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Hi,

I was wondering if I could get some advice on things to do near where we will be staying.

Group of 6 all 21-24 enjoy the usual things, going out shopping etc.

Will be staying at the renaissnace hollywood hotel for 5 nights and was wondering what there is around our hotel to keep us occupied, and we will be relying on public transport. Will we be able to get maps and transport maps/info at a tourist info centre if there is one??

Want to spend a day at the beach - heard santa monica is very good and good for shopping.

Will probably do a universal studio tour - hoping to get tickets on the day (advice please on where abouts it is)

Heard there is a mall right next to where we are staying (cant remember the name) so will spend some time there as well, and apparently there is the chinese theater and the walk of fame near by??

How far away is west hollywood from where we will be staying and santa monica?

Thanks very much - arriving in 20 days!!

Leicester
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P.S.

this may sound strange, but I love a really nice sandwich, so anyone that knows anywhere that does really nice sandwiches, please let me know.

Thanks

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Your hotel is on Highland Av, just north of the intersection of Hollywood Bl in the center of Hollywood. The Walk of Fame is a 1-mile stretch of Hollywood Bl, starting just a few blocks west of Highland and ending at Vine St, The CHinese Theater is just west of Highland Av on Hollywood Bl (2 blocks from your hotel).

The corner of Hollywood Bl & Highland Av (1 block from your hotel) has:

1. A metro rail station that connects Universal Studios (4 minutes, 1 stop) to downtown Los Angeles (10-15 minutes).

2. Buses that pull up there and go to destinations all over Los Angeles. In front of the metro rail station entrance, there are buses that go to\:

a. Farmers Market / The Grove

b The Sunset Strip

c. LACMA (County Art Museum) / La Brea Tar Pits / Petersen Automotive Museum (even girls like this museum!)

Transfer to a second bus to reach:

a Beverly Hills / Rodeo Drive

b. Santa Monica

Familiarize yourself with MTA.NET. In the upper right corner, enter starting and ending points for your trips and the site will tell you which metro bus or metro rail train to take.

Your hotel is a 5-star property. I am certain that the concierge will have all the maps you need. There is also a STARLINE (COACH) TOURS office in the courtyard of the Chinese Theater that has tours to everywhere -- some as short as 2 hours; others, a whole day (or longer!). Tour lists are here:

www.starlinetours.com/los-angeles-tours.asp

Universal Studios is accessible by red line metro rail (the station is on the northwest corner of Hollywood Bl, just west of Highland Av. Take the train one stop "toward North Holllywood". Exit the station, cross the street and wait for the free tram "up the hill" to the park.

Metro rail fare is $1.25 per ride or buy a $5 DAY PASS from the vending machine in the metro rail station for unlimited rides on the metro rail and metro buses for the day.

The adjacent mall is the Hollywood and Highland Center mall (google it). You would probably enjoy the Grove (next to Farmers Market a little more). There is also boutique shopping along Melrose Av between La Cienega Bl and La Brea Av. (Your concierge will direct you).

West Hollywood is about 1-1/2 miles west of Hollywood. You can take either the #217 bus or the #780 bus from the corner of Hollywood & Highland (in front of the metro rail station) for the 10-minute ride to the corner of Sunset Bl & Fairfax. Once there, get off the bus, turn right onto Sunswet and walk 3 blocks to the corner of Sunset Bl & Crescent Hts Bl. This is the beginning of the Sunset Strip -- a 1-mile stretch of Sunset Bl.

Alternatively, you can take the WEST HOLLYWOOD DASH bus from in front of the metro rail station to the Sunset Strip. It turns onto Sunset Bl and makes several stops along Suinset. The fare is only 25 cents (you cannot use the DAY PASS to ride it) but it only runs during the day. (Last DASH bus is 7 pm)

It's about a 45 minute ride to Santa Monica from West Hollywood.

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There's a lively conversation going right now on chowhound.com about everyone's Top 3 sandwiches in LA. Most put anything from Bay Cities at the top of their list. Bay Cities is on Lincoln, in Santa Monica, at Broadway. You can walk there from the Promenade, if you find your way there by bus. Just walk away from the ocean, on Broadway, to Lincoln and cross the street, turn left. Lincoln is the equivalent of 8th, so it's 8 blocks.

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One of my favorite sandwiches is from Whole Foods deli section (made to order). There are two around West Hollywood.

In terms of your other questions, your hotel is right at Hollywood/Highland, the touristy part of Hollywood with Walk of Fame and Chinese Theater. There are a few stores at the mall, but not much shopping besides that. There is DSW down Hollywood Blvd near LaBrea if you want good discounted shoes. Most of the other shopping is around West Hollywood, which is a 15-20 min bus ride. However, without a car, it can take two buses depending on where you're going. You can easily reach Melrose Ave shopping and the Grove via one bus that goes down Hollywood Blvd and then south on Fairfax Ave. The Beverly Center area is another 5 min bus ride from there on another bus. You can also get there via 25 cent Dash buses. (You may want to look a map here). Universal Studios is one subway stop away from your hotel, plus a shuttle from there. Santa Monica is 2 buses away and takes a bit over an hour. There is mostly chain store shopping in Downtown Santa Monica, so if you want something else, you'll need to go to Main St or Montana Ave. When in Santa Monica, you'll want to visit Venice Beach boardwalk and Abbot Kinney Blvd too (10 min bus ride from SM).

Your hotel is a 15 min walk to the bar/club area around Cahuenga Blvd. You should also take a cab to Sunset Strip in West Hollywood to check out the bars there at least one night. It's 15 mins away. Sunset Strip is also good for weekday lunch and strolling, some shopping, and great outdoor restaurants. Check out sample itineraries in the FAQs.

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Just curious why you are relying on public transport? LA is very spread out and a car is a great thing to have here - this is not London or Paris. Since there are quite a few of you the per-person car rental cost will be quite reasonable. You will be able to see much more with a car, and there really is a huge variety of interesting things to see!

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actually with 6 of them the will need a large rental car (which are pricier) and will be charged extra as they are all under 25. While public transportation is not always the fastest route, it is doable - especially to many places they are going.

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Budget (http:://www.budget.com) charges $25 extra for drivers 21-24. Of course you may do as you please, but if you can afford it, and one of you can drive, I recommmend a car.

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yogachik on the money about Bay Cities - but be aware that it's an Italian Deli.

Leicester
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Thank you so much for all your responses, really appreciate it!

By the sounds of it may have to rent a car for the shopping bits, didn't really want to seeing as we'll have to get used to driving on the other side.

thanks again

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