Los Angeles Journals

In LA... go West!

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A February 2006 trip to Los Angeles by El Gallo

LOS ANGELES ADVENTURER ALL SUITE HOTEL Photo, Inglewood, California More Photos
Quote: Out by the beaches and airport is the place to hang, chill, and stay.

In LA... go West!

Overview

Venice Beach Boardwalk Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Let's face it... if it wasn't for the beach, LA could be anywhere. It's the west side of town you want to concentrate on. Venice and Santa Monica are the world's picture of LaLa Land. Grab a bikini, rent some skates, and go get some rays while being cool and gorgeous. Or watch other people doing it.And don't stay downtown, go for the bargains... read on.Quick Tips: I would recommend travelers stay at the places I mention in Inglewood, and take the free shuttles to-and-from terminals and the beach.Best Way To Get Around: Public transportation is cheap in LA and not as bad as people say. Of course, once you get to the beach, it's really easy; rent a surfboard...Read More

LOS ANGELES ADVENTURER ALL SUITE HOTEL

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Hotel | "LA ADVENTURER HOTEL"

LOS ANGELES ADVENTURER ALL SUITE HOTEL Photo, Inglewood, California
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It's the best deal in town!It's a hotel composed entirely of two-room suites. At this writing, the suites are $50 a night and hostel beds are $15. To put that in perspective, you could pay $50 for a rat-hole in Hollywood that looks like a crime scene, or $24 a night for a hostel from hell in Venice.Rooms are comfy with wet bar/refrigerators, furnished nicely, with lots dressers and chairs made of real wood. Sofas fold into queen beds, for a two-bedroom apartment at night. Big TVs feature sports and movie channels. There are actual paintings on the wall.The staff tends to be very nice young people who are friendly and seem happy to be working there.This is one of th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

LOS ANGELES ADVENTURER ALL SUITE HOTEL
4200 W Century Blvd
Inglewood, California 90304
310-419-0999

Backpackers' Paradise

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Hotel | "BACKPACKERS PARADISE"

Backpackers' Paradise Photo, Los Angeles, California
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You can spend twenty-something bucks to sleep in a rathole of a Venice hostel, or other LA areas, or you can spend $15 to stay in one of the coolest places in town.One of the secrets of the Packpackers' Paradise is that it's half hotel, half hostel. It gives some amenities and atmosphere you don't normally find... like a heated pool for instance.The hostel beds are comfortable, well maintained, and have lockers available. The staff tends to be very nice young people who are friendly and seem happy to be working there.This is a playground for weary backpackers. There are tables, chairs, and pop machines around the pool... but it boldly goes FAR beyond all that, like ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

Backpackers' Paradise
4200 W. Century Blvd.
Inglewood, California 90304
(310) 419-0999

Sidewalk Cafe

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Restaurant

Sidewalk Cafe Photo, Venice, California
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This is the heart of Venice beach (or the tit, or bicep, or whatever the equivalent is in a place where they film "Baywatch".) It manages to be surfy-beachy, legitimately bohemian, touristy, local, and intellectual, all at once. A big cavern of a cafe that sprawls right out onto Ocean Front Walk (aka The Boardwalk), making diners a part of the passing scene, and commanding a great view of the beach and the intervening show. You can eat a meal for $6 here, no problem. The entrees are all named after writers (try the Raymond Chandler), in keeping with the bookstore that is integrated to the cafe off to one side. This is a place where berets and thongs co-exist. A fine place to sit and soak-up the scene,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

Sidewalk Cafe
1401 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, California 90291
(310) 399-5547

Windward and Pacific Photo, Los Angeles, California
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As you walk (bike, skate, scoot, etc.) south from the Santa Monica pier, you will be undulating along a wide, wavy strip of cement, laid in the sand of an archetypal Californian beach. But as you cross over the ill-defined psychic boundary into Venice, you will end up cruising The Boardwalk. This is the epicenter of LA stereotype—crammed with athletic beauties wearing little more than skates and smiles, kooks, buskers, hustlers, and SoCal types.The inboard side of Ocean Front Walk is commerce run wild—if there is no restaurant, coffee house, or aura cleanser, there will be an open flea market stall selling T-shirts, shorts, beach-ware, the coolest in shades, and general bric-a- brac. Not bad p...Read More

Santa Monica Pier

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Most of those old Atlantic City type of piers from the era of amusement-over-the-water burned or fell down, but this one is still around—and even still has the amusement park complete with Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and flying submarine. Not just for kids, either. Even grown-ups get a kick out of checking out the carousel where Newman and Redford schemed up the scam in "The Sting." Or walk out to the end where Michael Douglas drove off in "Falling Down" (not to mention the dozens of other movies that took headers into the drink).If you like movie scenes, by the way, hike up the road that arches up from pier to town, and cut north into Palisades Park, a strip of green along the clifftop with...Read More

Union Station--Still in the Rail Age

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Story/Tip

Dining tables in the patio Photo, Los Angeles, California
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I really like LA's Union Station. It reminds me of why rail should be the way the world moves. In LA it's particularly important because the bus station is a drug-gang, war zone, piece-of-crap. Union Station, on the other hand, is a grand building with a soaring roof and unique decor that's a blend of Southwest and Art Deco. There's actually a very classy restaurant called Trax located in the huge main depot, with some tables in the patio garden. It's still kind of gracious, but also businesslike. You arrive and move through in an easy, sensible way that makes airports and bus stations kind-of suck by comparison.It's THE way to get from the San Diego/Mexico border area up to ...Read More

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