Overnight stays in LA (LAX) pre-flight and post-flight to/from Sydney

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TN
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We would arrive at LAX around 4:00pm in the afternoon. Our flight to Sydney would not leave until 10:30pm the NEXT evening. On the return, we arrive at LAX at 9:00am, and would not fly out for home until the following morning.

So where should we stay for those two nights that would be both convenient to the airport, yet close enough to someplace worth seeing while in LA?
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Ontario, CA (The one WITH the Palm Trees!)
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What are your interests? That'll help in pointing you in the right direction.
When?
Will you rent a car? Lots worth visiting within an hour's drive from the airport.
Museums-seems we have a bit of everything, including rabbits, miniatures, Western, observatory and locomotives etc etc etc
Hiking
Beaches
Movie locales
Entertainment
Presidential -Nixon and Reagan

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TN
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Thank you for the reply.

What are your interests? That'll help in pointing you in the right direction.
Having never been to the area, we don't really have any interest. Really don't have enough of time, but I have read post that mention going to Universal or The Ellen Show. Both sound fun, but....

We will probably want to relax for the most part. But if there is something worth seeing, we would be interested.


When?
As my signature indicates, late January and then mid February.


Will you rent a car? Lots worth visiting within an hour's drive from the airport.
Nope, not letting DH do that!


Museums-seems we have a bit of everything, including rabbits, miniatures, Western, observatory and locomotives etc etc.
Definitely not! After almost 40 cruises + other trips, we have seen our share of museums.


Hiking
We do not mind walking places, but hiking for pleasure is not our thing.


Beaches
If there is a hotel conveniently nearby, yes, a beach would be nice. Keep in mind that we do not want to be too far from LAX, either. A nice pool complex would be just as nice.


Movie locales
Sightseeing, HOHO bus to see famous homes and places...perhaps.

Entertainment
Perhaps one show???

Presidential -Nixon and Reagan
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Ontario, CA (The one WITH the Palm Trees!)
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Stay in Santa Monica if you want to be near the beach.
Your timeframe is the beginning of our rainy season. Temps can range from the mid60s to 80s.
If you want to see a taping, investigate getting tickets now.

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#5
TN
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Thanks! I did investigate Ellen tickets, but they have not announced the January/February schedule.

Isn't SM about an hour from LAX?

If the weather is typically rainy and that cool, can anyone recommend a good hotel near LAX that would have a nice resort type pool area?
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Right now (15:16 on a Thursday) there are two huge slowdowns on the roads, maps is predicting 45 minutes. Without that mess, 20 minutes.
An hour in traffic isn't too bad for Angelenos.

There are hotels at the airport but they're not near anything else. The area around the airport isn't too conducive for tourists. Roman friends of DD's made that mistake.


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As someone else mentioned, no resort-type hotels near LAX, but there are a number of nice hotels with good rooms, pools & restaurants if all you want to do is hang around. The area is not the best for walking around or sightseeing. Look at the Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, Renaissance. All are within 10-15 minutes of the airport with airport shuttles.

Another alternative would be Manhattan Beach - very nice beach, a pier, great restaurants and lots of cute shops. It's probably less congested than Santa Monica. Don't know if they have airport shuttles (about 15-20 minutes away from the airport) but it would be a short taxi or Uber ride to the airport.

Edit: Just realized you'll be there in January, so probably no pool time, unless one of the hotels has an indoor pool. If you're lucky we could have one of our beautiful sunny January days when walking along the beach would be very pleasant.
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#8
TN
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Thank you for the suggestions!

Good point about the weather. I guess I assumed that California would be warmer than it is in TN during the winter.

Received a message from Delta that our flight will now leave at 11:20pm instead of the original time of 9:55pm (I posted 10:30 in my original post, but that was wrong.) Gives us a little more time. LOL

Now we are thinking that we will fly out to LAX and spend 2 nights, so do not necessarily need to be that close to the airport. Then on the way home, we will fly back to TN on the same day that our flight lands back at LAX.
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California will be warmer than TN but it can still be in the 50s. It's usually between 50-80 in January.


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#10
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Originally posted by Iamthesea
Thanks! I did investigate Ellen tickets, but they have not announced the January/February schedule.

Isn't SM about an hour from LAX?

If the weather is typically rainy and that cool, can anyone recommend a good hotel near LAX that would have a nice resort type pool area?
Santa Monica is 12 miles from LAX using the freeway or 14 miles using Highway 1, so anything from 15 minutes to 60 minutes depending on traffic. Closer alternatives would be Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Marina del Rey.. I wouldn't stay at any LAX hotel because the area is so miserable.

The "Presidential" referred to earlier are the Presidential Libraries of President Reagan and President Nixon. Each one has very interesting exhibits.

And I am sure you've seen lots of museums, but only two museums in the world have a space shuttle in them and LA is one with the California Science Center with the Space Shuttle Endeavour. There are other unique museums like the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, The Page Museum which is at an active archeological dig (the La Brea Tar Pits) and the Petersen Automotive Museum, which is considered one of the top of its class in the U.S.

You also have plenty of time to stay at a hotel in Hollywood, Beverly Hills or Downtown LA and visit sights in those areas.
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TN
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Thank you.
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#12
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This is what we did:
Our choice was the Embassy Suites North LAX that has a very efficient free shuttle to and from the airport. On the morning of our Air NZ flight we took advantage of the nearby Ocean Express Trolley to go to Manhattan Beach. We extended our stay at the hotel until 5 pm that allowed us to have an afternoon nap and shower.
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TN
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Thank you so much, Alaskanb. That's exactly what I needed to hear...experience from another cruiser. Two days ago my husband brought up the problem about what to do between check-out time and time to head to the airport.

We just assumed we would have to pay for another nights stay to be able to refresh before the flight. Did you have to pay full price for the extra hours? Did you enjoy Manhattan Beach area?
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#14
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Originally posted by Iamthesea
Thank you so much, Alaskanb. That's exactly what I needed to hear...experience from another cruiser. Two days ago my husband brought up the problem about what to do between check-out time and time to head to the airport.

We just assumed we would have to pay for another nights stay to be able to refresh before the flight. Did you have to pay full price for the extra hours? Did you enjoy Manhattan Beach area?
It was not full price but do ask when you check-in as they can only do it if they have the space.
We live in a desert so being on a small pier and having dolphins swimming and waves crashing was wonderful. The beach appeared to be clean but we didn't walk on it due to time. We walked around the town but don't recollect where we ate -- check out the restaurants on TripAdvisor for that.
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We made the reservations, along with our flight out to LAX. I did add in the notes that we would like a late afternoon check-out.

BTW- Left the reservation open so that we could cancel if we decide on something else.
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#16
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We also,stayed at the Embassy Suites and took the trolley to Mahattan Beach. Lots of cute shops, etc and a pier at the beach. Not sure if we would stay two nights at the airport area. For two nights Inwpuld also recommend Santa Monica. We cruise Sydney to New Zealand this past Feb. and loved it.
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Coronado, CA & Corona del Mar, CA, USA
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Like I said, I'd never stay near LAX (more than one night), but if it is just one night, the Four Points by Sheraton has a 24 hour rate. You have to ask for it when you book, but if you book at 5PM one day, you have the room until 5PM the next. It is also great if you arrive at 6AM into LAX as you can book a room that starts at 7AM or 8AM rather than wait until 3PM for a hotel's normal check-in time.
#18
TN
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Thank you, vickykay. Yes, SM would be another option.

Husband wants to go to Disney. If we did not stay out near the airport, what suggestion is there for a hotel near the resort and about how far would the area be from the airport? I guess our biggest problem is that we do not want to rent a car. So we would really on a taxi service. $$
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Coronado, CA & Corona del Mar, CA, USA
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Originally posted by Iamthesea
Thank you, vickykay. Yes, SM would be another option.

Husband wants to go to Disney. If we did not stay out near the airport, what suggestion is there for a hotel near the resort and about how far would the area be from the airport? I guess our biggest problem is that we do not want to rent a car. So we would really on a taxi service. $$
Whether you are talking about getting to Disneyland in Anaheim from the cruise port or LAX, my answer would be the same; use a ride share company like Uber or Lyft. If you won't have a smartphone with you, use a shuttle company like Zippy Shuttle or Karmel Shuttle.

In Anaheim there are a dozen or more hotels easy walking distance. Directly across from the main entrance are the Best Western Plus Park Place Inn, Tropicana, Camelot Inn and Fairfield Inn. They are not where I would spend a week, there are better hotels for that, but for a night or two any of these are more than adequate.
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Add to list of places to stay by Disneyland/California Adventure, the Candy Cane Inn. If you choose to rent a car, parking is included. It's rare these days for a hotel not charge extra for parking. It's walkable to the parks and offer continental breakfast in the morning.

My daughter has yearly passes and it's her go to place if they are going for an overnight. I found it clean and comfortable.
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