Hotel and Transportation Information
This year's NMF Conference hotel is the Loews Hollywood Hotel. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Loews Hollywood Hotel for Conference attendees at a special rate. When making a reservation you should mention that you are part of the National Marfan Foundation Conference and ask for the special rate. Rates are as follows:
- $189 per night Single or Double
or call 1 855-563-9749 and make sure you ask for the "Annual Marfan Conference rate."
TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION (Getting to Los Angeles, CA)
There are two airports in the Los Angeles, CA area, LAX and Burbank Bob Hope Airport.
From LAX Airport to Loews Hollywood Hotel: 30 minute ride
- Prime Time Shuttle is available departing from each terminal. Shared and Private Vans are available. Shared vans are the most economical option beginning at $15 one-way. Advance reservations are recommended. You can call1-800-RED-VANS, or book online here.
- Free shuttle bus service is provided from the Metro Green Line Aviation Station. Passengers wishing to use this shuttle bus service should wait under the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal, and board the "G" Shuttle.
- Passengers also can take the "C" Shuttle from the same pick-up point to get to the Metro Bus Center, where they can board city buses serving the Los Angeles area. Information on city bus services is available by telephone on the Information Display Board in the baggage claim area in each terminal. In addition, passengers can obtain local transit
information by calling 323.GO.METRO or 323.466.3876.
- Rental Cars Approximately 40 rental car companies operate out of LAX, with vehicle rental sites located off the airport. Many of these rental car companies provide phone links inside or near the baggage claim areas on the Lower/Arrival Level of the terminals so travelers can request a free shuttle pick up to reach the rental car sites.
- Taxi Cab: Cab fare from the airport runs approximately $50 each way and takes approximately 30-45 minutes,
depending on traffic. Taxi’s can be found curbside on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal under the
yellow sign indicating Taxis. Passengers will be presented with a ticket stating typical fares to major destinations. Only authorized taxis with an official seal issued by City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation on each vehicle are permitted in the airport. It is illegal for any transportation services to solicit fares, and travelers using such services do so at their own risk.
From Burbank Bob Hope Airport to Loews Hollywood Hotel: 16-18 minute ride
- Car rental counters are located in Terminal B. Shuttles to off-airport rental car companies stop at the pedestrian island immediately across from the Terminal B baggage claim.
- Buses and Trains: Ten Amtrak trains and 29 Metrolink trains serve the Bob Hope Airport Train Station daily, helping travelers get to Downtown Burbank, Glendale and Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. In addition to train service directly at the Airport, the Airport offers free shuttle service to the Downtown Burbank Station, where you can connect with the Santa Clarita Line, and to the North Hollywood Red Line Station where frequent Red Line service takes travelers to Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. The Airport is also a stop on the Metro bus lines and the City of Burbank Burbank Bus, which connects with Downtown Burbank and the Metro Red Line in North Hollywood, which connects with Universal Studios. The Airport also offers free shuttle service between the Airport and the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station. In addition, there is a free shuttle service from the North Hollywood Metro Station to the Airport. Contact Super Shuttle at the shuttle island in front of the terminal for on-demand service from the Airport; call 818-558-3179 for pickup at both stations to reach the Airport; or call 1-800-224-7767 to make advance reservations.
- Shuttles and Taxi Cabs Shuttle van service and taxi cabs are located on the pedestrian islands immediately in front of the Bob Hope Airport passenger terminal
PARKING AT THE LOEWS HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
Valet only at the hotel. The cost is $38 per day. There are other parking garages near the hotel.
On Hollywood Blvd (walking distance):
- Starline Tours/ TMZ Tours: Phone number – 1-855-4TMZ-TOUR. Tours depart from the Starline terminal at the Chinese Theater located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90028. If you wish to make your own way to the terminal please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your tour departure time. Terminal is not even a mile away from the hotel and can be easily walked too.
- Madame Tussauds Hollywood: If you don’t happen to catch the stars in person, visiting the Madame Tussauds wax museum is the second best thing. One of four locations in North America, the Hollywood museum features true-to-life representations of Hollywood icons, along with current TV and movie stars.
- Hollywood Highland Center: Many of the top things to do in Hollywood can be found at the Hollywood and Highland Center, an expansive complex of shops, restaurants and theatres. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre, Lucky Strike Bowling, and the epic cinema-inspired architecture are the main attractions at the center, which was constructed in 2001 and has ushered in a new era of Hollywood glamor.
- Hollywood Walk of Fame: A stroll down Hollywood Boulevard places some of the world’s biggest stars directly under your feet. Fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street include more than 2,400 embedded terrazzo and brass stars, honoring legends of film, TV, music, radio and theatre. Some of the walk’s most prestigious stars sit on the sidewalk just outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Other Sites to See:
- Santa Monica Pier: is a fun place to go and an easy way to take in the beach when trying to see the best attractions in Los Angeles. The 1,600-foot-long pier opened in 1909 and still contains the circa 1922 carousel with 44 hand-carved horses, and the 1938 gate built by the WPA. A working roller coaster and Ferris wheel add to the amusement park atmosphere. Thursday nights during the summer bring on the Twilight Dance Series with top-notch bands rocking the pier.
- The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits: Located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities. This onsite Museum displays Ice Age fossils — including saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths — from 10,000 to 40,000-year-old asphalt deposits. But visitors can also watch the processes of paleontology unfold. Every day inside the glass-enclosed Fish Bowl Lab, scientists and volunteers prepare fossils including “Zed,” a recently discovered male Columbian mammoth. The Page Museum is currently excavating and studying a cache of recently unearthed fossils known as Project 23, an endeavor that could double the Museum’s already tremendous collection of more than three million Ice Age specimens and inform decades of new research. Outside the Museum, in Hancock Park, the Pleistocene Garden and iconic life-size replicas of extinct mammals depict the life that once grew, and roamed, in the Los Angeles Basin.
- Hollywood Sign: If one attraction in particular represents the lore and mystique of Tinseltown, it is the giant Hollywood sign that overlooks the area from its perch in the rolling hills north of town. The sign, which was first erected in 1923, features 45-foot letters, has been restored to its original grandeur after falling into disrepair in the 1970s. You can view the famed sign from our hotel, which sits just southwest of the Hollywood hills.
- Universal studios Hollywood: One of the oldest and most famous active movie studios in Hollywood, Universal Studios is known as “The Entertainment Capital of LA.” One of the most diverse attractions in Hollywood, Universal Studios features a theme park, multi-screen theatre, working film studio and CityWalk, a collection of stores and restaurants. Guided tours of the studio are available.
- Griffith Observatory: Explore outer space and enjoy a stellar view of the Southern California cityscape from this landmark observatory. Griffith Observatory sits in the hills north of the city, offering commanding cityscapes, a number of space and science exhibits, and noteworthy art deco architecture.
- Paramount Studio Tour: The Studios at Paramount has always been an industry leader and home to countless famous television and motion picture productions. Today, we’re ushering in a new era of excellence and embarking on a new phase of history by continuing the evolution of our services and facilities to meet the demands of today and tomorrow’s production partners. When you partner with us, you’ll discover how we’re combining our vast experience with the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide an incredibly diverse array of production support services managed by the most talented professionals in the industry. You’ll see that no other production facility in the world can boast of the talent, commitment and technology possessed by the Studios at Paramount.
- Long Beach Aquarium: The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. It displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Aquarium. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn more about our planet. The Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions.
- Many restaurants and eateries in the Hollywood and Highland Center (mall attached to the Conference hotel)
- The Pig’n Whistle is one of the few remaining staples in Los Angeles that still offers patrons a true taste of “old Hollywood.” In addition to the comprehensive menu and bar, they have live entertainment. The menu consists of mostly sandwiches, pizza and pasta. $$
- The Maui and Sons Bar and Grill: Suring legends Maui and Sons and Sunset Entertainment untied to create Hollywood’s first beach bar and grill. Enjoy Hawiian BBQ style cuisine and cocktails. Mostly Hawiian food but this includes fish, burgers, cool starts, and vegetarian dishes. This restaurant is fun, colorful and looks like a lot of fun. They also have live music on the weekends. $
- Mel’s Drive in: It is a fun 50s themed restaurant that has all American food. This place also has a lot of movie history with celebrities and is fun for all ages. $$
- Hard Rock Café – traditional casual dining and live music. With state-of the art facilities, complete with cutting edge multimedia technology. $$
- Musso and Frank Grill: Established in 1919, Musso’s is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood that many celebrities enjoy. They serve a variety of food and drinks. $$$
- Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen $
- Subway $
- Johnny Rocket’s $
- Quiznos $
- McDonalds $