When Carmeggedon Hits Los Angeles, You Best Hunker Down in Your Hotel
Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara
You thought Armageddon was scary, but Carmeggedon will be hell on earth. The impending Carmeggedon is what will rain down on Los Angeles when the city closes its 405 freeway, one of the nation's busiest stretches, the weekend of July 15. Instead of trying to battle what's sure to be hellacious traffic, several hotels are offering Carmeggedon packages to get you off the roadways and safely
trapped holed up in their rooms. How convenient!
The London West Hollywood will take in stranded L.A. motorists for a staycation with its Gordon Ramsay Dine + Stay package that weekend. You'll get to remain road-free in a suite and have a four-course dinner at loud-mouth Ramsay's eponymous restaurant along with free breakfast. The package starts at $465 a night, which includes tax and gratuity for the dinner.
Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara is encouraging people to get the heck out of L.A. and avoid the massive traffic jams altogether. As part of its Escape the 405 package, you'll get 15 percent off of your stay, $4.05 cocktails and food all weekend long at the poolside bar and a complimentary cocktail reception on Friday night for all 405 escapees. The deal is good on stays from July 14 to 17.
And if you think road-tripping it to Santa Barbara is too much of a headache, ditch your car and hop on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and get 20 percent off of your train ticket with the Santa Barbara Car Free discount. It sounds like a heavenly alternative to Carmeggedon.