flyninestein
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Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:33 pm

I will be in Los Angeles for a couple of nights at the end of May

Can anyone recommend a good hotel to view the LAX airport that is "spotter Friendly" please?

I know there have been other posts on this but the ones I looked at were at least a few years old and I dont know if that information might have changed.

Thanks in advance for any advice on this
 
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:40 pm

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.
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eghansen
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:43 pm

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.
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BA84
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:20 pm

Save money on an expensive hotel.

Spend your day at the In N Out Burger at the end of the runway.

Tables outside, quiet side street. Landing planes right overhead.

For the side view, the top deck of the parking garage beside In N Out.

In N Out address: Search in Google Maps:

9149 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Westchester, California 90045

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FlyBoy84
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:39 pm

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!
 
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:48 pm



Quoting BA84 (Reply 3):

You can actually find that while on approach, so easy to find!
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:02 pm

The Proud Bird is a great place to spot traffic landing on 25L....Sit out on the patio, enjoy a beer and watch planes land. It's pretty fun.
 
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:07 pm

The Hilton as well if you have a high room and one facing the airport. I was on the Executive Floor and had a great view. Spent too much time at the window and too little time in bed.
 
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:57 pm

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!

Enjoy the views!
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:45 am



Quoting BA84 (Reply 3):
For the side view, the top deck of the parking garage beside In N Out.

From where you will be thrown out very soon. However, the parking structure above the Westchester Village shopping center is OK, but up-sun most ot the time.
 
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:57 am



Quoting FlyBoy84 (Reply 4):
It was a LLLLLOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGG time ago, but I stayed at a Hyatt (IIRC) across from LAX!

That Hyatt is now a Radisson, and is the same one Isitsafenow mentioned.
 
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:52 am

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.
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:01 am

The only problem with the Radisson is that the windows are covered with is extremely dirty and impossible to see through plastic making photography absolutely impossible.
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AndyEastMids
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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:22 pm

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:


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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.


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Of course, it was difficult to beat the roof of the Radisson, but that seems to be still lost to us for now!


None of the other major hotels seem to have both views and opening windows. These days therefore, I tend to take whatever hotel is competitively priced, and make do with Imperial Hill and In-N-Out!

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RE: Spotter Friendly Hotels At LAX

Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:25 pm

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.

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