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TxTravelPro Jul 21st, 2008 01:27 PM

Los Angeles driving advise...
Hi all :)
I leave for LA Friday and have booked reservations at some great restaurants!
Each of these reservations comes on the heels of a busy event, so I want to leave at the last possible minute and still be safe.
Here's the details:

Saturday - Reservation at 630pm at One Sunset which is on Sunset in West Hollywood.
We will be leaving from downtown LA.

Sunday - Reservations at 8pm at the Dakota, at the Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd.

Monday - Reservations at 745pm at STK on La Cienega in West Hollywood.

Given the days and times, what is the latest *safe* departure time.
We do plan to valet at each location.

Thanks so much!!!

TxTravelPro Jul 21st, 2008 01:28 PM

PS... I forgot to mention that we are leaving from downtown for each trip.

Jean Jul 21st, 2008 01:48 PM

Are you familiar with L.A.? Have you Mapquested the routes?

Mapquest recommends surface streets for all three destinations. I guess I agree. Mapquest says 15-20 minutes for each. I think I'd say 30 minutes to be safe, and you'll probably arrive early. Weekend traffic in/through Hollywood can be pretty heavy.

TxTravelPro Jul 21st, 2008 02:17 PM

I am familiar but unfortunately I will not be the one driving.
To make matters worse, I have no idea how the drivers, drive.
I have no trust in Mapquest. I googled directions but I still want a local persons thoughts.
I will assume the drivers are slow and confused, even with a map/directions, which I will make sure to print out.

boom_boom Jul 21st, 2008 02:24 PM

I would advise at least 30 minutes. On a recent Saturday it took me 40 minutes to get from the Convention Center area to Westwood using surface streets.

mlgb Jul 21st, 2008 03:56 PM

I think you will be creeping slowly down surface streets around Hollywood/West Hollywood. Better allow 30-40 minutes.

Or change your reservations and eat downtown. Water Grill, Patina, Sushi Zen (Little Tokyo).

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