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With LAX departures delayed, need a hotel? Here are five ideas

November 01, 2013|By Christopher Reynolds
  • The Sheraton Gateway hotel on Century Boulevard, shown here in an undated handout photo, includes 802 rooms.
The Sheraton Gateway hotel on Century Boulevard, shown here in an undated… (Kor Hotel Group )

As the FBI sorts out details of Friday morning's shooting at LAX, airport officials have cut back outgoing flights -- a move that may leave many travelers in need to LAX-adjacent lodging tonight.

Here are several airport-close options, culled from my 2012 report on the South Bay and Century Boulevard. Along Century Boulevard, the main drag for lodging near the airport, I had three favorites among many contenders. All three typically drop their rates well below $200 on Friday and Saturday nights, but tend to be much pricier on weeknights, when business travelers predominate.

Sheraton Gateway, 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles; 802 rooms, affiliated with Starwood.

Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 9620 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles; 499 rooms, affiliated with Marriott.

Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5400 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles; 740 rooms, affiliated with Starwood.

Another option slightly farther from the airport (with strong Trip Advisor reviews) is the Custom Hotel, 8639 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles. A massive renovation in 2011 gave it a '60s flair along with more modern conveniences. Part of the Joi de Vivre chain. Friday night rates usually start around $190.

Also, less than four miles from the airport and less than two miles from the waves at Manhattan Beach: Belamar Hotel, 3501 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach; 127 rooms. Unfortunately, a representative said at 12:30 p.m. Friday that the Belamar was already sold out for the night.

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