2017 Meeting Info

Loyola Marymount University

LMU’s main campus located on the west-side of Los Angeles, in the Westchester neighborhood and next to the neighborhoods of Playa Del Ray and Marina Del Ray (and in recent years, causing locals to cringe, what is now known as “Silicon Beach”).


The campus is directly north of LA International Airport (LAX), to the south of Venice Beach, and to the west of Culver City. 


It sits on a bluff with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains. (Please note that there is a second campus, Loyola Law School, which is near to downtown Los Angeles and not the site of the Foucault Circle meeting.)


The main campus address is 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (http://goo.gl/maps/B733V).


All sessions of the 2017 Foucault Circle will be held on campus (exact rooms TBA), including the Thursday night reception and screening of Sur les toits.


Travel to LMU/Los Angeles

By air: We strongly recommend booking flights via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) given its proximity to campus (a 5-10 drive) and its service of all major airlines. Two other airports (Burbank and Ontario) also serve the LA metro region but are significantly far from campus, so if you choose to travel via these airport, plan accordingly.


A taxi from LAX will incur the airport minimum charge (expect to pay at least $20 to get from LAX to the Campus or to our recommended hotel, even though they are a short ride away. Taxi stands are available at all terminals at LAX). Taxi service in LA is very good and flat rates are often available for common rides.


By train: LA is served by Amtrak and California MetroLink trains via Union Station, just north of downtown. Union Station is a considerably distance from LMU, so please take this into account (easily 45+ mins by car given typical traffic).


By car: LA is very much a car-centric city, and LMU is easily accessible via the I-405, I-105, and I-10 freeways (note: down here we always say it like, “the four-oh-five,” anybody who says the “I” isn’t from LA). But this is also Los Angeles, and everything you’ve heard about LA traffic is probably true. Be warned.  

·         To navigate via GPS, use the main campus address of 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (http://goo.gl/maps/B733V).

·         Additional driving directions for LMU’s Main (Westchester) Campus are available here: http://www.lmu.edu/resources/campusmaps/drivingdirections/



There is not an “official” conference hotel, given the size of our conference, but we do have a strong recommendation as to where you should stay. Please be aware that the most popular hotels in Los Angeles are typically in downtown or in the Hollywood area. You should avoid these as they are VERY far away from LMU.


Our recommendation is to book a room at the Custom Hotel ($123-$140 per night): http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/los-angeles-hotels/custom-hotel/


The Custom is a four block walk to LMU and very close to LAX.

·         The Custom has a complimentary airport shuttle service;

·         A taxi from LAX will incur the airport minimum charge (expect to pay $20 to get from LAX to the Custom, even though it is a very short ride. Taxi stands are available at all terminals at LAX);

·         If you require a desk in your room, be sure to specifically request a room with a desk;

·         We are presently working on transportation options to/from the Custom for the days of the conference for persons who do not wish to, or are not able to walk. Details TBD.


A second recommended option is the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles-Westside ($145 per night) in Culver City (this is about 3 miles away so you would need to use taxis to get to/from the conference): http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-los-angeles-westside-LAXCCDT/index.html


For more upscale hotels, there are many options in the Marina del Rey neighborhood, but which average at least $200 per night. These would all require a taxi to get to/from LMU.


Two interesting options I (Andrew) would recommend are:

1)      the Venice Beach House, a vintage craftsman that dates back to the early days of Venice: http://www.venicebeachhouse.com/ (you can get some deals here if you are fine with shared bathrooms);

2)      or the super-trendy Rose Hotel (also in Venice and just down the street from Google’s So-Cal offices): http://www.therosehotelvenice.com/


Both of these are at least a 20 min drive to campus (traffic can be bad in the mornings) but are also 1-block away from Venice Beach and adjacent to Abbot-Kinney, arguably the hippest blocks on the west-coast (think Williamsburg in Brooklyn, but beach-adjacent).


And of course, AirBnb and other “vacation” rental options are plentiful throughout the city, especially near to the beaches. Again, just plan accordingly to get to/from campus.


We will also be setting up a “hotel share” spreadsheet here shortly for folks who would like to try and share a room with another conference attendee. Details coming shortly!


Getting Around LA

If you plan to explore more of Los Angeles during your stay, the city is served by an extensive public bus and train system (LA has the largest public transit system in the nation, much to many people’s surprise). LMU itself is served by three overlapping public transit systems:

·         LA Metro (Buses and Trains): https://www.metro.net/

·         Big Blue Bus (aka Santa Monica Transit, which has a bus stop at LMU’s campus): https://bigbluebus.com/

·         Culver City Bus: http://culvercity.org/enjoy/culver-city-bus

All of these system use a single fare card (called a Tap Card) so they are largely interoperable.


However, due to the geographical space of LA and its reliance on the bus system as its backbone, navigating LA for the first time on public transit is often a daunting and time-consuming process.


We recommend renting a car if you really want to explore the city. If you want to spend time in the amazing natural resources of southern California (the mountains, the beaches, the desert), then you defiantly should get a car. LAX has numerous car rental vendors that are easily accessed from the airport.


There is ample garage parking on LMU’s campus for $10/day. And don’t feel bad about using valet parking. Everybody does out here. It’s just part of the LA way of doing things.


Food/Drink/Amenities (more info coming soon!)

A more elaborate coffee/bar/restaurant guide is forthcoming! (taking advantage of everything that LA has to offer in terms of beach-side cocktails, micro-breweries, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and more. We will be especially attentive to dietary needs, but if there are specific concerns/needs, please contact Andrew (Andrew.Dilts@lmu.edu) soon and he’ll make sure to include great recommendations in the guide.


Nevertheless, immediately in along the walk between the Custom Hotel and LMU’s campus, there is a “restaurant row” with various Thai, Japanese, American, Italian, Indian, and Mexican options. There is also a full-service grocery store (Bristol Farms) walking distance from the Custom and a Whole Foods that is a short drive from the Custom/Campus.

Corey McCall,
Feb 4, 2017, 11:08 AM