Friday, March 21, 2014

Get Excited About Your Upcoming Trip To Los Angeles.....

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Check out these awesome videos and visually prepare yourself for your trip to LA!



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Friday, February 7, 2014

Taxi Alternatives For Getting Around In Los Angeles: Uber & Lyft

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Lyft and Uber are taxi alternatives that are becoming very popular in Los Angeles and many other major cities across the world. They are a great way to get around LA if you don't have a car and don't want to take public transportation. Both companies have mobile apps as well that make it easy to setup 
pickup times and make payments online. 

Fares are very competitive to a taxi and sometimes even cheaper! Lyft provides a more casual experience while Uber brings a "black car" higher end feel.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

How to get from LAX airport to Jerry's Motel by public transportation?

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Below is the most direct route via public transport from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to Jerry's Motel. Remember you can also take a shared van shuttle or Fly Away bus too. See our other blog posts for more details on those options.......

Total trip time is about 1.5 hours given all the stops and transfers. It will cost $5 per person for the Metro TAP card day pass to use this route. If you are arriving after Midnight it is best to use a shared shuttle or rental car as buses and trains may not be running.

Summary
LAX to Jerry's Motel Via Metro Train/Bus:

1. Take the Metro Green Line Shuttle "G" from LAX to the Aviation/LAX Green Line Metro Station
2. Take Green Line towards Norwalk and exit at Willowbrook station
3. Transfer to Blue Line towards Los Angeles at Willowbrook station
4. The Blue Line ends at 7th St Metro Station; transfer to the Red Line going to Union Station
5. Take the Red Line and exit at the Pershing Square stop. Go up to the 5th & Hill intersection.
6. Take Metro Bus 16/316 bus towards Cedars Sinai/Century City from 5th & Hill
7. Get off at 3rd & Lucas and walk across the street to Jerry's Motel

Detailed Directions:
  1. Exit your terminal, and cross to the center median. Look above your head for the blue sign reading "LAX Shuttle Airline Connections". You'll see a listing for "Metro Green Line Aviation Station". The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 5 AM to Midnight on most days.
  2. Board the free LAX Green Line "G" shuttle for the 15 minute ride to the Aviation/LAX Metro Rail station.
  3. At the Aviation/LAX station ride the escalator up to the above-ground station. You MUST take the Norwalk train and transfer at Willowbrook (Blue Line Station) to get to Downtown LA. 
  4. Get off at Willowbrook station and transfer to the Blue Line. Descend the stairs to the lower platform which services the Blue Line and board the train headed for Los Angeles.
  5. The Blue Line ends at 7th Street/Metro Center, in downtown Los Angeles. Total travel time from LAX to 7th Street/Metro Center Station via metro rail is about 60 minutes depending on connections. 
  6. At the 7th Street Metro Center station take the Red Line towards Union Station and get off at the Pershing Square stop. Exit the station and board the Metro Bus 316/16 bus at 5th & Hill headed towards Cedars Sinai Medical Center. 
  7. Get off at the 3rd and Lucas stop and walk across the street to Jerry's Motel!


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How to get to Disneyland from Downtown LA without a rental car?

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This is a question we get on a weekly basis from our guests who don't have a rental car and want to go to Disneyland which is located in Orange County. Unfortunately there is no direct train route that makes it all the way from downtown LA to the Magic Kingdom. Below are a few options to consider:

By Public Transportation - total trip time of 2 hours each way ($3 per person)

Catch the 760 Metro Bus towards Lynwood at 4th/Beaudry (2 blocks from Jerry's Motel)
Get off at 7th & Flower and transfer to the 460 Metro Bus towards Disneyland




By City Taxi - total trip time of 45 minutes 
A taxi will cost approximately $100 each way including tip.

By Chartered Tour Bus - total trip time of 1 hour
Lux Bus has a pickup location at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel which is located 4 blocks from Jerry's Motel. Pricing varies depending on tour type.

See links below for details:
http://www.luxbusamerica.com/la-to-disneyland-shuttle-bus.php
Starline Tours also offers similar packages
http://www.starlinetours.com/los-angeles-tour-24D.asp


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Downtown Los Angeles Area Parks

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Our guests often ask us for recommendations on a nearby park to go have a picnic at or for a quick morning jog. Below are a few parks located in or around downtown LA that are a perfect fit:

Echo Park 
(15 minute walk or 5 minute drive from Jerry's Motel)
This park features a mile long loop around a lake with 3 large fountains. Paddle-boating and trendy restaurants on nearby Sunset Blvd. make this park a very popular destination for locals.



Vista Hermosa Park
(7 minute walk or 3 minute drive from Jerry's Motel)
The Downtown area's newest park features jogging trails, green spaces for picnics and stunning views on the downtown skyline. 



Los Angeles State Historic Park
(10 minute drive from Jerry's Motel)
Covering 32 acres of open space on the edge of downtown near Chinatown this park is the perfect for for a jog or taking photos of the downtown skyline.


Elysian Park
(7 minute drive from Jerry's Motel)
This park is the second largest in Los Angeles at nearly 600 acres in size. Elysian retains much of its natural chaparral, a landscaped crisscrossed with hiking trails and a central picnic area with barbecue pits and children's play areas. 
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Traditional Homestyle Tacos In LA!

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Where can we find some delicious Mexican food? That is a question we get from many travelers while in LA.  Just a couple miles away from us at the base of Dodger Stadium is a taco restaurant which serves traditional tacos with braises from all over Mexico.

We highly recommend you try the sampler plate for $6.99 which gives you 6 different tacos to try. A nice drink to pair your meal with is the Armando Palmero which is a Mexican version of the Arnold Palmer and pairs fresh lemonade with jamaica (hibiscus juice).

Yelp Reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/guisados-los-angeles-3

Guisados - 1261 West Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Open at 10:30am 7 days a week
http://www.guisados.co/


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How To Get To The Los Angeles Convention Center By Bus

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The Los Angeles Convention Center is host to many large conventions during the year such as E3, Anime Expo, Dwell and the LA Auto Show. The "South Park" area of Downtown has gone through a major transformation in the last 15 years starting with the building of Staples Center and most recently the LA Live complex. This area has many great restaurants and bars as well. Getting to the Convention Center from our property is simple by either walking (1.5 miles), driving (5-7 minutes) or by using the DASH bus system.

If you want to use the DASH bus, Route F will take you directly to the South Park area of Downtown LA. A stop for this route is located 3 blocks east of our hotel. The DASH bus is highly cost effective as it is only $.50 cents one way.

Closest Stop: LAUSD Stop #6041 at 3rd St. & Beaudry
Get Off At: Staples Center Stop #6143 Figueroa & 12th St.

Schedule For Route F:
Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:30pm every 10 minutes
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 5pm every 20 minutes

http://www.ladottransit.com/dash/routes/downtown/downtown.php
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Tipping Guide

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Many of our guests are coming to the United States for their first time and often ask us about tipping their taxi driver, waitresses or maids. Although tipping is not customary in many countries around the world, tipping is standard in the United States. Below is a very simple guide on tipping along with a link to TripAdvisor's guide to Tipping and Etiquette in the United States. Both will come in handy during your stay.

Taxi Driver: 10% - 15% of fare
Waiter/Waitress: 10% - 20% of bill
Housekeeper: $2 - $5 per day
Bell Hop: $1 - $2 per bag
Bartender: 15% - 20% of bill or $1 - $2 per drink
Valet: $2 - $5 depending of location



http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g191-s606/United-States:Tipping.And.Etiquette.html

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

TV Show Taping Tickets

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A popular activity when visiting LA is to go to a TV show live taping. There are over 100 live television show taped in the LA area and some pre-planning before your trip could give you the chance to be a part of the audience.

Popular Shows:
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Ellen Show

TV Taping Ticket Agencies:
Audiences Unlimited - www.tvtickets.com

On Camera Audiences - www.on-camera-audiences.com
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jerry's Motel - Video Profile

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Check out our video profile. For more information visit us @ www.jerrysmotel.com



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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Jerry's Motel - About Us!

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Check out this easy to read "flip book" for a quick snapshot about Jerry's Motel.



Or vist our website @ www.jerrysmotel.com
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Helpful Information On The LA Public Transportation System

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Many of our guests will have a rental car during their stay and take advantage of our free parking. A large portion will travel without a rental car and use the Los Angeles public transportation system. Although it is not the best system in the world by any stretch of the imagination, you can still enjoy LA by bus or subway. With a little bit of advance planning and knowledge of the system prior to your visit you can make your stay in LA an enjoyable one.

Planning Your Public Transportation Routes:

Fares: A single trip on the bus or subway will run $1.50 and a 1 day pass will be $5. You will have to use a TAP card and "load" money on to it. See the link below for additional details.
http://golosangeles.about.com/od/gettingaroundlosangeles/ss/MetroGuide_4.htm

Google Transit: Just enter the "To" and "From" addresses or landmarks and the system will generate the route to take via public transport.
http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/transit/#mdy

Metro Main Site: The city's bus/subway guide. Similar to Google Transit but in our opinion not as user friendly.
http://www.metro.net/

Bus/Subway Maps: 

http://golosangeles.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=golosangeles&cdn=travel&tm=9174&f=11&su=p284.13.342.ip_p531.60.342.ip_&tt=29&bt=1&bts=0&st=12&zu=http%3A//www.metro.net/about/contact/customer-centers/

Bus Stop Closest To Jerry's Motel: Line 16/316

Metro Subway Stop Closest To Jerry's Motel: 7th Street Metro Station

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Los Angeles Sightseeing Tours - What Are My Options?

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Our guests often ask about the various sightseeing tour companies in LA and which one is the "best". It is really important to find out what kind of tour you are looking for to determine what makes sense for you. Below is a simple breakdown and links to the most common and well known tour operators in Los Angeles. Most have pickup points in Hollywood. LA Sightseeing will pick you up directly at Jerry's Motel when scheduled in advance.

A Day In LA Tours - highest rated tour company in LA on TripAdvisor. Pickup points are various LA hotels or in Santa Monica. Guests who have used this company rave about the guides making the tour stand out.
http://www.adayinlatours.com/index.html


Star Line Tours - offers "Hop On/Hop Off" buses as well as standard tours. Hop On/Hop Off is great for those who don't have a car and want to be independent and spend time at each spot and then get back on and head to the next sightseeing destination. Pickup locations in Hollywood and Downtown (closest stop to Jerry's Motel is at the Westin Bonaventure 4 city blocks away).
http://www.starlinetours.com/


TMZ Tours - great for those looking for a gossip/celebrity based Hollywood tour. Based off the TV show and well know site www.tmz.com
http://www.tmz.com/tour


LA Sightseeing - convenient for those who want to get picked up at Jerry's Motel. A simple tour of Los Angeles. Pick up available at Jerry's Motel when scheduled in advance.
http://www.lasightseeing.net/

It is best to check out reviews of all tour companies before booking either on Yelp or TripAdvisor.


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Friday, March 8, 2013

How To Get Here: LAX Airport To Jerry's Motel

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Renting a car is the easiest way to get to Jerry's Motel in Downtown Los Angeles from LAX. For those without a car, two easy options are available:


Shared Shuttle Van:
Prime Time Shuttle is our recommended option and will cost ~$16 per person one way from LAX directly to Jerry's Motel. Keep in mind that you may have other travelers in the van with you who are also being dropped off along a similar route. Book in advance online at: http://www.primetimeshuttle.com/

Taxi:
Most direct route from LAX to Jerry's Motel. Costs a bit more at ~$50-$70 depending on traffic. You can catch a taxi at LAX without any pre-planning at one of the many taxi zones. Be sure to have our address handy for the taxi drivers to input into their GPS.
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Shopping In Los Angeles! Outlets, Malls & Alleys....

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Besides spending time going sightseeing our guests also often ask us about the best places to shop while visiting LA. We have broken down some good options below that are all within 30 minutes of Downtown LA and fit various budgets:

$ - Santee Alley (5 minutes away)

$$ - Citadel Outlets (25 minutes away)

$$$ - Beverly Center (20 minutes away)

Hip/Trendy - Melrose Avenue (15 minutes away)

Souvenirs - Hollywood MegaStore (18 minutes away)


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