L.A. Tourism Celebrates the One-Year Anniversary of Car Free L.A. with New Car Free Inspired Travel Packages

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L.A. Hotels from Marina Del Rey and Beverly Hills to Hollywood and Mid-City are Encouraging Travelers to Step Out of their Cars to Explore Los Angeles 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 22, 2014) – Earth Day 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of Car Free LA – an eco-tourism initiative designed by The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board that offers travelers a variety of free itineraries centered around exploring Los Angeles’ various neighborhoods, attractions and hidden gems by walking, biking and taking the METRO. In celebration of this major milestone, L.A. Tourism has partnered with nine hotels across the city to curate exclusive spring and summer travel packages inspired by the Car Free L.A. program – making it easy for visitors to stay and experience Los Angeles without relying on a car. 

W Hollywood Hotel, Hotel Angeleno, The Beverly Garland, Hilton Universal, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Westwood and The Hotel Wilshire, Jamaica Bay Inn, Chamberlain West Hollywood and Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel are rolling out Car Free L.A.-inspired packages giving guests the tools they need to plan the perfect car-free vacation. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the city in a new way and experience unique activities that would otherwise be missed from behind the wheel, including museum madness walking tours, stand-up paddle boarding, complimentary bike rentals, and much more. To book a Car Free LA hotel package or download complimentary Car Free LA vacation itineraries, visit www.discoverLosAngeles.com/CarFreeLA

Car Free LA-inspired hotel packages include:

Westside: Kimpton’s The Hotel Wilshire and Hotel Palomar Los Angeles–Westwood – ‘Car-free, Carefree!’

Equal parts hidden escape and city vibe, The Hotel Wilshire is located just minutes from Beverly Hills and Museum Row and boasts unforgettable views of the Hollywood Hills from its rooftop pool and lounge. Venture west on Los Angeles’ famed Wilshire Blvd to experience The Hotel Wilshire’s sister property, Hotel Palomar Los Angeles–Westwood in swank Westwood Village. No matter what location travelers choose, these properties offer a seamless car free experience with the return of their ‘Car-Free, Carefree!’ package, including:

•Welcome Amenity: a pedometer, two bottles of water, a healthy snack and sunscreen

•Car-free map of the neighborhood

•Complimentary valet parking

•Bounce back offer: If guests show the Front Desk they walked at least 10,000 steps per day with their pedometer, they will receive a special code for 20% off of room rate during their next stay. The bounce back offer can be redeemed within one year of a guest’s stay.

Availability: now through October 31, 2014

Starting Rates: Hotel Wilshire $299 per night + tax; Hotel Palomar LA: $259 per night + tax

Westside: Hotel Angeleno – ‘LA Our Way’

Located at the crossroads of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and UCLA, Hotel Angeleno offers culture, warmth and unparalleled views of the city. Guests are invited to book the ‘LA Our Way’ package and enjoy an exclusive insider’s guide, titled ‘We Are Not Square,’ highlighting activities including museum madness tours and a ‘how-to bar hop’ tip sheet. The package includes:

•‘We Are Not Square’ guide

•Fanny pack with the following items: sunglasses, bottled water, protein bar and sunscreen

•Power breakfast at West Restaurant & Lounge

•The hotel will donate 5% of every package booked to the annual Lynne Cohen Foundation Kickin’ Cancer Run/Walk

•Complimentary shuttle service within three miles 

Availability: Now through December 30, 2014; blackout dates apply, advanced reservations necessary

Starting Rates: $269 per night + tax 

The Valley: Hilton Universal – ’Car-Free Getaway’

Located in the heart of the ’Entertainment Capital of Los Angeles’ and just steps away from Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoying the California sunshine has never been more convenient. Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City’s ’Car-Free Getaway’ package is the perfect eco-friendly vacation for the corporate, family and leisure traveler. The package includes:

•Accommodations for two adults

•Welcome Amenity: a pedometer, two bottles of water and a healthy snack

•Bounce back offer: Guests that present to the Front Desk 10,000 steps on their pedometer during their stay will receive a code for 15% off their next visit

Availability: Now through October 30, 2014

Starting Rates: $169 plus tax

West Hollywood: Chamberlain West Hollywood – ’Urban Eco-Friendly Biking’

Chamberlain West Hollywood’s Urban Eco-Friendly Biking package allows guest to save gas and see the sights. Recently voted most walkable city in California, West Hollywood boasts exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment, all located just moments away from this stylish boutique hotel. Package for two includes:

•One night stay in an Executive King Suite, spacious open floor plan with king bed and step down seating area, private balcony and fireplace

•Arrival amenity will be a Chef's surprise 

•Two 21 speed high end hybrid road bikes, helmets, safety vests, locks, self-guided tour map of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Bel Air supplied by Bikes and Hikes LA, plus an additional self-guided tour map to Santa Monica Beach

•Complimentary glass of wine at the rooftop pool

•Complimentary overnight valet parking

Availability: Now through October 31, 2014; book via phone at 310.657.7400 or 800.201.9652 or online at www.chamberlainwesthollywood.com 

Starting Rates: $289 per night + tax; based on one night stay

Hollywood: W Hollywood – ‘Walk of Fame’

Located at the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine, W Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for fabulous parties and celebrity style-mixing. Guests who book the ‘Walk of Fame’ package are invited to enjoy a car free Hollywood adventure, by stepping outside and catching a show at the famous Art Deco movie house, the Pantages Theatre, reveling in the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, or easy access to numerous restaurants, shopping and nightlife. A metro stop is located directly below the hotel, which makes it easy to participate in green transit while also providing convenient access to Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. The package includes:

•Bliss Fabulous Feet Pedicure

•$10 TAP card for the METRO station

•“Wonderful” room starting from $279

Availability: Now through October 31, 2014; book now at whollywoodhotel.com/walkoffame or call 877 782 0104 and ask for promo code WLKFAME.

Starting Rates: $279 per night + tax

Beach Cities / LAX: Jamaica Bay Inn – ‘Car Free’

Tucked on the shores of the tranquil Marina del Rey, Jamaica Bay Inn is a refreshing retreat from L.A.’s hustle and bustle. With a design that resembles the colorful and relaxed style of a West Indies resort, vacationers are treated to an authentic vacation vibe. The ‘Car Free’ package allows guests to enjoy the serene setting as they splash through the Marina and explore popular destinations like Venice Beach and Santa Monica – all through the power of their own energy. The package includes:

•20% off a two-night stay

•Complimentary daily breakfast for two at the acclaimed Beachside Restaurant & Bar ($50 max daily value)

•Complimentary bottled water

•Complimentary nightly self parking 

•One-hour stand up paddle boarding lesson for two 

•One day complimentary bicycle rentals for two 

Availability: Now through October 31, 2014; reservations must be cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival date to avoid charge of one night room and tax charges. PROMO CODE: CARFREE

Starting Rates: $239 per night + tax with a two night minimum

The Valley: The Beverly Garland – ‘Car Free, No Worries’

Walk into The Beverly Garland and be instantly transported to a secluded, urban oasis, yet close to all the action and excitement of Hollywood, Universal Studios and LA’s best attractions. Guests booking the ‘Car Free, No Worries’ package can find their way along the streets of L.A. with a walking map and complimentary trolley service to the METRO station. The package includes:

•One-night stay in standard accommodations

•Walking map of the neighborhood area

•Welcome amenity water bottle & trail mix

•Complimentary shuttle service to METRO line and Universal Studios

Availability: now through October 31, 2014, based on availability; blackout dates may apply

Starting Rates: $179 per night + tax

The Valley: Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel – Car Free L.A.

The legendary halls at Sportsmen’s Lodge pre-date the film industry and have been graced by the likes of Katherine Hepburn and Clark Gable. Today, guests searching for the true Hollywood experience can book this package and enjoy full-service accommodations only minutes from the best San Fernando Valley attractions. Located on Ventura Boulevard, guests are just minutes from Universal Studios, Burbank airport, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, couture L.A. shopping and numerous beaches. The package includes:

•Hotel Accommodations

•American Breakfast

•Complimentary Bicycle use for the day

•Bottle of Water

Availability: Now through October 31, 2014 based on availability, blackout dates may apply

Starting Rates: $199 + tax

 

For more information about travel experiences in Los Angeles, go to the official visitor information website of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board at www.discoverLosAngeles.com, join the more than one million people who follow LA Tourism’s Facebook page at facebook.com/LosAngelesFan or follow @discoverLA on Twitter and Instagram and become a part of the conversation with #CarFreeLA.

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