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Hollywood area or Santa Monica mid-January

Hello all. Sorry, I know this is a much asked and answered question. We are a family of 4 from Australia, including 2 daughters 24 & 21. We will be staying at Disneyland for first 2 nights and then in LA/Santa Monica for the next 3 - 4 nights. When we leave LA we will be renting a car and driving up the coast to San Francisco. Are we better to rent a car when we first arrive in LA (a bit worried about the driving in LA)? If we were travelling in summer we would definitely stay in Santa Monica, but as we will be there mid-Jan just wondering if the weather will still be conducive to staying near the beach or if we may as well stay in eg. Hollywood. Will be doing the usual 'tourist' things such as Warner Bros studio tour, Griffith Park Observatory, shopping (Melrose/Rodeo), some sort of tour of 'stars homes', Venice beach, Santa Monica, etc (mainly doing things our daughters want to do).

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1. Re: Hollywood area or Santa Monica mid-January

A car will make getting around a lot easier - especially if you stay in Santa Monica.

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2. Re: Hollywood area or Santa Monica mid-January

You need a car in LA, no matter where you stay. Santa Monica is half the price in January than in the summer, take advantage of the low rates to stay in a nicer area like SM.

Also look into West Hollywood.

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3. Re: Hollywood area or Santa Monica mid-January

Based upon your itinerary (which involves sites that are inland -- not near the beach), I wouldn't stay in Santa Monica. It's not 'beach weather' anyway (which is why the rates are lower than summer but the inland neighborhoods are even cheaper). You can certainly visit Santa Monica during your holiday and you'll be driving through it on the way 'up the coast'.

Hollywood is not the only other option for you although it does have great public transit (if you postpone getting a car) and cheaper and in some cases free parking (if you do get a car). The other thing that favors Hollywood is that a number of the hotels have rooms that have 2 queen size beds. Since all of you are adults, you might be more comfortable in queen beds rather than the more common 'double' or 'full size' beds which are actually smaller than queens (which are, in turn, smaller than king size beds).

With 4 of you, it would be fairly inexpensive (per person) to hire a car whilst you're in L.A. If you plan to run 'here and there' to please your daughters, having a car will be a big plus -- especially for hauling shopping bags back to the hotel.

A neighborhood that I'm very fond of is "Beverly Grove" which is in between Hollywood and Santa Monica (but closer to Hollywood -- actually, just to the south of West Hollywood and to the immediate east of Beverly Hills). Here's a 'neighborhood map' that might be helpful. Beverly Grove is labelled "Central L.A." on this map:

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While this neighborhood has a lot going for it: 3 malls (an upmarket, mid-range and mini-outlet), lots of shops and dining options as well as close proximity to the boutique shops on Melrose and adjacent Robertson Bl, most of the hotels feature either a single king bed or 2 'full size' beds in their rooms, here. If 'full size' beds are adequate, consider the following properties in Beverly Grove:

Elan Hotel -- 3-star boutique hotel

Sofitel Hotel -- 4.5-star hotel and spa

Orlando Hotel -- 3-star boutique hotel

Wilshire Crest Hotel -- 2.5-star hotel

Some of these properties might have 'rollaway beds' (or cots) that they can provide to supplement the available bedding in the room. You'd need to contact them to find out.

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4. Re: Hollywood area or Santa Monica mid-January

Dude, you're going to rent a car as soon as you leave Disneyland. You're not going to stay in Hollywood. Stay in Santa Monica (near beach) or West Hollywood. HSJ's suggestions for hotels are good.

Skip the Star Homes tour. It is a scam. Skip Venice Beach. Getting too gritty.

Put the Getty Center in Brentwood and the Grammy Museum in downtown on your itinerary.

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Do the Griffith Observatory at dusk. Enter via Los Feliz/Western entrance.

HTH

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5. Re: Hollywood area or Santa Monica mid-January

Thanks everyone for your advice. Sorry it's taken a while to get back to you - really appreciate the info you have given.

Edited: 15 January 2013, 22:57
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6. Re: Hollywood area or Santa Monica mid-January

Put together a trip report. That would be helpful and informative.

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7. Re: Hollywood area or Santa Monica mid-January

Will do a trip report when we get back home, which won't be till end of February. I'll have lots of trip reports to do then:))

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