Torrance Travel Guide
It's that time of the year again--Christimas in July time! Typically the weeks around July 25th mean one thing and one thing only: you'll get tons of glossy inserts in your newspapers advertising blowout sales. However, this year the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, CA has another idea; they're holding a Facebook contest to win stays at their hotel in December. A winter weekend in southern California for free at this LEED silver certified hotel? Yes, please.
Every day from now through July 30, the Miyako is asking people to have a conversation with them on Facebook. They'll ask questions like "what's your favorite holiday dish?" or "what's the best gift you've ever received?" and everyone who comments is entered to win a stay at the hotel during the peak time of the real holiday season.
Winners will be announced on August 2 on their Facebook page, and there'll be one winner per day. That's pretty excellent odds, if we do say so ourselves.
[Photo: Miyako Hybrid Hotel]
Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.
We've told you about the rooms, we've told you about the free high-tech toilet giveaway so it's only natural that we bring you a Pitch Your Hotel from the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance just south of Los Angeles Airport.
The hotel's general manager, Cherie Davis, gave us a tour of the 209-room hotel last week showing us all the "hybrid" components of the property. And no, hybrid in this sense does not pertain to gas mileage (although you could follow up on that at either the Toyota or Honda headquarters just down the street.)
Are you fascinated by Japanese toilets such as this one? Do you want one for your own personal use? It's ok, there's no shame in admitting that!
At the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, Calif., where we stayed back in December, they are giving away one of these HI-3001 WT "Feel Fresh" Bidet n' Wash Hygiene Systems to a lucky Facebook fan. The toilet, which retails for about $600, features a push button control panel, warm water wash, twin spray nozzles, and comfortable heated seat. (Hee hee.)
All you have to do is become a fan of the hotel on Facebook and you are automatically entered in the contest. No purchase is necessary and the winner will be chosen at random. The contest runs from now until 8pm on April 15 (Tax Day!) so become a fan now. Doesn't your tush deserve the very best?
We'll have more non-toilet related news from the Miyako Hybrid Hotel next week so stay tuned!
Though it is scheduled to open for business on December 2, 2009, we were invited to spend the night at the new Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance this past weekend, and here’s what we checked out before checkout.
The Miyako Hybrid’s sister hotel, the Miyako Inn is in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, but this little sib is way out in the wilds of Torrance, which sort of makes sense since it is hoping to cater to a largely Japanese clientele, and Torrance is where you’ll find the California headquarters of such recognizable firms as Toyota and Honda.
Guess that’s why “miyako” means “flourishing place of business and entertainment.” Plus, it’s very accessible from both LAX and downtown, making it an easy destination for business travelers.
Los Angeles is just the kind of city that embraces cool cultural influences, particularly those from the far East—and we're not just talking about the multitude of sushi restaurants in greater LA County. We've seen contemporary tea houses, high end hot spring spas, and we just got news that a thoroughly Japanese hotel, The Miyako Hybrid, will soon be opening its doors to the public.
The Miyako line is apparently well-known in Japan for being ultra-modern and sleek, so its arrival in the City of Angels comes as no surprise. What's shocking is that you won't find it sharing block space in Beverly Hills or West Hollywood, but in Torrance of all places. We're scratching our heads right alongside you. That's not a dig against Torrance, but, quite honestly, it seems like the target audience of such a hotel is more accessible in the trendy heart of LA, not deep in the South Bay.