I need advice on Los Angeles please

Old Aug 28th, 2013, 02:30 PM
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It's not this weekend and it's not summer, she said February. Hello!
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 02:42 PM
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I didn't see the February reference, it was buried in there. At any rate giving us the actual dates would help.

Try calling. If you can. It may be that you are going over a holiday weekend or it may be there is a convention, or it may be that it is too early.

Also in February there is really no reason to stay right by the ocean. You can stay a bit inland.
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 03:19 PM
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Those of us who live in land-locked states, will always choose to stay right by the ocean.
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 03:44 PM
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It IS unusual that there wouldn't be available rooms at a given hotel/motel in February 2014. I can't think of any "citywide" events that take place in February; the American Film Market (where second-tier studios sell their "direct to video/DVD" junk to foreign distributors) is coming up in November (11/6-11/13), but I don't recall any other such Citywide Happening.

February being a generally cool month, I'd hope that some of the nicer hotels like the Fairmont Miramar or the Huntley or the Loews or the new Shore Hotel might have specials. Yeah, there are tourists year-round, but certainly less of them than in August. Believe me, I know this for a fact.

The Georgian or the newly-renovated Shangri-La are historic properties with Hollywood Déco pedigrees (the latter being one of the last Streamline Moderne hotels in the greater LA area). Again, you might get a deal if you reserve now. They should all have available rooms. If not, ask if there's a citywide going on.... Are you flexible with your travel dates if that's the case?
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 03:59 PM
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No, the OP's dates are not flexible.

kodi, please give us your dates and your budget. It's too hot to go outside-- I'm happy to stay inside and help!

I just bought: home to SFO to LAX to home. Yay. A fun week, seeing family and DS.
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 04:28 PM
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The Georgian and the Shangri-La? I don't think you saw the "I am very much a budget traveler". Maybe I am location-challenged, but lots of other people just plain can't read today.

Hey Tab, you're right it's HOT! I need some Fresh n Easy strawberry ice cream. Yum.
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 04:37 PM
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Banana Gelato, clarkgriswold.
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Jeez, don't get me started re: ice cream right now.
If I had some pistachio almond. . ..
Good thing I don't.
Am chillin' now with a vodka & juice.
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 05:04 PM
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I for one don't believe in knocking ANY property out of my list without a bit of investigation. And just because someone says they are a "budget traveler" doesn't mean that, given the right circumstances, a usually-pricey option will NEVER drift down in price enough to be in their budget.

Translation: I've gotten great deals in off-season rooms by being willing to call the hotel and haggle. Sweetly.

And now I'm going to drive my illiterate self home and enjoy a nice glass of red wine. Maybe our last bottle of Paradise Ridge "The Posse"...! (We HAVE to get back to Sonoma ASAP!!!)
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 05:56 PM
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I'm about to inconvenience myself with some of that Zico chocolate coconut juice from the 99 cent store and a splash of cheap vodka.
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 08:49 PM
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Trader Joe's had "Cupcake Vodka" at 4.99 this week and Rum for 3.99...clearance sale...until it's gone".

I bet it's gone.

Sorry to hijack your topic kodi, but since you do love a bargain....maybe there's a TJs near you? Better get there faster than you decide on a hotel, though.
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Old Aug 28th, 2013, 10:45 PM
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Clark and Tabernash, thank you for reading!! And thanks to everyone trying to help . So here are the facts.
I did not say that every hotel city wide was unavailable. I'm saying that the few ive tried to book have no availability. I don't know why. My dates are not flexible... So it doesn't matter why they are booked.
My airfare was booked with frequent flyer miles so had to be booked way in advance ... So that means my dates are not flexible.

I will check in on Feb 18 for 3 nights. Yes, I believe this IS booking in advance.
Yes it will be winter, but not like winter where I live.. I do believe it will be my only trip to LA, so yes, I'd love to be able to stay near the beach.... To see it, walk along it, to experience it.

I plan on doing the hop on hop off bus tours to see as much as I can ..
Staying in Santa Monica was what I was hoping for, but on my budget, it might not be possible. I do not want to spend more than $150 a night. No, I'm not cheap, just travelling on a budget.

Perhaps I will have to stay close to LAX .

Clark, you are making me jealous. We don't have a TJs. The closet one is 4 hours away. But I hear we are getting one soon . Yippee !!

Tabernash , don't get me started on ice cream either.
It's hot here, and I could use some .
But for now it's bed time. It's late here in the east !
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Old Aug 29th, 2013, 07:08 AM
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$150/night sounds do-able. We can help you find something.
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Old Aug 29th, 2013, 08:09 AM
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Kodi,
here's a link to the hotels the HOHO stops at
http://www.starlinetours.com/images/...-timetable.png

The La Quinta LAX (on this list) has rooms for $119.
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Old Aug 29th, 2013, 08:21 AM
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What is you stayed in a hostel, and used the extra money to rent a car?
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Old Aug 29th, 2013, 09:25 AM
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BOOK
$139.00
Studio, 1 Queen Bed
This is the Expedia price for the Venice Beach Suites and Hotel I mentioned above.
$139 for a queen suite with a kitchenette, directly facing the ocean, right on the Venice oceanfront walk. FREE cancellation.

We have walked by it many times and it is appealing. I'd grab it and keep looking if you want. But I don't think you'll find something this 'central' that is directly on the beach. The hotel site says they help with tours, also.


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Old Aug 29th, 2013, 09:30 AM
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Try booking.com for Hosteling International if you don't mind being in a dorm hostel. It has dorm rooms for your nights.

Hotel California may be available if you hunt around, some of the websites have it for sale. Although it is a bit over your budget (I am seeing it on sale for $169)

As I said you need to use the spotting maps if you want to be near the ocean. Even Santa Monica runs well inland.
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Old Aug 29th, 2013, 09:32 AM
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Final answer re: Venice Beach Suites and Hotel, they have a tour package, and also a bike package:
http://www.venicebeachsuites.com/htm...mmodations.asp

Join experienced tour guides on a sweeping, thrill packed 5 and 1/2 hour tour of the Entertainment Capital of the World! Sample the rich history, diverse culture, sun-drenched beaches and pulsating movie tempos of Los Angeles. Enjoy exciting Los Angeles Tours of Hollywood Stars' Homes, Universal Studios, Muscle Beach, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Staples Center, Hollywood Sign, Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Walk of Fame, the Kodak Theater (Home of the Oscars), Beverly Hills, Sunset Strips, Rodeo Drive, and many more of LA's most famous attractions and sights.

This wonderful package is presented in conjunction with L.A. City Tours, who will treat you to a unique experience in the City of Angels. With a movie star on every corner, surprises galore await you!

The Venice Beach / Los Angeles Tour Package Includes:

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LA City Guided Tour
Snack Pack with Soda/Water, Power Bar, and Fresh Fruit
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Other Specials & Packages:

Venice Beach Bike Package
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Old Aug 29th, 2013, 09:37 AM
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Alternatively you could spend the first two nights in Hollywood, Motel 6 is $76 a night if booked directly with them.

Then you can afford a nicer hotel in Santa Monica for your last night (and be closer to the airport for your departure).

www.motel6.com
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