6/23/14

Retro Arcade Bar in LA's Trendy Arts District: EightyTwo


"Barcades" are popping up everywhere across hotspots in major US cities.  Among them is the nostalgic EightyTwo in the Arts District in Downtown LA.

EightyTwo combines a bar with you guessed it, classic arcade games.  Their collection includes classic games like Street Fighter II, Galaga, Frogger, Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat II, Tron and many more.  Full bar includes 10 draft beers, bottled beer and a specialty cocktail menu.

We are located just 1.5 miles from us at 707 East 4th Place in Downtown LA.  A taxi ride will cost approximately $10, or you can opt for Lyft or Uber.

6/19/14

Metro Bus/Train Fares and Passes



If you will not be renting a car, you will probably end up riding a bus or train.  Each ride will cost you $1.50 ($1.75 as of September 1, 2014), or you can buy either a Day Pass ($5) or a 7 Day Pass ($20) to get around by Metro bus and train.  You must purchase a TAP card for $1 then add a pass to it.  Passes are valid on Metro buses and trains only, and not valid on other municipal buses (i.e. Culver City, Santa Monica, etc.).   Cards are non-transferable and cannot be shared.

Where to buy a DAY PASS: 
  1. On a bus - just ask the bus driver for a day pass and insert money.  Cost is $1 for TAP card plus $5 for the pass ($6 total).  If reloading your card for a new day pass, you only need to insert $5.   
  2. At any Metro train station customer center or vending machine.
  3. Retail pass outlets.  The closest location is less than one block away from us at Phil's Discount Store located at 1451 1/2 West 3rd Street. 
Where to buy a 7 DAY PASS:
  1. At a Metro station customer center or vending machine.  
  2. Retail pass outlet like Phil's Discount Store one block away from us.
  3. IMPORTANT: 7 day passes are NOT available for purchase on buses.
Once purchased, all you have to do is TAP your card to the card readers, wait to hear a "beep," and you're all set!  

6/16/14

How to Get Here: Union Station to Jerry's Motel



We are located just 2 miles from Union Station.  If you are arriving via Amtrak, Metrolink, or LAX FlyAway Bus, these are your best options to get here are:

1) Taxis are readily available from Union Station and will cost you approximately $10.

2) Take Metro Purple OR Red Line to Pershing Square and connect to bus line #16 toward Cedar Sinai/Century City. Bus #16 drops you off right across the street from us.  See complete directions below.






3/21/14

Get Excited About Your Upcoming Trip To Los Angeles.....

Check out these awesome videos and visually prepare yourself for your trip to LA!




2/7/14

Taxi Alternatives For Getting Around In Los Angeles: Uber & Lyft




Lyft and Uber are taxi alternatives that are becoming very popular in Los Angeles and many other major cities across the world. They are a great way to get around LA if you don't have a car and don't want to take public transportation. Both companies have mobile apps as well that make it easy to setup 
pickup times and make payments online. 

Fares are very competitive to a taxi and sometimes even cheaper! Lyft provides a more casual experience while Uber brings a "black car" higher end feel.

More details here.....

1/24/14

How to get from LAX airport to Jerry's Motel by public transportation?


Below is the most direct route via public transport from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to Jerry's Motel. Remember you can also take a shared van shuttle or Fly Away bus. See our other blog posts for more details on those options.

Total trip time is about 1.5 hours given all the stops and transfers. It will cost $5 per person for the Metro TAP card day pass to use this route. If you are arriving after midnight it is best to use a shared shuttle or rental car as buses and trains may not be running.

Summary
LAX to Jerry's Motel Via Metro Train/Bus:

1. Take the Metro Green Line Shuttle "G" from LAX to the Aviation/LAX Green Line Metro Station
2. Take Green Line towards Norwalk and exit at Willowbrook station
3. Transfer to Blue Line towards Los Angeles at Willowbrook station
4. The Blue Line ends at 7th St Metro Station; transfer to the Red Line going to Union Station
5. Take the Red Line and exit at the Pershing Square stop. Go up to the 5th & Hill intersection.
6. Take Metro Bus 16/316 bus towards Cedars Sinai/Century City from 5th & Hill
7. Get off at 3rd & Lucas and walk across the street to Jerry's Motel

Detailed Directions:
  1. Exit your terminal, and cross to the center median. Look above your head for the blue sign reading "LAX Shuttle Airline Connections". You'll see a listing for "Metro Green Line Aviation Station". The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 5 AM to Midnight on most days.
  2. Board the free LAX Green Line "G" shuttle for the 15 minute ride to the Aviation/LAX Metro Rail station.
  3. At the Aviation/LAX station ride the escalator up to the above-ground station. You MUST take the Norwalk train and transfer at Willowbrook (Blue Line Station) to get to Downtown LA. 
  4. Get off at Willowbrook station and transfer to the Blue Line. Descend the stairs to the lower platform which services the Blue Line and board the train headed for Los Angeles.
  5. The Blue Line ends at 7th Street/Metro Center, in downtown Los Angeles. Total travel time from LAX to 7th Street/Metro Center Station via metro rail is about 60 minutes depending on connections. 
  6. At the 7th Street Metro Center station take the Red Line towards Union Station and get off at the Pershing Square stop. Exit the station and board the Metro Bus 316/16 bus at 5th & Hill headed towards Cedars Sinai Medical Center. 
  7. Get off at the 3rd and Lucas stop and walk across the street to Jerry's Motel!


How to get to Disneyland from Downtown LA without a rental car?


This is a question we get on a weekly basis from our guests who don't have a rental car and want to go to Disneyland which is located in Orange County. Unfortunately there is no direct train route that makes it all the way from downtown LA to the Magic Kingdom. Below are a few options to consider:

By Public Transportation - total trip time of 2 hours each way ($3 per person)

Catch the 760 Metro Bus towards Lynwood at 4th/Beaudry (2 blocks from Jerry's Motel)
Get off at 7th & Flower and transfer to the 460 Metro Bus towards Disneyland




By City Taxi - total trip time of 45 minutes 
A taxi will cost approximately $100 each way including tip.

By Chartered Tour Bus - total trip time of 1 hour
Lux Bus has a pickup location at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel which is located 4 blocks from Jerry's Motel. Pricing varies depending on tour type.

See links below for details:
http://www.luxbusamerica.com/la-to-disneyland-shuttle-bus.php
Starline Tours also offers similar packages
http://www.starlinetours.com/los-angeles-tour-24D.asp


Downtown Los Angeles Area Parks

Our guests often ask us for recommendations on a nearby park to go have a picnic at or for a quick morning jog. Below are a few parks located in or around downtown LA that are a perfect fit:

Echo Park 
(15 minute walk or 5 minute drive from Jerry's Motel)
This park features a mile long loop around a lake with 3 large fountains. Paddle-boating and trendy restaurants on nearby Sunset Blvd. make this park a very popular destination for locals.



Vista Hermosa Park
(7 minute walk or 3 minute drive from Jerry's Motel)
The Downtown area's newest park features jogging trails, green spaces for picnics and stunning views on the downtown skyline. 



Los Angeles State Historic Park
(10 minute drive from Jerry's Motel)
Covering 32 acres of open space on the edge of downtown near Chinatown this park is the perfect for for a jog or taking photos of the downtown skyline.


Elysian Park
(7 minute drive from Jerry's Motel)
This park is the second largest in Los Angeles at nearly 600 acres in size. Elysian retains much of its natural chaparral, a landscaped crisscrossed with hiking trails and a central picnic area with barbecue pits and children's play areas. 

6/22/13

Traditional Homestyle Tacos In LA!

Where can we find some delicious Mexican food? That is a question we get from many travelers while in LA.  Just a couple miles away from us at the base of Dodger Stadium is a taco restaurant which serves traditional tacos with braises from all over Mexico.

We highly recommend you try the sampler plate for $6.99 which gives you 6 different tacos to try. A nice drink to pair your meal with is the Armando Palmero which is a Mexican version of the Arnold Palmer and pairs fresh lemonade with jamaica (hibiscus juice).

Yelp Reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/guisados-los-angeles-3

Guisados - 1261 West Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Open at 10:30am 7 days a week
http://www.guisados.co/


How To Get To The Los Angeles Convention Center By Bus

The Los Angeles Convention Center is host to many large conventions during the year such as E3, Anime Expo, Dwell and the LA Auto Show. The "South Park" area of Downtown has gone through a major transformation in the last 15 years starting with the building of Staples Center and most recently the LA Live complex. This area has many great restaurants and bars as well. Getting to the Convention Center from our property is simple by either walking (1.5 miles), driving (5-7 minutes) or by using the DASH bus system.

If you want to use the DASH bus, Route F will take you directly to the South Park area of Downtown LA. A stop for this route is located 3 blocks east of our hotel. The DASH bus is highly cost effective as it is only $.50 cents one way.

Closest Stop: LAUSD Stop #6041 at 3rd St. & Beaudry
Get Off At: Staples Center Stop #6143 Figueroa & 12th St.

Schedule For Route F:
Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:30pm every 10 minutes
Saturday - Sunday 10am - 5pm every 20 minutes

http://www.ladottransit.com/dash/routes/downtown/downtown.php

Tipping Guide

Many of our guests are coming to the United States for their first time and often ask us about tipping their taxi driver, waitresses or maids. Although tipping is not customary in many countries around the world, tipping is standard in the United States. Below is a very simple guide on tipping along with a link to TripAdvisor's guide to Tipping and Etiquette in the United States. Both will come in handy during your stay.

Taxi Driver: 10% - 15% of fare
Waiter/Waitress: 10% - 20% of bill
Housekeeper: $2 - $5 per day
Bell Hop: $1 - $2 per bag
Bartender: 15% - 20% of bill or $1 - $2 per drink
Valet: $2 - $5 depending of location



http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g191-s606/United-States:Tipping.And.Etiquette.html

3/24/13

TV Show Taping Tickets


A popular activity when visiting LA is to go to a TV show live taping. There are over 100 live television show taped in the LA area and some pre-planning before your trip could give you the chance to be a part of the audience.

Popular Shows:
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Ellen Show

TV Taping Ticket Agencies:
Audiences Unlimited - www.tvtickets.com

On Camera Audiences - www.on-camera-audiences.com

3/17/13

Jerry's Motel - Video Profile

Check out our video profile. For more information visit us @ www.jerrysmotel.com



3/16/13

Jerry's Motel - About Us!

Check out this easy to read "flip book" for a quick snapshot about Jerry's Motel.



Or vist our website @ www.jerrysmotel.com

3/14/13

Helpful Information On The LA Public Transportation System

Many of our guests will have a rental car during their stay and take advantage of our free parking. A large portion will travel without a rental car and use the Los Angeles public transportation system. Although it is not the best system in the world by any stretch of the imagination, you can still enjoy LA by bus or subway. With a little bit of advance planning and knowledge of the system prior to your visit you can make your stay in LA an enjoyable one.

Planning Your Public Transportation Routes:

Fares: A single trip on the bus or subway will run $1.50 and a 1 day pass will be $5. You will have to use a TAP card and "load" money on to it. See the link below for additional details.
http://golosangeles.about.com/od/gettingaroundlosangeles/ss/MetroGuide_4.htm

Google Transit: Just enter the "To" and "From" addresses or landmarks and the system will generate the route to take via public transport.
http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/transit/#mdy

Metro Main Site: The city's bus/subway guide. Similar to Google Transit but in our opinion not as user friendly.
http://www.metro.net/

Bus/Subway Maps: 

http://golosangeles.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=golosangeles&cdn=travel&tm=9174&f=11&su=p284.13.342.ip_p531.60.342.ip_&tt=29&bt=1&bts=0&st=12&zu=http%3A//www.metro.net/about/contact/customer-centers/

Bus Stop Closest To Jerry's Motel: Line 16/316

Metro Subway Stop Closest To Jerry's Motel: 7th Street Metro Station