Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4110 times:
The Radisson...I had a high room looking north and read a post where a fellow had a high room looking south. Both are good.
They have or at least had, a rooftop bar where you could go outside and sit and enjoy the California smog and watch planes land if landing toward the west.
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
Eghansen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4104 times:
If you go to Google Earth and turn on "Lodging" it will identify all the hotels north of Century Blvd. Most of them have at least some windows facing north or south if your hotel room is on a high-enough floor.
There are not any large hotels south or north of the airport with good views that I have seen, only in between the runways.
FlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 368 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4005 times:
It was a LLLLLOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGG time ago, but I stayed at a Hyatt (IIRC) across from LAX! My room faced north and I had views of UA planes including the DC-8 landing and taking off! Don't know if that hotel is still there...but it sure was great for spotting!
Skymiler From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3886 times:
Be careful what you ask for!
I had a great spotting room, was fast asleep when a KAL 747 had to do a go-around at full TOGA power. That ended ANY thought of peace and quiet -- shook the whole hotel. Unfortunately I do not remember which one. Blew me out of bed so hard and fast I was able to see the aircraft on its climb out and hard bank to port!
The In-and-Out burger is great -- and they have a shuttle bus for those with long layovers!
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3771 times:
If you got extra money the Renaissance Montura has views of the airport as well as the approaches to the 24s. The view is not side on like Radisson but you get to see the runway and touchdown areas. Photography would be thru the glass and you would need up to 100mm for side on and 400mm for landing shots.
Expanding my global domination one spotter at a time..
AndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1002 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3750 times:
I used to like the Holiday Inn on Century - OK, its a bit further out (almost at the 405) and not the most elegant of hotels, BUT the price was always fair and the rooms had dual SLIDE OPEN windows from floor to ceiling with a very small balcony... No views of the south side or the airport, just the north side approach. However, it was fun to lounge in a chair with a gentle breeze coming in, coffee or room service, just waiting for the landings to swish past. With a north facing room on the top floor and a 400mm lens, this sort of picture was entirely possible:
However, the Holiday Inn is undergoing a major refurb at the moment and whether the slide open windows remain will be interesting to see...
The other hotel I used to use was the Renaissance... Not so much spending time in the rooms (slide open windows are fastened shut with screws), but the top floor of their parking garage. I understand that they've become quite anti- there now, but even so on one time the duty manager came up and told me I had to leave the garage, and I said that as I was staying at the hotel (guest pass in hand) and had a car parked on the roof, I had no intention of leaving. YMMV.
Cschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3581 times:
The Embassy Suites that's across from the Budget Car Rental and Burger King has sliding doors that open. It's good for looking west/north. You have to ask for a north facing room high up (it's only eight or nine floors high), to get side shots of planes on final to the north runways. Some room views might have power lines in the way...kind of depends on which room. If you get a west facing room, make sure it's on the north end of the building otherwise buildings across the street get in the way. It's not cheap, but you can sit in an armchair in the room watching planes going by.