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we will flying into LA for three nights, we are an older couple. we wont be doing any of the theme parks. want to do the walk of fame, beverelly hills, the beach, rodeo drive maybe, you know the normal tourist things without the theme parks. we then will be getting a hire car and leaving for Vegas. i have been to LA once before about 10 years ago, i stayed in hollywood in a very sleasy motel, did the walk of fame, universal studios and dinner at hard rock, so that is my extent on knowing my way around hollywood. this time travelling with my husband we will want to do it with a bit more class. we could spend about $200-$250 a night for hotel. so where would you suggest staying? in hollywood or out by the beach somewhere? also would there be any baseball games in early october or will they be all finished.

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Regular season baseball this year ends at the very end of September. If either of our local teams make the playoffs (dodgers.mlb.com or angels.mlb.com) then there would probably be a few playoff games in early October but at the moment this is not looking too likely.

If you want to stay in Hollywood, try the Loew's Hollywood hotel, or the Hollywood Roosevelt first. After that maybe Magic Castle Hotel, Holiday Inn Express Walk of Fame or Hilton Garden Inn.

Generally the issue will be public transportation if you aren't going to hire a car while you're in LA. I see you're planning to get one before you leave in order to drive to Vegas, but its in LA where you'll want one too - this will give you a lot more flexibility on where you can stay. Hollywood is a great area for public transportation. The best beach area for public transit (and the most central beach area if you were to have a car) would be Santa Monica, but it is a pricey area for hotels. $250 would be the low end of the price range for the nicer hotels in Santa Monica - I would look at The Shore, The Georgian, the Shangri-La, Loew's Santa Monica, Le Merigot and Viceroy to see if any are within your budget. After that, try the Doubletree in Santa Monica or the Sheraton Delfina.

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I would have a car for your entire holiday or if I had to choose, I'd have a car whilst in L.A. and simply fly to Las Vegas from tiny Bob Hope Airport on southwest.com and take a 5-minute shuttle van from the Las Vegas airport to the Las Vegas Strip (hotel zone). You can get around Las Vegas on foot or buy a pass for the 'Deuce Bus': www.lasvegas-how-to.com/las-vegas-deuce.php

There are also 'moving sidewalks' between some of the hotels.

BTW, there is SO MUCH MORE TO L.A. than Hollywood. Please check out our 'what to do' section in the TOP QUESTIONS BOX at the right side of this page for itinerary ideas.

Have fun!

Edited: 10 June 2013, 20:39
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Agree with Hop Skip Jump. Rent a car for LA, and consider dropping it off and flying to Las Vegas, where you are much less likely to need it.

With a car, there are many more good choices of where to stay. Let us know what you decide about the car, and then we can offer a variety of good choices for accomodations.

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we are not driving direct to vegas, going via joshua tree then the canyon before vegas, hence why we are having a car. the reason i didnt really want a car in the city is because you people drive on the wrong sid eof the road, and its going to take a bit to get use to that.

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Having a car in LA will make it much easier to get around to all the sights. Once you are sitting in the car on the 'wrong side', it's easier than you think to drive on the 'wrong side). I also find the drivers in LA are much more considerate than drivers in Melbourne. You will want to get a GPS unit as it will tell you what lanes you need to be in.

I personally prefer to stay in Santa Monica. As mentioned, there's a lot more to the greater LA area than Hollywood. The Griffith Park Observatory is interesting & has great views of the Hollywood sigh & over LA. I also like wandering around the shops in Los Feliz & Silver Lake. I finally made it to the Farmer's Market on my last trip & it's great for lunch.

I also enjoy the Warner Bros tour, I've just been on it for the 3rd time. If you want to see how TV shows are made, do look into this.

I use the Lonely Planet pocket guide these days as it list the highlights in each area & has some good maps.

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You'll need a car in LA no matter where you stay. Get used to the wrong side of the road in LA, rather than on the dangerous drive to Vegas (it's one of the highest ranking highways for accidents).

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I would still encourage you to hire a car while in LA - after all, If you pick up a hire car in LA, you're going to have to drive it in LA just to be able to exit LA and get on the road towards Joshua Tree, so its not like you'll be able to avoid driving in LA altogether. None-the-less, I can understand discomfort with the thought of driving on the wrong side of the road in a major city, and its not that public transit here is impractical - as mentioned, its just a lot quicker and more convenient to have your own car.

If you aren't going to hire a car for the LA portion of the trip, you might want to consider the Hop-On / Hop-Off tour (www.starlinetours.com) which will take you to most of the major tourist spots and let you exit the bus and explore at your leisure - costs a little bit more than public transit but can be more useful and convenient, at least if the places you want to see are covered by the tour. It can also conceivably give you more flexibility as to where to stay, as the tour has stops near a lot of different hotels that may not otherwise be conveniently located for public transit access.

Edited: 11 June 2013, 00:16
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Echo all the suggestions that you get a car while in LA. LA is way too big and without any real public transportation options. Without a car, you're either limited in where you can get to with public transportation or you're going to spending way too much time going out of your way to get a station, waiting for the next bus. Since LA is a car town, its almost essential for getting around.

As to where to stay, for the budget you're considering, Santa Monica in the summer may be tough to find a place. If you want beach, consider the cities just south of LAX like El Segundo or Manhattan Beach. Consider a day going north up the coast Venice, Santa Monica, Getty Villa, Malibu. Take another day to check do the Beverly Hills, Hollywood area.

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ok, thanks for all your help and yes i guess you are all right we are going to have to get use to driving on the "wrong side of the road" at some stage. we will get a car, think we may stay in Hollywood and just make a trip to the beach, we live near a great beach, (Bryon Bay) so its not we havent seen a beach before, just when you see LA on the ads, you always see a beach with a side walk that has lots of girls skateing down the side walk, my husband really wants to see that "Beach" lol. we will do a trip to the griffith to see the hollywood sign, the walk of fame, and i want to walk down rodeo drive to see the shops, now i just have to decide on a hotel. oh my husband wanted to hire a mustang but i believe they have very small boots and we will both have very large suitcases so dont think that will be practible. thanks for all your comments

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