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Old Jun 26th 2014, 7:09 am
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Anyone got any idea for nice hotel for a four day stopover in LA and San Francisco. I don't want it right by the airport but will need to be where theres stuff going on, good transport links and safe.
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Old Jun 26th 2014, 7:25 am
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You'll find that the coast is only about 15mins drive from LAX. We've had a perfectly pleasant stopover staying at Redondo beach - can walk up as far Manhattan Beach, which has plenty going on.

If you want you could go up to Santa Monica which will offer everything you want - including a fairly direct route up to Hollywood through Bevvy Hills. Bit further from the airport but still well do-able. And awesome.

We stopped in one of the Best Westerns in redondo and it was very cheap but very nice - hot tub, and a range of gorgeous seafood diners across the road (as was the beach, wharf and boardwalk)
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You'll find that the coast is only about 15mins drive from LAX. We've had a perfectly pleasant stopover staying at Redondo beach - can walk up as far Manhattan Beach, which has plenty going on.

If you want you could go up to Santa Monica which will offer everything you want - including a fairly direct route up to Hollywood through Bevvy Hills. Bit further from the airport but still well do-able. And awesome.

We stopped in one of the Best Westerns in redondo and it was very cheap but very nice - hot tub, and a range of gorgeous seafood diners across the road (as was the beach, wharf and boardwalk)
Thanks I'll take a look. I stayed in the best western on sunset boulevard but they want over $1000 and that's to much. It's for my 20yr old, she needs to be able to get around fairly easy and get food and shopping.
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Thanks I'll take a look. I stayed in the best western on sunset boulevard but they want over $1000 and that's to much. It's for my 20yr old, she needs to be able to get around fairly easy and get food and shopping.
You do mean by car I take it?
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You do mean by car I take it?
No not by car. They will need to get a shuttle bus or something from the airport and then get around on public transport, trips or taxi.
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No not by car. They will need to get a shuttle bus or something from the airport and then get around on public transport, trips or taxi.
OK look into that carefully because public transport is not great here.
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You'll find the staff at LAX the most miserable in my estimation in the whole of the US.
I've done the US quite a bit on business, and once even the air steward warned us to that effect, and she wasn't wrong...
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Thanks I'll take a look. I stayed in the best western on sunset boulevard but they want over $1000 and that's to much. It's for my 20yr old, she needs to be able to get around fairly easy and get food and shopping.
We didn't have a car in our few days at Redondo Beach. There was a bus that basically went up and down Highway 1, and, from memory, we caught it once up past Manhattan Beach to a Mall and did some shopping there... Just had a squizz at Google maps, and it was the Manhattan Village Shopping Center we went to. Also, it would seem that Santa Monica is about an equal distance from LAX - so I would probably go there if I were you.

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Originally Posted by bearskin
We didn't have a car in our few days at Redondo Beach. There was a bus that basically went up and down Highway 1, and, from memory, we caught it once up past Manhattan Beach to a Mall and did some shopping there... Just had a squizz at Google maps, and it was the Manhattan Village Shopping Center we went to. Also, it would seem that Santa Monica is about an equal distance from LAX - so I would probably go there if I were you.
Thanks, I'll take a good luck. They will be fine on the bus and can always get a taxi or tour bus to look around further. Cheers
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I'm currently in LA staying in an Airbnb apartment between Westwood (UCLA area) and Santa Monica Boulevard - much cheaper than a hotel. I got the airport shuttle for $24.
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I'm currently in LA staying in an Airbnb apartment between Westwood (UCLA area) and Santa Monica Boulevard - much cheaper than a hotel. I got the airport shuttle for $24.
Hey thanks for that, I meant to ask you before you left. I'll check that out. How did you arrange the airport shuttle?
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Originally Posted by Spacecake799
Hey thanks for that, I meant to ask you before you left. I'll check that out. How did you arrange the airport shuttle?
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The motel usually arrange that for you they should also have details for bus trips as well. I went on a shopping trip to Ontario mills mall via the motel I was staying at.
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Hey thanks for that, I meant to ask you before you left. I'll check that out. How did you arrange the airport shuttle?
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I stood inline at the airport (takes ages cos they only let the van go when there are at least 7 pax going to the same vicinity!) You can, however book the shuttle online, which I have done for my return to the airport tomorrow. I used supershuttles.
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