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Best Area To Stay 3 Nights? Santa Monica / LAX / Hollywood?

Best Area To Stay 3 Nights? Santa Monica / LAX / Hollywood?

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1. Re: Best Area To Stay 3 Nights? Santa Monica / LAX / Hollywood?

Please let us know if you will have a car while here, and what your hotel budget is per night. If you won't have a car and will be relying on public transportation, Hollywood will be your best bet as it has excellent public transportation links to the rest of the city.

If you will have a car, you have a lot more flexibility. Santa Monica would be a good choice - you can be near the beach but unfortunately its a pricey area in terms of hotels. Other reasonably central areas would include Westwood, Century City, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills.

In either case, things are very spread out, so even though you can stay somewhere "central", that doesn't mean you're close to everything. This is the classic problem when visiting LA.

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2. Re: Best Area To Stay 3 Nights? Santa Monica / LAX / Hollywood?

Agree with the above. A car gives you flexibility and convenience. Without a car, probably Hollywood is best. LAX area has many hotels, but is not a good tourist area and I do not recommend it, however, with a car you could make it work.

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4. Re: Best Area To Stay 3 Nights? Santa Monica / LAX / Hollywood?

I'd say stay in Santa Monica. it is very agreeable for first time visitors.

One day you can head over to Hollywood & Universal. Forget about Warner Brothers & Madame Tussads (can you say tourist trap). I'd recommend actually seeing a movie on the historic screen at the Chinese. There is also the Egyptian, which is basically a repatory movie theater.

Another day you can wander Santa Monica, the Pier and Venice Beach. Definitely check out Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice. Main Street in Santa Monica is good, too.

When you head over to Beverly Hills, be sure to stop first at The Getty Center first thing in the morning. The views are world-class and it is one of the most successful public spaces in the city. Even if you don't care for museums, go. Lunch or coffee or a glass of wine on the patio is lovely.

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5. Re: Best Area To Stay 3 Nights? Santa Monica / LAX / Hollywood?

It goes without saying, staying near LAX is a miserable idea.

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