Plane Spotting Los Angeles LAX

Embassy Suites LAX South (Note that there are 2 Embassy Suites at Los Angeles Airport, you require the hotel at LAX South, 1440E Imperial Av, El Segundo)
Now regarded as the 1st choice for many visiting LAX. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and free buffet breakfast.Wi Fi is avaiable for a daily rate. Car parking in 2011 was $22 a day, however you can park on the street outside for free except between 0800-1000 (maybe a good time to drive to Imperial Hill or other locations for photos perhaps)
Location: *** On the south side of the airport around a 10 minute shuttle bus journey to the terminals. This is the closest reported hotel to the viewing mound on Imperial Hill. This hotel is now regarded as one of the better locations for spotting, due to it’s views, and also the close location of the Imperial Hill viewing mound.
Spotting: *** Ask for a high level room facing the airport (502 and 581 have been recommended). The rooms give a good view of the nearest two runways, SBS is required to identify aircraft on the far two runway This is probably the closest hotel to the Imperial Hill viewing mound which is around a 10 minute walk away
Photos: *** Dependant on the rooms, views are good from many however light poles and buildings make photography difficult from a number of rooms. Room 581 is probably the best with taxiway shots and departures from the nearest runway easily possible. Three stars are given due to the close proximity to the famous Imperial Hill viewing mound where great shots are possible.
Value: * From £130 per night weekend rates
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Plane Spotting LAX

 Above: View from Room 581 at the Embassy Suites. Note the 747 is landing on the furthest of the Southerly runways, the nearest runway

to the hotel can be seen behind the bizz jets and offeres great photo opportunities from certain rooms. Credit Dean Mitchell


Above : General view from the Embassy Suites LAX. Credit Pete A. Check out more of Pete’s Airport videos here on his youtube channel


 

Custom Hotel Lax
 
Location: ** On the north side of the airport so not in a great position for photographers, this hotel does however give excellent views out onto the airfield for plane spotting.
Spotting: ***

Report Credit : Rob van Ringelesteijn

I stayed 1 night in room 1216 and the first 2 nights around the corner
facing the airport/ocean.

The view from the other corner is more to the hangars at LAX and facing the
ocean. Room 1215 and 1216 are facing much more to the airport and with the
use of  FR24 and SBS  it is almost impossible to miss a single plane at LAX,
and in my opinion a SUPERB hotel for plane spotting!

The hotel isn’t very cheap (150 euro per night appr.), but when the light is
changed for photography in the afternoon this hotel is perfect for
collecting registrations with a beer in your hand!

Parking at the hotel is at the cost of $27,00 but if you park next door at
the Ralps supermarket carpark, there is no cost at all and in the morning
you can go straight into the supermarket for your shopping for the day.

Photos: * Into sun and the hotels windows thickness do not help get quality shots
Value: * Expensive at around $150 a night but offers great views if you are not interested in photography.
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Below : Great views can be had from the Custom Hotel, with the aid of flight trackers all movements can be seen.

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Sheraton Four Points
 
Location: *** Between the parallel runways about a mile from the terminal with a shuttle bus to the airport area.
Spotting: *** Ask for a room facing north to get views of 2 runway thresholds 24L and 24R on the north side a. Ask for a room facing south and you will get views over the 2 southerly runways. Beware the rooms open out onto an open corridor so you are spotting in public with it’s associated problems!
Photos: ** No reports but the outside area of the hotel should offer good possibilities.
Value: *** From £48 a room per night on a weekend
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Hilton LAX
 
Location: *** About 1.5 miles to the terminal area with a free shuttle bus.
Spotting: ** Ask for a room on the 8th floor or above facing the airport to get good views of runway 25L and 25R on the south side and the cargo area.
Photos: * Not reported
Value: ** From £70 per night weekend rates
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Above: Retro View from the Hilton Hotel demonstrating the views available.


 

Hilton Garden Inn
 
Location: ** On the south side of the airport around a 10 minute shuttle bus journey to the terminals
Spotting: ** Not reported from the hotel itself but only a short 20 minute walk from the famous viewing mound at LAX where all movements can be seen
Photos: ** None reported from the hotel but excellent shots can be had from the viewing mound only a short walk away
Value: * From £120 per night
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Travelodge LAX South El Sugundo
 
Location: *** On the south side of the airport around a 10 minute shuttle bus journey to the terminals
Spotting: ** Not reported from the hotel itself but only a 20 minute walk from the famous viewing mound at LAX where all movements can be seen
Photos: ** None reported from the hotel but excellent shots can be had from the viewing mound only a 20 minute walk away
Value: ** Good value with prices from £52 a night
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Crowne Plaza
 
Location: *** About 1.5 miles to the terminal area with a free shuttle bus.
Spotting: *** Ask for a high level room facing the airport (room 1607 has been mentioned). You will see 2 of the runways and the cargo area (Fedex side). The hotel has a multi storey car park where you can log most of the movements from.
Photos: *** The car park offers very good opportunities.
Value: **

 From £98 per night weekend rates

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Holiday Inn Express
   
Location: *** About 1.5 miles to the terminal area with a free shuttle bus.
Spotting: ** Expect a room with a view of runway 24L and 24R. Ask for a south facing room, room 627 has confirmed views.From here arrivals on the north runway pass close by, with arrivals on the south runway identified with flight tracking software.
Photos: ** Resaonable quality photos can be obtained by shooting through the glass of your hotel window
Value: *** From £44 per night weekend rates
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South facing rooms give excellent photo opportunities at The Holiday Inn Express All aircraft sizes can be caught on camera from the hotel room Credit for all photos Terry Fletcher. Check out Terry’s excellent photograph collection here

 

 


 

Courtyard
 
Location: *** One of the closer hotels to the airport terminals
Spotting: ** The hotel is at right angles to the runway therefore ask for a room overlooking the main airport terminals. Expect to read of around a third of aircraft parked at the various terminals visible as well as some aircraft on cargo. Anything taxing for a departure off the 2 southerly runways also pass the hotel.
Photos: * None reported. The hotel rooms have clear glass however the angle of the hotel would make shots difficult
Value: * Prices from £125 a night
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Raddison Hotel
Was once regarded as one of the best hotels at LAX for photography however recent reports state that this is no longer the case and many of the hotels above offer better facilities. 
Location: ** Between the parallel runways about a mile from the terminal with a shuttle bus to the airport area.
Spotting: ** ask for a south facing room for the better views from your room. The upper level of the hotel has a bar area from which all arrivals can be read off at close quarters. **Please note that we have received reports that room windows have now been coated with a heat reflective film making it impossible to read off aircraft. There are also reports that the bar area is now only open from 1700 in the evening. Apparently photography is now banned from the roof area but binoculars are still permitted
Photos: * Photography is no longer allowed from the roof area.
Value: ** Prices starting at £57 a room per night
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Westin
 
Location: *** About 1.5 miles to the terminal area with a free shuttle bus.
Spotting: ** Ask for a high level room facing south. You will see everything landing and lining up for departure on the 2 southerly runways (25L and 25R)
Photos: * None reported from the hotel
Value: * Expect to pay arounf £140 per night
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Super 8 Hotel LAX
 
Location: ** Although being a motel the standard is good. The rooms were large , 
clean and a continental breakfast was included in the price. It is 
situated on Aviation Boulevard and is directly under the nearest 
Northern runway to the airport. Fortunately this runway is rarely used 
for landings (American aircraft don’t have registrations under the 
wing) The other Northern runway is a bit further out and the aircraft 
pass the hotel at a height of about 450 feet. Very impressive!
Spotting: **

Some of the rooms e.g. 416 ,which is the one that I stayed in, have 
views from the bathroom over looking the approaches into all 4 
runways. Similarly departures from all 4 runways can be seen from the 
balcony outside of the room. Obviously an SBS box or equivalent is 
required to obtain the registrations of aircraft landing on the 
Southern runways or departing from any of the runways.

The hotel has a small swimming pool and from there again with the help 
of SBS aircraft landing on all 4 runways can be identified as can 
those departing on the Southern runways. From the pool area aircraft 
landing on the Southern runways can only be seen for a few seconds. 
Look in the left hand corner.

Photos: * No reports
Value: *

I paid $79 a night for a twin room. Which given the view was well 
worth it.
 

Credit Rob Aldridge

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  • Ian Hiles

    I stayed in the Radisson LAX in October 2013 … We had room 1251 … Its a room facing North that has good views of the Northerly runways arrivals .. We didn’t have any problems with any heat reflective film. If there are any arrivals on the more Southern runways, it wasn’t a hassle to leg it out of the room to go out of the fire exit on to the balcony that looked across towards the GA area, Korean Cargo area, Fedex area etc and see the arrivals… From the room we had a view of Santa Monica arrivals as well. In connection with the rooftop bar … it is no longer a rooftop bar, it seems to be a function suite. We had a wander up there one evening, not many folk around and the views from the windows were good but I doubt an extended stay would be allowed. I enjoyed the 6 day I had there and will return if I am lucky enough to visit LAX again..

  • andy kelly

    stating at the Hilton embassy suites lax south at the moment in room 504, this is a double king suite premium room. can see all arrivals and departures but you will need SBS or FR24 to tie everything up, be careful when your choosing your room from the Hilton website 24 hrs before, room 581 is the usual room spotters use which is central, left of this is ok which is where I am but not too far left, just right of it is ok but too far right and some of the view will be hampered a little because the front of this building is staggered and you have palm trees in your view also. wifi is free if your a Hilton honors member, rooms are big and spacious, there is a balcony but its not that big, breakfast is very good with a large choice to choose from, bar food in the evening is good, around £20 for a burger but there good portions, 2nd time staying here and look forward to coming back.