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'Leaving for the Coast'

The Palers' Festival in Los Angeles: Base-camp

Book your discounted Procol-fan's rooms at The Sheraton Universal : the booking-link is further down this page

'Beyond the Pale' has in the past hosted marvellous conventions for Procol Harum fans in Guildford (2000), Kristiansand (2001), Manchester (2001), Croydon (2002), where we have eaten, drunk, and played together on the eve of Procol performances and where we have been joined socially by members of the band themselves.

Experience shows that all the fans have a good time if we stay in the same hotel ... 'Beyond the Pale' started organising this for fans before Redhill 1997, and followed this with Guildford 1998, Guildford 2000, Kristiansand 2001, and Manchester 2001, Croydon (2002) and Lewisham (2003)

Despite the huge size of Los Angeles, we have succeeded in organising accommodation and parties very close to the John Anson Ford Theatre where Procol Harum are playing, to minimise your travelling time and expense once you have arrived in the city (thanks, Jill and Allen)

Base Camp Hotel

'Beyond the Pale' has selected The Sheraton Universal Hotel to be the Palers' Base Camp for our Palers' Festival, 'Leaving for the Coast'.

It's super-convenient, being on Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, about a mile-and-half only from the theatre where Procol Harum play in the evening. The Sheraton has 436 rooms over 21 Floors and is rated AAA (3 Diamonds). A landmark in Universal City since 1969, it is on the back lot of Universal Studios where, having hosted many prestigious guests, it is nicknamed "Hotel of the Stars." Complimentary tram shuttles are offered to Universal Studios and Universal Citywalk, which is otherwise about ten minutes' walk away.

'Beyond the Pale' has reserved a block of Sheraton rooms at the twenty-dollar discount of 99 dollars per night (plus taxes). Two people can stay for this price (ie 49.50 USD each: there's a supplement for more than two people, and all the rooms can accommodate up to four. The Hotel offers excellent value and facilities, including baby-sitting, bar, coffee-maker, 24-hour front desk, handicap facilities, mini-bar, non-smoking rooms, pool parking, several restaurants, room service, spa, cable TV, laundry/valet:

How to Book

Typical Sheraton guestroom
  1. Simply click on this Dedicated Link and fill in your room requirements. The BtP rate for a two people in a double room is 99 dollars (you'll see 'Procol Harum' or 'Beyond the Pale' on the page where you book) If for some reason you decide to book by telephone call too-free on 888-627-7186: make sure you say the magic words 'Procol Harum' or 'Beyond the Pale' (or, more prosaically, 'meeting code 9885') and you will get the Palers' discount, and to be with other like-minded fans.

    Musicians should bear in mind, when booking, that the Palers' Band rehearsals begin on Friday 25th July. The sign-up page for the Palers' Band is here. There will be plenty to do in the rehearsal gaps: Universal City is a fab attraction in its own right: you might well make it an extended break!
  2. Once you have booked with the hotel write and tell BtP, and we will add you to BtP's list of who's staying at the hotel, then you'll know which fellow-fans to look out for.

As well as reserving your accommodation, remember that BtP has organised several social functions (book for these by clicking this link):

One-Eye at BB King's Blues Club in Los Angeles. Picture by Jill McMahon


Access information for those 'Leaving for the Coast' for the centre of the storm :

Sheraton piano bar

Nearby Cities: Burbank - 1 mile; San Fernando Valley - 1 mile; Hollywood - 3 miles; Glendale - 11 miles; Westwood - 14 miles; Beverly Hills - 15 miles; Pasadena - 16 miles; Malibu - 17 miles; Pomona - 19 miles; Santa Monica - 20 miles; Marina Del Rey - 22 miles; Los Angeles - 24 miles; Rosemead - 30 miles; Anaheim - 34 miles.

Driving Directions:

Sheraton Hotel ... the pool

Area Airports: Burbank Airport - 6 Miles; Los Angeles International Airport - 24 Miles; Santa Monica Airport - 26 Miles

The Sheraton hotel has a contract with Super Shuttle to take people from Los Angeles Airport LAX to Sheraton Universal for $16. All you need do is get on one and tell the driver you're going to Sheraton Universal.

Points of Interest: MCA/Universal Headquarters - 3 blocks; CBS Studios - 2 miles; NBC Studios, Warner Brothers - 3 miles; St. Joseph's Hospital - 3 miles; ABC Broadcasting/Disney - 3 miles; CNN/Turner Broadcasting - 4 miles; Capitol Records - 5 miles

Main Point of Interest for Procoholics
Gary Brooker's hand-prints ... for more details, see here 

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