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Old 12-11-2007, 08:04 PM
 
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I'm going to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena over New Years. I'll be staying for 4 days and am looking for something that is as cheap as possible. I won't have a car.

Is it best to stay in Pasadena? Or would it be smarter to stay in an area like Glendale? Is non-car transportation from Glendale available? It doesn't seem to be.

I'm also thinking of staying somewhere in LA if its fairly reasonable. I've never been to LA, so I'd like to stay somewhere fairly accessible to nightlife and such. Or can I find that in Pasadena?

Basically, where is best place to stay?

I know--lots of questions. If anyone could help at all, I appreciate it.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:35 PM
 
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i'm going to go out on a limb and guess that there is no such thing as a cheap hotel room in pasadena during rose bowl weekend, especially if you haven't booked it yet. you can try the marriott courtyard in old town pasadena, but i would be surprised if they aren't at capacity at this late date. you might have better luck staying at one of the downtown LA hotels, simply because there are more of them, and they are larger. they're also close to USC, and i wouldn't be surprised if they offered some kind of shuttle service to transport fans to the rose bowl on game day. good luck.
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Old 12-12-2007, 12:27 AM
 
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There is a Holiday Inn in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:26 AM
 
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Try a hostel

http://www.magicyellow.com/category/...sadena_CA.html

http://www.google.com/search?as_q=pa...s=&safe=active
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:47 AM
 
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I'd be surprised if you are able to find anything in Pasadena or even downtown at this point. But you never know. You may get lucky. Pull out or look up a map on the Internet to see all of the areas that surround Pasadena and start calling hotels in those areas. I also suggest using online, discount travel sites like Hotwire and Priceline.

I would also add that when visiting LA, having a car is as important as having a hotel room. So I suggest you borrow money or do whatever it is you need to do to get yourself a set of wheels. It will make your trip more enjoyable.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:03 AM
 
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If you stay downtown, there is the Metrolink gold line that runs between downtown and Pasadena. From there, you would have to take Pasadena local bus service (which I'm sure must exist but I don't know the name of it).

Glendale has the Glendale Beeline bus service but I don't know all the routes. You might also take a bus part way and then a cab to the stadium -- but I would think that they would have public transportation available on that day.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:40 AM
 
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Thank you everyone for your help!

So it seems most of you are saying that having a car would make things easier. I'm going to look into a hostel--that makes a lot sense. I'm looking at two possible place as well:

-A Radisson at LAX. I know not much is around here, but if I could find a car, that might be useful.

-The Royal Palace in Westwood Village. Pretty cheap and it's right by UCLA, so I'm assuming walkable nightlife might be there.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:54 AM
 
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Both of those places are really far away from Pasadena, particularly the one at LAX.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:01 AM
 
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Thank you everyone for your help!

So it seems most of you are saying that having a car would make things easier. I'm going to look into a hostel--that makes a lot sense. I'm looking at two possible place as well:

-A Radisson at LAX. I know not much is around here, but if I could find a car, that might be useful.

-The Royal Palace in Westwood Village. Pretty cheap and it's right by UCLA, so I'm assuming walkable nightlife might be there.

Depending on the time of day you'll be going to the Rose Bowl, it'll take you an hour or more from either of those locations. If there's an event going on, plan on up to two hours or so.

There are a few places around UCLA, but it will depend on what kind of nightlife you are looking for. You won't find many night clubs. Mostly just bars and restaurants.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Here's another tip for going to mega huge events with parking challenges: If possible, park one or two miles away and ride a bike right up to the gate. Works for the beach, huge sporting events, campus parking, etc. Worked for me many times. Parking gets really expensive and is often a real hassle arriving and departing. Park a little ways away and ride a bike in. You'll be laughing at everyone stuck in traffic waiting to park. When the event is over, hop on your bike. You'll be back on the freeway before a lot of folks are out of the parking lot.
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