This quintessential layover lodging is located a half-mile from the Los Angeles International Airport and trades the bells and whistles for the essentials: clean guest rooms, free Wi-Fi and complimentary continental breakfast.
For those nondiscriminatory travelers desperate for somewhere to rest their heads post-flight, this 147-room accommodation works fine. Like most airport hotels, Travelodge LAX provides a shuttle to and from the terminals free of charge. The non-smoking rooms are no nonsense. Expect the basics: bed, desk, fridge, air conditioning, cable TV (with HBO, at least), blow dryer and coffeemaker. The second-floor rooms have balconies that overlook the pool area. While not exactly picture perfect for social media purposes, the pool is clean and the chaise lounges are aplenty, which is all guests really need to relax after a long flight. But the best part about staying at Travelodge LAX is undoubtedly the free breakfast. The already inexpensive rates include a hefty continental spread. We’re talking the works: fresh waffles, sausages, juice, fresh fruit, toast, bagels, hot drinks, donuts and cereals. A full stomach makes waiting in those horrific security lines a little more tolerable, right?
Location: Travelodge LAX sits a few blocks from LA’s international airport. Nothing—besides the airport—is quite within walking distance, but there are plenty of food and entertainment options minutes away by car. Farther afoot are South Bay beaches and movie magic at Sony Pictures Studios.
Venice Boardwalk: For the sea breeze and funky vibes, catch a ride to Venice. Without major traffic, you can get there in under 30 minutes.
Dockweiler State Beach: For the closest beach, head to this South Bay destination, located just over 4 miles away. Outfitted with picnic areas, fire rings, volleyball courts, restrooms, and showers, it’s got everything a beach-goer could ever need.
Sony Pictures Studios: Fans of The Wizard of Oz, Singing’ in the Rain, Spiderman, and Breaking Bad should visit this iconic studio lot. The leisurely walking tour runs about 2 hours.
The Forum: If your layover is long enough, catch a show at this legendary arena. The 17,500-seat space less than 3 miles from the hotel hosts blockbuster sets from the hottest musical acts from Drake to the Foo Fighters.
Three Weavers Brewing Company: This local brew pub pours some fantastic beer—from IPAs to stouts, tripels to pale ales. Drink at the bar or fill up a growler for back at the room.
Randy’s Donuts: No matter when you check in, this historic donut shop located 1.5 miles from the hotel will likely be open. Pick up an apple fritter or two.
Good for: With an airport shuttle service, free and filling hot breakfast, and cheap rates, Travelodge LAX is perfect for a quick overnight, especially for families. Cribs are complimentary and roll-away beds are inexpensive. For those with pets, up to three are allowed per room for an extra charge. Business travelers might be inclined to make use of the hotel’s meeting rooms.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, breakfast included, restaurant, pool, free airport transportation, business center, same day dry cleaning, fitness center, meeting room
Time Out tip: Those interested in hitting the town by car during their visit—but who are looking to save some money—should take advantage of the free airport shuttle and then rent a car during the day to spare the overnight parking fee. Right across the street are three rental car companies.