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More than 2,500 miles from the dramatic winds and rain of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, airport hotels in Los Angeles are seeing their own dramatic ebbs and flows: As cancellations stack up from travelers stranded elsewhere, travelers stranded here are eagerly booking rooms.
In at least some lodgings, the result seems to be a wash. Many hotels near LAX have rooms for Monday night, but consumers are unlikely to find any “distressed traveler” discounts.
Shortly before noon Monday, LAX officials said they knew of at least 129 outgoing flights canceled on Sunday and Monday in connection with the hurricane. If you’re a traveler looking for lodging, here’s a quick update on several hotels near the airport on Century and Lincoln boulevards:
*At the 740-room Westin Los Angeles Airport, a reservationist said they had no storm-related specials to offer. Though the hotel was “almost sold out,” she said, as of 12:20 p.m. some rooms were available at $199.
*At the 802-room Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel, reservationist Stephen Dycus said “demand for rooms is high. However, supply is low.” Though the hotel still had some $199 rooms left as of noon, Dycus said it was expected to sell out. So far, Dycus said, the influx of stranded travelers who can’t leave has basically matched the number of travelers who can't get here.
*At the Los Angeles Airport Marriott, a reservationist said rooms were available at $239 nightly, but no storm-related rates were in place.
*At Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, rooms were availabe at $219.
*At the Custom Hotel on Lincoln Boulevard, a reservationist said the hotel had promotional rates began as low as $118, and that it was an unusually busy day.
*At the Hilton Los Angeles Airport around 1 p.m., a reservationist said the hotel had no distressed-traveler specials available, but that it had rooms for as little as $209 nightly. But before she gave out that figure, she said: “if you don’t mind my asking, how much is your budget?”
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