October 2014 Lodging Metrics

12/05/2014

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• Los Angeles ranked 6th place among the Top 25 Markets with an Occupancy rate of 80.3%, up +2.8% compared to the same period last year (78.1%).
• Los Angeles ADR was $150.56 and ranked 9th among the Top 25 Markets, up +8.7% compared to the same period last year ($138.46).
• Los Angeles RevPAR was $120.92 and ranked 6th among the Top 25 Markets, up +11.8% compared to the same period last year ($108.18).
• Rooms nights sold were 2.44 million countywide, reflecting a +4.4% increase over October 2013 (2.34 million room nights).
• The LAX area (86.1%) and Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey (85.3%) both reported the highest Occupancy rate for the month. 
•  LA North (+17.7%) and South Bay (+16.2%) reported the largest YOY RevPAR growth.

Tamal at La Luz Del Dia

The Best Tamales in Los Angeles

12/04/2014

Javier Cabral

For many Mexican and Central American families, a feast of tamales on Christmas Eve is as essential as dining on turkey for Thanksgiving. It’s not just about eating the tamales, but also about the bonding experience, since the process of making tamales is long and laborious. Family members take turns applying the seasoned nixtamalized maize paste - historically credited as one of civilization’s earliest forms of processing a food - on dozens of softened corn husks or banana leaves. Fortunately for Angelenos, there’s a plethora of restaurants that specialize in making tamales almost as good as mamá's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. If there’s one thing you should count on unwrapping for Christmas in L.A., it’s a tamal.

Biscuits at Willie Jane

The Best Biscuits in Los Angeles

11/29/2014

Joshua Lurie

Many people associate biscuit mastery with the South, but the baked good, which is best when flaky and loaded with either butter or lard, has become popular across the nation. Now L.A. chefs are earning biscuit cred at a rapid clip. Learn about a baker’s dozen of the best biscuits in Los Angeles which are joined by a wide range of accompaniments.

Jackson Market and Deli in Culver City

Hidden Gems in Culver City

11/29/2014

Esther Tseng

From its inception and then incorporation by Harry Culver in the early 1900s to the renovation and revitalization of its downtown that began in the 90s, Culver City is a city rich with motion picture, television and aviation history. Metro Goldwyn Mayer built their studios there in the 1920s; the facility later became Sony Pictures Studios. Howard Hughes opened his Hughes Aircraft plant in 1941 - at one time it was the largest employer in Los Angeles. Sony Pictures Entertainment is Culver City’s largest employer to date.

Iconic films such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Gone with the Wind," a portion of "Grease" and the Tarzan series were filmed in Culver City. By the early 2000s, parts of the Hughes empire had been purchased by or merged with General Motors, Boeing, NewsCorp and Raytheon, but Culver City’s imprint on aviation is evident throughout Martin Scorsese’s biopic, "The Aviator."

Read on to learn about the lesser-known destinations worth seeking out in “The Heart of Screenland.”

Interior of DeSano Pizza Bakery in Los Angeles

The Best L.A. Restaurants for Affordable Group Dining

11/21/2014

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Whether it’s the holidays, a family reunion or a gathering of friends, there are occasions that call for more than a quiet corner table. Fortunately, there are restaurants throughout Los Angeles that not only offer family style menus and private rooms, but are affordably priced as well. Read on for some of the best restaurants in L.A. with group dining options that won’t break the bank.

Jerry Gergich house from "Parks and Recreation"

Go On Location: Holiday Movie & TV Locations in Los Angeles

11/20/2014

Lindsay Blake

It’s that time of year when we deck the halls and untangle the twinkle lights. That’s right, it’s Christmas in the City of Angels. Get into the spirit of the season by taking a tour of iconic holiday movie and television locations. Though it hasn’t snowed in L.A. since 1962 and the city’s massive concentration of palm trees doesn’t exactly scream winter, Los Angeles is home to many classic Yuletide filming sites. Read on for 10 famous holiday movie and TV locations.

Los Angeles Auto Show at Los Angeles Convention Center

Nov. 21–30, 2014: Los Angeles Auto Show

11/20/2014

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The 2014 L.A. Auto Show is premiering 30 world debuts (totaling 60 vehicle unveilings overall), which will be introduced in front of a global audience during its Press & Trade Days (Nov. 18-20) at the LACC. Audi is planning one of its biggest L.A. Auto Shows to date, with eight total debuts, three of which are global. Mercedes-Benz has three world premieres, which will be showcased alongside the brand’s two North American debuts, while Porsche will hold several world reveals. Mazda will feature three global premieres, one of which is an all-new vehicle. BMW has two world debuts and three North American debuts, and Chevrolet has also committed to two global premieres. Cadillac has its world reveal of the high-performance 2015 ATS-V, while Chrysler plans to introduce its completely refreshed 300 and 300C models. Other brands making world premieres include Acura, Lexus, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Fred 62 interior at night

Gay Los Angeles: 24-Hour Diners

11/18/2014

Frontiers LA

One of the reasons to visit Los Angeles is that there's just so much to do here - celebrity sightseeing, shopping on Melrose or Rodeo Drive, sunbathing in Venice, nightclubbing in Hollywood. With so many activities to check off your to-do list, when will you find the time to eat? Fortunately, L.A. has diners open 24-7 in nearly every neighborhood. We've listed some of the best late-night restaurants in the city.

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