In the late 1700s, a Spanish soldier received the land that would become Gardena Valley as a gift for his service. Over time, the city grew and was dubbed Berryland, as it was one of the only green spaces during dry seasons. In 1930, the city incorporated and officially became Gardena. Today, it's home to just over 60,000 residents.
Gardena has many shopping choices ranging from locally-owned stores to big box retailers. There are three malls close to each other. It doesn't matter if you're hungry for Japanese, Italian, Mexican, or American fare; this city delivers. Dining options range from breakfast cafes and lunch bistros to high-end seafood and sushi restaurants.
The city limits of Gardena don't cover a vast area, so when you're looking for a hotel, you'll notice many with other city names. Don't worry, though. There are dozens of hotels within a 5-mile radius of downtown Gardena.
When to Visit Gardena, CA
Summer is peak tourist season in the area; beaches and attractions are packed and many stores and hotels inflate their prices. Summer months in Gardena are hot and humid. Be mindful of smog conditions. The smog and high humidity can make breathing difficult for those with respiratory issues. Average highs in the summer range average in the 80s, but can go over 100 degrees. Low temperatures are balmy in the 60s. Don't expect rain during this season.
The spring months bring wonderful weather and clear skies. The winter rains decline and smog hasn't picked up yet. Temperatures average in the 70s during the day and in the 50s at night. During most spring months, you'll only see one or two light rains per month. As one of Gardena's shoulder seasons, you'll see smaller crowds and lower prices compared to the summer season.
From September through November marks a sweet spot for Gardena vacations. The crowds have left and lower temperatures and smog levels make it more enjoyable to be outside. Average highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s and 60s combined with mostly sunny skies make fall a great time to visit.
In this part of California, winter means one thing: awards season. Expect large crowds and packed hotels as fans, journalists, and industry professionals from all over the word arrive to celebrate film and television. If winter is your vacation sweet spot and you're looking to miss the crowds, aim for November or December. These months see major awards nearly every weekend, but won't draw nearly as many people as January and February. These months see the Golden Globes, five separate guild awards, the People's Choice Awards, and the Oscars. You'll want to book your hotel early for this season.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Gardena, CA:
Gardena by Star Rating
Below are 3 charts demonstrating mean rate trends by star rating class in Gardena, CA. You can use these line graphs to calculate the most cost effective time to stay in Gardena for upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotels in Gardena, CA
4 Star Average Prices: $165.33
For top-of-the-line lodging, head to Beverly Hills for an opulent stay at the Beverly Wilshire. You'll be within walking distance of Rodeo Drive and a short drive to Hollywood attractions. Gardena is only 10 miles away as well. Family vacations are sublime at this hotel with welcome packages for the kids, kid's menus, childcare services, and a huge outdoor pool with private cabanas.
Signature rooms include free Wi-Fi, a 42-inch plasma TV, and iHome docking station to keep you entertained. Multilingual concierge services helps with tickets and tours and you can ride to nearby attractions in the hotel's car service. Wind down after a long day with plush robes, Ferragamo toiletries, and a deep soaking tub.
Specialty suites include lavish living areas, master suites, kitchenette with appliances, and a dining room that seats eight. Views of Hollywood's hills and 10-foot ceilings take your breath away. Have an evening cocktail and watch the sunset on your private terrace.
Affordable Hotels in Gardena, CA
3 Star Average Prices: $149.97
For simple rooms at low prices, check out Sea Rock Inn Los Angeles. You'll be close to LAX, the StubHub Center, and several casinos, as well as a short drive from Gardena. Business travelers enjoy a multilingual staff, luggage storage, and round-the-clock desk service. Take a dip in the sparkling outdoor pool before soaking up some sun in garden. Each room includes a fridge, free Wi-Fi, and satellite channels.
At El Rancho Inn Hawthorne, you'll be close to casinos, shopping, and the Manhattan Beach Pier. Relax in your spacious room while watching movies on the 39-inch flat screen with cable while posting vacation pictures using the free Wi-Fi. It's easy to get on and off the highway from this hotel making travel to area attractions a breeze.
At the Satellite Motel Los Angeles, you'll find a great room for retreating after a long day sightseeing. You'll be close to the Hustler Casino, Watts Tower, and only two miles from Gardena. Rooms are open and airy with pops of vibrant color and include large, flat screen TVs with cable channels. Keep up to date with free Wi-Fi. Keep your leftovers by requesting a microwave and fridge for your room.
2 Star Average Prices: $94.95
Where are the real discounts in Gardena
Seniors and AAA members enjoy a 5 to 10 percent discount at Best Western Plus South Bay Hotel. You'll be close to South Bay Galleria, Polliwog Park, and a short drive to Gardena. Business travelers enjoy a 24-hour business center and airport shuttle, spacious meeting rooms, and free parking and newspapers. Family vacations are more affordable with adjoining rooms and kids stay free in a parent's room. Relax sore muscles in the spa tub while the kids splash in the outdoor pool. As a Best Western Plus, you'll enjoy upgraded bathrooms, fridges, and a spacious work station.
At Holiday Inn Los Angeles, AAA members can take 5 to 10 percent off rates on what other guests called “large, clean rooms with comfortable beds.” The hotel is in the business district and close to the StubHub Center and Porsche Experience Center. Rooms feature free Wi-Fi, LCD TVS with satellite channels, and computer station. This business friendly hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, business center, and fitness center. There are several meeting rooms. Visitors enjoy local shuttle service, town car service, and banking on site.
Best Value Hotels in Gardena, CA
For a highly-reviewed hotel at a fair price, consider Gardena Terrace Inn. You'll be in the middle of Gardena's action and close to several local attractions. Make yourself comfortable in rooms with a 42-inch flat screen TV with digital programming, a fridge, a microwave, and free Wi-Fi. Kids under 12 stay free and everyone enjoys complimentary breakfast every day.
Seasonal Attractions in Gardena, CA
Because of its central location, Gardena is only a few miles from Los Angeles and Hollywood attractions, Disneyland in Anaheim, and many of California's most-revered beaches. Outside of these tourist hotspots, there are some great things to do in Gardena year-round.
If you're visiting around Easter, make sure and take the family to Gardena's festivities. Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, including crafts and a puppet show followed by egg hunts at four parks throughout the city.
If you're visiting later in spring, you can't miss the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. The city throws a huge party with a parade as well as events including live entertainment, Mariachi bands, folk dancing, and food and craft vendors. Other nearby springtime events include Fiesta Broadway and the Jazz Reggae Festival.
Summer in the region is packed with memorable events. Check out Griffith Park's Free Shakespeare Festival on weekends for marvelous theater productions. Catch a classic film at Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery where you'll watch the gems of old Hollywood projected onto the side of a mausoleum. The city also hosts a fourth of July event in one of its parks. Bring chairs and blankets for a leisurely day, and fill up on tasty treats from food trucks. At dark, the city puts on a fabulous fireworks show.
September sees the Emmy Awards, also known as the biggest night in television. There are many panels and events open to the public leading up to the Emmys. Book early, because these events fill up fast.
Gardena hosts it's Annual Food, Wine, and Cigar Festival in the fall. Peruse under sun-soaked skies while sampling wines, tasty treats, and cigars. Over 80 vendors pack City Hall's lawn. The city also goes all-in for Halloween festivities, hosting a costume contest and dance for the kids as well as several spooky events throughout the city. Other nearby fall events include the LA County Fair, and the Dia de los Muertos Festival.
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What did travelers think of the city of Gardena?
Below are reviews of the city of Gardena, CA from an actual visitor's perspective.
Score 5.0 / 5
It appears that the city of Gardena is trying to update and freshen up its main business areas. Many restaurants in the area were very busy. Found service at Marie Calendars to be excellent.
The average traveler rating of the city of Gardena, CA shown above is 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews