I was on my way home from a four-day stay in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. For some reason, the cheapest flights back home involved a multiple hour layover. When I booked the flight, I did not know where I would stay on the way back, but trusted I would figure it out at some point during the trip.
Flash forward four days. I had a great stay in Cabo, but this did not include internet or cell phone network access, so I had been completely "off grid" for my time there. This meant that when I boarded my flight to return home, I did not know where I would stay for my overnight layover in Los Angeles. I landed, cleared customs, claimed my suitcase and headed out to the "free hotel shuttle" area at LAX. I had prospected a few places on my way out of the USA, but when I reconnected with them, it was looking like I would have to pay $225+ USD for a one-night stay. I was not liking this. Then out of the blue, I saw a shuttle go by with a Travel Lodge ad on the side adverstising 49.95 for a "daytime stay". This was a beacon of light for me. I called them and found out they had vacancies for the night I would be in town. Yay! I had found a room for less than $100, which is great for this area. But that was only the beginning.
After arriving there, I found that not only were their rates flexible and reasonable, they had atmosphere, history and a great center of operations. It's not a place around which to plan your whole vacation, but if you have a layover of any kind, it is a wonderful place to "park" for awhile in comfort.
They have a Dennys restaurant with an actual cocktail lounge (very important), free hourly shuttles to LAX and easy access to several sight-seeing tour operators and a local shuttle to the beach. The property is older , but clean and well maintained. The landscaping was dotted with educational labels on the plants and trees, and in my room, I found a short written synopsis of story behind the business. This place has been around since the 1950s, and there were stories of multiple celebrities that have stayed there in the past - including Howard Hughes, Jane Russell, Little Richard and Ziggy Marley. If you have a short time to stay in Los Angeles, you can see and do it all from here.
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