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Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

We are two seniors from Europe, who plan to spend 4 nights in LA, 17 - 21 Sept. We would be very grateful for advice in choosing a suitable hotel / area. We are interested in the following:

- an organised tour to see downtown LA, perhaps an architectural tour;

- a trip to the Getty Museum and/ or Getty Villa

- a trip to the Huntington Library /Pasadena

- a trip to Santa Monica for a chill out.

Now, are the last three possible by public transport? We had looked at the Beverly Hilton,/ Beverly Hills, but following the forum, we are not now so sure. Is there a more convienient area for public transport with these places in mind. Budget 200-220 dollars.

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1. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

Hi Asaldubh...

Yes, all of the above are very possible by public transportation.

Use the trip planner on the right side of this page:

www.metro.net

You can enter in street adresses, or the names of places like "Getty Center".

Hollywood & downtown are generally considered the best neighborhoods in terms of access to public transportation. However, as the attractions you want to visit are a bit spread out, there's no one location that will be convenient to all of them.

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2. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

I agree with the above poster, for your interests there is no really convenient one location to stay. As mentioned a car is recommended. All of that said, your choice of the Beverly Hilton is probably as convenient as any for what you want to do by public transportation. It is also a very nice hotel. Definitely look at www.metro.net which will give you instructions and time estimates.

For downtown walking tours (which are only given on certain days)see www.laconservancy.org/tours/tours_docent.php4

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3. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

Thank you both for that advice. We shall do the best we can without a car. Now it is back to considering the Beverly Hilton.

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4. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

Yes, the Beverly Hilton could work.

From Beverly Hilton:

-To Dowtown L.A. (Take Metro Rapid Bus 720 East from Santa Monica/Wilshire intersection to downtown)

-To Getty Museum (Ride Metro Rapid Bus 720 West from Santa Monica/Wilshire intersection to Wilshire/Westwood; transfer to Metro Rapid Bus 761 north to Getty Museum)

-Pasadena (Metro Rapid Bus 720 East; at Wilshire/Veteran transfer to Purple Line Subway to Downtown Union Station; at Union Station transfer to Gold Line Light Rail to Pasadena)

-To Santa Monica (Ride Metro Rapid Bus 720 West until it reaches the beach in Santa Monica)

^^^

Fairly easy for all four locations from the Hilton using public transport. The longest ride will be to Pasadena, but that is far from the Hilton even in a car.

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5. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

The prior poster meant to say:

-Pasadena (Metro Rapid Bus 720 East; at

the corner of Wilshire Bl/WESTERN AV

transfer to Purple Line Subway to Downtown Union Station; at Union Station transfer to Gold Line Light Rail to Pasadena)

I'm not sure about the Beverly Hilton. If it were me, I'd stay in Westwood (just a little bit west of Beverly Hills). The advantages are:

1. Closer to Santa Monica (shorter bus ride)

2. Closer to the Getty (only one bus, the #761 needed).

3. Re: the downtown tour, I would head to downtown "on your own" and meet a tour there. REDLINETOURS.COM use to offer downtown L.A. architecture tours as well as tours in Hollywood but their website doesn't clearly show the downtown L.A. tours so you should contact them and ask. Their downtown tours start at the bradbury building at 304 South Broadway.

Transferring to the Bradbury Bldg (or downtown L.A., in general) from Westwood is easy. Here's how:

Take the #720 metro rapid bus, eastbound on Wilshire Bl from the southeast corner of Wilshire Bl & Westwood Bl. Get off 45 minutes later at the corner of 6th Street & Broadway and walk 3 blocks north on Broadway to the building.

4. For the Huntington, I'd reconsider it (no matter where you stay) since the transfer time will be at least 90 minutes EACH WAY. That's 3 hours of transfer time! The Museum opens at noon, (Mon Wed Thu Fri) and at 10:30 (sat/sun). So, if you go during the week, you are bound to hit 'afternoon rush hour' traffic which will make your ride back to the hotel even longer.

Perhaps, you could find a coach tour to the Huntington.

Another advantage to staying in Westwood is that it is a "village" that supports the massive University here so there are lots of restaurants (and bars) in all price ranges. In short, you'll have somewhere to walk to whereas the Beverly Hilton is at the extreme western edge of Beverly HIlls, a city which shuts down at 6 pm except for some restaurants which are spread apart from one another -- in other words, there is no pedestrian activity in the evenings there.

For a hotel in Westwood, look at Hilgard House:

http://hilgardhouse.com/

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6. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

I like HSJ's advice. My only additional comments would be:

1) Consider taking a cab to the Huntington. Or take public transit there and then a cab to return. The Huntington is a very worthwhile and worth the hassle.

2) Consider taking Starline's downtown tour. It may provide a good introduction to downtown prior to the detail of a L.A. Conservancy or Redline tour.

HTH

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7. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

Again, thank you all for your time and effort. Delighted with the info on public transport and options with the bus tours.

We will certainly look at the prospect of staying in Westwood. Whatever, you have made us eager to see the West coast for the first time. Great folks.

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8. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

Consider writing a trip report on your visit to Los Angeles. That would be great!

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9. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

We shall, the two 'mad europeans' attempting to travel in America without a car!

Happy St Patrick's Day to you all.

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10. Re: Most suitable hotel or area for LA without a car

Los Angeles without a car? Would you go to Dublin and not visit a pub? Go to Bordeaux and not drink a nice claret?? Impossible!

Well not impossible, just difficult and very time consuming. Driving in L.A. is not as hard as people make it out to be.