Where to stay in Los Angeles?

Old Jan 1st, 2012, 02:47 PM
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Where to stay in Los Angeles?

Looking at going to LA in early March for 4 days or so to do some of the touristy stuff and would like some guidance on what part of town to stay in. I think the sights we probably want to hit would be Hollywood, Beverly Hills (window shop on Rodeo Drive), the Griffith Observatory, Venice and Santa Monica. I know LA is pretty spread out so is there a location that is kind of central to everything? I know we'll need a car.

Also, if there is anything else we should see, I am open to all suggestions. I am going with my sister and we like to shop, eat and drink, and check out the local culture. Not too big on museums but we can handle them for a short time. We're not interested in Disney or Universal.

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Old Jan 4th, 2012, 04:50 PM
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Most of what you want to see is on the west side, so I would stay in Santa Monica because I like being by the beach. Griffith Park is past downtown, but you can take a freeway straight there.
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Old Jan 5th, 2012, 10:25 AM
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You could stay in the area roughly fairly near the Beverly Center, that is very central or Beverly Hills/Fairfax/W Hollywood area, whatever a hotel might call it.

This is a mid-level hotel in that area that I recommended once to a friend with the same goal, and she liked it a lot.
http://www.elanhotel.com/

If you like shopping, you might check out W Hollywood/Melrose Place.
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Old Jan 5th, 2012, 12:52 PM
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I agree with Christina. Santa Monica is at the far end of the area and you'll be spending too much time stuck in traffic to get anywhere else. West Hollywood sounds like a good fit for your interests.
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Old Jan 5th, 2012, 01:19 PM
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Another vote for the Elan, which is a go to place for me in LA.
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Old Jan 5th, 2012, 02:23 PM
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Century City would also be ideal. It's in the middle of everything on the westside and has a huge outdoor, high end, shopping area.
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Old Jan 5th, 2012, 05:43 PM
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Century City has a big corporate Westfield mall and high rise office towers!
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Old Jan 5th, 2012, 09:30 PM
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Another vote for the Elan. Very convenient, and a great little hotel
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Old Jan 6th, 2012, 08:53 AM
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Century City is sort of central but it really isn't much of a real place IMO. It's just business buildings and not a neighborhood or as interesting as the Fairfax area or W Hollywood.
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There's also a Residence Inn on S Beverly Drive in Beverley Hills which would place you just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive and closer to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.

It's not a boutique hotel, just your average Residence Inn, but clean and serviceable.

http://www.beverlyhillsresidenceinn.com/

There are also some choices in restaurants in closeby Westwood, which is the college town for UCLA.
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Old Jan 10th, 2012, 05:09 AM
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We just returned from LA. We stayed at the Fairmont in Santa Monica. It was great!! Easy to jump on the freeways and get to the spots to sightsee and also nice to jump hang in Santa Monica. We loved renting bikes at the SM pier and biking up to the Venice pier and back!!
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IMHO, I would stay in Santa Monica. Nothing beats the ocean views & breezes and MiamiBeachMomma is right, it's easy to hop on the freeway to get where you want to go so long as you know traffic patterns. Just plan your days so you don't have traffic trouble. E.g. go east to Griffith Park & Hollywood, maybe also a visit to The Grove (Fairfax & 3rd) on the weekend or during off-peak weekday traffic hours). For your weekdays during rush hour, stay local to your hotel with Santa Monica, Venice, maybe even Malibu and/or Manhattan Beach. Whatever you do, don't try to go more than say 10 miles in any direction on a weekday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. or 4-7:30 p.m.. You'll get there, but it'll take you an hour.

For a girls weekend, I'd also recommend lunch or drinks with a view at The Lobster in Santa Monica, lunch (maybe Babalu or R+D Kitchen) and shopping on Montana Ave in Santa Monica, maybe a drive up PCH to Malibu with a stop at the Getty Villa (it's small and just gorgeous) and shopping at the Malibu Country Mart & LumberYard. I also love Manhattan Beach (Manhattan Ave shops, coffee, restaurants, Metlox Center, Manhattan Pier).

Just some thoughts!

Enjoy!!
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Old Jan 14th, 2012, 05:22 PM
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I was told that LA now has a rail system - does it go to all the main places, or just between the airport and city? My friend and I don't drive and prefer public transport wherever possible as taxis can be quite pricey.
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Old Jan 14th, 2012, 05:44 PM
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The Metro Rail system connects LAX,downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, and the Wishire district as far west as Koreatown. It doesn't go to Santa Monica, which is actually a different city. Santa Monica has its own bus system.

There is also a connection by train between downtown and Anaheim.

You can find out about public transit on the website www.metro.net and also by using Google Maps Directions which has a transit option.
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Old Jan 14th, 2012, 08:40 PM
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The new Expo Line (lightrail metro) will eventually connect downtown L.A. with Santa Monica (via the Colisseum/USC/Exposition Park area and Culver City). The two ends will be 7th St./Metro Center in downtown L.A. and Colorado/4th St. in Santa Monica. Phase I between downtown and Culver City is doing test runs and may be open in March 2012. Construction on Phase II has started, but it's not likely to be up and running until 2016 or later.
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Another hotel option is the Farmer's Daughter near to the Elan, but has the advantage of being across the street from the Farmer's Market and Grove shopping center. Great location if you have kids who want to shop on their own.

http://www.farmersdaughterhotel.com/

If you travel light you could also decide to stay 2-3 nights near West Hollywood and 2-3 nights in Santa Monica, especially if you are flying in or out of LAX, since it is right near the beach and Santa Monica area.
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Some good recommendations. Would also recommend you consider the new/main Getty Museum and drive up to Malibu - along hiway 1. Go early - or at least - not during rush hours.
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Old Jan 15th, 2012, 10:05 AM
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You need a parking reservation for the Getty Malibu.
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Point of clarification on the Metro -- The Green Line does NOT stop at LAX. There is, however, a shuttle between its closest stop at Aviation and the airport.

Phase 1 of the Expo Light Rail line is still being tested for safety. When completed and tested, it will take riders from downtown to Culver City.
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>>You need a parking reservation for the Getty Malibu.
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