiday rentals and apartments for hire fulfil that criteria quite well, presenting tourists with an option that is definitely cost effective in the long run.
These options are usually located on the outskirts of the city. If you want to stay nearby the downtown area, you would be better of choosing one of many regular Alhambra hotels.
Things to Do and See in Alhambra
The best thing that Alhambra can offer her visitors is some peace of mind from the crazy chaos of a city like LA. Apart that though, sightseeing options in Alhambra are really limited, and to expect her to open a Pandora's Box for you in terms of sightseeing would be quite uncalled for.
If you are a connoisseur of performing arts, there is only one place you should visit first up while staying in Alhambra, the Lizard Theater Company. It is a traditional stage theater where the best of plays, musicals and other performance acts are regularly staged, throughout the year. With a special Chinese flavor of the local art scene, this theater transforms into a grand stage where rich cultures present the best they've got to put on display!
From cultural, let's move to a less cerebral sense, intoxication! While California is famous for its wines, brewing of traditional kind is often looked over. That's why, a trip to Ohana Brewing Company can be of great interest to many tourists. Here, you can actually witness various brews being transformed into highest quality of drinks from simple malt.
Getting Around in Alhambra
Alhambra is not really a large city, per se. So, getting around here is not much of a hassle. It would be much easier if you have a car of your own, and if not, you can always rent one.
Public transport is rather inadequate in Alhambra, and so, heavy reliance on cab and taxi services is often observed among tourist circles.