Perhaps something like a taxi to places such as Manhattan Beach, Venice Beach, Marina Del Rey, or even Santa Monica (Pier and/or 3rd St Promendade) are within striking distance and wont cost a fortune I dont think. Drinks and dinner and you're back in your room for a nice nights sleep.
sometimes The Four Points Hotel is a bit cheaper that the Sheraton and is a Starwood Hotel. The bus terminal down the sreet from that hotel will get you to Santa Monica(Big Blue Bus)for 50cents the 220 Line will take you to West Hollywood, and from there you can walk to sunset, Rodeo drive, Beverley shopping centre. Hope this helps. I have some timetable info if you want to email me
And, if you like good beer, the LAX Four Points has a bar named "T.H. Brewster's" which has rapidly become a very respected venue in the craft-beer community nationwide for their selection of hard-to-find imports and regional microbrews and their regular "meet the pro" programs for which they bring in brewers or other beer experts to speak about beer and pour a few glasses of special treats brought in for the occasion. I visited it for the first time about a month ago during a layover at LAX and was very favorably impressed.
You can find more about the place by going to www.celebrator.com (a magazine covering west coast beers) and doing a search for the bar's name or for "Four Points LAX".
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Originally posted by Melb Flyer: sometimes The Four Points Hotel is a bit cheaper that the Sheraton and is a Starwood Hotel. The bus terminal down the sreet from that hotel will get you to Santa Monica(Big Blue Bus)for 50cents the 220 Line will take you to West Hollywood, and from there you can walk to sunset, Rodeo drive, Beverley shopping centre. Hope this helps. I have some timetable info if you want to email me
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Hmmmmmm. A taxi to Marina Del Ray would run you probably $25 each way, for $50. If you know a destination, fine, but it could be a long walk from one end to the other if you don't and are just cruising. I prefer the Santa Monica idea. If you can't stand the bus idea, Thrifty at LAX usually rents compacts (neons) for about $26, and you'd have freedom. Check the parking charge, if any, and go for a hotel without one to keep this cost low. And fill up the tank for about $2 before you return the car to avoid a ripoff.
If you've got lotsa time, Manhattan Beach, Venice, Marina Del Ray, Downtown Santa Monica (3rd Street Promenade, the Park over the Beach, and the Pier), and the Ocean Park section of SM are all interesting and close.
You could take a cab to or rent a car and go to the Griffith Observatory for a killer view of LA at sunset and see the city light up from a hight point. Of course no clubs or a bar scene there. And its free.
Thanks for your suggestions. Since this is not a business stay, and my goal is to spend as little as possible. (While maximizing the Starwood Gold benefits.) I used Priceline and got a room at the Weston LAX for $41. Not too bad, considering the cheapest rate on Expedia is $89! I will probably have enough money for a rental car and a stop at the "little bar that takes singles." Thanks again for the suggestions!