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Airport Hotel on way to San Diego

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Airport Hotel on way to San Diego

We are flying in to LAX from Australia with young kids, and are planning to stay overnight somewhere close to the airport, before driving the next day to San Diego. Our flight arrives early in the morning, and we really just want to avoid a long drive after a long flight. Is El Segundo a good choice? Any other suggestions? Thanks!

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1. Re: Airport Hotel on way to San Diego

El Segundo is a town right by the airport. It's mostly industrial and corporate. There is a main drag with many hotels and it's pretty close (mile south of LAX) so it will definitely work for a short stay.

You might want to opt for an airport hotel like the Radisson or Sheraton. These are both right at LAX and literally around the corner from Avis. You can just take the airport shuttle to the hotel and then when you are ready to head to San Diego, just walk around the corner to get the rental car. If you stay in el segundo you'll have to rent your car first and drive/find your hotel which might be a chore with tired kids...plus you'll be paying for an extra day on the rental car...something to consider!

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We've done basically the same thing. Many Web sites categorize hotels near LAX, with a few being in El Segundo. As noted, there are many hotels in the area, many (though not all) with free shuttles from the airport. You can look at sites like Expedia, Kayak, etc. or perhaps (if you can from Oz) use a site like Hotwire or Priceline (www.betterbidding.com can give ideas as to what hotels others have gotten throug these services). I've also seen discounted hotel rates on airline sites such as www.aa.com. Rates tend to be notabely higher on weekdays.

One difficulty you may encounter is checking in before early afternoon, but if you show up most hotels will find an available room and let you check in at no extra cost (no gurantee and you may get a better selection of rooms if you wait). Depending on the exact hotel you may be, as noted above,within walking distance of the rental location (we've walked from some hotels to both Hertz and Avis, for example). If push comes to shove, you take a hotel shuttle back to the airort, then a rental company shuttle to get your car (each rental company has its own shuttle).

We've stayed at several LAX hotels. Quite enjoyed the Hilton and Sheraton Gateway, and were mostly satisfied with the Radisson. There are many others, including Marriott, Westin, Crowne Plaza, Travelodge, Courtyard, etc., etc., etc. Good idea to pick up the car the next day. Many hotels in the area charge for parking.

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Once you decide on a hotel, email or call the hotel directly (local number, not the national 800 number) and tell them approximately what time you will arrive and on what date. Don't forget about the day/date difference between LA and Australia - you'll get here before you leave Sydney! We often stay at LAX hotels (usually Sheraton 4 Points) when we are arriving after midnight and have had no problems. One time, though, we were near the front desk in the early morning hours and overheard a young man being turned away (hotel was full) because his reservation was for "yesterday", not today and they had given his room away. By the way, Budget Car Rentals is directly across the street from the Sheraton 4 Points. Have a great trip!

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4. Re: Airport Hotel on way to San Diego

Thanks everyone this is great advice, we will definitely pick the car up the next day. Thinking of staying at Embassy Suites North, seems a good option with kids and close to rental car agencies.

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Here's what I always suggest for people in your situation. The Hilton Garden Inn, in El Segundo is perfect for families such as yours arriving after a long flight. It's located about a mile south of LAX, and has an inviting swimming pool and large patio area. Free parking here.

…hilton.com/en/…index.html

If you arrive early, and want to get your car, take the shuttle to the car rentals. You could stop at IHOP for breakfast, (International House of Pancakes) in El S, a few blocks from the hotel, before checking in.

http://www.ihop.com/

If you spend part of the day resting you might want to go out to dinner at Manhattan Beach, a few miles south. They have a beautiful pier to walk out on, lots of restaurants and shops in the few block downtown area. Sunsets are gorgeous.

www.youtube.com/watch…

There is a Roundhouse, hands on Marine Lab at the end of the Pier for kids.

http://www.roundhouseaquarium.org/

The Kettle Restaurant is open 24/7 and has great casual meals, just up from the pier.

http://thekettle.net/

The next morning when you are ready to leave for San Diego, you are just a few blocks from the freeway to head on the 405 south.

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6. Re: Airport Hotel on way to San Diego

We are back from our trip and just thought i'd update the post with details of where we ended up staying. We took 2 interconnecting rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn which was a great recommendation, and worked really well with the kids. It was close to the airport but without that "airport hotel" feel, and very reasonably priced. Parking and breakfast included. We took their shuttle to Manhattan Beach which was a great way to spend the afternoon. The next day their shuttle took us to our car rental.

One tip is that you need to pre-book, or call for their shuttle bus on arrival at the airport, we didn't have a US-cellphone so ended up having to catch a taxi.

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7. Re: Airport Hotel on way to San Diego

Thanks for getting back to us on your experience with the Hilton Garden Inn. Sorry you had to take a taxi on your arrival. There are usually hotel phones in the baggage claim area at the airport. Also with cell phones these days, travelers who have US working ones will use their own to phone the hotel for a pickup.

Good to hear they were able to give you a lift to the car rental, too.

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