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Old 06-27-2009, 09:32 PM
 
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I'm starting to plan a trip to to LA for probably late august. I put all my "superstar" cards together at work and they amounted to 4 days off. I can always take more days off and just eat it on the paycheck. The thing is I don't really want to do alot there, (except for maybe seeing J-Lenno, tour bus ride, watts towers, a mall like in "fast times", the valley, north hollywood, and big a indoor flea market). I just want to hang out and enjoy the flavor. I really just need a cheap motel with some decent little bars nearby. I'd sure like to be near hollywood though, I don't know much about, I just like the name. Any motels you recommend? I'm trying to hook up with anybody I might know there, but you know it's hard when your family/cousins are all from out east.
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:28 PM
 
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Come on...give me some specific recommendations, cheap motel with some killer dive bars nearby. I even bought a new digital camera today for my trip. I want a neon sign blinking through my window at night.

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I'm starting to plan a trip to to LA for probably late august. I put all my "superstar" cards together at work and they amounted to 4 days off. I can always take more days off and just eat it on the paycheck. The thing is I don't really want to do alot there, (except for maybe seeing J-Lenno, tour bus ride, watts towers, a mall like in "fast times", the valley, north hollywood, and big a indoor flea market). I just want to hang out and enjoy the flavor. I really just need a cheap motel with some decent little bars nearby. I'd sure like to be near hollywood though, I don't know much about, I just like the name. Any motels you recommend? I'm trying to hook up with anybody I might know there, but you know it's hard when your family/cousins are all from out east.
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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Perhaps we don't know of one .....
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:22 PM
 
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Try the Motel 6 on Whitley Ave in Hollywood. It's a half-block off of Hollywood Boulevard, close to tons of bars, cheap, and the perfect location right in the heart of Hollywood. Our relatives used to stay there when visiting us (a couple of years ago now, so maybe it has changed) and while it wasn't fancy, it was good enough. My sister- and brother-in-law had a pretty typical motel experience, although my single father-in-law had the extra "service" of having a hooker knock on his door late at night; apparently someone on staff had clued her in to the single men in the motel. No blinking neon, but there's plenty of street life on Whitley at night. My husband used to sleep with ear plugs when we lived just north of there.

If you just want to soak in the flavor make sure to hit downtown, too; go walk around Broadway and then through the Toy and Fashion Districts, plus maybe Little Tokyo, Olvera Street, and, if time, Chinatown (Olvera and Chinatown are near Union Station). I think you'll really like Broadway. Stop off at Grand Central Market for lunch. It's easy to get downtown from Hollywood - just hop on the Red Line (subway) and you'll be downtown in something like 15 minutes.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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Saharan Motor Hotel.

There was a nice article about it in the LA Weekly a while back.
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Old 06-30-2009, 07:19 PM
 
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J-Lenno, tour bus ride, watts towers, a mall like in "fast times", the valley, north hollywood, and big a indoor flea market). I just want to hang out and enjoy the flavor. I really just need a cheap motel with some decent little bars nearby. I'd sure like to be near hollywood though, I don't know much about, I just like the name.
Jay Leno Show doesn't debut until this fall. I'd recommend renting a car and driving to where you want to go (but look for a tour if you like). If you want to see the Valley, just drive west along Ventura from Studio City all the way to Woodland Hills to get the feel for the place. Maybe walk around Sherman Oaks or Studio City. The mall in Fast Times has been rebuilt; it's the Sherman Oaks Galleria, but it's no longer a mall. If you want a typical suburban mall, near Woodland Hills check out the Topanga Mall. It's got a new "food court" like the one in Century City; the architects were asked to completely rethink the concept of fast food in a mall. Why do you want to go to North Hollywood? There are a few theaters and cafes and residential areas, there are more interesting neighborhoods in the city.

In Hollywod, just walk around. There are plenty of bars on Hollywood Blvd.

Check out Melrose Ave, Sunset Blvds. as well to soak up more flavor. Venice Beach, etc, etc.... there's a lot to see.
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:51 AM
 
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Try Priceline.com "ask your own price'.

I grew to like the Liberty Hotel (1 bedroom apartments) behind Kodak Theatre/Graumanns Chinese Theatre. It was 100 yards, thru a massive secure hotel to the Walk of Fame, the $25 a day tourist bus and a few historic hotels. For me, it was where the tourist sights were easest to get too. The tourist bus went to the open air market, and thru Beverley Hills etc.

Grab Lonely Planet[s guide to LA.

Hope that helps.

Cheers
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:57 PM
 
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The idea of getting behind the wheel of a car there scares me, not knowing the city and all. But what I rented a little scooter? I could see all of my surroundings so easily, just stay in the right side of the lane at about 35 mph. And it's so easy to make quick turns if you see something interesting. I could load up a backpack for the day and take it all the way to the beach, no? Then I could maybe lock it up at the motel at night.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:29 PM
 
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I don't think that would be such a great idea.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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The idea of getting behind the wheel of a car there scares me, not knowing the city and all. But what I rented a little scooter? I could see all of my surroundings so easily, just stay in the right side of the lane at about 35 mph. And it's so easy to make quick turns if you see something interesting. I could load up a backpack for the day and take it all the way to the beach, no? Then I could maybe lock it up at the motel at night.
Honestly, I don't see the logic. You are afraid of being in a car here and your solution is to go on the SAME crowded roads you aren't familiar with, but on a scooter with no air bags, no crumple zone, no state of the art accident technology ,etc... so that when you get hit, well....... its your flesh vs some crazy Angeleno in a 6,500 pound Hummer H2. Drivers here aren't going to smile and wave when you sit in a lane at 35 mph on the right side and they want to go 45.

I think it is different to have a scooter when you know the city, but for a visitor, ummm. no don't do it.

Good luck, you will need it, and that is not to be rude, just honestly, bad idea.
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