Los Angeles driving advise...

Old Jul 21st, 2008, 12:27 PM
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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!!!
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Old Jul 21st, 2008, 12:28 PM
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PS... I forgot to mention that we are leaving from downtown for each trip.
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Old Jul 21st, 2008, 12:48 PM
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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.
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Old Jul 21st, 2008, 01:17 PM
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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.
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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.
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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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