Los Angeles Journals

LA on a budget

A January 2003 trip to Los Angeles by modernist

Quote: If you are on a budget, I will let you in on the best place to stay and cheap but great things to do.

Orbit Hotel

Hotel | "Orbit Ho(s)tel"

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Eligibility: All can stay in the slightly pricier single room, but this can be as much as $49 per night. There are two more options; you can stay in a room with two bunk beds or three bunk beds. The two-bunk option will cost you $20 per night. You also need a non-U.S. passport to stay in the dorms. Even though I have a U.S. passport, I was able to stay, as I had flown in from Korea on the check-in day and had a stamp from Korean immigration. You need to put down a $20 key deposit, which you will get back at the end of the stay. You must also pay for the entire stay while checking in. They only accept cash! Environs: Very clean--the staff was actually installing a blue ball ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2003

Orbit Hotel
7950 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, California 90046
(323) 655-1510

The Getty Center/J. Paul Getty Museum

Attraction | "Getty Center"

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After a recommendation from Orbithotel staff, I drove up to the Getty Center. Now here's the deal: all the other IgoUgo writers have decided to park at the $5 garage at Getty Center, but there is a better way. The Center has a satellite parking lot on Constitution and Sepulveda with FREE parking and a shuttle to the Center! Of course, you miss out on the Disneyland-style tram ride from the $5 Getty lot, but this shuttle ride actually has a better view and it's free. Granted, it will take an extra 10 minutes, but hey it's up to you. The Getty Center is great in a couple of ways. I always try to find a quiet spot where I can sit, read, and study in any new city I visit. I find coffee shops are gr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2003

The Getty Center/J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Brentwood, Los Angeles 90049
(310) 440-7300

Star Wars in 30 minutes

Attraction | "Star Wars in 30 minues"

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Actually, it is all three parts of the original trilogy in 30 minutes. I was laughing so hard, by the end of the 30 minutes I was a bit exhausted. I had more laughs here than at the Improv a few minutes' drive from here.

I caught the 10:30pm show. There were about six seats left when I got to the ticket office at 10pm on a Saturday night. The actors are young, and it was really ingenious staging. You don't have to be a geek to like this show; however, if you have friends who constantly quote Star Wars, they will love you forever for introducing them to this show.

Call (310) 657-7377 for tickets, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2003

Star Wars in 30 minutes
366 N. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90048
(310) 652-9955

Improv

Attraction

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Being a big stand-up comic fan, at least on cable, I decided to check out the Improv, the place where a lot of big names like Robin Williams got their start. The cover was $15, plus a two-drink minimum at $5 each, so you are looking at $25 per person for about an hour-and-a-half- to two-hour show. On Saturday night, there were a 9pm and a 10:30pm show. I caught the earlier show. The six comics were all unknown to me, though I might have seen some of them on cable. The level that night was not good at all; I felt I had perhaps two or three good laughs. It was definitely not worth my money--I had more laughs at the Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes show later on in the evening, which was a m...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 10, 2003

Improv
8162 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, California 90046
+1 323 651 2583