Getting to the Fashion District By Bus

The Los Angeles Fashion District is great for business travelers (buyers, designers, wholesalers), as well as leisure shoppers. Most transactions are wholesale but there are plenty of retail opportunities for every shopper.

There is an abundance of affordable clothing, shoes, perfume, knock off designer purses, toys, trinkets and more.  Looking for Gucci?  You won't find it here but you may find "Guchi."

The famed Santee Alley is reminiscent of weekend markets in Paris and South East Asian night markets. Need textiles, hair accessories or evening gowns?  No problem.  You can check out this website to see a detailed map of the Fashion District.  There's even an app you can download and use as a guide.

Located just a few miles from our location, it is very easy to get there.  When driving, you will get there in about 10 minutes.  If you do not have a car, you can easily get there by taking the very convenient DASH E Bus from the nearby 6th St and Bixel stop.  The fare is just $0.50 and the DASH E runs 7 days a week (as of February 2015).

Current Schedule:
Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 7:00pm (every 5 minutes)
Saturday: 6:30am - 5:00pm (every 10 minutes)
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm (every 15 minutes)

Be sure to take a look at the official DASH site to double check timetables.


GO CARD Los Angeles: Is It Worth Buying?

Several of our guests invest in the GO CARD Los Angeles in order to save on sightseeing. It works great as long as you do some pre-planning and determine exactly what you want to see and do.  Just make sure you don't try to do too much in one day.  Since Los Angeles is huge and spread out, cramming too many activities into one day can rush you too much and ruin the experience.

These are the two most popular types of GO CARD's:

  1. All Inclusive Pass - Includes admission to 35+ attractions.  You can purchase it as a 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 Day Pass.  The pass does NOT have to be used on consecutive days, so you can use it on day 1, skip day 2, then use it again on day 3.  Some of the most popular attractions include:
  • Universal Studios (with 3 Day Pass or longer)
  • Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Grammy Museum
  • Madame Tussaud's Hollywood
  • Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Hollywood Celebrity Homes Tour
  • Hop On, Hop Off Bus pass (yellow route only - upgrade is available for access to all routes)
  • And more!

      1 Day Pass - $69.99
      2 Day Pass - $115.99
      3 Day Pass - $179.99
      5 Day Pass - $234.99
      7 Day Pass - $269.99

2.  Top Attractions Pass - Includes admission 4 of the most popular sites and saves you about $56.  This pass gets you admission to:

  • Universal Studios
  • Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour
  • Madame Tussaud's Hollywood
  • Hollywood Celebrity Homes Tour

      PRICE: $164.99

You can also custom build your pass and hand pick the exact places you want to visit.  Just be sure to check regular prices first and compare.


The GO PASS Top Attractions Pass is definitely a great deal.  The All Inclusive Pass is a great buy if you will be visiting at least 3 major attractions PLUS one or two smaller ones.  For example, you can purchase a 3 Day Pass and do the following sample itinerary:

Day 1
  • Universal Studios (retail approximately $90) 
Day 2
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain or Knott's Berry Farm ($45)
Day 3
  • Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour ($54)
  • Madame Tussaud's ($21)
  • Hollywood Celebrity Homes Tour ($56)
If bought separately, you would have paid $266.  Buy if you buy the GO CARD Los Angeles 3 Day Pass, you only pay $179.99!  


Van Shuttle From LAX - Choose Prime Time Shuttle

Many of our guests have been choosing to take a shared van shuttle from LAX to our hotel.  This is a great option if you are looking to save some money and don't mind sharing a ride with other travelers.
We always recommend our guests use Prime Time Shuttle instead of Super Shuttle because it costs less.  Sample pricing as of December 2014 is below.


Prime Time Shuttle
1 Person - $16
2 Persons - $32

Super Shuttle
1 Person - $28
2 Persons - $37

Be sure to book with Prime Time Shuttle if you want to save money on a shared van shuttle.  You can also take a look at our other blog posts on options for getting here from LAX.


Getting a SIM Card in the US

Getting a US SIM card for your smartphone while in the US will make your travels much easier by accessing the internet on the go and using Google Maps.  Car rental companies offer navigation systems, but they can get costly - especially for longer trips since they charge you per day.  A better option is to purchase a SIM card for your unlocked GSM smartphone.  Be sure to check if your phone is unlocked with your provider back home first.  If you do not own a GSM phone, you can always purchase an inexpensive phone here along with your SIM card.

Two carriers provide service for unlocked GSM phones here in the US - T-Mobile and AT&T.  You can purchase a SIM card directly from either carrier at a nearby retail location listed below, or stores like Target, Walmart or Best Buy.  One of the most affordable (but slower) options is purchasing a Straight Talk SIM card at Walmart starting at just $30.  Just note that Walmart's are located in the suburbs, so if you do not have a car, it will be best to visit one of the nearby T-Mobile stores downtown.

T-Mobile (0.8 miles away)
Fig at 7th (2629)
725 S. Figueroa St., Suite 139
Los Angeles, 90017
Click here to see pricing - start at $50

AT&T (3 miles away)
3764 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90010
Click here to see pricing - start at $60

AT&T reportedly offers the fastest speeds on their LTE network if you have a compatible phone, but using T-Mobile or Straight Talk will not be too bad.   Straight Talk actually runs on the AT&T network, but you are limited to about 2G speeds.  Basically, you get what you pay for.


Downtown Eats: TASTE at FIGat7th

Downtown LA is a great place to find tasty food, regardless of your budget.  You will find everything from high end five star restaurants to affordable hole in the wall eateries.  Here at Jerry's Motel, we are big fans of gourmet fast food - food that is inexpensive yet high quality.

The recently remodeled FIG at 7th shopping complex on Figueroa and 7th St. is the home of TASTE, a gourmet food court with great food options at affordable prices.  This is not your typical mall food court.  These options include high quality ingredients.  For about $7-$12 per person you can take your pick from several options that include:

George's Greek Grill
Indus by Saffron (Indian)
Loteria Grill (Mexican)
Mendocino Farms (sandwiches)
New Moon Cafe (contemporary Chinese)
Oleego by Park's BBQ (Korean BBQ)
The Melt (all kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches)
Torta Company (Mexican sandwiches)
And More!

FIG at 7th is also home to popular shops like Zara, H&M, City Target, Victoria's Secret and MAC.  So you can have a meal, do some shopping and even grab dessert at Sprinkles Cupcakes or Pazzo Gelato.

If you're walking from Jerry's Motel to LA Live (Staples Center, Nokia Theater), Fig at 7th is on your way, so be sure to drop in and have a bite.


Downtown Eats: Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar has just opened a new location in Downtown Los Angeles!  Just a few short blocks away from Jerry's Motel, Plan Check is a popular gastropub offering amazingly juicy and unique gourmet burgers alongside craft beers, creative speciality cocktails and more!  This is our new go-to spot for a delicious hamburger in Downtown LA.  Plan Check is also a great spot for sports enthusiasts to watch a game and have a drink.  Burgers are priced at about $12-14.

Tempting menu options include:

  • PCB (Plan Check Burger) -  americanized dashi cheese, ketchup leather, schmaltz onions, mixed pickles and a delicious crunch bun. 
  • Chefs Favorite Burger - cheese two ways, bacon two ways, ketchup leather, fried egg and hot sauce.
  • K-BBQ Burger - grilled pork belly, kimcheese, sprouting onion, gochujang bbq sauce, sesame salt and fried onions.
  • Southern Fry Sandwich - smokey fried jidori chicken, spicy green pimento cheese, duck breast ham and pickles. 
Click here to see their complete menu and make sure you come very hungry.  


LA Driving Tips

Right Turn On Red Light

One of the most common questions we get from our international visitors is, "can I make a right hand turn at a red light?"  The answer is yes, EXCEPT when there is a sign that says "NO TURN ON RED."  Most intersections do not have this sign, but always check before turning right.  If you do not see this sign, you must first make a complete stop, check for pedestrians crossing the street, and then cautiously turn right.

Rush Hour

Another common question is, "what time is rush hour"?  Rush hour is typically Monday through Friday, from 7am-10am and in the afternoon from approximately 4pm-7pm.  BUT more often than not, you will still run into traffic at any time of the day.  It is just a part of the Los Angeles experience and at one point or another you will have to sit in traffic.  The best thing to do is not get stressed or upset about it.  You can try your best to plan around it, but do not delay the start of your day or shorten the amount of time you spend sightseeing a certain location just to avoid traffic.

Drive safely!  


Closest Metro Stations to Jerry's Motel

Jerry's Motel is conveniently located within 1 mile of 2 Metro light rail stations.  We provide maps of the Downtown LA area at check in, so all of these locations will be easy to locate on a map.

7th Street/Metro Center Station is located just 1 mile away from us, and can be reached by either a 15-20 minute walk, or you can catch bus #16/316 (toward Downtown LA) across the street on 3rd Street and get off at the 6th St/Hope Street stop.  From there, you walk just 3 short blocks to 5th St and Flower St., or 5th and Figueroa.  The 7th St/Metro Center stop is a hub that connects the red, purple and blue lines.

**Note: To return to Jerry's Motel from 7th St / Metro Center, get on bus #16/316 on 5th St. and Flower toward Cedars Sinai/Century City.  Get off at the 3rd St/Lucas stop, or if you miss it, 3rd St/Witmer right down the block.

Pershing Square Station is just 1.1 miles away from our hotel.  A 20 minute walk will get you there, and oftentimes guests grab a quick lunch at Grand Central Market or happy hour at The Perch before making their way to Pershing Square Station.  To get there by bus, you get on the same #16/316 (toward Downtown LA) and get off at the 6th St/Hill Street stop.  The station is located just down the block.

**Note: To return to Jerry's Motel from Pershing Square, get on bus #16/316 on 5th St. and Hill St. toward Cedars Sinai/Century City.  Get off on 3rd St/Lucas stop, or if you miss it, 3rd St/Witmer right down the block.

Coming in 2020: 2nd St/Hope St. stop will be a 10 minute walk from Jerry's Motel.  The new stop will be located across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the free Broad Museum.

Read more about fare and getting around around on public transit.


An Evening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA was designed by the great architect Frank Gehry and is home to the LA Philharmonic Orchestra.  The venue feels small and intimate, and the acoustics are hailed as one of the best in the world.

The iconic building is both great to just see, tour, or attend a musical event.  Events include classical, jazz, world music and other chamber music.  You can have an evening with Beethoven and Mozart, or chamber music with strings only, or perhaps watch a classic Halloween movie like Nosferatu with a live organ!  All of the different types of events provide a very unique LA experience.

If you want to just view or tour the building, you can join a group for a free scheduled guided tour or wander on your own or get a free self-guided tour with a complimentary audio device.  Just note that tours do not include entering the auditorium since there is a constant flow of rehearsals and performances.  The tours take about 1 hour and are very worth your while if you want to learn about the Walt Disney Concert Hall's creative history from conception to completion.

Click here to check hours tour schedules.

The concert hall is only a 15 minute walk or a short taxi ride away from Jerry's Motel.  If driving there, you can see parking options here.


Street Food Finds: Tacos Al Pastor

Driving through Los Angeles anytime between the early evening to the wee hours of the morning, there will be no shortage of Mexican street food.  You can find tacos and burritos sold out of food trucks and makeshift food stalls set up in vacant parking lots or even just a side walk.

One of our personal favorite street dishes is tacos and burritos "AL PASTOR".  "Al pastor" is spit-grilled pork meat marinated with dried chilies, an array of spices and to add a pinch of sweetness, pineapple!  It is very similar to shawarma, Turkish doner kebab and Greek gyros.  This delicious meat style originated in central Mexico, where it was adopted from Lebanese immigrants.

It is tender.  It is juicy.  It should be something you try at least once.

One of the most delicious spots is luckily located near Jerry's Motel.  If you make your way north about 10 blocks to the corner of Glendale Blvd. and Temple Street, you will see a food stall on your left in the parking lot of a local car wash.  $5-6 per person will get you a sizable, affordable dinner. Make sure you try a few salsas to find the perfect one for youa.

The stall is set up everyday of the week starting at approximately 7pm, but we recommend you go after 9pm to ensure the al pastor is fully cooked.  See map below to get there.


Free Guided Walking Tours of Downtown Los Angeles

Free LA Tour provides free walking tours of Downtown Los Angeles.  They currently provide 2 different tours (Historic Core and Union Station to Pershing Square).  Each tour provides a great introduction to the downtown areas history, cool architecture and public art displays.

Each tour requires about 2 miles of walking and lasts approximately 2 hours.  Both tours are available every day of the week, except some holidays (check their website).  Tours start at 10:00am and 3:30pm.  If you do both tours you will get a really great feel for Downtown LA.

PLEASE note that although the tours are free, you should ALWAYS donate a minimum tip/contribution of $10 per person.  This allows these great folks to continue to provide such a great service.  Trust us, even with this small tip, these tours are an amazing bargain.


Downtown Eats: Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market in Downtown LA is a historic open air market that originally opened in 1917.  During the last two years, the market has been reinvigorated and new trendy gourmet stalls have opened and operate alongside the traditional produce, spice and taco spots.

Be sure to visit the iconic market with it's cool neon signs and great food spots.  Prices are very reasonable and the choices are great.

Grand Central Market is located at 317 South Broadway, just 1 mile from Jerry's Motel (20 minute walk).  1 hour of free parking is available with a purchase of $10 or more.  Make sure you save your receipt!

Market is open from 8am-6pm Sunday-Wednesday, and 8am-9pm Thursday-Saturday.

Highlights of popular eateries include:

  • Egg Slut - Egg-centric breakfast menu.
  • Berlin Currywurst - Comfort German street food includes bratwurst and paprikawurst 
  • DTLA Cheese - Serves domestic and imported cheese plates, sandwiches, salads and craft beers and wine.
  • Belcampo Meat Co. - Butcher shop with a retro tasty food counter serving meaty favorites like the Marrakech Cheesesteak and the Belcampo Burger. 
  • Sticky Rice - Serves Thai street food like beef panang and mango sticky rice.
  • Wexler's Deli - Traditional Jewish deli with great pastrami on rye and pickled herring.
  • Olio GCM Wood Fired Pizzeria - 10-inch artisanal wood fired pizzas, focaccia salads and beer.
  • Press Brothers Juicery - Organic fresh juices pressed daily.
  • G&B Coffee - High end coffee shop hailed by the New York Times as having the best iced latte served in a cute chilled mason jar.  What makes it so delicious is their house-made almond macadamia nut milk.      
Happy eating!


Modern Art in Downtown LA

If you are a modern art buff, you will have two great museum choices in Downtown Los Angeles thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

MOCA Grand Avenue

First, there is MOCA Grand Avenue.  MOCA is the only museum in the city that features only contemporary art.  The collection includes Minimalist, Abstract Impressionist, Post-Modernist and Pop Art.

Make sure you plan ahead, since the museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Thursdays are FREE from 5pm-8pm.

MOCA Geffen Contemporary

The Geffen Contemporary in the Little Tokyo district of downtown is home to a collection of more unwieldy and playful collections and exhibits.  Like the Grand Avenue museum, Geffen is also closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and free admission is available on Thursdays from 5pm-8pm.

Click here to see current pricing and hours of operation for MOCA.

In other exciting news, The Broad Museum will be opening soon in 2015 and will house post-war and contemporary art collections.  Best of all, admission will be free.


Dodger Game Time: Getting There

Jerry's Motel is conveniently located approximately 2 miles from Dodger Stadium.  Although pretty close distance-wise, we do not recommend you walk to Dodger Stadium.  Unlike stadiums and arenas in other cities that are located in the thick of the city, Dodger Stadium is awkwardly tucked away within a park on a hill.  Trust us, once you make your way there, you will understand what we mean.

Be sure to experience a game if you are in town during baseball season.  Several game nights include free giveaways and souvenirs like bobble heads, beach towels, backpacks and more!  Additionally, not only are Dodger games a great LA experience, but Dodger Stadium is one of the best looking stadiums in the country with its classic mid-century modern design.

Best Options

Drive:  Parking is cheap!  Only $10 for regular sized cars if you purchase it online in advance.  $15 at the gate.  Playoff games are subject to higher rates. 

Taxi:  A taxi ride to the stadium will cost about $12-$15 each way. We provide a few phone numbers for taxis in your hotel guide located on your room desk.  You can also just dial "0" and we would be more than happy to call a taxi for you.  Just be prepared, the taxi line after the game can be long.  

Bus: Take Metro Bus 16/316 toward Downtown LA and get off at 6th/Broadway. Walk to 5th/Broadway and catch Metro Bus 4 toward "West LA - Sepulveda Blvd."  Get off at Sunset/Elysian Park - Dodger Stadium.  Once off the bus, make a left on Elysian Park Ave. and walk about 1/2 a mile.  If you will be taking the bus, just give yourself enough time, as this total trip will take about 40 minutes to get you there.  

Griffith Park Observatory DASH Weekend Shuttle

The Griffith Park Observatory and its surrounding grounds are great for views of the city and the Hollywood sign.  One of the best times to visit is before sunset, so you get a day time plus a nice evening view of the lights of LA.

The Griffith Park Observatory building is open Tuesday-Friday (12 noon-10pm) and Saturday-Sunday (10am-10pm).  The Observatory is closed on Mondays, but the surrounding grounds to enjoy the views are still open until 10pm.

Entrance to the observatory building and the grounds is free, but there is a small fee to watch the show in the Planetarium.


For those of your exploring the city without a car, there is a Dash WEEKEND Observatory Shuttle Bus available.  But remember, it is ONLY AVAILABLE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.  The shuttle operates all weekends of the year, except the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.


1) Take the Metro Red Line from either 7th St/Metro Center or Pershing Square and get off at the Vermont/Sunset Station.
2) You can then catch the DASH Observatory Shuttle from the northeast corner of Vermont and Sunset.

Fare: $0.50 (exact change required - fare as of 10/2/14).  If you have money loaded on your TAP card, you can use those funds for this trip.  But do note, the Metro Day Pass on your TAP card does NOT cover this ride.

Hours:  Rides to the Observatory begin at approximately 10am.  Last ride back to the Vermont/Sunset Station leaves at approximately 9:56pm.  Buses make stops about every 30-40 minutes.  Schedules can change, so be sure to click below to check for any timetable updates.

Click here to go to the DASH site to review timetables, see route maps and more.

Make sure you allocate time to visit.  No visit to LA is complete without it!