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Traffic from Malibu to Santa Monica or Marina Del Rey

Oct 12th, 2004, 03:50 PM
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Traffic from Malibu to Santa Monica or Marina Del Rey

I'm going to a conference at Pepperdine in January. I'd like to stay in Santa Monica or Marina Del Rey, but I'm worried about the traffic to Malibu, as I have to arrive every day by 8:30 and leave at 5:30. How bad is the traffic at that hour and how long will it take? My other option is to stay in Westlake Village or Agoura. Thanks!
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Oct 12th, 2004, 04:38 PM
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santa monica-malibu is about 15-20 minutes considering there is no traffic. Marina Del Rey would be about 30 minutes. Not sure about Westlake Village though
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Oct 12th, 2004, 05:40 PM
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Yes, but is the traffic bad?
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Oct 12th, 2004, 06:21 PM
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Pepperdine is my alma mater!

To get to Malibu from Santa Monica at that hour, I would leave myself 45 minutes to drive up Pacific Coast Highway. That should be more than sufficient, barring some horrific accident, a rockslide or a fire!

You could expect about the same from Westlake Village. The variable there would be traffic on the 101 heading south (toward L.A.) until you reach your exit (Las Virgenes).

All things being equal, I'd stay in Santa Monica. Westlake Village is so suburban, and Santa Monica is...well... Santa Monica!

Have fun!
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Oct 12th, 2004, 07:36 PM
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Holiday Inn Brentwood/Bel Air is about 30 min from Pepperdine, might be another choice. You are kinda going against the traffic from there.
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Oct 13th, 2004, 04:17 AM
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Any other nice hotels in that area? I'm looking to spend up to 150 a night.
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Oct 13th, 2004, 06:57 AM
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There's the Shangri-La in Santa Monica, a bit closer to Malibu than some of the other SM hotels because you don't get into the downtown traffic. Not sure if the Malibu Country Inn has rooms in that price range during January, or if they have internet access in the rooms.

Radisson Bel Air isn't too bad a drive to Pepperdine, but I like the Holiday Inn there a bit better.
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Oct 13th, 2004, 07:31 AM
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There is NO traffic that time of day heading west toward Pepperdine. You'll be going against traffic each time.
 
Oct 13th, 2004, 09:22 AM
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uwdsr, you might want to go on tripadvisor, which lists some Malibu hotels within your price range. Just a thought.
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Oct 13th, 2004, 03:48 PM
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Yes, I went to that site but the reviews are so mixed! And, no info about traffic or getting around.
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Oct 13th, 2004, 07:25 PM
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Well, I'm sure that the reviews are also mixed for Santa Monica, the Marina and Westlake Village. But if you find a place in Malibu, you eliminate any traffic concerns and, it ain't a half bad place to hang out for a few days!

One last thought -- being January, is it possible that there may be some on campus housing available for your conference?
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Oct 14th, 2004, 03:30 AM
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There is on-campus housing, and it looks very nice, but it's as expensive, if not moreso, than the hotels.
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Oct 14th, 2004, 06:13 AM
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Contact Casa Malibu for details and prices. An easy five minutes from Pepperdine. Request a rehabed room.
 
Oct 14th, 2004, 06:18 AM
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You might opt for the on-campus housing, since the campus is really in a beautiful area. Since you'll be going in January, our wet month (relatively speaking for So. Cal), you'd be better off close to the area or on campus. That area is known for flooding -- a couple of big floods occurred in Malibu in the last decade.

For example, if you arrive and stay, say in Santa Monica, and we get the first of our rains, the roads are slick with oil, which people forget and we So. Californians (I admit it!) are generally lousy at driving in rain. Further, there are generally rock slides along Pacific Coast Highway during rainy season.
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Oct 14th, 2004, 08:08 AM
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uwdsr, go on Pepperdine's website. It's like a mediterranean retreat! It's on PCH, directly across the street from the ocean. Some student housing (the law school) even has ocean views.

If you stay right there, you'll have great scenery, great restaurants close by. I don't know how long you'll be there, but it seems ideal.
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