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Wilshire Plaza Hotel LA

jerseygal86
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Wilshire Plaza Hotel LA

Hi we have just booked into the Wilshire Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. We did research and most of the reviews seemed ok/positive - since booking ive seen a couple of reviews that are not so good. We are only there for 3 nights and will be out sightseeing all day - so it is just somewhere to get our heads down. Our main querie is if this area is safe of a night - we are a couple and wont have a car. Also any reccommendations for places to eat etc of an evening/morning would be great. We are going to be there on a Sat, Sun and Mon in August.

Thanks for your time

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1. Re: Wilshire Plaza Hotel LA

I stayed nearby at the Shelter Hotel and it was fine at night. There are people around--going to restaurants, using the subway and buses. You obviously want to be aware of your surroundings, but it's OK. It's a good location to stay without a car because you can easily get to Downtown LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and other areas.

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2. Re: Wilshire Plaza Hotel LA

From the Wilshire / Vermont station which is quite close to the hotel you can get the subway a) a little bit further west on Wilshire Blvd, b) the subway into downtown LA, as far as Union Station (where you can switch to some light rail trains that can take you to Pasadena or Long Beach) c) the subway into Universal City and Hollywood.

I suggest going to BCD Tofu House for lunch if you are adventurous and willing to try Soon Tofu (Korean Tofu Soup/Stew). Its about 1/2 mile west of the hotel on Wilshire Blvd. Also, if you take the subway to the Westlake / MacArthur park station you'll be in walking distance to an LA institution, Langer's Deli, which most will agree has the best Pastrami sandwich anywhere, rivaling or even bettering the best delis in New York. Note this isn't the greatest area - its fine during the day but not so much at night so the deli is only open for breakfast and lunch (and closed on Sunday).

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3. Re: Wilshire Plaza Hotel LA

It's the Wilshire Center/Koreatown section of Los Angeles which is, largely, a business district. At night, the stretch of Wilshire Blvd adjacent to the hotel will be pretty quiet -- the office buildings and adjacent retail which serves those office workers will be closed. There will be a few restaurants open here-and-there, and the area is safe, for the most part, but it's pretty quiet. As stated, there are lots of public transit options, here, the metro rail and buses.

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4. Re: Wilshire Plaza Hotel LA

Mid city is too hot in August....can you change your hotel? Exactly what sightseeing are you going to be doing?

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5. Re: Wilshire Plaza Hotel LA

Actually the hotel is by the Wilshire/Normandie subway station, one stop west of Vermont on the Purple Line.

Langer's is a great suggestion, and it's only a block from the Westlake/Macarthur Park subway station. It's only open until 4 p.m. and closed on Sunday, so you'd want to go there either fairly early on Saturday or on Monday. Parks Barbecue is at 955 S. Vermont Ave (in a strip mall)., a few blocks south of Wilshire--it's a really good Korean barbecue place, considered by some to be the best in LA. It's a cheaper at lunch than dinner, ask about lunch specials.

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Sorry Ive only just seen there was replies - ive now set it up to notify me by email! Thanks for all the tips and advice....as our first time to America together we need all the advice we can get!! We wont be able to move hotelall is paid for - but thanks for the warning - we will be able to pack better!! As we only have 2 full days we were thinking of taking one of the tours that takes you round most places I think the one we had seen was LAXcitytours. Then we thought possibly a day in disney or universal studios(for the inner kids!!) Probably disney as Im not a big fan of rides and my hubby to be doesnt fancy going on too many rides alone! Any reccommmendations for LA, Las Vegas and San Fransisco would be welcome! Thanks again

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