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First Time travel to LA

c e
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First Time travel to LA

Hey All

i need help please.

My boy friend and I are thinking about travelling for Australia to LA and Vegas, we have noo idea what hotels are good over there at all!

any help be great please

cheers

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1. Re: First Time travel to LA

Read our TOP QUESTIONS (at the right side of this page). It has a section on 'where to stay' (finding the perfect hotel), Itinerary Ideas, public transit info, etc, etc.

If you're using a tablet or smart phone, go to the bottom of this page and click 'full site' and the TOP QUESTIONS will be visible at the right side of the page.

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2. Re: First Time travel to LA

I was just there (both places) with my girlfriend.

In Las Vegas we stayed at Harrah's. It's on the strip and in the middle of everything. Some reviews call the hotel noisy but we got a quiet room and enjoyed it very much. Two nights costed us like 80 dollars (no breakfast).

In Los Angeles I can recommend Jerry's Motel. It a must to have a car staying here as the sights can be within a 30 minutes driving distance. The motel is near Downtown and the service is very friendly.

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3. Re: First Time travel to LA

What is your budget per night for a hotel? LA is huge, what will you want to do while here? Will you have a car?

The above post's recommendations are as low budget as one can get, are you on that kind of low end budget?

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4. Re: First Time travel to LA

Hey all,

Firstly - for LA do we really need a car? I live in Aussie and our cars and driving are all around the other way - isnt it hard to drive over there?

Im not sure what we will do over there? cant we just stay in the city and do tours by coach or something? and go shopping?

budget is pretty much what ever at this stage were not going away till Aug next year so we have plenty of time to save for it.

Ive been looking at Hilton Grand Vacations Strip (7 night) in Vegas and

Crowne Plaza Beverley Hills (3 night) and Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites (5 night) in LA

Is it worth our while flying to NY while we are there also? is that something we can just book when we get there?

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5. Re: First Time travel to LA

I don't know why, but Australians always want to book Crowne Plaza - don't do it. It's not in Beverly Hills and you must have a car if staying there. In terms of budget, figure it out - our low end hotels start at about $175/night (including taxes), and that's for a basic, 2 star, property.

7 nights is 4 nights too many for Vegas.

Read our FAQs on What to Do and Where to Stay (right side of your screen).

New York is a 6 hour flight and must be booked well in advance or you will pay double for the airfare. New York Hotels are much higher priced than LA, so budget for that, too.

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6. Re: First Time travel to LA

okay what hotels are in a good area then.. We wont have a car ( i cant drive on your roads) name a few hotels and ill check them out.

Our travel agent gave us the Crowne Plaza hotel..

Is it worth staying in LA 3 nights and then going to Anaheim for 4 ? thats what the travel agent said to do? but we have no idea.

would you recommend going to NY while we are there.. maybe 7 nights in LA - 3 Vegas and 5 NY? or would going to Cancun be better?

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7. Re: First Time travel to LA

You only should stay in Anaheim for the amount of days you plan to visit Disneyland.

Tell your travel agent to stop suggesting the Crowne Plaza unless the travelers will have a car. what is your budget per night? Look in Hollywood if you won't have a car, as public transport is easiest from those hotels.

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8. Re: First Time travel to LA

Hollywood Roosevelt. Hilton Garden Inn on Highland, Hollywood. Orchid Suites. Celebrity Suites. Loew's Hollywood. All very different hotels in style and $$$; but they are all located within a few blocks of each other in Hollywood, in a lively area, and by LA standards are very convenient for public transit. They have decent reviews and have gotten favorable mention in trip reports on this forum.

So you could start there; check reviews, availability and price.

(Jerry's Motel, recommended above, is in what most of us locals consider to be a highly undesirable, and possibly dangerous, location. It is however very low cost.)

If you decide to rent a car, come back and we will give you more recommendations. You can be a lot more flexible regarding location with a car.

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9. Re: First Time travel to LA

Bargain rooms abound in Vegas. Sometimes you can get an amazing place for very little $$$. (We did.) Check Travelzoo, see what they have on sale in Vegas.

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10. Re: First Time travel to LA

OK, the three best places to stay if you want good access to public transit (and some other mass transit options) in Southern California area

The Hollywood/Downtown LA area

The Anaheim/Garden Grove area

The San Diego area (Downtown/Little Italy/Old Town)

These areas have access to decent bus systems, but also rail systems, private tour companies that cater to Tourists and more (The top 4 tourism locations in California [the fourth is the San Francisco area] all have great public transit, alas, it is when you leave these main metro areas you have issues).

Many folks from Australia opt for basing themselves in the Anaheim area for the entire time, as it is the "central" location in Southern California and they can do day trip to both San Diego and the Hollywood/Downtown LA area.

Some folks prefer to only check-in/check-out once, and not hassle about packing things up multiple times, others prefer to stay a few days in each location. Part of the decision is if you rent a car or other vehicle or rely on public transit. The folks that opt not to rent a car tend to pick one location and do day trips.

As mentioned you have the local bus systems, plus then rail systems such as the San Diego Trolley, Amtrak/Metrolink/Coaster large train systems, and the LA Metro Rail Lines (There is also the Sprinter system in Northern San Diego, but not really used by Tourists).

Then you have the private Tour Companies, Old Town Trolley Tours in San Diego, Gray Line Anaheim and Starline Tours, these are the main private companies in Southern California.

Plus you have the private shuttle system, let alone companies that take folks to and from airports, but also places like the Citadel Outlet Mall and South Coast Plaza, which operate their own systems to the Anaheim area to pick up customers for a fee.

Anaheim also operates its own Hotel Shuttle system that now goes to Buena Park, Garden Grove, Orange and Santa Ana. (ART).

I think the first thing you want to do is decide what you want to do, for example, there is a LOT more things to do in the Anaheim area than just Disneyland... Dinner Theaters, Museums, Sporting Events, Shopping, etc. Also you can head to nearby Beaches along the Orange County Coastline.

Here are the three main Tourism links for the areas.

www.sandiego.org

www.visittheoc.com

www.discoverlosangeles.com

Decided what you want to do, and then figure out which of the three main areas it is near.

Then ask, it is worth packing and checking in-out to go to the other location(s) or is a day trip easier/better?

Everyone is different, and has their likes/dislikes. There is no right answer to this.

As for Hotels/Motels, there are many different styles of places now, and not just "star" level.

The basics..

Motels (sometimes called Inns in Southern California) - Basic

Limited Service Hotels. These locations like Room Service, Valet Parking and Convention Rooms. But usually come with a free breakfast and little/no extra fees. (Sometimes called a Business Hotel)

Full Service Hotels - These are the ones that tend to be the higher stars, but also tend to tend have a lot of "extra" fees.

Extended Stay/Apartment Hotels - Originally designed for a business person who needed to stay a week or more, it has now become popular with travellers, as they come with a full kitchen in the room, including dishes, pots, pans, etc. Rooms tend to be larger. Also usually a free breakfast and sometimes other perks including light meals in the evening on selected nights.

Hope that helps.