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Carmageddon Brings Hotel Discounts

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Because so many big media outlets are based in New York and Los Angeles, the rest of the world gets to hear the minutiae of our local news (Blackouts! Blizzards! Brushfires!) as though it’s their own.  Thus, this weekend’s closing of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles—dubbed Carmageddon—is internationally known, if only locally dreaded.

A few Southern California hotels have offers for those Angelenos hoping to bypass the panic of Carmageddon with a weekend escape.

Terranea, in Rancho Palos Verdes, is offering refugees of the shutdown a third night for 40.5% off the rack rate with their 405 Freeway Package.  For more information or to book your weekend stay, please visit Terranea, or call (866) 802-8000 and use rate code 405FWY.

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At the glam Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, on palm-lined bluffs in Santa Monica, the Live Like a Local package offers a car-free weekend (overnight parking included) with rates from $405 a night.  Santa Monica is surprisingly navigable on foot, with the beach and pier, as well as the farmers’ market and a pedestrian mall a stroll away from the hotel. For more information or to book, please visit the Fairmont Miramar.

Hotel Palomar, in Westwood, can set road-weary guests up with two nights’ accommodations, $40.05 in dining credits, complimentary parking, and the services of Captain Carmageddon, a concierge to navigate alternative routes the closure.  (The Kimpton property’s amenities for four-legged guests may especially appeal to pet-owning escapees.)  For more information or to book, please visit the Hotel Palomar, LA-Westwood, or call (800) 472-8556.

Beat the weekend panic and book now. Don’t get stuck in traffic when you could be lazing poolside, comfortably reading reporter-on-the-street accounts of surface road detours and the horrors of public transportation.

Ann Shields is an online senior editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photos courtesy of Terranea (top) and Fairmont Hotels.

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