We had an 18-hour layover in LAX. This is too long for just sitting on the bed and watching TV. So the question was: Where can we go shopping near LAX without a car? I’ve found 2 malls near LAX. Culver City / Fox Hills Mall are not really in my favorite part of town so it was Manhattan Beach. There are several hotels within walking distance of Manhattan Village and the Residence Inn looked like the best place for a family.
Taxi from / to LAX was 20$ including tip. We arrived at the Residence Inn after 10pm and we were afraid that we would have to go to bed hungry since the hotel has no restaurant and nearby fast food places were closed at this time. However, the Residence Inn has a small Minimart selling snacks like microwave pizza, instant noodles and chips. At quite reasonable prices.
Our 2-bedroom Penthouse Suite (422) was in far better shape than one would expect from this type of accommodation. Everything was working well and looking new. The only exceptions were the TV sets – there are 3 - which were aging with broken power buttons. We’ve seen a truck with new LCD TVs on the parking lot the next day, so this problem seems to be solved. Also, an in-room safe would have been useful. For those with wheelchairs or strollers it should be noted that this room type is located on the second floor with narrow stairs and no elevator. The second bed is on the gallery another flight up.
Free breakfast the next morning was again better than we had expected. Not really elaborate but a good choice of hot and cold items. The kids especially liked the waffle iron.
After breakfast, it was shopping time. The southern end of Manhattan Village (Ralphs supermarket) is a leisurely 10-minutes walk from the hotel. It’s a further 5 minutes to the northern end (Macy’s).
All the employees we met were not only friendly but enthusiastic.
We would certainly recommend this hotel. LAX airport hotels are usually quite expensive during the workweek. So despite the taxi fares, we ended up paying less for a great suite in a useful location than for a standard room at the airport.
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