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Austin Nation
Review from Austin Nation
Red Velvet 847 events 723 reviews

Not bad. It wasn't quite what I was expecting because it read like it was going to cover so much more ground.

The tour operator doesn't wait for you if you are running late so don't get stuck in a traffic accident and expect him to wait on...continued

reviewed Mar 21 2009 report as inappropriate
Cybil Solyn
Review from Cybil Solyn
Red Velvet 301 events 211 reviews

I love a good history tour and although this one tried it felt too long and too chaotic. The three tour guides clearly knew what they were talking about and loved the time period, but the also seemed to love each other more than actually imparting...continued

reviewed Sep 06 2014 report as inappropriate
Rachael Andrews
Review from Rachael Andrews
Red Velvet 229 events 53 reviews

The tour was great and a lot of fun. The guides are obviously passionate and so fun to listen to.

reviewed Dec 07 2019 report as inappropriate
Review from la90042
Red Velvet 120 events 12 reviews

Enjoyed the downtown tour and information provided by the guides.

reviewed Mar 05 2011 report as inappropriate
Kenyon Brown
Review from Kenyon Brown
659 events 377 reviews

Quite interesting for those with a noir, True Crime and/or LA history bent - the stories are the main thing. Tour leader and two female assistants (?) could def be more organized and professional, plenty of kibbutzing between all. We did get...continued

reviewed Jun 09 2012 report as inappropriate
Martin Zimmerman
Review from Martin Zimmerman
190 events 110 reviews

Lots of interesting stories, but too much time sitting on a bus riding in circles around the same section of downtown LA. Needs more variety.

reviewed Jun 15 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Vera
145 events 76 reviews

Nice location to meet at & board bus. Buses windows on drivers side not cleaned vs. passenger side windows. Glad for break at Cliftons.
Kim did fine research. Joan very chic. Richard didn't seem open to suggestions. Overall, I enjoyed...continued

reviewed Jun 12 2010 report as inappropriate
Amy C.
Review from Amy C.
126 events 53 reviews

I've gone on several of the Esotouric tours---Crime Tour of Pasadena, 2 Noir-related tours of Raymond Chandler related locations---and all tours have been eye-opening in terms of learning more about L.A.'s secrets. Richard Schave and his wife Kim...continued

reviewed Nov 22 2008 report as inappropriate
Stephanie Varga
Review from Stephanie Varga
55 events 28 reviews

What can be better then riding around skid row in a tourist bus and being regaled with lurid tales of Los Angeles's seedy past? Getting off and given permission (and the safety in numbers) of visiting formerly fabulous buildings and lobbies and...continued

reviewed Mar 01 2014 report as inappropriate
Constance Bonheur Chanel
Review from Constance Bonheur Chanel
32 events 18 reviews

This was our second bus tour with Steve and Kim. I was born in raised in L.A. but there's so much history to this place that I need to learn about. This tour is not only providing you with a wealth of information and really cool sites but the...continued

reviewed Mar 31 2018 report as inappropriate
Review from Deb
33 events 16 reviews

The tour was informative, interesting and macabre!
I took my son (and two of his friends) for his 27th birthday. He and both friends enjoyed it, too. Husband and wife tour guides, and their red headed friend, did a wonderful job relating...continued

reviewed Nov 22 2008 report as inappropriate
Peter Barnett
Review from Peter Barnett
33 events 13 reviews

Was so fun and packed full of great LA Stories...

reviewed Dec 07 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Robyn
31 events 10 reviews

This is a wonderful tour if you're interested in the original Downtown area and it's historical buildings. They did an excellent job of researching the structures and finding hidden treasure spots. Unfortunately the words "Horrors" and "Vice" in...continued

reviewed Jun 09 2012 report as inappropriate
Cynthia Neal
Review from Cynthia Neal
17 events 8 reviews

I think this tour had the potential of being interesting, but missed the mark. Many of the places of interest were no longer there. We visited 2 hotels and I would have liked more information about them. They read from notes a lot and there...continued

reviewed Jun 12 2010 report as inappropriate
Christine Offutt
Review from Christine Offutt
20 events 7 reviews

The Black Dahlia tour is one of the best tours I've ever been on, so I was really looking forward to this one... This tour is interesting, but it wasn't as "bloody" or "nasty" (in a kitschy way) as I was expecting. Joan and Kim had great...continued

reviewed Mar 05 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Kathie
9 events 6 reviews

We booked this through Goldstar, and as usual, it went off without a hitch, and the price was right! We would have been really disappointed if we had paid full price.
We have gone on other Esotouric Adventures, and enjoyed them immensely. I...continued

reviewed Mar 06 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from thegirlblogger
23 events 6 reviews

Had a great time on the tour. Our guides were personable and offered up quite a bit of information they had compiled on the downtown hotels and some juicy history of burlesque & b girls in Los Angeles. My only complaint would be that the bus did...continued

reviewed Mar 06 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from DJamalT
9 events 6 reviews

This was a nice thing to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I didn't really know what to expect when we went, and I think that was a good thing because that helped make it easier to get into the flow of how they run this tour. It kind of has the...continued

reviewed Sep 22 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Kathy
36 events 5 reviews

This was a wonderful tour. Our guides were knowledgeable, entertaining and interesting. We went in several old hotels, and an old saloon that had a prohibition speakeasy that they are restoring. This tour really brought the gritty noir history...continued

reviewed Sep 06 2014 report as inappropriate
Wendy O.
Review from Wendy O.
20 events 4 reviews

The tour was okay. You start riding on the bus and get off at various stops in DTLA. There is minimal walking involved (at most a couple blocks) and the stories are interesting. However, when we went into the different hotels around DTLA, we just...continued

reviewed Mar 16 2019 report as inappropriate