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Old Nov 17th, 2008, 05:43 PM
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Unless you tell it to avoid highways...
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Old Nov 17th, 2008, 06:16 PM
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If this is your first trip to LA,... spending three nights in Hollywood at the Renessiance does not represent what LA is all about! In my opinion,if this is your first trip (and maybe not another one to LA for a while) it takes at least one-two weeks "to do" LA. First and most important is what are your goals? What do you think you want to do and than we can best advise you?

If you will be in Mexico, will you be on a tour? or are you driving? What time do you think you will arrive in "Manhattan Bch" (I consider the Aryes to be in Manhattan, even though it technically isn't Whatever!

ALSO,now here's something nobody has mentioned,... perhaps you didn't think about this: but this will be Martin Luther's nameday weekend. Soooo, some areas have celebrations, parades, etc. You may/maynot want to get caught up for hours in a traffic jam.


How do I know this? January 18th is my birthday and I'm going to Disneyl, show my drivers license and get in FREE! (do you know anyone whose birthday is JAN 18th? we can go together and have a real party!!!) Another also,... it might rain,... hmmmm.

Here's a suggestion: spend the first day at Disneyland? Second day, to the beach, walk on one of the Piers, The strand, (one hour)breakfast/lunch, (one hour)walk one of the downtown areas (for an hour), than on to the Manhattan Beach Village Mall or even bettr The Galleria, probably four times as large (for after Xmas/inventory sale shopping, and than, allow about two hours to go to TJ Max (one big block south of The Galleria) for some designer discount shopping.

You'll have to leave the Aryes at about9:15-9:30pm to check in at Internatonal LAX. So there you have it!

PS

Please don't go to Santa Monica, the people are usually very rude and are always "tooting" their car horns,... they think they are still in New York!

PS Here's another thought,... if you are just going to sleep in your room and don't need a 5-star,... think about the Hacienda Hotel right on Pacific Coast Hwy (one mile South of Lax.) They have a shuttle direct! I have friends from San Diego who always drive up and stay at the HH so they are packed and literally start their vacation a day earlier. If you are lucky enough to be there on a Tues on Thurs it's free entertainment as the best of the best West Coast Swing dancers/champions are there twirling their best!

Have fun!
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Old Nov 17th, 2008, 08:54 PM
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Jean-You can tell I know nothing about GPS-didn't know you could tell it to avoid highways.

I don't think I would come all the way from Australia just to go shopping at TJ Maxx!!
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Old Nov 17th, 2008, 10:36 PM
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Hi everyone,
thaks for the discussion on this topic.
As stated before, this is not our first time to LA.
We have stayed near the airport, in Hollywood and at Anaheim before.
We have 3 days before we do our drive and then 2 days before we fly home. We will be looking to unwind, shop and sightsee. We still like to go to LA even though we have been before.
The location is the problem. As first said, we thought we would do the aiport on the way home but everyone said a beach area would be better. That is how this discussion started.
We would like to go to Venice and Santa Monica on our return. Not sure what else.
Paula, I will check out the Beach House hotel at Hermosa. Thanks again for all of your suggestions.
Letsdance - We will be in Cancun for 3 nights and then Playa del Carmen for 3 nights doing our oown thing.
We arrive at 9.00pm at night back into La.
Thanks
Donna
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Old Nov 17th, 2008, 11:49 PM
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If you have already stayed in the parts of LA you mentioned, then I think you would enjoy Manhattan/Hermosa. It would be a whole different atmosphere. And you'd be close enough to visit Venice and Santa Monica.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old Nov 18th, 2008, 06:31 AM
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If "unwind" is your primary goal, then Manhattan/Hermosa.

The Beach House in Hermosa is right on the beach. Our January skies are usually very clear, so the views up and down the coastline (and perhaps to Catalina island) should be terrific. Hermosa is a young and energetic town, especially at night. For some, the bar/restaurant scene at night is a bit too energetic, but things are usually quieter in winter. There are many small, boutique-y shops, generally catering to a young, hip clientele.

The Belamar and Marriott Hotels in Manhattan are not near the beach but are close to mainstream shopping, restaurants and movie theaters. The Manhattan Pier and "downtown" area are about a mile away. Compared to the area around the Beach House in Hermosa, downtown Manhattan is much quieter and slightly more upscale.

Manhattan is about 10 minutes from LAX and close to two freeways while Hermosa is about 15 minutes farther away.

If "shopping" is your primary goal, you might be able to save money by staying at one of the chain hotels on Century Boulevard near the airport. There is a free shuttle bus that travels to Manhattan and stops at several points including shopping centers and the beach area.

http://www.gatewaytola.org/pdf/oceanexpress.pdf

I'm not a fan of Santa Monica, so I usually don't recommend it. However, if "sightseeing" is your primary goal, and you're thinking of places like the Getty Center, Beverly Hills and Malibu, then Santa Monica would be a better location. There's lots of shopping. Depending on the time of day and location of the hotel, the drive to LAX would take 30-45 minutes.
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Old Nov 18th, 2008, 08:14 AM
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I really really hate the Century Blvd hotel location. Just ugly.

There are a few hotels in El Segundo in the commercial area east of Sepulveda. Not as nice as the Ayres but maybe less costly.

Ayres does have an advance purchase rate on those dates, $179.

I would also go with some of the other Manhattan Beach locations if they are not much more expensive.

When comparing hotels, be sure to check if parking is included in the rate.
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Old Nov 18th, 2008, 08:55 AM
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In the same area as the Ayres Hotel (2 miles from the beach, right off the 405 freeway and very close to restaurants and shops) are the Town Place Suites and the Spring Hill Suites, (both in the Marriott family of hotels). They are showing rates around $175/night, which includes complimentary breakfast and parking. The rooms also have little kitchenettes for storing your own drinks and snacks. You can book through the Marriott website.

Has anybody mentioned the Sea View Inn? It's not on the beach, but closer than all others mentioned above, except the Beach House. www.seaview-inn.com/index.htm
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I live in MB so I haven't stayed at the Sea View Inn and can't comment on the comfort or quality of the accommodations. Some of the rooms have a partial ocean view, and the hotel has bicycles to borrow. It's located in four buildings on both sides of a somewhat busy street and just two short, pedestrian-only residential blocks to the ocean. Along the ocean front (in front of the multi-million-dollar homes) are both pedestrian and bike paths, and the Manhattan Pier and downtown area are about a mile south. A few restaurants and shops are nearby. It would be a nice place to stay if you want a laid back, beach town experience, but I think I'd prefer it between spring and fall rather than January/winter.

There are many chain hotel options in the area. Lvk mentioned Marriott's Spring Hill and Towne Place properties. Hyatt operates the Summerfield Suites (El Segundo address but near the "big" Marriott in Manhattan Beach). Although just a few blocks from the Ayres, I like the locations of all of these a little more.
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Old Nov 19th, 2008, 01:30 AM
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Once again,
thanks everone for your great ideas. I will check out the other hotels you have mentioned. I am busy doing reports but will have a good look in a couple of days.
Thanks agin for your ehlp
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