I look forward to welcoming you to Hollywood — here are some helpful pre-arrival links you may find helpful (all this info is also in the guidebook in your room).
If you’re coming from abroad and need US phone/text/data access while you’re here, I recommend the T-Mobile Tourist Plan, which is available at T-Mobile or Best Buy close to my house.
If you’d like to purchase a SIM card at LAX, they are also available at InMotion, which is located in Terminal 2 across from the Food Court, and open until midnight.
Groupon is a great resource for guests who want big discounts on food, travel, activities, gyms, spa, etc. If you don’t have an account yet, just sign up at this link to get a $10 credit, in addition to Groupon deals (like 50% off dinner, etc.) There’s also a handy mobile app.
If you plan to do popular tourist activities in LA like Universal Studios, the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Magic Mountain, Madame Tussauds, etc. check out the Go LA card — it bundles up to 31 activities in an “all you can eat” format to save up to 55% off the regular price. Or if you only want to do 2-3 activities (like Universal and the La Brea Tar Pits) you’ll still save 10-20% buying tickets at the Go LA website over just buying it online.
If you plan on doing Universal, check out these tips to maximize your visit.
Uber and Lyft have made it easy and affordable to get around LA. It’s good to have both apps on your phone — I personally prefer Lyft and use them when I can, with Uber as my backup.
Sign up for an Uber account and enter promo code SUNNYROOMLA for up to $20 off your first ride.
Sign up for a Lyft account for their latest promo credit offer (ranges from $5-50).
If you’re going to rent a car in LA and you’ll have internet data access on your phone, Waze is the best GPS app to navigate LA traffic patterns.
If you plan to use the LA Metro or bus, the best planners to use are either Google Maps or Apple Maps on iOS/Android.
Food delivery is huge in LA — there are so many options and lots of great apps that make it fast, easy, and cheap. After running around seeing the city all day, don’t be afraid to get some delivery and “Netflix and chill.” Or after a long night it’s an awesome luxury to have your breakfast delivered. Best food delivery apps are Postmates, DoorDash, Eat24, and UberEATS — download and enter promo codes on all 4 and you’ll be ready for free food when you get here.
Sign up for Postmates for up to $100 in free delivery credits, or enter code R47K in the app under Settings/Add Promo Code.
Sign up for DoorDash for $7 off your first delivery.
Sign up for Eat24 by Yelp for a $5 credit.
Sign up for UberEATS (separate app from Uber) for $15 off your first order. To make sure you get the credit, enter EATS-SUNNYROOMLA in the app under Settings/Promotions.