LA's Staples Center - Help with accomms pls.

Old May 27th, 2008, 07:05 AM
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Hi travelgirl2_99!

After reading all the info here about safety in that area, I chickened out and booked at the Figueroa. It's only 2 blocks away (the owner says, "it's across the street").

Also figuring into my decision is the event fine print. In the past World I'd been to, they didn't clear out the arena between events so it was very convenient to just "settle in" to your seats for the whole day and use the break times to eat, etc. I read on the site that they are clearing out the arena for an hour between the events. If the hotel is very close I could go back to freshen up, etc. If it's 8 blocks away, by the time I get to the hotel, it'd be time to go back.

I wasn't keen on walking back that distance to Biltmore/Bonaventure; I didn't want that apprehension every nite, even if in the end I arrived safely.

Your walking group idea sounds like a good one. If I were walking that distance, I wouldn't be shy asking others who were flooding the streets and walking in that direction if they were walking to your hotel, and just asking if you can walk together. You know skating folk are friendly!

I'd like to stay at a nicer place (the difference in price is minimal btwn the hotels) but I just opted for convenience. I don't want to hassle with trying to snag a cab after the event as I know the queues post-event anywhere can be long. I'm still going to keep an eye out for PL.

I was disappointed with the pricing of this Worlds - others have said it was cheaper to go to last year's Worlds in Sweden than the one in LA! Going to last year's must have been a treat - lucky gal!

Well, I guess they know the hook is it's the last one before the Olympics. So they got me. I plan to go to the Vancouver Olympics - am SOOO hoping I can get tix for it.

If you haven't got your 2009 tix yet, I just bought my tix this week - still reasonably good seats available (Row 16). Just FYI, I found better seats phoning in rather than going thru ticketmaster.

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Old May 27th, 2008, 01:56 PM
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A couple of restaurants within a block or two of the Figueroa Hotel, all on Figueroa Street:

Zucca (Italian)
Roy's (Hawaiian)
The Pantry (historic and cheap, lines out the door)
Riordan's Tavern
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Old May 27th, 2008, 05:49 PM
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Jean, how wonderful of you to take time to post those restaurants - thx a mint! I'll check them out on-line before I go.

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